June 5, 2022
“Learning a new language has its challenges but also has twice the delights. I learned two new languages through Facebook. My English and Ukrainian friends were shocked at how I learned their languages solely through texting at such old age. I have improved my Ukrainian to a point where I can video call my friends and not just text them. They are so interested in our way of life and culture; they always ask me to show the people and the surrounding in the Bazaar of Khanaqin, even if it is for a few minutes. Now, they have become friends with the other shopkeepers around me. The neighboring shopkeepers make conversations with them occasionally, and I translate for them. I would love to have them visit Khanaqin and see the place for themselves. Unfortunately, they are worried about the security of Iraq. God willing, I plan to personally visit them, strengthen our friendship in person, and improve my language even more”.