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How Pokemon Say Their Names In Other Languages

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With a few exceptions, Pokemon can say only their own names, but that name varies depending on which language you're playing your game in. This poster highlights some of the alternate Pokemon names from around the world.

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Artist James Chapman usually posts cartoons comparing onomatopoeias in various languages—and sells them as posters on Etsy. Here, he turns his attention to Pokemon. If you're curious about other international Pokemon names, you can see the lists of Japanese, German, French, Korean, and Chinese names at Bulbapedia.

Pokemon in Other Lanaguges [via Laughing Squid]

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DISCUSSION

One of the things that I love about Pokemon X/Y is when you get a foreign Pokemon in trade it keeps the foreign version of it's names (including Japanese characters).

The DOWNSIDE of this is the moment it evolves the name changes to whatever it was in your region.

When I first started, I lucked into a good-natured German Charmander named "Glumanda". I thought this was the coolest thing ever.

Then it evolved into "Charmeleon"...and now instead of a badass "Gluark" I have a Charizard confused about his heritage.