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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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  • Jan 12 2013: I suppose you missed one language here lol
    Korean: 사랑합니다.

    But in that case, this word would be more appropriate, I guess--> 환영합니다.

    What a beautiful childhood you have...!

    I wish I could do the same thing to strangers who wander on the street, but I have to say, at least for me, it's almost not really possible.

    Needless to say, so many crimes and dreadful stories leave me no choice but to keep my eyes open to keep my house safe from strangers...


    But by no means, this kind of protectiveness should be the main obstacle that prevents us from welcoming people with all our hearts.

    I was told that my grandparents had used to welcome strangers and provide them with food and shelter just like your parents.

    Actually, in their time, people were quite naïve and very kind compared to us, who live in this more modernized world.

    This trace of people’s warm-hearted behavior is now some kind of nostalgia to us.
    Although the way people used to treat other people would be different now, the spirit of it is still alive as you plainly show us ‘the list’.

    Juliette, 사랑합니다 :)
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      Jan 12 2013: Dear Elizabeth;

      Thank you so much!! It is nice to see you here!! I think I am missing many languages still :-)I read somewhere that there are more than 4500 languages in the world...I am guessing that more than half are dialects of the same languages.

      I agree with what you said about the relative naïveté and kindness of the past generations. And I agree that it would be great to bring back that kind of trust to our world again. Thieves existed since the beginning of time and they are still the lowest form of humans. They are very few. Maybe in today's world, hosting, like for exchange students, would help improve our understanding.

      I love the Korean alphabet. The writing looks like pictures!! Would you be able to write the Korean for us in English letters so we could read it and try to learn that way?
      • Jan 12 2013: Sure :)

        사랑합니다 --> Sa Lang Hab Ni Da
        환영합니다 --> Hoan Yeong Hab Ni Da
        Korean alphabets were created to make people understand the way they pronounce letters.
        It might sound weird to foreigners lol, but once you understand the principle, you'd realize
        they are quite easy to pronounce.

        But however different it may be, each different language has its unique meaning,
        and when you notice they have many things in common, such as "we love you", you'd feel this
        fundamental connection that human beings are able to sense.

        It's incredible that we have "languages" to express our delicate thoughts and feelings.
        We should be grateful, right?
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          Jan 13 2013: Dear Elizabeth,

          Thankfully, today we have so many tools that can be used to build understanding, so I hope we must use every one.
          I have posted your entry is on list 27. Please let me know if I need to make any adjustments.
          Thank you!! 감사합니다:)
          After pasting this from Google, I just noticed that the last three characters (합니다) look similar to the two words you gave me!!
      • Jan 13 2013: Yes, '합니다' is the honorific in Korea.
        Btw, you said, "Hoan Yeong Sa Lang Hab Ni Da"

        Actually, it's "Hoan Yeong Hago Sa Lang Hab Ni Da"

        "환영(합니다)Hoan Yeong " means, "(I or We) welcome (you)."
        And "사랑(합니다)Sa Lang" means, "(I or We) love (you)." –Subject and object are omitted.
        Both of them are verbs, so they cannot be put together.

        For instance, we can't say, "I welcome love you." in English, right?
        'Cause when we want to use two verbs together at the same time, we need to use conjunctions like "and".

        That's why I added "하고Hago" above.

        Thank you for your list. It makes me smile :)
        Hoan Yeong Hago Sa Lang Hab Ni Da, Juliette :D
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          Jan 13 2013: :) Thank you.
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          Jan 17 2013: Dear Elizabeth,

          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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