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    Default Which wuxia characters are known to be multilingual?

    Who are the known polyglots of wuxia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Who are the known polyglots of wuxia?
    Do the obvious ones such as Xiao Yuanshan speaking Khitan, Tibetan Monk speaking Tibetan (although he might not have spoken Han, he could understand it) count?

    Lu Xiaofeng could speak Mandarin as well as Cantonese, but that's probably a dialect thing (like Huang Rong speaking in Lin An accent).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Who are the known polyglots of wuxia?
    There's your favourite - Guo Jing! Having grown up on the Mongolian plains, he was completely fluent in the Mongolian language, and used it all the time while in Mongolia, speaking Chinese only with his mother and teachers. By contrast, the Mongolians generally didn't know any Chinese, so there was little interaction between them and the Han characters in the LOCH novel (unlike in TVB's LOCH '82...).

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    The fourth Wudang hero knew Mongolian I believe.

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    IIRC, Huang Rong knows sign language if that counts.

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    Zhu Ziliu knew Hindi (or whatever language the Indian monk spoke).
    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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    Whoever read the Sanskrit parts of 9yin and 9yang manuals should know Sanskrit, right?

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    Qian Tongsi (BXJ) speaks Portuguese.
    忽见柳荫下两个小孩子在哀哀痛哭,瞧模样正是武敦儒、武修文兄弟。郭芙大声叫道:「喂,你们在干甚麽?」武 修文回头见是郭芙,哭道:「我们在哭,你不见麽?」

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Liew View Post
    Do the obvious ones such as Xiao Yuanshan speaking Khitan, Tibetan Monk speaking Tibetan (although he might not have spoken Han, he could understand it) count?
    Sure, why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Liew View Post
    Lu Xiaofeng could speak Mandarin as well as Cantonese, but that's probably a dialect thing (like Huang Rong speaking in Lin An accent).
    I sort of wonder if Luk Siu Fung was a native of Guangdong province? Not only does he speak Cantonese, but Guangdong was the first location that came to his mind when he talked with the Four Imperial Guards about getting witnesses to testify that he was elsewhere (not the Forbidden City) that day.

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    Yeung Hong and Wanyan Hong Lik speak both mandarin and Jin's language.
    Kangxi, Qianlong and qing officials speak both mandarin and manchu language.
    Princess Fragrance and her sister speak both mandarin and xinjiang language.
    THe persians from HSDS speak both their native language and mandarin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    Qian Tongsi (BXJ) speaks Portuguese.
    Might be the only Chinese character in wuxia to speak a European language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Kwok View Post
    There's your favourite - Guo Jing! Having grown up on the Mongolian plains, he was completely fluent in the Mongolian language, and used it all the time while in Mongolia, speaking Chinese only with his mother and teachers. By contrast, the Mongolians generally didn't know any Chinese, so there was little interaction between them and the Han characters in the LOCH novel (unlike in TVB's LOCH '82...).
    The Jiangnan Freaks were also fluent in Chinese and Mongolian.

    Edit: Yideng knew both Chinese and Sanskrit, as shown when he translated the Sanskrit portion of 9 yin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Might be the only Chinese character in wuxia to speak a European language.
    WEI XIAO BAAOOO

    Also, I swear there's this exact same thread/list of chars floating around some where.

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    yep there were other thread.
    "Big Hero Linghu kills frogs with the Dugu Nine Swords!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sarakoth View Post
    WEI XIAO BAAOOO

    Also, I swear there's this exact same thread/list of chars floating around some where.
    What does WXB speak? I'm not too familiar with DOMD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Heiress View Post
    What does WXB speak? I'm not too familiar with DOMD.
    Russian. 10char

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarakoth View Post
    Russian. 10char
    Did he ever become fluent, or did he basically speak "tourist Russian?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Did he ever become fluent, or did he basically speak "tourist Russian?"
    I think he was pretty instrumental in negotiating peace terms with the Russians after the miniwar.

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    Pretty much anybody who traveled in Jiang Hu had to know just about every dialect known to the Central Plains. Only the Mandarins spoke Mandarin.

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