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Many Languages, One Love: Peace on Earth

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Friður á Jörð ~ Pace su terra ~ Vrede ter wereld ~ Solh dar zamin


Putting together a Christmas dinner with the theme, “Peace on Earth,” I needed to be able to write this phrase in many languages. I figure I’m not the only one out there thinking about peace on earth this year, so I’m posting this to save others the time of slogging through the online translators. The Farsi (Persian) translation is included, but I found an even closer translation to what I really wanted to say: “Solh e jahaani,” which means “Peace among all people on earth.

I also needed to write “You’re Invited!” and “Merry Christmas,” and have included these translations, as well, further down the page. I was too busy, or I would have researched the various December & winter solstice celebrations around the world and used these side-by-side with “Merry Christmas!”

Regarding the accuracy of these translations, I randomly spot-checked and confirmed a few, but can’t vouch for the accuracy of each and every one. I figure what they lack in accuracy, can be compensated in the spirit of the delivery. Some of the words/symbols are really tiny, but can be cut and paste into a word program and then enlarged.

To find the word “peace” in other languages, just google: “peace in many languages.”  I welcome additions to the list, plus corrections from fluent speakers of these languages.Hope you enjoy! Peace to all.

UPDATE 12/28/2009: Christmas dinner was wonderful, albeit a bit unconventional. After dinner, we opened presents, then sat around the table and wrote letters to political prisoners, Birtukan Mideksa and Aung San Suu Kyi, as part of Amnesty International’s Global Write-a-thon campaign. We also sent letters to Hillary Clinton, with copies of these sent to the appropriate officials and embassies. This was all very easy, given the resources at the Amnesty International USA website. I wasn’t sure if this effort would go over like a lead balloon or what. At first, everyone seemed a bit confused by the whole concept, but nonetheless jumped right in and started writing notes and addressing envelopes. The next day, I got several calls (and even flowers!) thanking me for making it possible to send these letters which, in the words of one, made Christmas “such a beautiful, memorable and meaningful gathering.”  

I would encourage anyone who’s concerned the state of our country and the world  (and especially those who feel powerless to effect change or make a difference) to take part in one or more of the many efforts promoted by Amnesty International. Unlike our politicians — whose corporate ownership renders them deaf to the voice of their voters in-between election years — your contributions, activism and words through Amnesty International will be heard and can make real differences in the lives of  oppressed, abused and imprisoned people around the world. Below is a 1-1/2 minute video narrated by Morgan Freeman and released by Amnesty International released this week to promote the power of words. Check it out and spread the word! 

 

