Translation? Fail!

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:20 pm
visible_sariel: (something to say)
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There are... suddenly quite a lot of unintelligible languages in here.

Not that a universal translator, or for that matter the still-inexplicable, presumed translation field working on the bar and grounds, make this fact inaudible, but a certain amount of bleedthrough or confusion is one thing. This... seems to be entirely another.

Doesn't it just figure that today is the day Sariel both finds a working door in her quarters and leaves her communicator (and its embedded universal translator) behind when dimension-hopping? What? She was drying her hair, and the bar ambushed her on the way out of the bathroom.

Cue one thoroughly bewildered, bemused Starfleet ensign in civilian clothes standing at Bar, trying to pick familiar words out of the general - please forgive this one - Babel. Babble. Bunch of people talking. You know. Her tea's cooling, but hasn't yet gone cold.

((OOC: I had to get in on this before it ended. Sariel is fluent in English and Kweyol, Saint Lucia's French patois. the latter is if not mutually intelligible with, then at least reasonably intelligible with, other French Creole languages, though if someone speaks European or, say, Moroccan French or Quebecois, they'll likely have a harder time. The mun's got English and Spanish, so I'm not even going to try and do justice to Kweyol itself, but I'll indicate when/if there's a switch to it.))

Tiny confuzzled tag: Translation fail.

Translationfail: Long time no see...

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:17 pm
necessary_child: (Ben Whishaw - Half-smile)
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"Well, if you can send that to me today, I should be able to get some notes back to you by lunchtime tomorrow..."

A ruffled black head pokes around the door.

"...Huh."

Sam ambles in, still wearing his usual scruffy black, and carefully shuts the door on the university behind him.

"This is - huh. This is definitely weird."

Not just because he hasn't found a door in a long time, but also because he's just realised he can't understand a lot of the chatter going on - and he hasn't been somewhere he can't speak the language in millennia.

He finds his old favourite spot at the bar to perch on, surveying the room, and lets the flow of languages wash around him as he hunts for a) his girlfriend, b) his best friend, and c) his cat.

Even if you aren't one of the above, you're welcome to come say hi.



[OOC: Sam speaks basically every language in Earth, Heaven and Hell. Please let me know if your pup's language sounds like or shares words with any of those.]

Translation Fail (or not)

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:26 am
run_barry: (sitting at a table)
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[oom: with friends like theseā€¦ ]

Barry is parked at the end of the counter on a stool with his chin in his hand and an elbow resting on the wood bartop. Sitting in a slouch that's kind of favoring one side, his head is down and he's swiping through and reading news stories on his tablet.

One is about a failed armored car heist, another is about an apartment building fire. There are others about car chases, and interrupted robberies, small crimes and one or two large. Most of them are just normal news articles, facts and accounts, but a few mention a mysterious 'Red Streak'.

Barry flips through them at a sluggish pace, a quiet frown on.

He's not really looking for company right now, but unbeknownst to him when he asks Bar for a cup of coffee she produces two, one in front of him, and one sitting as an open invitation in the empty spot next to him.

A beat later and a pair of sugar cookies frosted like jack o' lanterns appear on small plates next to each cup.



[ooc: the translation field can be working or not in this post, as you chose! :D Barry and I can play it either way. Barry speaks English and textbook Spanish (meaning he took classes in school and learned it decently well enough, but it's been awhile and he's never actually used it to have any "real-world" conversations). Post open through the weekend.]

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Oct. 19th, 2017 05:02 pm
dwellsinthedetails: (never give in)
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(OOM, early September:

you see yourself, you're sure you're a lamb to slaughter
so you take what was pure and muck it up


For the time being we're out of the realm of content warnings.)

[tiny tag: Yusuke Kitagawa]

Translation Fail Plot

Oct. 19th, 2017 08:24 am
foolyoutwice: looking kind of ragged there buddy (Desperate)
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Well, that was interesting, in a boring way. It's been a few days now of sitting on his skiff over the lake--over a writhing mass of magically-summoned fish and not-really-fish-at-all--but now the spell seems to be starting to wear off. The water below looks calmer, Loki hasn't had to throw any lampreys back into the water in a few hours, and the crowd of hungry shrieking seagulls that arrived on the second day is starting to thin out.

And the squid seem to have lost interest.

Which is nice. Because they've been grabbing his skiff every time he's tried to fly away from the situation, but now he's able to steer for shore, hop down to land, and make his way to the bar. (Because he's not a complete asshole (well he is, but whatever), Loki leaves the skiff far enough out over the water that the obsessed fish aren't flinging themselves onto the land trying to reach it.)

So....hey Milliways, WHAT'S UP? Can a slightly damp guy get a drink?



((It's been a week and the translation failure is wrapping up! It's been ridiculously fun to see all the threads coming out of this, I've loved it. Let's say tomorrow is the last day for new translation EPs, but obviously people can keep on with older EPs as long as they want.

Let's also say that the babel fish are starting to return to their normal ways, so there are more and more areas where the translation field works properly. But still some problems if you want!

And Loki still has Marvel-woo Allspeak going on, so the translation problem isn't a problem for him.))

