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* Played with interestingly in ''Manga/BirdyTheMighty''. If examined carefully enough, you see that in every interaction where there is a potential language problem (i.e. a human and an alien), there can be a reasonable expectation that that alien learned Japanese. For example, Birdy was on Earth for 6 months, working in the modeling business. Aliens that wouldn't know Japanese naturally only speak to other aliens (though of course the dialogue is translated for the viewer), so they are speaking their language. Tsutomu can only understand the aliens because his mind is inside Birdy.
* ''Manga/{{Inuyashiki}}'': Implied in the manga, as in the last chapters Shishigami remembered something they said when he was being rebuilt. Averted in the anime, in which the aliens talk in Starfish Language.
* ''Anime/WonderBeatScramble'': Japanese in this case, but still both used and subverted. The audience, by necessity, is able to understand the Vijurian speech, but the characters in-universe need a translator.
* In ''Manga/SentaiSchool'', Ken takes note that everyone, even from different countries, seems to speak the same language.
* ''Anime/BraveCommandDagwon'': Played straight in the anime, but in the OVA, it initially seems subverted after The Reveal, since Deandozol was only mimicking a human and had trouble speaking language, suggesting it was struggling to learn it. It gets played straight like the rest in the end, though, since it speaks perfect human language in its final form.
* ''Anime/TheBraveOfGoldGoldran'': A throwaway line from Dai implies that this is the standard, and the trio sees nothing wrong with it. (They have a short discussion about it while ignoring an increasingly frustrated alien threatening them with a gun, who goes from calmly telling them to reach for the sky to screaming "putyerhandsup putyerhandsup putyerhandsup~!" whilst firing wildly to demonstrate that he means business.)
* ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'':
** Justified with the Zentraedi, at they explicitly learn english.
** Also justified with the Invid. We pick up the heroes during the Third Robotech War well after the Invid have occupied earth and have had time to learn the language of their new labor force.
** However, unlike the other two, the civilian population of the Robotech Masters' city ships have no real justification for this.
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'': The Alpha Cygnans are amazingly fluent in Japanese, though no one ever comments on it in-series.
* Inverted in ''Anime/NinjaSenshiTobikage''. The aliens in this series actually speak a foreign language the main characters don't understand. This briefly results in the main characters being held hostage until the aliens offer to let them ride one of their robots.



* {{Justified|Trope}} in the Creator/MarvelComics series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', when the eponymous alien hero learns to speak English because that's the language his human host speaks. The letters page stated that if Sleepwalker had been trapped in the mind of someone who spoke another language, like French or German, he would have begun using that language when he first appeared in the human world.
* One [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/JimmyOlsen story in Franchise/TheDCU had Jimmy stranded on an alien world where everyone spoke English. The explanation? They had studied the universe's languages and adopted English as the ''most efficient!'' Never mind that English--with its various loanwords, silent letters, and how every rule has an exception--is far from the most efficient language on ''this'' planet.

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* {{Justified|Trope}} in the Creator/MarvelComics ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'' series ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', when the eponymous alien hero learns to speak English because that's the language his human host speaks. The letters page stated that if Sleepwalker had been trapped in the mind of someone who spoke another language, like French or German, he would have begun using that language when he first appeared in the human world.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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One [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Comicbook/JimmyOlsen ComicBook/JimmyOlsen story in Franchise/TheDCU had Jimmy stranded on an alien world where everyone spoke English. The explanation? They had studied the universe's languages and adopted English as the ''most efficient!'' Never mind that English--with its various loanwords, silent letters, efficient!''
** ''ComicBook/SupermansReturnToKrypton'' storyline is set almost entirely in Krypton, but everyone speak English. It's assumed they're speaking Kryptonian,
and how their speeches have been translated for the readers' sake.
** ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'',
every rule has an exception--is far from alien race met by ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} speaks English, except by the most efficient language on ''this'' planet.Diasporan King who, to her surprise, speaks Kryptonian (which is a clue to his real nature). Justified as her Red Ring being a translating device.



