In Wall-E there is a scene where E.V.E asks Wall-E what his "directive" is, but she first asks it in three different languages; what are those languages that E.V.E speaks?

Are they human languages, or are they alien?

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    The real question is, why doesn't she speak English to begin with, but that's another story.
    – Möoz
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 22:11
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    They're all Earth languages, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to start with any of them. Also, unless I've forgotten something (it happens), there's no conclusive proof that the story takes place in America, we just assume so because WALL-E understands English (Obviously, that wouldn't be the case when the film is dubbed into other languages). It could be that in this future, the world is far more homogeneous - there's McDonalds in almost every country now. Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 15:29
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    Useful to keep in mind that EVE's is just to collect samples and return. There was no strong expectation that EVE would encounter anything that needed to be communicated with (WALL-E's presence there is unusual, and only because the little robot has managed to maintain himself for so long), so her communication skills are limited. She seems to be improvising her sounds, as if she's repurposing mechanisms that produce sounds into words since WALL-E can't understand her otherwise. Her algorithm for selecting languages to try is probably almost random.
    – shim
    Commented Aug 1, 2023 at 17:29

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The script indicates that they're German ("Weisung"), Japanese ("Meirei - 命令") and Swahili ("Maelekezo")

EVE (hums): [So what's your story?]

Wall-E falls backwards with surprise. [Me?]

Eve scrolls through a variety of languages:

EVE: (German)

WALL-E: [Huh?]

EVE: (Swahili)

WALL-E (beeps): [Oh, I understand that!]

  • Weisung, Meirei, and no idea what the spelling on the last one is.
    – user40790
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:25
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    @Terriblefan - My German and Japanese were up to the task but my Swahili is very rusty. I had to go and look it up.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:28
  • Apparently it's "Instructions" translated. Just like Weisung is actually "reason" (and a loan word from Latin languages).
    – user40790
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:31
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    @Terriblefan - Literally "command/directive" in German, "order/directive" in Japanese and something like "Instructions" in Swahili.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 21:35

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