Friday's Father Speaks English?

Ok..Friday is from a remote African village and he could not speak or understand english until Crusoe taught him. Thus, his father would be of the same prior disposition. Assuming the father was taken from the village, where does he learn English from? and why does Friday choose to initiate conversation w/ him in English, his second language (3rd, 4th, whatever), and not his native tongue. At one point the father even references that Crusoe taught Friday English..hello this screams mistake!! Honestly..i love the show..it's great to see something different on tv these days..tried of the crime/forensics dramas and the overdone mystery/scifi shtick. Also, I don't think the writers did much research..as Crusoe was lost on an island off Chile..thus the natives/cannibals would be Amerindians(South American/Caribbean relatives of native Americans) so they not black..Actually this tribe would probably have been Caribs..I get that they are trying to make the tribe more nomadic so Friday's cannibalism seems more spiritual as opposed to their bloodlust..but more factual storylines would be more pleasing to my and i'm sure others' palettes.

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Nov 19, 2008 4:57AM EST

Santana taught him I suppose? Or maybe some else taught him because it is stated they're a fast learner and can speak many languages. Friday learns English in six months. So maybe his father learn English after he was taken. I don't really know. But talking to his father in English is weird. he should be talking his native tongue. I dont really remember the novel so no comment about the cannibal races. But the show is good to me for now.

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Nov 19, 2008 5:26PM EST

It probably has more to do with the actors having to learn all that dialog in a language that's probably dead or at least hard to do. A few sentences here and there is different than having a long, drawn out conversation.

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Nov 21, 2008 7:18PM EST

I don't really expect TV or movies to be perfect with the languages they use. It's a fun tv show, so I'd reccomend that you just let the small mistakes go.

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Nov 21, 2008 7:52PM EST

plus an emotional conversation between father and son that we couldnt understand wouldnt make too much sence

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Nov 23, 2008 12:27PM EST

According to the novel, the island Crusoe was on was east of the Windward Islands in the Carribean, hence Santana and the Spanish Inquisition being close by. Friday would be a native Carib Indian then, some of whom practiced cannibalism and human sacrifice.

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Dec 7, 2008 8:19AM EST

I'm pretty sure that they reference that Santana taught Friday's father English while they were both imprisoned together, which would make sense as to how they got close and developed the trusting friendship they were told to have... as for him speaking with Friday in English instead of their native language, I would guess that's just for our viewing pleasure and if you're a fan of the show like I am, I think we can let a few inconsistancy's slide and just take the show for what it is; entertainment, and not a factual documentary of Crusoe and Friday. It's television and I was always taught "Don't believe everything you see on television"... I guess that stands here.

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