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I'm trying to write some fluff and I need to know how the tau learn languages. Say they make contact with a new species and they don't know their language. Obviously they cant use telepathy to help like most other races as their not pschic. So do they learn it the traditional way over time or do they have some technology that helps them translate?
Thanks for any tips.
in the book Fire Warrrior (i don't know the author), they have a special implant that gives them information when needed, so even the lowest-ranking Shas'la can speak imperial, recognise a Space Marine, etc.
But as to how they learn originally, i just assumed the Ethereals get involved, that seems to be the answer to most things like that (how we learned to communicate with vespid, for example)
"To follow any path other than the Tau'va is to doom us all. Only together and with courage and discipline shall we stand victorious. Fight with fire and courage and nothing can stand against us."
- Commander Shadowsun
I think they have to do as we do learn slowly by trial and error, even the Vepids helm only provides a level of understanding, and a reluctance of the Tau to learn other languages unless pushed.
Fire Warrior: "Greetings life form! Are you prepared to join the Greater Good?"
Life Form: "Que?"
Fire Warrior: "I must inform you that refusal to join the Greater Good is hazardous to your health!"
Life Form: "Que dices?"
Fire Warrior: "Let it be known that life form refuses to assimilate to the Greater Good!"
Life Form: "No me hablo Tau"
Fire Warrior: "Fire!"
"L'adace, l'adace, toujours ladace"
- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
Don't give the enemy a moment to consider how badly they are being beaten.
Never build defenses; let the enemy die in theirs.
"Audacity, audacity, always audacity"
- Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.
Well, I believe the Water caste are experts at that sort of thing. Presumably they also have very advanced computers with what are essentially code-breaking algorithms to speed the whole thing up.
I've always seen the Tau as an asian like culture, the cloths that are shown in the new codex seem very asian like, their caste system seems to be based on confusious, and indeed they where originaly going to be named the tao. So I see "For the Greater Good" as a reflection of what the emperor in "The Hero" (Jet Lee movie) was trying to do, that is to unite everyone so that there may eventualy be peace, not subjugate them or simply kill them because they can't communicate. It's my belife (or perhaps wish) that the tau would go out of their way as much as possible to learn to communicate with alien races, once an allince is struck however I can undertand the tau wanting them to learn tau as they would then be able to communicate with every race in the tau empire (once again this subject was brought up in "The Hero" when the emperor was told that there were 19 diffrent ways to write sword.)
Any way back to the topic at hand: So the way I understand it is that the tau have to learn new languages like we do during the first contact with another race. I guess that makes sence.