I think it's wierd that they have an explanation for everything in the show, but not why everyone speaks english. That is quite strange thinking of all the languages here on earth, any theories? Like long range telepathy or something? :P Iaselar 10:05, 26 July 2008 (UTC)

The reason why everybody on every planet can speak english is mainly because the writers want them to speak English, so it could be more convenient for the viewers to understand. So it's mainly not really a telepathy thing. I did read on one of the Stargate websites, I'm not sure which one quite a while ago, and one of the FAQs was "Why could everyone speak English" and the answer was something like that. It's mainly a convenient understanding thing, I mean if the French had a sci-fi franchise where they go to other planets to meet aliens, and I suspect they might, then all the aliens would speak French. Same for German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish etc etc. Matthew R Dunn 11:21, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
My thoughts with regards to everyone speaking English..."Quiet, you!" -- SFH 15:56, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
I Know that is is for convenient storytelling, I'm just asking if anyone has any possible theories. Iaselar 15:35, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
OK, how's this for a probably theory, at least for the Asgard and the ascended Ancients. We know that in history, the Asgard has been looking over other planets for research, learning about them etc. One of those planets was Earth, so the Asgard could theoretically learn English (of all languages) on their travels there. Also, that could be the same story for the ascended Ancients. But this is just some of the purest speculation I can give, so DON'T write it down. Matthew R Dunn 18:06, 31 July 2008 (UTC)
Ok, that covers the Ascended and the Asgard worishiping humans. Now we need a theory for the Goa'uld, Jaffa, Ancients, Nox, Tollans, Ori, the Giant aliens, all non Asgard humans in the Milkyway, Pegasus and Ori galaxies. :P
Came up with a theory for the Ancients in the episode Before I Sleep, if Orlin was an Ancient, that means that all Ancients have some sort of telepathy wich means that they could learn someones language by "probing" their minds just like the Nox did with SG-1. Iaselar 08:16, 12 August 2008 (UTC)
I've briefly edited the page to give a more fully understanded background to the history of english language and a brief speculation to the asgard having their role in rooting it as stated on the Asgard page, although sources may be needed. Nevertheless, i've had my own theories of why everyone speaks english unknowingly, see thats the thing. they unknowingly speak it. personally I say it the work of the Ancients not from some device, but currently watching over the galaxy. Once they saw the tau'ri exploring the galaxy FINALLY, an ancient broke the rules to control the minds of humans to an extent that they all spoke english without realising it.--Benxander 23:55, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
I've always wondered this to, and for my own sanity I came up with the conclusion that, at this present time, all languages spoken on Earth are their natural path of evolution of language. So logically, with humans seeded throughout the galaxy, English (among other languages, although we don't see them as often) is what their linguistic skills eventually evolved into, thus allowing them to speak modern English! In most cases, they come across races whose English is slightly different, has accents, or uses different words for things, or even some Goa'uld words for things (logically since they've been serving the Goa'uld for ages now), and that just shows that the evolution of the language does take different paths while ending up similar. Likewise, the Goa'uld learned English from their followers, and the Goa'uld and Human influence on the galaxy spread it to other races! Yes, it's grabbing at straws, but I like to have an in-universe explanation for as much as I can! Cmantito 01:34, 3 February 2009 (UTC)
"We know that in history, the Asgard has been looking over other planets for research, learning about them etc. One of those planets was Earth, so the Asgard could theoretically learn English (of all languages) on their travels there. Also, that could be the same story for the ascended Ancients." I like this as well. It makes sense. Now pick any arbitrary race who has dealings with the Goa'uld that the SGC hasn't met yet, make them have been watching Earth, learning the modern languages, and then using it with the Goa'uld, whose influence, one again, spread it throughout the galaxy. Just another grab at the straws I suppose, but I like this too. Cmantito 01:37, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

