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Build peace: be on time

My Mom and Dad had written a few words on a paper and hung it on the wall in our kitchen. We grew up watching our parents invite all kinds of people into our home for dinners. Strangers. This included any person who was lost in the airport or someone they found lost on the street....A warm meal, pajamas, a clean bed in the guest room, a bathroom, and the next day after breakfast, often supplied with a gift (usually a sweater or socks), and a map they provided a ride to the train or bus station. Most of those people spoke a foreign tongue that none of us understood. But at the end of Mom and Dad's "hospitality adventure" my parents had added a line to their list on the wall and that person had walked away with theirs. To this day my family receives letters and visits from those travelers and their children and even grand children. Every time we gather together there is “letter” readings and....tears of joy.


The paper on the wall read:

Italian: Ti Amo
German: Ich Liebe Dich
Japanese: Ai Shite Imasu
Chinese: Wo Ai Ni
Swedish: Jag Alskar Dig
Greek: S'Agapo
Hawaiian: Aloha Wau La Oe
Irish: Thaim In Grabh Leat
Hebrew: Ani Ohev Otakh
Persian: Du Stet Daaram
Russian: Ya Lyublyu Tyebya
Albanian: Une Te Dua
Finnish: Mina Rakkastan Sinua
Turkish: Seni Seviyorum
Hungarian: Se Ret Lay
Maltese: Jien Inhobbok
Catalan: Testimo Molt
French: Je t'aime
Spanish: Te Amo
Eskimo: Nagligivaget
English: I love you

Now I wish my parents had learned to say " We love you" instead.
Will you help me rewrite this list and include your language too ??

~~ With Happy New Year Wishes~~

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      Dec 22 2012: Afrikaans : ons is lief vir jou

      It takes a lot of repeats :-) I am learning lief ..... it sounds like leaf (from a tree) in English.

      Great link btw. Thank you Xavier!! I like the box option where you can see "Example usage".
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        Dec 22 2012: Hi Juliette,

        Afrikaans is a kind of old Dutch.

        In Dutch it would be: "Wij houden van je."

        I love you./ Ik houd van je. (or) Ik heb je lief.

        Nice story. Your parents spread much light.
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          Dec 22 2012: Hi Frans. Greetings!! Amazing how languages evolve and develop over time...like branches of the same tree trunk ?!

          Wij houden van je

          One of my favorite things to do then and to this day is to try to grab these "strange" words, pull them into my head into a shelf inside my brain. Then I can't wait to go look on the shelf the next morning to see if they are still there. Last night I did this with "ons is lief vir jou" on one shelf and on the shelf next to it I put "Wir lieben Dich". I tried to keep my mind's eye on the words on the shelf until I fell asleep. The first place my attention went to this morning at 5:00 AM, when I was in the process of waking up, was the shelves. On one shelf I found " Wir Lieben" and on the other I found "lief". The other words had escaped in the dark :-)

          My parents.... I think I have a thousand other similar stories from them (somewhere on my shelves)

          p.s. And I have enjoyed picking up the fruits of wisdom that you have sprinkled on the TED path :-) :-) Happy Winter Solstice to you !!
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          Dec 31 2012: Happy New Year Frans - Cheese (imo) is one of the most important inventions / discoveries of man and here is my childhood image of Holland :-)
          http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/365-photos/gouda-cheese-netherlands/
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        Jan 3 2013: Thank you Juliette.
        Cheese and beer the oldest way to conserve food. I love it.
        Is it you on the picture?

        May your love open many hearts. Happy New Year.
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          Jan 3 2013: Ja, dit ben ik;-)
          Ik wens voor jou hetzelfde; Een volledig nieuwe en wonderlijke wereld !!
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          Jan 17 2013: Dear Frans;

          I hope you accept the Zahn Peace Prize for your participation in this idea, for co-authoring this small pathway with me and for your contributions in 'building peace on time'.

          Thank you.
          (To know about the prize, see my comment to Ronny)
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          Jan 21 2013: Dear Frans,
          I hope you will have a chance to read through all the entries to our thread and find them helpful in your general approach.

          Soon this session will be closed. Please also see CREDITS. Thank you again for your collaboration.
          Be well :)
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      Jan 17 2013: Dear Xavier;

      I hope you accept the Zahn Peace Prize for your participation in this idea, for co-authoring this small pathway with me and for your contributions in 'building peace on time'.

      Thank you.
      (To know about the prize, see my comment to Ronny)
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      Jan 21 2013: Dear Xavier,

      I hope you will have a chance to read through all the entries to our thread and find them helpful in your general approach.

      Soon this session will be closed. Please also see CREDITS. Thank you again for your collaboration.
      Be well :)

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