Mishaelo - 3:09 pm on Mar 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks for your help, but I decided to go with my original plan of alternate tag between languages and canonical to the base language page as it seems the most logical way to go. (for me at least)
Hopefully google won't consider this as duplicate content due to the alternate tag.
I'll post here if I see anything happening on Google if someone else happens to have the same situation.