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Posted May 9th, 2012 at 6:58 AM by Mr Cat Dog
Updated May 10th, 2012 at 12:52 AM by Mr Cat Dog

OK, so I found this video on YouTube and it's essentially the first Pokemon anime theme song sung in nine different languages. Pretty cool, no? I've embedded it below, so have a listen:

When I was listening to it, I could help but wonder if these were a) the real versions played on German/Norwegian/Spanish/whatever televisions; and b) if they were exact translations of the English version that most of us know and love.

SO HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN! Consider it your civic duty to PC to round up everyone you know that speaks any of the languages sung in the above clip (German, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Polish, Spanish and French) to get a complete and comprehensive translation from each of the languages into English. Chain them to a laptop if you have to!* Or don't... it's your choice. You can just listen and find out which language you like best based on this completely unrepresentative sample.

Oh, and I found the above clip completely accidentally. I was in the middle of a 20+ listen through to the song embedded below - probably the greatest moment in Phineas and Ferb - when I just happened to stumble upon it!

You're welcome, PC! :D

*Don't actually chain your friends to their laptops. That would be cruel.
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  1. Old Comment
    TIL that the german pokemon intro was badass and the american version finished mid sentence .
    Posted May 9th, 2012 at 8:04 AM by Liliana Vess Liliana Vess is offline
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    Taro Tanaka's Avatar
    I'd take care of the Spanish portion, but I'm just too lazy to watch the video.
    Posted May 9th, 2012 at 12:29 PM by Taro Tanaka Taro Tanaka is offline
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    Oryx's Avatar
    The french one is something like:

    One day I will be the best Pokemon trainer
    I will battle without respite
    I will make them be victorious
    And beat the challenges
    I will travel the entire Earth
    Chasing(/hunting) with hope
    The Pokemon and their mysteries
    The secret of their power

    Catch them all!
    It's our story
    Together for the victory
    Nothing will stop us
    Our friendship will triumph

    Catch them all!
    Even at our age
    A voyage of learning
    That demands courage

    Catch them all!
    Catch them all!

    I'm not completely fluent in it but that's the gist of it haha. So it looks like they translated exactly as much as possible, while still making it make sense in French, haha.
    Posted May 9th, 2012 at 1:36 PM by Oryx Oryx is offline
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    Ivysaur's Avatar
    The European Spanish translation:

    I will be the very best that there will ever be
    My cause is to train them after catching them
    I'll travel to every place, I'll visit every corner
    And finally understand the power that's inside

    Pokémon! Catch'em all! It's you and me.
    It's my destiny, it's my goal, Pokemon!

    You are my loyal friend, we must defend each other
    Pokémon! Catch'em all, yeah!
    Well be better in the end
    I teach you, and you'll teach me
    Po-ké-mon! Catch'em all, catch'em all, Pokémon!
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:02 AM by Ivysaur Ivysaur is offline
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    bobandbill's Avatar
    The Polish one is like the above - it follows the lyrics pretty decently. At the very worst I imagine it's the same gist of the meaning for the other songs too (don't see much reason for one to break the trend). Oh, and I'm fairly sure Finland's is also similar, having had a conversation on this with someone from there ages ago.

    Kinda nostalgic for me, this, given although I haven't watched much of the anime, most of what I have watched was in polish, during a 2 month holiday when I was a kid there. (Winter sometimes involved stay-at-home days, heh).

    I ain't got rhythm...
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 4:06 AM by bobandbill bobandbill is online now
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    Forever's Avatar
    This is why Ole should be at PC tbh. Well that and other reasons.
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 4:39 AM by Forever Forever is offline
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    stars's Avatar
    Haha :D the Swedish translation, almost exact:

    Now I'm planning to be the very best
    And build up a team
    'cause I will search and catch the most
    And train them every day

    I will travel from city to city
    Searching pokémon
    Then I will see, though level by level
    Where the power comes from

    Pokémon, gotta capture more (it's you and me)
    Together we'll be a team
    Pokémon, oooh my best friend
    We save the world all over again

