These days, natural disasters affect the global community. It seems a ‘universal culture’ is becoming more of a reality. In the past 10 years, I have had many friends and family affected by natural disasters.
When I started learning foreign languages, I was often unsure of what to say in times of difficulty or crisis. The other day, I was happy to see Justin Bieber expressing his feelings toward Japan.
He uses a common expression to show concern:
“My prayers go out to them (the Japanese people).”
Justin Bieber on Twitter
There can be two ideas about the expression:
1.In a religious sense, it means to ask a ‘higher power’ (God) to help the Japanese people.
2.In another sense, it means to hope/wish for something to happen to help the Japanese people.
However, either ideas show the speaker’s feeling toward a positive outcome to a bad situation.
The word 'prayer' is the common denominator in expressions of natural English during ‘times of hardship’.
Other Celebrity quotes for the Japanese people using the word 'prayer'.
*"I am sending all my love, prayers and support."*
Selena Gomez on Twitter
*"My prayers go out to anyone that is being effected by the disaster in Japan.”*
Katy Perry on Twitter
*"I'm sending my thoughts and prayers and love to those in Japan who are hurting."*
Taylor Swift on Twitter
*"Our hearts and prayers are with all of our BSB family in Japan. We love you all so much. Please try to stay safe. ... Kisses and hugs from us!"*
Backstreet Boys on Twitter
For current information on Japan's nuclear crisis and ways you can help ~ click on the link below:
Japanese Red Cross
Justin in Japan trying to help out.
My thoughts and prayers are always with the people of Japan. I am sorry for the hardships your country in enduring. I will continue to follow this terrible situation. Take care!