* In a Creator/CarlBarks comic [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge]] went underground ([[AccidentalPun No Pun Intended]]) and met the Terries and the Fermies. They talked like cowboys, because through the ground they listened to the radio. As a side effect, [[FridgeBrilliance they thought that money was worthless because people try to give it away on the radio.]] Oh, and they make earthquakes.

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* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'': In a Creator/CarlBarks comic [[Comicbook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse comic, Uncle Scrooge]] Scrooge went underground ([[AccidentalPun No Pun Intended]]) and met the Terries and the Fermies. They talked like cowboys, because through the ground they listened to the radio. As a side effect, [[FridgeBrilliance they thought that money was worthless because people try to give it away on the radio.]] Oh, and they make earthquakes.



* The ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}} leave the planet and immediately come upon robots and aliens that speak English (and, in the same town, some who don't).

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* The ComicBook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}} In ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage'' the four heroes leave the planet and immediately come upon robots and aliens that speak English (and, in the same town, some who don't).



* In ''ComicBook/TheBalladOfBetaRayBill'', Skuttlebutt automatically decodified Thor's language and loaded it into Beta Ray Bill.
* Most of them aliens in ''ComicBook/{{Saga}}'' speak English, apart from the people of Wreath speaking Esperanto, known in-universe as "Blue". It becomes awkward to handwave as Translation Convention because letters of the Latin alphabet are mentioned and there's a pun on "Hope" being both a person's name and a word in its own right.
* In ''ComicBook/Cosmo2018'', Max freaks out when he realizes the aliens know his language.



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* ''ComicStrip/ComicZoneLiloAndStitch'': It's Lilo & Stitch. It comes with the territory. That said, Stitch speaks some Surprisingly Good English in a couple comics, actually speaking full sentences a few times, including one instance ("A Family Affair") where he speaks a complex sentence to Nani in the first person.
* ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'': Some of the aliens Pedro has met can speak English, but others require a translator. One set of comics subverts this by sending Pedro to an asteroid on which most of the aliens speak Wingdinglish, until he meets a Jive-talker who learns English from watching American TV shows and movies.
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* Played with in ''Fanfic/AnimorphsTheReckoning''. The Yeerks speak the languages of their hosts, and the Andalites can communicate ideas telepathically. Ax and Elfangor are also capable of understanding and communicating in English, thanks to a translator implant.
* In ''Fanfic/HellsisterTrilogy'', all alien races in the thirtieth century speak English. Generally, Translation Convention must be assumed.
* ''Fanfic/ArceusArchives'' have the Unown Dialect. It's spoken exactly like English - save for a faint New York accent - but is written in Unown runes. Only Legendaries and the Mewkizuu are fluent in it.
* ''Fanfic/KaraOfRokyn'': Everyone in planet Rokyn seems to speak English. Rokynians knowing the language is justified in what their civilization had came in contact with Earth and their [[Franchise/{{Superman}} two most]] [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} prominent heroes]] live in USA.
* ''Fanfic/EigaSentaiScanranger'': Lampshaded in "Scanranger vs. Jetman", although it mainly serves to call attention to how neither story bothered until the characters had to interact with people from their own planet who speak a different language.
* In ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', Tal Thorn is a Rannian, but thanks to his GreenLanternRing he can understand and speak English.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutTransformers'': Vortex has to download a human language after meeting Jazz and Thundercracker. Wildrider can also speak Russian, and speaks with a (technically fake) accent, due to having rather liked the Russian humans he stuck with for a while. Arcee can speak Chinese.
* In ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', neither of the four villains have born or lived in Earth, but all of them speak English, even among themselves.
* Mork from ''Fanfic/HappyDaze'' mainly speaks English, with a few nonsense words thrown in.



* Inverted in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe. No-one speaks English, not even the humans of the setting. Xenos races speak [[IndoEuropeanAlienLanguage their]] [[StarfishLanguage own]] languages, and humans of the Imperium speak High or Low Gothic.

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* Inverted in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' universe. No-one speaks English, not even the humans of the setting. Xenos races speak [[IndoEuropeanAlienLanguage their]] [[StarfishLanguage own]] languages, and humans of the Imperium speak High or Low Gothic.



