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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 29 2012: Got another - this time from North America!

    Greenlandic: Asavatsigit

    Best regards,
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      Dec 30 2012: Greenland is the third largest country in North America !!

      In prehistoric times, Greenland was home to several successive Paleo-Eskimo cultures.

      And has the longest fjord in the world.

      A fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity. The word in many cases refers to any long narrow body of water. A fjord is formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley. A fjord has extreme currents and large saltwater rapids (see skookumchuck). Saltstraumen in Norway is often described as the world's strongest tidal current. These characteristics distinguish fjords from rias (e.g. the Bay of Kotor), which are drowned valleys flooded by the rising sea.

      I do have a hard time believing is http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiddi/4040357702/
      I may have to see it :-))

      Greenlandic: Asavatsigit
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      Jan 9 2013: Hi Nikolaj,

      In my childhood knowledge there were people known as "Eskimo". It was extremely fascinating for us as children to know there were people who lived in houses made of ice or a ground made of ice.

      So far I have learned the following:

      "The earliest known Eskimo cultures (pre-Dorset) date to 5,000 years ago.

      They appear to have evolved in Alaska from people using the Arctic small tool tradition who probably had migrated to Alaska from Siberia at least 2,000 to 3,000 years earlier, though they might have been in Alaska as far back as 10,000 to 12,000 years or more. There are similar artifacts found in Siberia going back perhaps 18,000 years.

      Today, the two main groups of Eskimos are the Inuit of northern Alaska, Canada and Greenland, and the Yupik of Central Alaska.

      The Yupik comprises speakers of four distinct Yupik languages originated from the western Alaska, in South Central Alaska along the Gulf of Alaska coast, and the Russian Far East.

      The term Eskimo is commonly used by those in the lower 48 (states of the USA) and in Alaska to include both Yupik and Inupiat. No universal term other than Eskimo, inclusive of all Inuit and Yupik people, exists for the Inuit and Yupik peoples.

      And most importantly perhaps that the word "Eskimo" is no longer used!!

      "In Canada and Greenland, the term Eskimo has fallen out of favour, as it is sometimes considered pejorative and has been replaced by the term Inuit. The Canadian Constitution Act of 1982, sections 25 and 35 recognized the Inuit as a distinctive group of aboriginal peoples in Canada." (This is from Wikipedia)

      I am trying to learn a little about the Greenlandic people....because however they are named, I still find them fascinating. Many questions but: How do they cope with having a constant a 24-hour sunlight??
      How do they cope with having a constant a 24-hour darkness??

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