Louise

“I was born in Romania to a Jewish mother and an Armenian father, so I was bound to learn multiple languages. The forbidden language in our society was Turkish, because of the Armenian Holocaust that was perpetuated by Turkey, but I was always curious to learn it. If someone would have spoken Turkish, they would put hot pepper in his mouth, so he would think again before he spoke it.
When I lived in a monastery in Jerusalem, I had a Turkish neighbor that didn’t speak any other language, and we were like black cats to one another. She didn’t know any other language, so we couldn’t communicate, and on top of that, I am Armenian; for her, this was like a red flag.
I decided that it was in our best interest for me to learn Turkish; after six months, we spoke like we were on the Straits of the Bosporus, and not in Jerusalem. Language has the power to connect people in a way that can turn an enemy into a friend. It’s the best way to make this world a better place for all.”
“I was born in Romania to a Jewish mother and an Armenian father, so I was bound to learn multiple languages. The forbidden language in our society was Turkish, because of the Armenian Holocaust that was perpetuated by Turkey, but I was always curious to learn it. If someone would have spoken Turkish, they would put hot pepper in his mouth, so he would think again before he spoke it.
When I lived in a monastery in Jerusalem, I had a Turkish neighbor that didn’t speak any other language, and we were like black cats to one another. She didn’t know any other language, so we couldn’t communicate, and on top of that, I am Armenian; for her, this was like a red flag.
I decided that it was in our best interest for me to learn Turkish; after six months, we spoke like we were on the Straits of the Bosporus, and not in Jerusalem. Language has the power to connect people in a way that can turn an enemy into a friend. It’s the best way to make this world a better place for all.”

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