How does everyone in MK understand each other?
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How does everyone in MK understand each other?
06/03/2014 11:58 PM EST
Does everyone speak the same language in every realm? But, what are the chances of that?
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06/04/2014 01:21 AM EST
That's a good question. They're probably gonna bring up some "magical mist" bullshit put up by the Elder Gods so anyone from various realms can understand each other. If all the realms really spoke good English, then they must have been closely observing Earth without interference, waiting for English to immerse as the global language so during this time they can learn to speak it.

However this would throw out all the other possibilities like why haven't the realms interacted before the 10th tournament or learned other dominant languages such as Latin, Greek, or Mandarin Chinese for that matter.

These are just crackpot hypotheses I put up.
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06/04/2014 10:08 AM EST
Other than the obvious explanation about this being fiction, my theory is that all the other realms might have had enough interractions with humans to eventually learn all, or at least many of our languages. Shang Tsung and Goro no doubt encountered humans of various nationalities during the MK tournaments. Maybe there also were other human allies like Kano to help the people from other realms learn our languages. Sorcerers like Shang Tsung and Quan Chi might have some spell that allows them to instantly learn new languages.

There's plenty of potential in-universe explanations, but in the end, like the Stargate TV shows, the writers probably wanted the story to go straight to the point, which, in MK's case, means "FIGHT!".
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06/04/2014 01:38 PM EST
The MK universe is a dream a comatose ubergod is having.

Do people ever have language barrier issues in your dreams?
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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
06/04/2014 05:59 PM EST
There are language barriers on Earth only with their own people, but not outworlders?
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06/04/2014 08:29 PM EST

This is something we as the audience and players of the game are not supposed to question. I mean look at Stat Wars and like every other movie or game with people from different dimensions, they all speak English because we speak English.

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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
06/05/2014 07:02 AM EST
It's an American game, so everyone speaks English.

It's as simple as that.

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06/27/2014 02:14 PM EST
RazorsEdge701 Wrote:The MK universe is a dream a comatose ubergod is having.
Do people ever have language barrier issues in your dreams?


As a linguist i sometimes dream in fluent Spanish/French.
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06/30/2014 01:31 PM EST
RazorsEdge701 Wrote:
The MK universe is a dream a comatose ubergod is having.

Do people ever have language barrier issues in your dreams?

I have never even thought of this. Major kudos, friend, I always just rolled with it.
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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
07/01/2014 05:30 AM EST
DG1OA Wrote:
Other than the obvious explanation about this being fiction


God, you'd think this would be a good enough fucking explanation, y'know?

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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
07/01/2014 02:04 PM EST
blacksaibot Wrote:
DG1OA Wrote:
Other than the obvious explanation about this being fiction


God, you'd think this would be a good enough fucking explanation, y'know?
Again, people on Earthrealm are /shown/ to speak different languages from each other! But not in other realms? Come on. It's not like most fictions where everyone on Earth mysteriously speaks the same language, so no one questions the aliens doing it, too. So, no, it's not a "good enough fucking explanation." I guess we should sweep any other question under the rug with that mentality.
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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
07/02/2014 01:05 AM EST
Having tournaments between realms wouldn't work very well if the competitors didn't speak the same language.

We know that in the early history of EVERY realm, the gods played a big hand in guiding and shaping human civilizations.

Also, there was a lot of early migration and interconnection between realms either hinted at or outright described, because A) there's ancient Edenian language in Onaga's tomb in Outworld, B) Edenia is named after the Garden of Eden, which in Christianity is the first world humans lived in before they fucked it up and were forced to move to Earth, and C) one of the oldest events in MK canon is the Elder Gods tasked a bunch of mortal sorcerers to build portals and settlements like Nekros, the Netherealm town in Deception Konquest that would make things easier like sharing knowledge, or their Champions' quests to find the Kamidogus.

What if "English" is just our name for a tongue the gods spread around a lot so people in every realm would be able to understand each other?
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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
07/02/2014 07:35 AM EST
I was wondering a similar thing, Razor; some interesting thoughts as usual. Oh; I didn't know Onaga's tomb inscriptions were written in Edenian... or if I did, I forgot. Jeez. Again, thanks.
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RE: How does everyone in MK understand each other?
07/02/2014 12:28 PM EST
It's mentioned in Sindel's Deception ending.
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