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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 27 2012: A few from the Balkans:

    Bosnian: Mi vas volimo
    Croatian: Mi vas volimo (jup, same as the Bosnian)
    Serbian: Ми вас волимо (actually it is the exact same as the Bosnian and Croatian versions - they just use the Cyrillic alphabet instead)
    Macedonian: Ве сакаме ("Ve sakame" if written in the Latin alphabet, however the Cyrillic alphabet is the one officially used in Macedonia). Google translate says it is "vi elsker dig" (singular) and not "vi elsker jer" (plural). However my Bosnian translator-friend says it is correct.

    A few from Eastern Europe:
    Polish: Kochamy was
    Russian: Мы вас любим (Latin: My vas lyubim)
    Bulgarian: Обичаме ви (Latin: Obichame vi)

    And two more from here in Scandinavia (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian are familiar languages):
    Swedish: Vi älskar er
    Norwegian: Vi elsker dere

    I'll see if I can fetch some more.

    Best regards,
    Nikolaj
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      Dec 27 2012: How enriching !!

      First we are learning the word Balkan :

      The word "Balkan" means mountain ( in Turkish) and has been applied to the area since the early 19th century. The chain of mountains called "Balkan"; Normally considered as naturel frontiers of the Balkans are the rivers Donau and Sava in the North, the Black Sea in the East, the Aegean Sea in the South and the Adriatic Sea in the West.

      Balkan Countries are located in South-East Europe:

      Slovenia
      Croatia
      Bosnia-Hercegovina
      Montenegro
      Serbia
      Romenia
      Bulgaria
      Macedonia
      Albania
      Greece
      Part of Turkey
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      Dec 27 2012: Cyrillic is one of the most used writing systems in the world.

      Ми вас волимо

      The Cyrillic script or azbuka is an alphabetic writing system. It is based on the Early Cyrillic, which was developed in the First Bulgarian Empire during the 10th century AD at the Preslav Literary School. It is the basis of alphabets used in various languages, past and present, in parts of the Balkans and Northern Eurasia, especially those of Slavic origin, and non-Slavic languages influenced by Russian. As of 2011 around 252 million people in Europe and Asia use it as the official alphabet for their national languages. About half of them are in Russia.

      ( from .wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrillic_script )
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      Dec 27 2012: We learn about Macedonia and Macedonian:

      Macedonia - The republic of Makedonia is a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence in 1991.

      Makedonia has five immediate neighbors :

      Serbia (North)
      Kosovo ( Northwest)
      Bulgaria (East)
      Albania (west)
      Greece (South)


      I must say that I wish they had used "K" not 'C" for us in school - then we would have already learned to pronounce Makedonia correctly.

      Now we know :-) and

      We love Makedonija !!
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      Dec 27 2012: Nikolaj du gør dette en fantastisk oplevelse med dine super bidrag. Vi har fået det bedre selv, mens vi lider alvorlig sne afsavn her :-) :-) Hvis jeg glemmer at sige det senere, tak så meget! Vi har seksten sætninger nu !!

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