Hello, universe

After several months of producing unintelligible data, NASA’s spacecraft Voyager 1 has recently started sending usable information back to Earth again.

Voaygers 1 and 2 departed from Earth in 1977 on tours of the outer planets, before heading off from the Solar System into inter-stellar space.

Greetings, non-earthlings

Among other things, the Voyagers carry a golden phonograph record containing pictures, music sounds from earth, and greetings in 55 languages.

Would extra-terrestrials finding the spacecraft be able to decode the contents? They would first need to lay their hands (if they have hands) on a compatible record player, capable of playing the record at 16 2/3 revolutions per minute.

Most of the 55 greetings were voiced by speakers from Cornell University or surrounding areas. Each speaker decided what to be say, being told only to provide a brief greeting. The mission team looked for messages in the 25 languages most widely spoken on Earth, and as many others as they could find in the time.

The languages are listed (with an English translation of the greetings and a link to the audio) at Voyager – What’s on the Golden Record (nasa.gov)

Languages and greetings

I list the languages below, having sorted them by language family.

Indo-European: Germanic

Dutch
Heartfelt greetings to everyone.

English
Hello from the children of planet Earth.

German
Heartfelt greetings to all.

Swedish
Greetings from a computer programmer in the little university town of Ithaca on the planet Earth

Indo-European: Romance

French
Hello everybody.

Italian
Many greetings and wishes.

Portuguese
Peace and happiness to all.

Romanian
Greetings to everybody.

Spanish
Hello and greetings to all.

Indo-European: Slavonic

Czech
Dear Friends, we wish you the best.

Polish
Welcome, creatures from beyond the outer world.

Russian
Greetings! I Welcome You!

Serbian
We wish you everything good from our planet.

Ukrainian
We are sending greetings from our world, wishing you happiness, goodness, good health and many years.

Indo-European: Indic

Bengali
Hello! Let there be peace everywhere.

Gujarati
Greetings from a human being of the Earth. Please contact.

Hindi
Greetings from the inhabitants of this world.

Nepali
Wishing you a peaceful future from the earthlings.

Oriya
Greetings to the inhabitants of the universe from the third planet Earth of the star Sun.
Now called Odia https://languagemiscellany.com/2022/04/odia-a-classical-language-in-india/

Marathi
Greetings. The people of the Earth send their good wishes.

Punjabi
Welcome home. It is a pleasure to receive you.

Rajasthani
Hello to everyone. We are happy here and you be happy there.

Sinhalese
Wish You a Long Life.

Urdu
Peace on you. We the inhabitants of this earth send our greetings to you.

Indo-European: other branches

Armenian
To all those who exist in the universe, greetings.

Greek
Greetings to you, whoever you are. We come in friendship to those who are friends.

Persian
Hello to the residents of far skies.

Welsh
Good health to you now and forever.

Sino-Tibetan

Amoy (Min dialect)
Friends of space, how are you all? Have you eaten yet? Come visit us if you have time.

Burmese
Are you well.

Cantonese
Hi. How are you? Wish you peace, health and happiness.

Mandarin Chinese
Hope everyone’s well. We are thinking about you all. Please come here to visit when you have time.

Wu
Best wishes to you all.

Dravidian

Kannada (Kanarese)
Greetings. On behalf of Kannada-speaking people, ‘good wishes.’

Telugu
Greetings. Best wishes from Telugu-speaking people.

Bantu

Ila (Zambia) We wish all of you well.

Luganda (Ganda)
Greetings to all peoples of the universe. God give you peace always.

Nguni (Zulu)
We greet you, great ones. We wish you longevity.

Nyanja (also known as Chichewa)
How are all you people of other planets?

Sotho (Sesotho)
We greet you, O great ones.

Semitic

Arabic
Greetings to our friends in the stars. We wish that we will meet you someday.

Aramaic
Peace

Hebrew
Peace.

Other

Hungarian (Magyar)
We are sending greetings in the Hungarian language to all peace-loving beings in the Universe.

Indonesian
Good night ladies and gentlemen. Goodbye and see you next time.

Japanese
Hello? How are you?

Kechua (Quechua)
Hello to everybody from this Earth, in Kechua language.

Korean
How are you?

Thai
We in this world send you our good will

Turkish
Dear Turkish-speaking friends, may the honors of the morning be upon your heads.

Vietnamese
Sincerely send you our friendly greetings.

Extinct languages

Akkadian [Semitic]
May all be very well

Hittite [Indo-European: Anatolian]
Hail.

Latin [Indo-European: Romance]
Greetings to you, whoever you are; we have good will towards you and bring peace across space.

Sumerian [isolate: not part of a known family]
May all be well.

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