This project attempts to translate the English phrase “Space Elevator” (or “Elevator to Space”) into other languages. If you have a translation that I don’t have, or a correction to one I do have, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
For each language, the language name is shown, along with the translation and then, if available, a short pronunciation guide.
Afrikaans: Ruimtehyser (‘ui’ sounds like ‘ei’, but it is rounded and lengthened. ‘y’ sounds exactly like ‘ei’. Both r’s are rolled.)
Arabic: مصعد فضائي (misa’ad fadaey)
Chinese: 宇宙电梯 (Yǔzhu diàntī)
Croation: Nebesko Dizalo
Czech: vesmírný výtah
Danish: Rumelevator (The first r is glottal or alveolar, as in French. ‘Rum’ sounds like ‘room’, but the oo is very short as in ‘put’. ‘Elevator’ is pronounced fairly similarly to English, but the stress is on ‘va’.)
Dutch: Ruimtelift Esperanto: Spac Lift
Estonian: Kosmoselift (KOSmoselift is proper announciation. And ‘o’-s pronounce like ‘aw’-s in English.
Finnish: Avaruushissi French: Ascenseur Spatial
Greek: Διαστημικός Ανελκυστήρας (THEE-A-SSTEEM-EEK-OSS AN-ELK-EESS-TEER-ASS) **Double S means, pronounce it as a clear S as in Super, Stimulating, or Science rather than S as in “The Blues” or “Barrows”. Again try to focus to the primary sounds of the letters rather than letting accent take over. AN as in “ANarchy”, ELK like the animal but a simple raw E…like “Ebony”, double S as above, TEER as in “LanTIRn”, ASS as in “Carcass”.
Hebrew: מעלית חלל (ma’alit khalal)
Hindi: अंतरिक्ष एलेवेटर (Anthariksh elevator)
Italian: Ascensore Spaziale
Japanese: 宇宙エレベータ (uchoo elevator – u is pronounced like the ‘oo’ in ‘wood’)
Korean: 우주 엘리베이터
Latin: Ascensor ad astra
Leet: 5P4(3 3L3\/470R
Norwegian: Romheis or Romelevator
Pig Latin: Acespay Elevatorway
Polish: Winda Kosmiczna
Portuguese: Elevador Espacial
Romanian: Ascensor Spaţial
Russian: Космический Лифт (stress is on the second syllable: CosMEECHeski Leeft)
Serbian: Svemirsko Dizalo
Slovenian: Vesoljsko Dvigalo
Spanish: Ascensor Espacial
Welsh: Lifft Ofod