There are those basic, everyday phrases that everyone is eager to know when learning a new language. After learning the basics such as “hello”, “goodbye”, “please”, and “thank you”, the famous three worded phrase is amongst the most anticipated to be learnt.
Saying the phrase “I love you” is a pretty significant and huge deal, no matter what language it is said in. Being able to express your emotions and saying I love you in different languages can be a very romantic gesture, especially if your significant other speaks a language that you have never spoken before. Learning how to say I love you in every language that your partner speaks and understands can be a great way to show them how much they mean to you.
So, let’s go through some of the most spoken languages in the world and how to say I love you in those particular languages. By the end of this blog you will feel like a multilingual whizz as well as a romantic guru!
I love you in French – Je t’aime
When it comes to saying “I love you” in different languages, nothing beats the language of love, French. What better place to express your love than in the city of love itself, Paris. Announce those three words in one of the most romantic and seductive languages in the world. France, as a whole, has a very romantic reputation as a country, so if you’re not feeling the bright lights of Paris, there are several other towns and cities to take your loved one.
And if you’re not in France – no worries. Get a nice French bottle of wine, set up a candlelit dinner and your amour will be just as happy to hear “Je t’aime.”
I love you in Dutch – Ik hou can jou
The Netherlands is a great place for a quick romantic getaway with your significant other. Soak up the beauty of the city on a boat cruise down the flower-lined canals, explore hidden gems on a bike made for two, or snuggle up together in a cosy cafe.
Not in the Netherlands? Mix things up and surprise your loved one with “Ik hou can you.” If they don’t speak Dutch, they’ll be that much more interested in finding out what it means.
I love you in German – Ich liebe dich
Whilst German may not come across as the most romantic or softly spoken European language, it definitely is a great location for couples to experience a long weekend together. Couples can enjoy the famous ‘Romantic Road’ located in Bavaria in the south of Germany for an extra romantic getaway. So, if you feel like now is the right time to declare your love, don’t forget the phrase “ich liebe dich.”
I love you in Italian – Ti amo
Romance is certainly alive and well in the cobbled streets of Italy, so you are sure to hear these little two words being uttered a lot more than expected. There really is no better place in the world to reignite some sparks and passion into your relationship than in this city of lovers. Utter Ti amo to your love down a gondola ride in Venice or whilst sipping some Italian wine in a Florentine vineyard.
I love you in Japanese – Aishiteru
Romance is just as alive in Japan as they celebrate Valentine’s Day over two days, not just one. Traditionally, women give men gifts on February 14th, and the men return the favour by gifting them back on March 14th, a day they call ‘White Day’. Chocolate is usually the most common gift given to both men and women along with a card and an aishiteru.
I love you in Korean – Sarang hae
South Korea follows a very similar tradition as Japan, celebrating both Valentines day and White Day, which means there are two opportunities for couples to celebrate their love and declare their sarang for one another.
I love you in Russian – Ya tibya liublyoo
Saying I love in different languages that you have never spoken before can be a tricky task, especially in a language such as Russian which requires very particular pronunciation. I love you in Russian is pronounced Ya liublyoo tibya which you should be responded to with Ya tozhe tibya liublyoo. As long as you feel it in return, of course
I love you in Spanish – Te amo
Spanish is by far one of the most passionate and sexiest languages spoken all over the world. Latin America uses te amo as the most common way to express their love for one another, while te quiero is most commonly used in Spain. However you choose to say it, expressing your love to your Latin lover in their mother tongue is sure to leave them flustered.
I love you in Mandarin Chinese – Wǒ ài nǐ
Take caution with this one, this isn’t a phrase that can just be thrown about casually between friends or said to the first person you date in China. The Chinese phrase for “I love you” is taken very seriously among Chinese people and holds very strong sentimental value. It’s so strong in fact that it isn’t even that commonly said between family members. China also holds a romantic holiday named ‘Qixi Festival’ which is held on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, this is usually in August, and it commemorates an ancient romantic Chinese legend.
I love you in Arabic – Ana Ohebak/Ana Ohebek
Love in Arabic is translated into hob which is derived from the word “seed” to represent the seed growing into a fruitful tree of love. How you say “I love you” in Arabic heavily depends on who you are saying it to as it varies according to gender. “Ohebak” is said to a guy and “Ohebek” is said to a girl. Arabic slang terms are very common and are used to shorten every day phrases, “Bahebak” and “Bahebek” are used a lot in Arab speaking countries.
I love you in Sign Language
Declaring your love in different languages doesn’t need to be only verbally proclaimed, it can be gestured too. To sign “I love you” to someone special simply raise your thumb, index finger and pinkie finger, while keeping your remaining middle fingers down. Hold your hand out with your palm facing away from you and move it back and forth slightly. Your pinky finger represents the “I”, your index and thumb finger together represent the “L” shape, while the shape between your index finger and pinky represent the “U”.
Whew! Do you feal lile a real bilingual dictionary of love? Or at least like it’s time to buy those airplane tickets? Great! ‘Cause now that you know how to say I love you in different languages, you make that special “I love you” moment even more special.