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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 30 2012: Hi Juliette, hi everybody,

    thank you really much sharing your story.
    And for this, some additional info, for hungarian language :)

    I. General infos:
    1.
    S+z = Sz in hungarian and you pronounce it like "s" from word "super"
    ő = you pronounce it like "ea" from "Earl grey tee"
    é = you pronounce it like "a" from "say"
    á = you pronounce it like

    ((see some more here: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hungarian_phrasebook))

    2. "You" - that has many translations in hungarian, it is very similiar to german in this viewpoint... ;)
    I = Én
    You = Te
    He / She / It = Ő
    We = Mi
    You = Ti
    They = Ők

    See... It is fun, 'cause the word "You" can have even more meenings in hungarian.
    You = friendly form if I say something to you Juliette, if you are just alone. "Hi Juliette, could you go to the shop?"
    You = polite for if you say somethinig to You Juliette, if you are just alone. "Please Mrs Juliette could You go to the shop?"
    You = if I say something to you, Juliette, and some more people with you. "Please could you go together to the shop?"

    II. "We love You":

    1. Szeretünk: It can be understood for every form of "You" told in I./2.
    2. Szeretünk Téged : In this longer form "Téged" is in german "Dich". That's what Lejan has written also about german. It is the accusative form of german "Du"=english "You".
    This "Téged" is the accusative of "Te", sooo, Singular person, friendly form --> see I. / 2 / second line... .;)))

    3. Szeretünk Titeket:
    In this longer form "Titeket" is in german "Euch". That's what Lejan has written also about german. It is the accusative form of german "Ihr"=english "You".
    This "Titeket" is the accusative of "Ti", sooo, Singular person, friendly form --> see I. / 2 / fifth line... .;)))

    III. "I love you"

    1. Szeretlek
    2. Szeretlek Téged : For "Téged" see above in II / 2, and I/2/second line
    3. Szeretlek Titeket: For "Titeket" see above in II / 3, and I/2/fifth line

    That's it. ;)
    Easy thing, just you have to get used to it :)
    I wish you all a happy new year,
    Tamas
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      Dec 30 2012: Hi Tamas,

      Thank You !! Your comment could not have come at a better time. A serious deprivation is cured since we woke up to a beautiful thick blanket of white snow....after not having had any last winter...... Also since we have been procuring the ingredients for my favorite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2009-09-gulasch-pörkölt-paprikas-3.jpg - I will come back to study my present (selfishly I take it all for myself ;-) from you and learn a bit of the hungarian language soon.

      In one of my past comments I mentioned that when I looked back on my long education I realized that the top professor for me was a Hungarian. He didn't teach languages but one of the things I learned was the " sz" sounding like "s" because his name was Dr. Szabo. I sometimes wonder if I like gulyás because of him. (We didn't eat it with him)

      For now I take with me " Szeretünk ".
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      Jan 17 2013: Dear Tamas,

      I hope you accept the Zahn Peace Prize for your participation in this idea, for co-authoring this 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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