* Not only can WesternAnimation/WordGirl speak English, but she can speak it ''better than you''. (Though she was RaisedByHumans, so...)

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* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': Not only can WesternAnimation/WordGirl the titular character speak English, but she can speak it ''better than you''. (Though she was RaisedByHumans, so...))
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'': The denizens of Reptilon speak perfect English off the bat.

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* In the Play-By-Email roleplaying game ''Star Trek: Shadow Operations'', Ryramorl Ra'yral and Reepchip Charatetet take pride in actually speaking English, though it's distorted by their non-humanoid facial structure and vocal chords, and they have to speak slowly. In one episode, Reepchip is asked why he doesn't just rely on the [[TranslatorMicrobes Universal Translator]]. It turns out that while the Universal Translator can keep up to Reepchip's speech just fine, [[MotorMouth his people speak too rapidly for anyone else.]]


* Creator/CSLewis averts the trope at the end of ''Out of the Silent Planet'': the academic main character, who has lived with the alien planet's natives and learned some of their language, is recruited by a human CorruptCorporateExecutive to translate a speech full of flowery white-man's-burden rhetoric about why they should let him colonize their planet and take their resources. The main character does his best to render it within the grasp of his basic Alienese and ends up completely exposing the antagonist's agenda without twisting a single word. The main character is a Philologist, and it took him several weeks to come up with a basic understanding of the language. In addition, a bunch of the plot of the next two books hinges on the fact that the main character can now speak Alienese, which it turns out is the universal tongue of everything outside of Earth, including Martians, Venusians, and angels of heaven. This allows him to act as an agent for the interests of Heaven in a way that Satan and his minions never anticipated.

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* Creator/CSLewis averts the trope at the end of ''Out of the Silent Planet'': ''Literature/OutOfTheSilentPlanet'': the academic main character, who has lived with the alien planet's natives and learned some of their language, is recruited by a human CorruptCorporateExecutive to translate a speech full of flowery white-man's-burden rhetoric about why they should let him colonize their planet and take their resources. The main character does his best to render it within the grasp of his basic Alienese and ends up completely exposing the antagonist's agenda without twisting a single word. The main character is a Philologist, and it took him several weeks to come up with a basic understanding of the language. In addition, a bunch of the plot of the next two books hinges on the fact that the main character can now speak Alienese, which it turns out is the universal tongue of everything outside of Earth, including Martians, Venusians, and angels of heaven. This allows him to act as an agent for the interests of Heaven in a way that Satan and his minions never anticipated.



* Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' works around averting this trope too, built around two parallel universes. A human-built energy pump is sucking energy from the other dimension in order to provide Earth with an supply of apparently free energy. The first third of the book revolves around the receipt of an alien message by a journalist, Lamont; he recruits Bronowski, a professor of archaeo-linguistics, to decipher the symbols. In the second part, we see the aliens' side of the exchange. This work also has aliens mastering English through [[spoiler: empathy]].

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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''Literature/TheGodsThemselves'' works around averting this trope too, built around two parallel universes. A human-built energy pump is sucking energy from the other dimension in order to provide Earth with an supply of apparently free energy. The first third of the book revolves around the receipt of an alien message by a journalist, Lamont; he recruits Bronowski, a professor of archaeo-linguistics, to decipher the symbols. In the second part, we see the aliens' side of the exchange. This work also has aliens mastering English through [[spoiler: empathy]].empathy]].
** "Literature/WhatIsThisThingCalledLove": The alien researcher has spent months [[FantasticAnthropologist studying humanity]] from a spy cell on Earth. It learned English (and about our sexual lives) from capturing public broadcasts. They don't normally use sound to communicate, so English is difficult to mimic, but it is reasonably close.



