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8th Jan '17 9:21:16 PM Benthelame
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* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' has a meta-example in the form of Joseph. It seems the author tried a little too hard to communicate his accent. It leaves you wondering if what is typed is language at all. Luckily there's an entire website dedicated to helping readers understand what he says, [[http://www.wuthering-heights.co.uk/josephs-speech.php one of which can be found here.]]
-->'''Joseph:'''Yon lad gets war und war!' observed he on re-entering. 'He's left th' gate at t' full swing, and Miss's pony has trodden dahn two rigs o' corn, and plottered through, raight o'er into t' meadow! Hahsomdiver, t' maister 'ull play t' devil to-morn, and he'll do weel. He's patience itsseln wi' sich careless, offald craters—patience itsseln he is! Bud he'll not be soa allus—yah's see, all on ye! Yah mun'n't drive him out of his heead for nowt!'
13th Oct '16 3:13:25 AM Wavestorm11
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* Gornab's speech in ''Literature/RumoAndHisMiraculousAdventures'' is so messed up, only his chancellor can understated him. OTOH, he consistently manages to speak all words exactly backwards (by syllable, not by sound or letter).
15th Apr '16 2:31:11 PM margdean56
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* I don't know if he's in TheFilmOfTheBook, but ''TheBlindSide'' has Ole Miss' Coach O, whose thick Louisiana drawl boarders on gibberish to everyone except fellow Louisianan Sean Tuohy.

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* I don't know if he's in TheFilmOfTheBook, but ''TheBlindSide'' has Ole Miss' Coach O, whose thick Louisiana drawl boarders borders on gibberish to everyone except fellow Louisianan Sean Tuohy.
28th Feb '16 1:05:26 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* From ''Literature/PeterPan'' and most adaptations, one particularly iconic example of this trope is Tinker Bell's fairy language, which sounds like...well...a tinkling bell.
21st Oct '15 7:17:47 AM StFan
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* Creator/DavidWeber has fun with this - neither the Orions in the {{Starfire}} books nor the Rish in ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' have the necessary vocal apparatus to speak English. On the other hand, both races can understand English perfectly well, and vice versa, even if it can be a bit hard on the human ears.

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* Creator/DavidWeber has fun with this - -- neither the Orions in the {{Starfire}} ''Literature/{{Starfire}}'' books nor the Rish in ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' have the necessary vocal apparatus to speak English. On the other hand, both races can understand English perfectly well, and vice versa, even if it can be a bit hard on the human ears.
20th Jan '14 2:48:59 PM margdean56
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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the fact he's actually a telepath]].

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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies prophecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the fact he's actually a telepath]].
14th Dec '13 4:01:37 PM Prfnoff
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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the
fact he's actually a telepath]].

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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the
the fact he's actually a telepath]].
14th Dec '13 4:01:04 PM Prfnoff
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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the fact he's actually a telepath]].

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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the the
fact he's actually a telepath]].telepath]].
* In ''Literature/DaveBarrySleptHere'', Senator Sam Ervin speaks a Deep Southern language "similar to English, only unintelligible."
26th Mar '13 1:14:23 PM Xtifr
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* Creator/DavidWeber has fun with this - neither the Orions in the {{Starfire}} books nor the Rish in InFuryBorn have the necessary vocal apparatus to speak English. On the other hand, both races can understand English perfectly well, and vice versa, even if it can be a bit hard on the human ears.

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* Creator/DavidWeber has fun with this - neither the Orions in the {{Starfire}} books nor the Rish in InFuryBorn ''Literature/InFuryBorn'' have the necessary vocal apparatus to speak English. On the other hand, both races can understand English perfectly well, and vice versa, even if it can be a bit hard on the human ears.
13th Mar '13 1:59:58 AM Andygal
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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the fact he's actually a telepath]].

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* [[spoiler:Subverted with]] Toth from ''Literature/{{Belgariad}} ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} The Malloreon]]'' series. Written in the prohecies as "The Silent Man", he is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He only communicates with vague hand and arm gestures, yet anyone paying attention to him seems to understand him clearly. It takes until the last book, "The Seeress of Kell," for Durnik to finally catch on to what's really happening: [[spoiler:his gestures conceal the fact he's actually a telepath]].
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