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In 2152, Sato spoke with Feezal Phlox in the Denobulan language. Feezal told Charles Tucker III, Sato had spoken how attractive she found Tucker, but Sato claimed she was only talking about grammar. (ENT: "Stigma")
In 2267, James T. Kirk explained the universal translator to Zefram Cochrane, stating the device compared the frequency of brainwave patterns, selected universal ideas and concepts inherent to all intelligent life and then provided the necessary grammar. (TOS: "Metamorphosis")
In 2368, Data stated that it wasn't possible to translate the Tamarian language just by understanding it's allegorical nature, but not the concrete images. He compared this to knowing the grammar of a language, but none of the vocabulary. (TNG: "Darmok")
In 2370, Deep Space 9's universal translator had difficulty translating the Skrreean language, causing Miles O'Brien to surmise that their syntax and grammatical structure were markedly different from anything in the station's database. (DS9: "Sanctuary")