* In the short story ''Literature/MarkDelewenAndTheSpacePirates'', aliens apparently use Arabic numerals.
* Lampshaded, then justified, in ''Literature/XFarnhamsLegend''. After being knocked across the galaxy by a jumpdrive test GoneHorriblyWrong, Kyle Brennan is surprised beyond belief to be hailed in Japanese by an alien vessel. It turns out later they learned it from a LostColony of humans who have become one of the major powers in these parts; Japanese is now the region's CommonTongue.
* A planet-bound version in ''Literature/PhoenixInShadow'', where the protagonists discover a lost realm in a remote valley that's been cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years, but everyone in it speaks the same language as the protagonists. The protagonists note how unlikely this is, and it turns out to be a hint that the valley isn't as cut off as most of its inhabitants believe.
* Unexplained in the sequels of ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. The wizards from the Discworld, when visiting Earth, can always communicate with the locals -- not just the English-speaking ones, but ancient Greeks just as easily. Given that the author is a keenly aware satirist (Creator/TerryPratchett) together with two others who wrote [[Literature/WhatDoesAMartianLookLike a book]] about how alien real aliens could be, it seems incredible that they would not be aware of the problem; the fact that [[ThePlotDemandedThisIndex "Plot"]] is [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality an in-universe physical force like gravity or electromagnetism on the Disc]] probably has something to do with this.

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* "Literature/MarkDelewenAndTheSpacePirates": In the short story ''Literature/MarkDelewenAndTheSpacePirates'', this ShortStory, aliens apparently use Arabic numerals.
* Lampshaded, then justified, in ''Literature/XFarnhamsLegend''. ''Literature/XFarnhamsLegend'': After being knocked across the galaxy by a jumpdrive test GoneHorriblyWrong, Kyle Brennan is surprised beyond belief to be hailed in Japanese by an alien vessel. It turns out later they learned it from a LostColony of humans who have become one of the major powers in these parts; Japanese is now the region's CommonTongue.
* A planet-bound version in ''Literature/PhoenixInShadow'', where the ''Literature/PhoenixInShadow'': The protagonists discover a lost realm in a remote valley that's been cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years, but everyone in it speaks the same language as the protagonists. The protagonists [[LampshadHanging note how unlikely this is, is]], and it turns out to be a hint that the valley isn't as cut off as most of its inhabitants believe.
* Unexplained in the sequels of ''Discworld/TheScienceOfDiscworld''. ''Literature/TheScienceOfDiscworld'': The wizards from the Discworld, when visiting Earth, can always communicate with the locals -- not just the English-speaking ones, but ancient Greeks just as easily. Given that the author is a keenly aware satirist (Creator/TerryPratchett) together with two others who wrote [[Literature/WhatDoesAMartianLookLike a book]] about how alien real aliens could be, it seems incredible that they would not be aware of the problem; the fact that [[ThePlotDemandedThisIndex "Plot"]] is [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality an in-universe physical force like gravity or electromagnetism on the Disc]] probably has something to do with this.problem.



* Lampshaded repeatedly in the ''Literature/MaureenBirnbaumBarbarianSwordsperson''. Every alien world Maureen visits is filled with English speakers. Maureen is confused by this, but no one has any explanation.
* {{Justified|Trope}} in a wide variety of ways in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, where all the various alien races speak Aleran (the language of the human protagonists, presumably some derivative of Latin). The Marut use it as a trade language between their various tribes, the Canim generally don't speak Aleran but their ambassadors learn it because they wish to be able to speak to Alerans, the Icemen are telepathic and therefore don't really need spoken languages, and the Vord use it because the Vord queen was awakened by the blood of an Aleran and absorbed knowledge from him.

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* Lampshaded repeatedly in the ''Literature/MaureenBirnbaumBarbarianSwordsperson''. ''Literature/MaureenBirnbaumBarbarianSwordsperson'': Every alien world Maureen visits is filled with English speakers. Maureen is confused by this, but [[LampshadeHanging no one has any explanation.
explanation]].
* {{Justified|Trope}} in a wide variety of ways in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, where all ''Literature/CodexAlera'': All the various alien races speak Aleran (the language of the human protagonists, presumably some derivative of Latin). The Marut use it as a trade language between their various tribes, the Canim generally don't speak Aleran but their ambassadors learn it because they wish to be able to speak to Alerans, the Icemen are telepathic and therefore don't really need spoken languages, and the Vord use it because the Vord queen was awakened by the blood of an Aleran and absorbed knowledge from him.