English didn't evolve from Latin, the Romans brought Latin over in their invasion of Britain around abouts first century AD and once all Celtic tribes were conquered they ruled over them and shared culture. Although they shared the culture the celts didnt pick up Latin tremendously, though a few words did cross over. When the Romans left Britain to fight a greater battle elsewhere - the Celts were left with their Celtic languages again only slightly tainted with latin. The Anglo-Saxons saw that Britain was now unoccupied and moved in with their Old English - which the celts picked up much easier. The next time that latin was introduced to the isle was in the evolution of the Romanic languages of French in 1066. Thus, this is why i believe the last edit is inaccurate.--Benxander 23:24, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

I think the reason English is so common in star gate universe is because the ancients hade there own language as well as English so when they engineered life on over planets to evolve in to humans they some how gave this universal language they could use When they meet each over like an Ancient Esperanto Unsigned comment by (talk • contribs).

There is no solid proof of there being any explanation as to why various races and species speak English, therefore your assumption shouldn't be listed within the Notes Section. Not only is that why this page has been edited but also due to your poor grammar and spelling.--Benxander 15:32, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

time travel?

Earth have taken over the universe or something.. then going back in time to edit the language of everything because..they wanted it... or some alternate universe ... thing... where English is t..

yeah... -- 04:27, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

The DHDs Translate?Edit

I am going to suggest something that I honestly do not know why nobody has ever suggested before. What if its the DHDs that do it? I mean, they do collect A LOT of data, (i.e. they can calculate the movement direction of the star of the planet they are on and relay to every gate in the galaxy) so maybe there are other detectors on that big glowy red/blue thing. maybe they use some sort of telepathic Translation Circuit that passively translates most languages as soon as they are detected. Then one might ask, why is it that the ancients didnt use the same sort of technology to relay whole databases into people's minds remotely? I think the answer is that the act of speaking a language you know is not a memory based skill, it is simply an acquired skill that can be altered passively. When the first team went to Abydos, English had not ever been encountered by the network, so it took some time for enough of it to be understood for it to be assimilated.

A person has been exposed to this they probably retain the ability to understand other languages that have also been encountered by the DHD network for some time, explaining why aliens that have not be first met by stargate, like Vala in prometheus unbound, were able to understand english.

Other earth languages are not being translated is another unique attribute of earth not having a DHD in use (The Beta gate DHD was presumably on low power and never actually dialed a stargate until the NID used it, but intentionally covertly. In fact it would have made sense for the Russians and the NID to rip out their respective translation circuits just to be safe). and has never ever in the interest of any party in the universe to have the translation circuit work on earth so in any instance of DHD exposure on earth (and their arent that many in stargate), it would be assumed that all parties would take the same precaustions

Of coarse, this does mean that during the time that the Alpha Gate was active in Egypt everyone on earth was able to speak the same language, but all of this simultanious with aliens being seen descending from the sky and using "magic" and the Human race has forgotten that by the present day, maybe the fact that every knew speak other's language didn't make much of a difference in the long run with everything else going on. then when the DHD was disconnected and buried it's translator ceased to function and everyone could no longer speak the same language, so maybe the Tower of babel myth has some truth to it after all!

As for the amlmost immediate mutual understanding of the local Athosian language, that may be explained by the fact that eaither the pegasus DHD translator is either more advanced or their language is closer to latin so it is more easily translated to Anglo Saxon which still retains many romance language loanwords brought over by the Normans, in short they are quicker to assimilate than Africa based egyptian.

As further evidence, this may also explain how the Latin like language of the Ancients was brought to Greece and the Itlian peninsula, it is possible that during the time that the Beta gate was on, it allowed the ancients to communicate with everyone on the planet, long enough for them to teach their language to those peoples, seeing as many were going to be staying for a great deal of time. The Etruscans and other italian peoples, being culture hogs as they are, caught on to the language more readily than the greeks as they depended on the greek colonies, (or the ancients living in them!) on their shores for a great deal of cultural influence.

Finally as evidence, I would like to point to the Universal use of english by the Multi-national Atlantis expedition, with the exception of the occasional mumbling in Czech by Zelenka (which is mostly curse words and is not enough information to be inputted into the translators) everyone speaks english for everything! all of Weir's announcements in the city are all universally in english as well.