Translation Fail Happy Hour

Oct. 18th, 2017 06:49 pm
childofrebellion: (hoping)
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Cassian's finding the translation not working strange but not as bad as he expected. It makes Milliways feel more like the cantinas he's used to where most people speak Basic but not everyone and not all the time. Also it gives him a chance to speak Festian which he truly enjoys.

At the counter he gets a napkin from Bar and moves behind to figure out how to run a Happy Hour where no one can read the specials. He starts by writing them in Galactic Basic with the Aurabesh alphabet.






Then realizes not everyone will be able to read them and draws a bottle for ale, then a glass for whiskey and a mug with steam coming off of it for caf and hot chocolate. Once it looks like it will work, he finds a nice Alderaan ale to drink and watches and listens to the Bar.

OOC: Cassian speaks Galactic Basic which resembles English but isn't and Festian which is like Spanish but isn't. Let me know how much translation fail you'd like in the thread, I can do everything from understanding almost everything to needing charades.
Aurabesh Translation: Happy Hour: Ale, Whiskey, Caf, Hot Chocolate
Tiny tag: Cassian Andor

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Oct. 18th, 2017 12:10 am
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Wilford needs to look at something that isn't a book written for a thirteen-year-old. He also needs to get something to eat before he collapses. Unfortunately, this means coming downstairs for a little while.

He could go home, but... no. He's not sure which is worse - staying here, or going back there, but he knows he's less likely to do something stupid here. Less likely to potentially ruin everything he's worked for.

Not that any of it really matters, in the grand scheme of things. Maybe he can go do whatever he wants, and things will still turn out, just as they're supposed to. Or maybe everything's already gone to hell, and this is the end result.

Trying not to think about any of this, and completely failing, Wilford makes his way over to the fireplace with a rice bowl and a fresh bottle of whiskey. And a new pack of cigarettes. If anybody wants to shout at him for smoking inside, they can get shouted at right back.

[ooc: Wilford is not currently experiencing any translation-based failures.]

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Oct. 17th, 2017 04:10 pm

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Oct. 17th, 2017 09:19 pm
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[oom: Fry faces the headmistress to determine whether he or Ben is the bully. His teacher ends up in some hot water too.]

Translation Fail Plot

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:06 pm
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Elrond Peredhil is intrigued.
So many languages.



It is clearly upsetting to a lot of people, so he is mindful of not letting his enthusiasm show.
And of course there is always a risk that it is somehow a part of something sinister.

Still.
Languages.

{ooc: Tolkien' s languages are inspired by real languages but they are not equivalent. Elrond knows most of them at least a little.}

Translation fail

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:33 am
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Varric got some requests from his publisher today. He's extremely suspicious of a few of her claims, but there's not much he can do about his supposedly awful Orlesian sales numbers just at the moment. It'll take him a while to get something written that suits their tastes. Maybe an awful romance serial? Something with a redheaded guard captain?

.... wait, it doesn't smell like the Hanged Man ...

"[Huh. Thought this place and me were on the outs,]" he says, and then pauses. "[Wait a second. When did they get this many different languages in here?]"

[OOC: Varric speaks the common tongue (or trade tongue), which sounds like English but isn't, and Orlesian, which sounds like French but isn't. He recognizes Antivan, Tevene, and Qunlat, but can't actually speak any of them.]

Translation fail

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:21 am
hecu_marine: John Cusack in WW II US Army fatigues and helmet, holding a rifle, looking unimpressed (not impressed)
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... okay, why does the Bar sound way the hell more like paying a visit to Andamooka than Shephard remembers? It hasn't been that long, has it?

It still has beer, right?

[OOC: Shephard speaks English, Mexican Spanish, and Satere-Mawe. He can also say incredibly vulgar and/or blasphemous things in English, Spanish, Satere-Mawe, German, Russian, Arabic, Huttese, Dutch, Quebecois, Brazilian Portuguese, Na'vi, Finnish, and... I've forgotten the others, but he was up to fifteen or sixteen different languages in which he could cuss. He used to run Happy Hours where he offered discounts to people who could teach him new curse words, so there is probably a good chance that he can swear in a language your pup recognizes.]

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Oct. 17th, 2017 09:16 am
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It's been a while since Peter was in the bar. He's been busy. Running across the continental United States to track down relatives your mother pissed off isn't always easy.

Also there's the whole thing with Nixon, but that's more of 'watching a train wreck in super slow motion' than 'actively keeping the world's shortest attention span from remembering Milliways'.

For now? There's a duct-tape-colored streak in the Bar working on the biggest pile of French fries he's ever managed to snare at once.

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Oct. 17th, 2017 09:13 am
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Ellen's not having trouble with the language today, which is just fine by her. She's got enough to deal with at home; there's been news coming up from DC and it's not really the greatest.

Getting a drink first is probably a good idea. She'll stump out to the back later (it's hard to do anything graceful in power armor and she just hasn't felt like taking hers off) and get some range practice in when she gets the chance. She's available either place, though.

translation fail

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:29 pm
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Enjolras was planning to eat lunch with a book on economic theory of an interplanetary collective in what he's fairly (but not totally) certain is another universe from Earth. (There's a little note on the frontispiece saying that it's been reformatted from the original into book form, but he hasn't yet worked out what exactly that original is.)

