https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Izzy.Leahk

Je t'aime VS Je t'adore

I'm writing a story, and I as I write sometimes I like to translate a few things in my head just for fun. Anyway, when one character says "I love you," I started thinking about the context differences.

For example, in English, "I love you," can mean a lot of different things.

I know in French you might say "Je t'aime bien," to a friend to imply you don't mean it romantically, but would you say that to someone you don't need to imply that it's platonic? Like a pet or a very close friend or family member?

In the story, one character says "I love you," to her brother, so what would she say? I'm just curious about the different contexts, especially as someone who says "I love you," to friends and family all the time.

September 11, 2016

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bobboski

This is a very useful guide from Duolingo's stuff:
https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4614759

Copied from there:

  • Why does aimer mean "to love" sometimes and "to like" other times? Aimer only means "to love" for familiar people or pets. Otherwise, it means "to like". If you want to say "to love" for things, use adorer.
September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Izzy.Leahk

Thank you so much!

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ripcurlgirl

To add to Bobboski's comment, it is also noted :
Adorer can always mean "to love", though it tends to be more coy than aimer (when used with people).

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Epoxy34

Hello Izzy, maybe this article could help you with the different uses of these verbs http://bit.ly/1UVw6bU

September 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Izzy.Leahk

Merci!

September 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/parler_alysa

The literal translation for Je t'aime is I love you. However aimer means to like so a lot of times that will be used in relation to just something you enjoy. However, the literal translation for Je t'adore is I adore you. Which is what it sounds like in adoring something. I adore is a stronger feeling than I like. In french to say I love you to some one it will always be Je t'aime.

September 15, 2016
Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.