    Pokémon, gotta capture more (totally ok)
    We know how to be alright
    You teach me and I teach you

    Pokémon! I will capture more! Gotta capture more! Pokémon!
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 7:37 AM by stars stars is offline
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    Alright then, here's the German translation:

    I want to be the very best
    As no one before me was
    All alone I catch them [this sounds really awkward without the verb being reflexive]
    I know the danger

    I roam through the entire land
    I search far and wide
    The Pokemon - to understand [for some reason the article here in the singular form, which is, honestly, just weird]
    What grants it this power

    Come snatch them
    Just me and you
    In all whatever I do [Yes, I am aware this doesn't make a lot of sense - the untranslated line doesn't, either]
    You, my best friend
    Come save the world
    Come snatch them
    Your heart is good
    We rely on our courage
    I learn from you and you from me
    Come snatch them
    Come snatch them

    No matter how hard my way is
    I put up with it
    I want the place that belongs to me
    I never give up

    Come let us show the entire world
    That we are friends
    Together we ride [?] into battle [I honestly don't know the exact English equivalent for the idiom used here]
    The best team wins


    Come and snatch them
    Come and snatch them
    Come and snatch them, yes

    (chorus, this time without the last two lines)

    Oh god, this all sounds awfully awkward. And boy, this was harder work than the 6-hour final English exam I had the joy of writing 1½ weeks ago, I swear.
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 12:11 PM by mondays suck mondays suck is offline
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    Spanish Part goes like this

    I'll come to be the best.
    The best there's ever been.
    Beign Trainer is my cause.
    Behind my great real test.

    I'll travel to any place.
    I'll arrive to any corner.
    I'll come to disentangle.
    The power there's in Pokemon.

    It's Pokemon!
    Get Them All!
    It's my destiny, my vision!
    You are my loyal friend!
    We must defend each other!
    It's Pokemon!
    We'll be better at last!
    I teach you and you teach me!
    Get Them All!
    Get Them All!

    Once I translated it, I came to realize, god, this looks nothing like the original!
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 1:37 PM by Vato Vato is offline
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    Mr Cat Dog's Avatar
    This is so good, you guys! (And we even have our first discrepancies-in-translation, yay!)

    Emblems for everyone who provided full translations! :D
    Posted May 10th, 2012 at 3:44 PM by Mr Cat Dog Mr Cat Dog is offline
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    Can't translate at all w/out google. XD

    Its not the best moment in Phineas and Ferb. Trust me, Im an addict to this series.
    Try this.
    Posted May 25th, 2012 at 1:05 PM by Cosmotone8 Cosmotone8 is offline
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    Gonzo's Avatar
    I just say this post, lol.
    I can translate both Polish and Russian (if I find the lyrics), and actually, Polish version starts with the second verse, not the first one

    (This isn't in the opening)
    I wanna be the very best,
    like no one ever was.
    I have to pass an important test,
    train all of them.
    I will travel across the land,
    I'll find my [inner] power.
    I want to understand the world of Pokemon,
    I'll find all of them because...

    Pokemon! Do you have them all?
    It's you and me!
    We have to save the world!
    It's a friend of mine!
    Shoulder to shoulder in a great combat!
    It's exactly you!
    Courage will strenghten us up!
    Train with me, the time has come!
    Pokemon! Do you have them all?
    Do you have them all?

    (This is actually what you can hear in the opening)
    When the destiny challenges you,
    Stand with courage and fight!
    You will regain the thing someone took from you if you're brave, <-------- sounds so awkward in English, but I'm trying to be as litteral as possible.
    Come with me, the time has come, nobody is equal [context meaning: as good as] with us!
    Can you feel the taste of Victory? It's exactly what we've planned!


    (end of the opening)

    Do you have them all?
    Do you have them all?
    Do you have them all?



    I will add Russian translation as soon as I find the lyrics, because I'm not that good to catch it from the song, yet!
    Posted June 9th, 2012 at 1:50 AM by Gonzo Gonzo is offline

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