* Semi-averted in ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'': people from other planets do speak in English, but with the Greek alphabet to distinguish them (itís treated like a different language though). Demon talk is spelled with Arabic font but itís unintelligible.

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* Semi-averted in ''Literature/BeyondTheImpossible'': people from other planets do speak in English, but with the Greek alphabet to distinguish them (itís treated like a different language though). Demon talk is spelled with Arabic font but itís it's unintelligible.


* Lampshaded in the Jimmy Neutron spinoff ''WesternAnimation/PlanetSheen'':

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** A small aversion in [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZimEnterTheFlorpus the movie]], where the alien guards at the space prison Moo-Ping 10 can briefly be heard speaking in a language that definitely isn't English.


* Villains in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' are often Aliens. The [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]]'s hell tree arc, the Death Busters and Shadow Galactica are all full of them. As are the villains of all 3 movies. Aside from a single gag during the Hell Tree Arc, none of them show any signs of speaking anything but perfect Japanese. [[Theatre/SeraMyu The Musicals]] also have new alien characters though this may be to Media limitations (You can't have subtitles in a live show.) The Death Busters were [[spoiler: possessed humans]]. As for the rest, if even the cats can speak the local language, it's [[AWizardDidIt best not to think about it too hard]].

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* Villains in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' are often Aliens. The [[Anime/SailorMoon first anime]]'s hell tree arc, the Death Busters and Shadow Galactica are all full of them. As are the villains of all 3 movies. Aside from a single gag during the Hell Tree Arc, none of them show any signs of speaking anything but perfect Japanese. [[Theatre/SeraMyu The Musicals]] also have new alien characters though this may be to Media limitations (You (you can't have subtitles in a live show.) The Death Busters were [[spoiler: possessed humans]]. As for the rest, if even the cats can speak the local language, it's [[AWizardDidIt best not to think about it too hard]].



* Played completely straight when the ComicBook/XMen first met the [[SpacePirates Starjammers]], almost all of whom speak English (albeit in [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe varying]] [[YouNoTakeCandle degrees of]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness coherency]]). Nightcrawler comments on this.

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* Played completely straight when the ComicBook/XMen first met the [[SpacePirates Starjammers]], almost all of whom speak English (albeit in [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe varying]] [[YouNoTakeCandle degrees of]] [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness coherency]]). Nightcrawler ComicBook/{{Nightcrawler}} comments on this.



** In this case, it's {{justified|Trope}}: The very next page shows Corsair, the Starjammers' leader, speaking in an American accent with American slang, with the resident telepath reading his mind and confirming that he is human and could have taught them English. Specifically, it's confirmed an issue later that he's [[spoiler:Christopher Summers, Cyclops's father]].

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** In this case, it's {{justified|Trope}}: The the very next page shows Corsair, the Starjammers' leader, speaking in an American accent with American slang, with the resident telepath reading his mind and confirming that he is human and could have taught them English. Specifically, it's confirmed an issue later that he's [[spoiler:Christopher Summers, Cyclops's father]].ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}'s [[DisappearedDad father]]]].



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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. Delivering a challenge to you, the alien Prince Vorkken carves the words "I WAIT ON TOP, FROM PRINCE VORKKEN" in plain English onto a cliff face. Your ally of the same species, Immorta, "translates" the writing as "I wait at the summit. Signed, Prince Vorkken," and comments that it's written in Rhulloian.



* Parodied in ''VideoGame/TheWonderful101''. Delivering a challenge to you, the alien Prince Vorkken carves the words "I WAIT ON TOP, FROM PRINCE VORKKEN" in plain English onto a cliff face. Your ally of the same species, Immorta, "translates" the writing as "I wait at the summit. Signed, Prince Vorkken," and comments that it's written in Rhulloian.



* {{Handwave}}d in ''Stick Man Stick Man'' with a [[http://qntm.org/files/stickmanstickman/comics.php?n=935 half-plausible technobabble explanation]]. Miracles of modern technology!



