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Discovery of Shared Language Opens Door to Friendship

Japanese Story, 2013We all know that learning another language opens doors, providing insight into different cultures, different perspectives, and new and different ideas. But, a shared language can also establish an avenue to friendship, in this case here at the Hebrew Home between two residents from different countries. Their shared language: Japanese.

It turns out that Young Ja Hahn, right, who grew up in Seoul, South Korea, learned Japanese in high school. She remains fluent in Japanese to this day, although she has had only the rare occasion throughout her adult life to speak or read the language. That has changed.

She and her new friend Theresa, left, who is a native of Japan, met by chance. When it was unexpectedly discovered that they could converse comfortably together in Japanese, they immediately became friends. Now, they get together frequently during the week to laugh, share stories, and sing Japanese songs. To hear them, you'd imagine that you've come upon two songbirds, their voices rising and falling together, their arms waving, their faces glowing. The pleasure they've found in each other's company is a beautiful thing to behold.  





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