Languages are the means of communication par excellence:
They help form a bond between individuals, countries, and
Civilizations; they allow an exchange of views and opinions
With your fellow humans; they enable you to interpret
Their pains and complaints, to share their joys and elation,
To participate in their lives through support and advice.
Languages facilitate global mapping; comparable to a code
For deciphering human behavior, they permit you to build
A true friendship with those who speak the same language.
They speed up the development of a Peace process, since
They authorize an exchange of principles and values, which
Helps in building bridges between people and cultures.
Encouraging schools to teach Modern Languages,
And for students to learn them at an early age
Is the best way to ensure a universal dialogue,
Which would turn the world into a friendly space:
It is indeed a handshake with humanity!
Rainbow of Emotions, page 83
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