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Basic Trope: A character says something in a foreign language that is completely different from what they intended to say.

  • Straight: Alice is visiting Bob in The Netherlands and tries to say "I would like to buy an apple" in Dutch note  from a shopkeeper, but actually says "There are cats in my helicopter." note 
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  • Exaggerated: Alice tries to say "Hello" in Dutch note  but ends up reciting the Lords' Prayer!
  • Downplayed: Alice tries to say "I would like to buy an apple" in Dutch, but actually says "I would like to buy an orange". note 
  • Justified:
    • A liar wrote Alice's phrasebook.
    • Alice had no dictionary, so she had to just guess.
  • Inverted: Alice tries to say nonsense talk in Dutch, but ends up saying something that makes sense.
  • Subverted: It turns out that Alice didn't really say, "There are cats in my helicopter".
  • Double Subverted: That was what the Dutch shopkeeper thought Alice was trying to communicate. It makes more sense than what she really said, which was "There are helicopters in my cat". note 
  • Parodied: ???
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  • Averted: Alice manages to say "I would like to buy an apple" in Dutch correctly.
  • Zigzagged: Alice says several things in Dutch. Some are correct, some are not, and the incorrect ones have varying levels of craziness.
  • Enforced: To throw in some comedy, whilst trying to teach Dutch.
  • Lampshaded: "Are you aware that you just told me there were cats in your helicopter?"
  • Invoked: Bob lies that "I would like to buy an apple" in Dutch is a certain phrase. That phrase actually means "There are cats in my helicopter".
  • Exploited: Alice learns Dutch through trial and error by this.
  • Defied: Alice looks up "I would like to buy an apple" in Dutch.
  • Discussed: "How do you say that in Dutch? I don't want to come off as a fool by telling him there are cats in my helicopter or something."
  • Conversed: "Remember when Alice was trying to speak Dutch in that episode and she said that there were cats in her helicopter?"
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  • Implied: What Alice said in Dutch is not revealed, but the shopkeeper looks confused.

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