Looking for linguists (Latin, too)

francis vid

A screenshot of “Meet Pope Francis” video created by a group of young people at CatholicLink.

VATICAN CITY — Members of a small international group of young Catholics are looking for some extra help in translating their “Meet Pope Francis” video.

The folks at CatholicLink are now offering 19 different language versions after this week’s releases in Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese, Arabic, Hungarian and Maltese.

The “Meet Pope Francis” cartoon video was the group’s first original, in-house production.  With simple animation and some cute anecdotes, the video is meant to help people around the world learn about the new pope — his life and ministry — in under four minutes.

Garrett Johnson, the site’s administrator, told me in an email that the video has reached hundreds of thousands of people and it’s “helped us to realize the potentiality of a group of youth who put together creativity, generosity, and initiative so as participate in the great mission of the new evangelization.”

He said they’ve got a Cantonese version in the works and are “open to anyone that could give us a hand” in getting the video into other languages. Latin, too.

So take a look and if you know you could help with a language not listed on the menu below, let them know! 

I only noticed just a few minor discrepancies in the animation like: part of the pope’s right lung, not his left, was removed when he was young,  and people say he is a really good cook, so I doubt he would have burned the egg!  But it’s still a very informative and touching video that captures the pope’s personality really nicely.

Vietnamese – http://youtu.be/KH_dfmchNr0
Chinese – http://youtu.be/iI3NpTV9Z5I
Spanish – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4pioD…
Slovak- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oCMF4…
German- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JS0Y1F…
Korean- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqdQ18…
Croatian- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7RPlF…
Filipino- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LhrV…
Portuguese- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ual8GR…
Italian- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHQjCL…
Tamil- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRjG1q…
Urdu- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyX2TF…
French- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz6nc0…
Arabic- http://youtu.be/QLw-7kcqX4M
Japanese- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZo2c6…
Polish- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Ez0_…
Maltese – http://youtu.be/_i0iHM74TD8
Hungarian – http://youtu.be/Hry8AU1W1ks
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7 Responses to Looking for linguists (Latin, too)

  1. Cristian Mocanu says:

    I could help with Romanian (native speaker)

  2. Julia Smucker says:

    I am interested in helping (I know French and Haitian Creole) but can’t find any means to contact them on their site. Are we to simply leave a comment here, or is there another way they want people to express interest in this?

  3. Arven says:

    I checked the Filipino translation, but nothing’s there. I could help with Filipino.

  4. Carol Glatz says:

    Thank you Cristian, Julia, Arven and others who’d like to help.
    All the CatholicLink emails are on the contact page link (the other) Carol provided as well as in the story. But here it is as well.

    Email Garrett directly at: Garrett@catholic-link.com

    Hooray for crowdsourcing!

  5. maria inês veira vaz de melo says:

    I would like to help with Portuguese.Thank you

  6. Carol Glatz says:

    Hi Maria! Thank you. They already have the Francis video in Portuguese, but email Garrett at Garrett@catholic-link.com if you’d like to help in other ways. I think they have another video in the works.

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