** PlayedForLaughs in spin-off ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'''s "[[SummerCampy Summerteen Romance]]" arc, where Karkat rants at Dave on how long it took for him to translate his [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue script]] from Alternian into human English. Only for Dave to {{Lampshade}} that the trolls speak AND type in English.

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** PlayedForLaughs in spin-off ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'''s "[[SummerCampy Summerteen Romance]]" arc, where Karkat rants at Dave on how long it took for him to translate his [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue script]] from Alternian into human English. Only for Dave to {{Lampshade}} {{lampshade|Hanging}} that the trolls speak AND type in English.



* In ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', Frenchfry, Jumba's 62nd experiment, speaks fluent French despite Jumba having never been to Earth until after Stitch was created. Likewise, the entire ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise has their aliens speaking English fluently without any acknowledgment from the human characters, save for two brief moments in [[Disney/LiloAndStitch the original film]] that both involve Stitch (who, ironically, has the most [[HulkSpeak broken English]] among the alien characters who debuted in the first film).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'', Frenchfry, Jumba's 62nd experiment, speaks fluent French despite Jumba having never been to Earth until after Stitch was created. Likewise, the entire ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise has their aliens speaking English fluently without any acknowledgment from the human characters, save for two brief moments in [[Disney/LiloAndStitch [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitch the original film]] that both involve Stitch (who, ironically, has the most [[HulkSpeak broken English]] among the alien characters who debuted in the first film).



** Parodied in the first ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E3TreehouseOfHorror Treehouse of Horror]]." After the family expresses surprise at the Rigellian-aliens apparently speaking English, but the lead alien explains that he's actually speaking Rigellian, but adds that the English and Rigellian-languages happen to be identical to each other.
*** Later in "The Man Who Came to be Dinner"...

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** Parodied in the first ''[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E3TreehouseOfHorror Treehouse of Horror]]." After the family expresses surprise at the Rigellian-aliens apparently speaking English, but the lead alien explains that he's actually speaking Rigellian, but adds that the English and Rigellian-languages happen to be identical to each other.
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other. Later in "The Man Who Came to be Dinner"...


** Of course, a few issues later it's revealed that [[spoiler: Corsair, the leader of the Starjammers, is Cyclops' [[DisappearedDad long-lost father]], an Earth-born human who could have taught them American English]].

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** Of course, a few issues later In this case, it's revealed that [[spoiler: {{justified|Trope}}: The very next page shows Corsair, the leader of Starjammers' leader, speaking in an American accent with American slang, with the Starjammers, resident telepath reading his mind and confirming that he is Cyclops' [[DisappearedDad long-lost father]], an Earth-born human who and could have taught them American English]].English. Specifically, it's confirmed an issue later that he's [[spoiler:Christopher Summers, Cyclops's father]].


** Also referenced in ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which notes that the Elites, despite having four mandibles instead of a lower jaw, can approximate some human languages by moving their lower mandibles together like a jaw. Humans have a similarly tough time pronouncing Sangheili properly, though at least one human is shown as somewhat capable in the language. Neither are without faults, however: Elites cannot (or at least have extreme difficulty) pronouncing anything involving their non-existent lips, and one fluent human is described as speaking like an "idiot child".

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** Also referenced in ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which notes that the Elites, despite having four mandibles instead of a lower jaw, can approximate some human languages by moving their lower mandibles together like a jaw. Humans have a similarly tough time pronouncing Sangheili languages properly, though at least one human is shown as somewhat capable in the language. Neither are without faults, however: Elites cannot (or at least have extreme difficulty) pronouncing anything involving their non-existent lips, and one fluent human is described as speaking like an "idiot child".

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* Justified in ''Film/OurFriendPower5''; the aliens can speak perfect Korean because being able to adapt and communicate regardless of where they are is their special power.


* Zig-zagged in the ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' series. There are clear cases of TranslationConvention of aliens using an interstellar CommonTongue (Cosmolingua) or the native language of some planet or other, but sometimes (like in ''One Hundred Years Ahead'') there are aliens speaking perfect Russian. It is mentioned that languages can get mastered extremely quickly (several minutes with a hypnopedia if you want it to stick in your head for a short while only, several days if you want to learn it for good), but this explanation isn't provided every time. Fairytale creatures from different countries in TheTimeOfMyths also speak excellent Russian, and this time no explanation is given at all.