Peace on Earth

Afrikaans Vrede op Aarde

Albanian Paqe në Tokë

Arabic سلام على الأرض

Belarusian Свет на Зямлі

Bulgarian Мир на земята

Catalan La Pau a la Terra

Croatian Mir na Zemlji

Czech Mír na Zemi

Danish Fred på Jorden

Dutch Vrede ter wereld

Estonian Rahu Maa peal

Farsi Solh dar zamin

Finnish Rauha maan paella

French Paix sur terre

Galician Paz na Terra

German Frieden auf Erde

Greek Ειρήνη στη Γη

Hebrew שלום עלי אדמות

Icelandic Friður á Jörð

Indonesian Damai di Bumi

Italian Pace su terra

Latvian Miers uz Zemes

Macedonian Мир на Земјата

Malay Damai di Bumi

Maltese Paċi fid-Dinja

Polish Pokój na Ziemi

Portuguese Paz na Terra

Romanian Pace pe Pamant

Russian Мир на Земле

Slovak Mier na Zemi

Spanish Paz en la Tierra

Swahili Amani duniani

Swedish Fred på jorden

Thai สันติภาพ ใน โลก

Ukranian Світ на Землі

Vietnamese Hòa bình trên Trái Đất

Welsh Heddwch ar y Ddaear

Yiddish שלום אויף ערד

Merry Christmas

Afrikaans Geseënde Kersfees

Albanian Gëzuar Krishtlindjet

Arabic عيد ميلاد مجيد

Croatian Sretan Božić

Czech Veselé vánoce

Danish Glædelig jul

Dutch Vrolijke Kerstmis

Estonian Häid joule

Filipino Maligayang Pasko

Finnish Hyvää joulua

French Joyeux Noël

Galician Feliz Nadal

German Frohe Weihnachten

Greek Καλά Χριστούγεννα

Hebrew חג מולד שמח

Hungarian Boldog Karácsonyt

Icelandic Gleðileg jól

Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal

Irish Nollaig Shona

Italian Buon Natale

Latvian Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus

Lithuanian Linksmų Kalėdų

Macedonian Среќен Божиќ

Malay Selamat Hari Krismas

Maltese Il-Milied it-Tajjeb

Norwegian & Swedish God jul

Polish Wesołych Świąt

Portuguese Feliz Natal

Romanian Crăciun fericit

Russian С Рождеством Христовым

Serbian Срећан Божић

Slovak Veselé vánoce

Slovenian Vesel božič

Spanish Feliz Navidad

Swahili Krisimasi Njema

Thai สุขสันต์ วัน คริสต์มาส

Turkish Mutlu Noeller

Ukranian З Різдвом

Vietnamese Giáng sinh Vui vẻ

Welsh Nadolig Llawen

Yiddish לעבעדיק ניטל

You Are Invited

Bulgarian вие сте поканени

Albanian Ju jeni të ftuar

Arabic انتم مدعوون

Croation Vi ste pozvani

Czech Jste pozváni

Danish Du er inviteret

Dutch U bent uitgenodigd

Estonian Sind on kutsutud

Filipino Sigurado ka Inimbitahan

Finnish Sinut on kutsuttu

French Vous êtes invites

German Sie sind herzlich eingeladen

Greek Καλείστε

Hebrew אתם מוזמנים

Icelandic Þér er boðið

Indonesian Anda Diundang

Irish An bhfuil tú Chuiridh

Lithuanian Esate pakviestas

Maltese Inti mistieden

Norwegian Du er invitert

Persian از شما دعوت

Portuguese Você está convidado

Romanin Sunteti invitati

Russian Вас приглашают

Serbian Позвани сте

Spanish Usted está invitado

Swedish Du inbjuds

Thai คุณ ได้ รับคำ เชิญ

Ukranian Вас запрошують

Welsh Fe’ch gwahoddir

Yiddish איר ינוויטעד

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  1. Peace on Earth???

    Aren’t humans amazing Animals? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed.

    Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer.

    So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions of more animals to look for cures for these diseases.

    Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.

    Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”

    ~Revised Preface to Old MacDonald’s Factory Farm by C. David Coates~

    Check out this informative and inspiring video on why people choose vegan: http://veganvideo.org/

    Also see Gary Yourofsky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bagt5L9wXGo

    JC

    December 15, 2009 at 7:18 am

  2. You’re preaching to choir here. For the record, I figure that I, personally, am entitled to send out cards saying, “Peace on Earth,” once a year, since I spend the other 364 days devoting upwards of 8 hours per day researching and writing to enlighten folk on issues such as torture, extraordinary rendition, illegal detention, Bush-Cheney war crimes and other crimes against humanity (and their victims), prisoners of war, American propaganda, the corporate whoring of America, evangelical wingnuts and the policians who support them, racism and hate in America, the environment, the prison-for-profit industry in the U.S. and the slave labor they secretly utilize, the truth about the U.S. covert and wars-by-proxy around the world, the arming, funding and training of our enemies, the myriad layers of lies in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the colossal disappointments of the Obama Administration, as well as spotlighting those rare politicians of integrity, and, yes, I’ve even touched on factory farming and human disease, https://canarypapers.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/making-silk-purses-out-of-swine-flu/ and on endangered polar bears and shooting wolves https://canarypapers.wordpress.com/2008/08/31/sarah-palin-for-vice-president-credentials-schmedentials/

    I couldn’t agree with you more. The world is such a fucked up place, I’d need dozens of myself working around the clock to thoroughly cover just one single horror story per day. And to what end? No one wants to read this shit. About half of the people are doing their best to get by each day and don’t have mental energy or money to throw at this crap. The other half are riveted onto the 24/7 round-robin pageantry of the latest celebrity scandal and/or titillation (e.g. the Tiger Woods) story, which goes to show what a sick, voyeuristic, hedonistic society we are, having been groomed for the past 8 years to shop, shop, shop and to believe that only conspiracy nuts and raving liberal lunatics can see the invisible man behind the curtain. To these people, questions of war, torture and crimes against humanity have been reduced to this: Are you a good flag-waving, Christian, pro-American, or are you a terrorist appeaser?

    Most of the people who come to my blogs are looking for pictures of Sarah Palin shooting a caribou, or to see Sarah Palin’s polar bear brooch. These people don’t give a shit about anything but watching to QVC and buying crap they don’t need, then bitching because they’re scared that all the hungry, poor people (who our politicians pretend don’t exist) are gonna try to milk them of their hard-earned tax dollars, which they’d rather see spent on $1 million per soldier bandages on the gaping hypocrisy of our mission in Afghanistan. On Sundays, they go to church.

    Having said this, I believe that everyone in the world is entitled to say whatever they jolly well please as rarely or as often as they please, so long as they don’t hurt anyone. For the record, alot of charitable organizations that work toward peace on earth, world hunger, poverty, homelessness, animal cruelty issues, the environment, etc. would be lost if not for the outpouring of money during the Christmas season. Sure, I wish people would donate money and send “Peace on Earth” cards every day of the year. I’m sending mine out today and, come Christmas, I’ll sit down with the dearest people in my life and eat dinner — vegan, in case you presumed otherwise. Come December 26th, I’ll be back at work, doing what I can to contribute to the raving, liberal, conspiracy-theorist causes I do for free every day.

    canarypapers

    December 15, 2009 at 11:06 am


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