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The International Asterix Page: Motto

This page contains information I have collected about the international issues of the comic Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny (1926-1977) and Albert Uderzo (1927).


Ils sont fous ces Romains!

"Ils sont fous ces Romains!" is the well-known motto of Obelix, Asterix's best friend. If you want to know where you can find this expression in the Asterix books, check out this list of occurrences in the Dutch editions.

Here are some international versions of Obelix motto. If you know other translations please mail them to erikt(at)xs4all.nl .

French:        Ils sont fous ces Romains!
Afrikaans:     Hierdie Romeine is mal
Alsatian:      Die Reemer, die han ebbs am düdele!
                     _   _      _ _    v_ _
Arabic:        Inna ha'ula' ar-ruman maganin       
Argentinian:   ¡Estos romanos estan majaretas!
Bable:         ¡Tán llocos estos Romanos!
Basque:        Erromatar hauek burutik jota daude!
Bengali:       Ai Romanra akdam pagol
Bern:          Die schpinne, die Römerinne
Brazilian:     São loucos, esses romanos!
Breton:        Foll-mik ar romaned-se!
Bulgarian:     TUR  PUM/\RHU  CA  /\YDU
Catalan:       Són boigs, aquests Romans!
Chinese(C):    Fafeng de Luomaren!
Chinese(M):    Zhexie Luomaren zen guai!
Corsican:      So sciocchi isti corsi! (about Corsicans)
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Croatian:      Ti Rimljani su bas^ luckasti!
                  v_                _
Czech:         Ti Rimani jsou ale blazni!
Danish:        De er skøre, de Romere!
Dutch:         Rare jongens, die Romeinen!
English(UK):   These Romans are crazy!
English(USA):  These Cretans are crazy (about Cretans)
Esperanto:     Ili frenezas, tiuj romianoj!
Estonian:      Need Roomlased on hullud!
Farsi:         
Finnish:       Hulluja nuo roomalaiset!
Flemish:       gekke jongens onze vrienden
Frisian:       Se bin n't wiis, dy Romeinen!
Galician:      ¡Estan tolos estes Romans!
German:        Die spinnen, die Römer!
Greek(anc):    Parafrones oi Romaioi
Greek(mod):    Einai treloi aytoi oi romaioi
Hebrew:        Metorafim Ha-Romayim Ha-eleh!
Hindi:         Yah Roman Sainik bhee bade sanakee, hain!
Hungarian:     Dilisek ezek a rómaiak!
Icelandic:     Rómverjar eru alveg klikk 
Indonesian:    Orang-orang Romawi memang gila
Italian:       Sono Pazzi Questi Romani!
Japanese:      Kichigai da, koitsura rômajin wa!
Kaerntnerisch: De san jo teppat di Roemer
Kölsch:        Sin die jeck, die Römer!
Korean:        Rôma nyosokdûrûn jongmal mich'yosso!
Latin:         delirant isti Romani!
               v      _  v
Latvian:       Tie romieshi ir traki!
Lithuanian:    Kvailioja tie Romenai!
Limburgish:    Die zien gek, die Romeine!
Luxembourgish: Déi sin tibi, déi Réimer
Norwegian:     Romerne er sprø!
Occitan:       Son calucs, aqueles Romans!
Palatine:      Ach die Rämer, des Lumbechores!
Platt-Deutsch: De sünd mall, de Römers!
Polish:        Ale g£upi ci Rzymianie! 
Portuguese:    Estes romanos são loucos!
Romanche:      Quels sbattan, quists Romauns!
                                    _ 
Rumanian:      Sunt ticniti romanii astia!
                    '    '           '
Russian        OH|\| CYMACWE/\W|\|E, 3T|\| P|\|M/\RHE
Serbian:       Bas su sasavi ti Rimljani
                _          _   _      
Slovak:        Ti Rimania su blazni
Slovenian:     So nori ti, Rimljani!
Spanish:       ¡Estos romanos est´n majareta!
Swabian:       Dia schpennat ja, dia Römer.
Swedish:       De är inte kloka de där romarna!
Swiss-German:  Die schpinne, die Römer!
Turkish:       Bu Romalilar kafayi yemi&sul;
Valencian:     Estan bojos eixos romans!
                .            .     
Vietnamese:    Bon La Mã Là Bon ðiên
Welsh:         Y Rhufeiniaid 'ma, mae nhw'n wallgo!


Credits:

The Breton, Corsican and (ancient or Attic) Greek mottoes were supplied by Dik T. Winter. Teemu Mäkinen has supplied the Finnish translation and Nicolai Langfeldt came forward with the Norwegian one. Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom and Marc Lavertu have supplied the Italian translation. Furthermore Hendrik Jan Hoogeboom has supplied the Arabic, the Flemish and the Hebrew motto and Marc Lavertu has provided the Catalan, the Esperanto and the Portuguese translations. Bojan Kerze has provided the Slovenian motto. Again Huub van Helvoort has contributed many translations: Afrikaans, Bable, Bern (German), Brazilian (Portuguese), Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, (American) English, Galician, (modern) Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Limburgish, Luxembourgish, Rumanian, Russian, Slovak, Swabian and Turkish. Balachander Krishnamurthy was kind enough to send in the Vietnamese translation and Emilio Garcia-Ibanez Cisneros has provided the Spanish translation. Dafydd Gruffydd has supplied the Welsh motto and Godawski Andrzej gave a nice tip for making visible the Polish £. Miguel Goldfeld has supplied the Argentian translation. Mike Mullen and Viktor Muller have sent an update for the Hungarian motto and Jiri Znamenacek did the same for the Czech motto. Or Aleksandrowicz and Dror Kamir have provided the Hebrew motto and Stanislav Stankovic contributed the Serbian motto. Wietze van Dijk came forward with the Frisian motto, Marcos corrected the Portuguese motto and Yann Vincent corrected the Japanese motto and the Russian motto and supplied the motto in Basque, Cantonese Chinese, Estonian, Kölsch, Korean, Lithuanian, Occitan, Platt-Deutsch, Romanche and Swiss-German. T.J.K provided the Valencian motto, Marko-Maks Kovacic corrected the Croatian motto, Bama170 corrected the Vietnames motto and Mirko Lerotic Filh corrected the Brazilian motto. Translator Walter Sauer came forward with the Palatine (Pfälzisch) translation. Angelika has corrected the Latvian motto while Carla and Kastello have corrected the Brazilian motto. Simone and Michael Strasser have supplied the Kaerntnerisch motto. Ricardo F. Alanis has corrected the Spanish motto and Serban Hartular has done the same for the Rumanian motto. Holger Meyer has corrected the German motto. Hans Selles supplied the Farsi and the Bengali mottoes.


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