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* Zig-zagged in the ''Literature/AliceGirlFromTheFuture'' series. There are clear cases of TranslationConvention of aliens using an interstellar CommonTongue (Cosmolingua) (the Cosmolingua) or the native language of some planet or other, but sometimes (like in ''One Hundred Years Ahead'') ''Literature/OneHundredYearsAhead'') there are aliens speaking perfect Russian. It is mentioned that languages can get mastered extremely quickly (several minutes with a hypnopedia if you want it to stick in your head for a short while only, several days if you want to learn it for good), but this explanation isn't provided every time. Fairytale creatures from different countries in TheTimeOfMyths also speak excellent Russian, and this time no explanation is given at all.


* The Crystal Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have been living relatively close to humans for thousands of years, so they have reason to speak Earth languages (English in particular because their base is on the Northeastern Seaboard). But the Homeworld Gems have been separated from Earth for almost 6000 years and somehow also speak English, which had not been invented until under 2000 years ago. The Gems apparently have their own written language, at least, as seen in "Monster Reunion" and occasional background shots.

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* The Crystal Gems in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' have been living relatively close to humans for thousands of years, so they have reason to speak Earth languages (English in particular because their base is on the Northeastern Seaboard). But the Homeworld Gems have been separated from Earth for almost 6000 years and somehow also speak English, which had not been invented until under 2000 years ago. The Gems apparently do have their own written language, at least, language shown mostly in backgrounds, which is eventually referred to as seen in "Monster Reunion" and occasional background shots. "Gem glyph".


* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ALMOST avoids this one. In one episode, Starfire's ability to speak English is justified by the fact that her kind can instantly learn any language through "lip contact" with someone who speaks that language. But unfortunately, by that logic, all of her other people, who appear in a previous episode, must have snogged English-speaking humans as well. In [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the comics]], it's eventually revealed that Tamaraneans can learn languages through any kind of touch; Starfire just smooched Robin because she felt like it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' Starfire already spoke English when Robin met her, unlike the MagicKiss mentioned above.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ALMOST avoids this one. In one episode, Starfire's ability to speak English is justified by the fact that her kind can instantly learn any language through "lip contact" with someone who speaks that language. But unfortunately, by that logic, all of her other people, who appear in a previous episode, must have snogged English-speaking humans as well. (Alternatively, as Starfire's sister Blackfire had already taken over the planet by the time the Titans got there in the aforementioned episode, the Tamaraneans could have absorbed the language from her.)
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In [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the comics]], it's eventually revealed that original New Teen Titans comics]] in the 80s, Tamaraneans can learn languages through any kind of touch; Starfire just smooched Robin because she felt like it.
it. However, this doesn't seem to be the case in the animated series continuity, as Starfire explains to Robin in [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo the movie]] that on Tamaran, lip contact does indeed signify merely a transfer of knowledge as opposed to meaning "more" on Earth.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' Starfire already spoke English when Robin met her, unlike the MagicKiss mentioned above. However, the Season 5 episode "The Real Orangins" has the usual MagicKiss meeting between the two, since the show [[NegativeContinuity doesn't really have a continuity to speak of]].


* The alien in ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: Joys of Seasons'' episode 1 can speak Chinese perfectly fine.

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* The alien egg aliens in ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf: Joys of Seasons'' episode 1 can speak Chinese perfectly fine.

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*''Series/DrakeAndJosh'': Parodied in an episode where Drake and Josh try to scare Megan making her believe that her radio is getting signals from aliens. While Josh tries some "alien-sounding" gibberish, Drake starts speaking some random words in French, which outrages Josh.
--> '''Josh:''' We're supossed to sound like we're from outer space, NOT PARIS!


* In ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy'' The aliens that Josh, Brett, and Yoko encounter on their space marshal duties readily speak English.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeamGalaxy'' The the aliens that Josh, Brett, and Yoko encounter on their space marshal duties all readily speak English.English, with the only exception being the PlantAliens from "Emperor Brett."

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