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Ahh! Love! Love is such a magical and refreshing feeling. No wonder it makes us smile so broadly. Although it makes us do crazy things, it still remains the purest of the feelings. Under its spell, we become brave enough to show our true selves and crazy enough to scream, at the top of our lungs, in the middle of Times Square: I LOVE YOU! But sometimes we feel that even that wouldn’t be enough, so we look for new ways to say “I love you”. And when it comes to romance, French – being the language of love – is the first thing that pops into our minds. It has a peerless romantic elegance that is simply contagious. “I love you” in French – Je t’aime – sounds like it could melt any heart!
Is this still not enough? Here’s how to say “I love you” in more than 30 different languages:
How to say I love you – a quick guide for “I love you”s in 30 most common languages
Modern society makes us feel so much and express so little! We’ve become shallow. Just like the song says, many of us aren’t probably happy in this modern world. We bury ourselves every day under mountains of unexpressed feelings often because of social media. We’re afraid to show our inner, deeper selves. We put on masks. We don’t dare to be romantic anymore. And still, our loved ones are the ones that get to discover more of ourselves. More than just a pretty face and a cool Instagram account. That’s because they drown us in authentic, real love. They see the best in us and stick around even the hardest times. And they deserve the same back. Always. Not just on Valentine’s Day. But every single day! Wine for him, flowers for her, little gifts for the both of them. Today. This is a reminder.
Now back to expressing your love in different languages. If you feel like the video above wasn’t enough for you, here’s the full list of “I love you”s with transliterations where it’s needed.
P.S.: If you are getting too excited to find out how do you say I love you in Spanish, here’s the quick answer: te amo!
While there’s a second form – te quiero – that is used more for family and friends, “te amo” is more romantic and has a deeper meaning of love. So if you want to say that to your lover, you should definitely use “te amo”.
- I love you in Afrikaans: Ek is lief vir jou!
- I love you in Arabic: انا احبك! – Ana ohibuk!
- I love you in Bulgarian: Обичам те! – Obicham te!
- I love you in Portuguese: Eu te amo!
- I love you in Czech: Miluji tě!
- I love you in Danish: Jeg elsker dig!
- I love you in German: Ich liebe dich!
- I love you in Greek: Σε αγαπώ! – Se agapó̱!
- I love you in Spanish: Te amo!
- I love you in Persian: !عاشق تو هستم – Aasheghe to hastam!
- I love you in Finnish: Rakastan sinua!
- I love you in French: Je t’aime!
- I love you in Hebrew: אני אוהבת אותך! – Anee o’hevet otkha!
- I love you in Hindi: मैं तुमसे प्यार करती हूँ! – Main tumasee pyaar karatee huun!
- I love you in Croatian: Volim te!
- I love you in Hungarian: Szeretlek!
- I love you in Indonesian: Saya cinta padamu!
- I love you in Italian: Ti amo!
- I love you in Japanese: 私はあなたを愛しています。- Watashi wa anata o aishiteimasu!
- I love you in Korean: 당신을 사랑해요! – Dangsineul saranghaeyo!
- I love you in Norwegian: Jeg elsker deg!
- I love you in Dutch: Ik hou van je!
- I love you in Polish: Kocham cię!
- I love you in Romanian: Te iubesc!
- I love you in Russian: Я тебя люблю! – Ya tebya lyublyu!
- I love you in Swedish: Jag älskar dig!
- I love you in Turkish: Seni seviyorum!
- I love you in Ukrainian: Я люблю тебе! – Ya lyublyu tebe!
- I love you in Vietnamese: Em yêu anh!
- I love you in Chinese: 我爱你。- Wǒ ài nǐ!
Here’s a short recap with only the correct pronunciations:
“I love you” in sign language
To sign “I love you”, put up your thumb, index finger and pinkie finger while keeping your ring finger and your middle finger down.
The perfect Valentine’s Day gift: 365 gifts for 365 days
Now that you know how to say “I love you” in so many languages, here’s a sweet present idea you could use for your next anniversary or Valentine’s Day. All you need to buy is a big jar – big enough for all your love. The rest of it comes from the bottom of your heart. The first step is to prepare 365 pieces of paper of different colors and sizes and write “I love you” in different languages on the first 32 of them. Go wildly romantic with the rest of them: you could write love quotes for him or love quotes for her, poems or songs that you both like. Next step? Decorate the jar with tiny lights, pieces of lace or stickers.
When it’s ready, tell your lover to read one piece of paper every day. Even when you are not around. That’s how they’ll smile and know that your heart always belongs to them.
Learn a new language and write your loved one an original love declaration!