I put a lot of work into this statement (which ahs probably reached record size on this wiki) and I hope that it is taken into consideration. Thanks for reading!-- 23:08, June 7, 2010 (UTC)

It's possible, and in may ways it wouldn't be too surprising. When you consider that the communication stones (which are tiny) can read/write data to the user's mind over interplanetary distances (and, according to Daniel, the LRCDs can translate, and they're not much bigger), and when you consider just how big the DHDs are compared to other stuff that does the same thing like Ancient remotes (which are earlier technology), then it's not a great leap to suggest that the DHDs do more than just dial gates and update reletive positions (something which the show has almost disproven that they do anyway). And, to be fair, a translation circuit isn't that implausable. It's also supported in a way because the Blue aliens don't speak English, and they've never encountered a DHD, and the fact that Daniel was surprised that they spoke English in the Ori galaxy (which as far as he knew had no gates, so the device must translate, but it also suggests that he knows that DHDs do translate and that's why he was surprised that they could speak English despite not having one). Sman789 (talk) (Contribs) 16:59, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
We will have to wait until other aliens show up in Universe to see exactly how viable this theory is, and I am hoping that if it isn't, then at least I hope Eli or somebody makes some wisecrack about why everybody speaks the same language!-- 22:15, June 8, 2010 (UTC)
Post the idea on GateWorld, people talk more there :) Sman789 (talk) (Contribs) 18:38, June 10, 2010 (UTC)

Ancient English Edit

MAYBY the ancients returning from Atlantis or Merlin influenced the English Language. Many Pegasus-Humans speak English. Perhaps in the Pegasusgalaxy the Latin-Ancient-Language evolved to English-Ancient (The word Reflect in Merlins Cave on Earth is written in Ancient Symbols, but in English-Language) and they brought it back to our galaxy. The midevial planet of Sokar (unlikely since the gate was a doorway to hell for those people) and the Planets populated by Merlin and Morgan, might also spread the English Language.

The Abydonians learned English from Daniel. The Asgard learned it from the Tauri. The Nox learned it from SG1 and the Goauld and Jaffa probably learned it from the Planets of Merlin, or from the Asgard-Protected planets (Cimmeria etc) which learned it from the Asgards, as they saw that English has become one of the most known languages on Midgard.

The Athosians might have learned English from the atlantis expedition: Mayby they were speaking latin and the members of the expedition were all able to understand latin. Weir and McKay were able to read ancient language and sheppard cauld have learned latin in school or when he prepaired for the expedition (He is very smart, could habe been a MENSA-member). they knew they were seeking for the ancients so many of the expedition could have learned their Language. sg2780.226.228.136 11:53, March 19, 2010 (UTC)

what's odd for me is that they can understand slang such as "crap" and "damn" which originated from earth (maybe thomas crapper was actually an ancient?) - see here ASDF1239 DISCUSSION 04:41, March 27, 2010 (UTC)

Goa'uld english Edit

My theory is this: The goa's have genetic memory. That means all of 'em can speak english. Huh, no?

Lazy WritingEdit

Anyone could tell that the widespreadness of English is just a plot hole the writers didn't bother to fill. It's possible they were afraid of becoming to similar to star trek if they used some sort of universal translator. Anyway, it's virtually impossible for two ​​languages to develop identically for longer than a few years. They said it themselves in "the pagasus project". So no, it's no "natural linguistic development" involved. I like the DHD-translator idea. That really sound like something from a stargate plot. It's just a little to specualtive. Thomsons Gazelle (talk) (Contribs) 23:39, December 12, 2012 (UTC) 

Suspension of disbelief Edit

The writers felt no need to make up a plot line to cover this. The show was never written to take itself too seriously, they could easily have made up a universal translator like Star Trek did, but since it would have been an obvious plot device and a copy, in a galaxy where nearly all the planets are conveniently populated by humans anyway, they trusted their viewers to suspend their own disbelief while they watch a fictional show.

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