Here's the translation of what David asked the Prometheus Engineer

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Dec 17, 2012

Ridley Scott is big on ambiguity and mystery, and there was a fair bit of both in his recent Alien non-prequel Prometheus. One lingering question is what, exactly, the android David (Michael Fassbender) asked the Engineer at a pivotal point in the film. Now we finally have an answer. Spoilers ahead!

In the scene where David takes Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce) to see the Engineer, David speaks the Engineer's ancient language, asking a question that is not subtitled. Context clues tell us he was likely asking the big white fella to help the dying Weyland, and now we know for sure.

Courtesy of Prometheus' linguist teacher Dr. Anil Biltoo, of the SOAS Language Centre in London, this is what David said in Engineer-ese, translated into English:

"This man is here because he does not want to die. He believes you can give him more life."

Apparently, the question was part of a longer conversation that ended up on the cutting room floor—all of which would still have been shown without subtitles at Scott's insistence, had it made the theatrical version. Who knows, it could all show up in the Blu-ray release and we can see it for ourselves, but we'll have to wait and see.

What do you think of the detail Scott went to in creating the world of Prometheus? Did the complexity help or hurt the film?

(Collider via The Bioscopist)