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
    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. Feb 14, 2017 at 15:29

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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
    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
    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
    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
    Feb 13, 2017 at 21:35

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