That was back when the text was readable, not to mention the writing system.

He's talked to other French-speaking friends at this point enough to know what the gist of the problem is, even if he has no idea of what's actually caused this or how to fix it. Neither does anyone else, though, as far as he knows. So it's worth taking some time to sit in the main bar and see if he can learn anything more on the subject, or pass on what he does know to anyone else who hasn't gotten the memo yet.

...He's not really confident in his ability to learn more than anyone else has so far, given that his languages are limited and his understanding of magic is far more so. But it doesn't hurt to try.

Besides, it was lunchtime anyway.


[Enjolras speaks French, along with mediocre Latin, more mediocre ancient Greek, and extremely mediocre English. After that we're down to charades.]

Translation Fail

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Ysalwen came in today to get some research done -- and maybe also to take a very long bath and launder all of her travel-stained clothes.

(Dust from the Exalted Plains gets everywhere, you know.)

But the research texts she pulled from the library -- their writing no longer looks familiar. Except for the actual Thedosian documents she has, but the physics texts, and the nuclear reactor diagrams --

She can remember what they used to look like, but that isn't the same thing at all.

"[Damn]," she says in trade tongue, which sounds like English but isn't, really. Maybe someone who's already here knows what this is about?

Liranan looks up from his position under Ysa's chair, yipping sharply. Is something wrong?

[ooc: Ysalwen speaks the common tongue (or trade tongue), which sounds like English but isn't, Orlesian, which sounds like French but isn't, Antivan, which sounds like a cross between Spanish and Italian but isn't either of those, Qunlat, and Tevene, which sounds like Latin but super isn't. 'Sounds like' is not the same as being mutually comprehensible, in this case.]

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Oct. 16th, 2017 01:42 pm
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[OOM: Sabine lives by a motto, if you're going to boast, be sure you can back up your claims.]

A young Mando'a walks in rubbing at her throat as the Front Door closes behind her. Heading to the bar, she croaks out, "Tea. Hot," before her voice cracks and fades. Bar thoughtfully provides a hot cup of Earl Grey with honey and lemon, with a back up carafe. Taking a sip, Sabine sighs in relief as she looks around for familiar faces.

[OOC: Not part of the translation plot, but she's got her own challenges with communication today.]

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Oct. 16th, 2017 08:25 pm
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Guppy's counsellor suggested that he should take up a new nice relaxing hobby. After some contemplation, he narrowed his choices down, and today he's in the gym trying weightlifting.

So far, he is bench pressing an entire 15kg, and has succeeded in not giving himself a hernia.

[ooc: Translation field currently working]

Translation Fail

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:58 pm
bringspeopletogether: ([origins] oh maker's breath)
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Ferelden's enjoyed a rare bit of quiet the past few weeks, so Alistair hasn't felt the need to sneak into Milliways for a breather. (To him, that's all it's been: a few weeks.) Unfortunately, that changed a couple of hours ago when an advisor deposited a report from the Dalish territories on his desk.

The news is...not good. The sort of not-good that might require an in-person visit.

And if Alistair is going to visit the Dalish? That brings a whole new set of problems completely independent of the whole kingly business.

He's by the fire, frowning down at the report (written in common tongue), as Fuzzy naps at his feet. A glass of wine rests on a small table next to his chair. This might become a two-glasses-of-wine report in an hour or so.



[Alistair speaks common tongue (which sounds vaguely like English), 101-level Orlesian (vaguely French), and a smattering of Tevene (vaguely Latin) and Elvhen. Though...let's be real, most of what he knows in Orlesian and Tevene is just curse words.

Fuzzy does not speak, because Fuzzy is a dog, but he responds to commands in common tongue.]

Translation Fail Plot

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:46 pm
iprotectyou: Baze giving someone an incredulous look, furrowing his brow (are you serious)
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That's... That's a lot of fish. They're congregating in one spot in the lake, creating a ruckus. Baze is murmuring words in Jedhan to Chirrut, describing the way the creatures slimy, sinuous bodies slide over each other. All Chirrut can hear is splashing anyway, though there is a lot of that.

"[That one had five eyes, I think. I wonder how many of these animals are from Earth?]" Baze says, one arm wrapped around his friend.

"[Well, if they're all in one spot, they should be easy to catch. Do you think they'd make good eating?]" Chirrut asks back, more willing to get into this problem since he probably will not be asked to actually cook any of the said fish.

Baze throws his head back and laughs. "[You chowhound. Always thinking with your stomach.]" Baze clearly approves of this. Chirrut does need to eat, and, though he's been putting on weight since they've arrived at Milliways, it will never be enough for the mother hen.

"[If you want, I could eat less, but I was under the impression that was not appreciated...]" Chirrut retorts, unafraid to sass his much larger friend despite his proximity.

"[Don't you dare,]" Baze says, punching his friend in the chest.

(OOC: Baze and Chirrut can speak Basic, Jedhan, and a thieves cant.)
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