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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 18 2013: I feel that I am the one who should add the Turkish form of it.

    Simple !

    "Sizi Seviyoruz"

    ("Siz" as "You" but in formal form, "Seviyoruz" as a progressive verb form which means "to love", "-i" as an accusative case, indicates object of the verb)
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      Jan 19 2013: Dear Atalay,

      Welcome and I am glad you came to TED for joining our effort, and from a city that CONNECTS two continents!!
      I will add your contribution to the list for everyone to learn to say 'we love you' in Turkish as:

      "Sizi Seviyoruz"
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      Jan 21 2013: Dear Atalay,

      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 )
      • Jan 21 2013: Thank you for the Zahn Peace Prize !

        I'm glad to have it and I have already accepted, this is such a great idea.

        I'll keep supporting you...
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          Jan 21 2013: :-)
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          Jan 21 2013: Dear Atalay,

          I hope you will have a chance to read through all the entries to our thread and find them helpful in your general approach. Also see CREDITS. Soon this session will be closed. Thank you again for your collaboration. Be well :)

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