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The (Great) Tower of Babel, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1563, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 

The painting depicts the construction of the Tower of Babel, which, according to the Book of Genesis, was built by a unified, monolingual humanity as a mark of their achievement and to prevent them from scattering: "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'" (Genesis 11:4).

German can make me strong and structured

Russian can make me rough and rhetorical 

French can make me pensive and philosophical 

Dutch can make me airy and artistic 

Spanish can make me drink and dance

English can bore me to death. 

 

It is, after all, my native language.

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