Guy Gardener wrote:
We only think that it's all in English.
I was referring more to the characters rather than the language. The English alphabet. Which is remarkably close to the French alphabet (minor accenting changes), both of which are among the dozens of alphabets derived from the Latin Alphabet, itself derived from the Greek and Phoenician alphabets.
The universal Translator effects text as well as spoken language. It's always been a telepathic device that changes how your brain receives information... which is what I tried to say so unsuccessfully before and Teacake made a little joke about because of the Christmas Invasion and a couple other episodes of Doctor who where they tried to explain their universal translator...
"So I'm speaking English, and they're hearing Latin, but what happens if I speak Latin? Will they hear Latin or English?'
The Romans listening to Donna heard "Welsh".