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Valentine's day post part 1: The phrase "I love you" in over 130 languages!

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How to say "I love you" in over 130 languages (thanks SilverCharacter for the Romanian phrase, Roman_Huczok for the Galician, and DeanG6 for the Cebuano)! (languages are sorted in alphabetical order by family) If there is an another way to say this phrase in any of the languages below, let us know what it is and how it's different from the phrases below. Also you can tell us how to say "I love you" in other languages if you know how! (Source: Omniglot)

Indo-european languages [Total: 50]

*Celtic languages [6]

  • Breton: Karout a ran ac'hanout

  • Cornish: My a'th kar

  • Irish: Gráím thú

  • Manx: Ta graih aym ort

  • Welsh: Dw i'n dy garu di (or "Rwy'n dy garu di")

Germanic (excluding English) [10]

  • Afrikaans: Ek het jou leif

  • Danish: Jeg elsker dig

  • Dutch: Ik hou van u (to a lover), Ik hou van je (informal/familiar)

  • Faroese: Eg elski teg

  • Frisian: Ik hääw de liif (North), Iek hääb die ljoo (Saterland), (West) Ik hâld fan dy

  • German: Ich liebe dich

  • Icelandic: Ég elska þig

  • Norwegian: Jeg elsker deg (Nynorsk: Eg elskar deg)

  • Swedish: Jag älskar dig

  • Yiddish: איך האב דיך ליב (Ikh hub dikh lieb)

Indo-iranian [10]

  • Assamese: মই তোমাক ভাল পাওঁ (môi tûmak bhal paû)

  • Bengali: আমি তোমাকে ভালোবাস (ami tomake bhalobashi)

  • Gujarati: હું તને પ્રેમ કરુ છું (hūṃ tane prem karū chūṃ)

  • Hindi: To a male: मैं तुम्हैं बहुत चाहता हुँ (maiṅ tumhaiṅ bahut cāhatā hūṅ), To a female: मैं तुम्हैं बहुत चाहता चाहती हुँ (maiṅ tumhaiṅ bahut cāhatī hūṅ)

  • Marathi: माझ तुइयावर प्रेम आहे (Mājha tuiyāvar prem āhe)

  • Pashto: زه ستا سره مينه کوم (za la ta sara meena kawom)

  • Persian Farsi: عاشقتم (asheghetam) [If you want to write the phrase in poetry or lyrics, you use دوست دارم (dūset dāram)]

  • Punjabi: Devanagari: ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ। ,Arabic: میں تینوں پیار کردا ہاں (mẽ tenū̃ piār kardā hā̃)

  • Sanskrit: त्वामनुरजामि (twāmanurajāmi)

  • Urdu: To a male: میں آپ سے محبت کَرتا ہوں (mein ap say muhabat karta hoon), To a female: میں آپ سے محبت کرتی ہوں (mein ap say muhabat karti hoon)

Romance [8]

  • Catalan: T'estimo

  • French: Je t'aime

  • Galician: Amoche

  • Italian: Ti amo [for lovers], ti voglio bene [for friends or family]

  • Occitian: T'aimi

  • Portuguese: Eu te amo (Brazilian), Adoro-te (European)

  • Romanian: Te iubesc

  • Sicilian: T'amu (to a lover), Ti vogghiu beni (to friends or relatives)

  • Spanish: Te amo (or "Te quiero")

  • Slavic [11]*

  • Belarusian: Я цябе кахаю (Ja ciabie kachaju)

  • Bulgarian: Обичам те (Običam te)

  • Croatian: Volim te

  • Czech: Miluji tě (for partners), Mám tě rád (for friends)

  • Macedonian: Те сакам (Te sakam)

  • Polish: Kocham Cię

  • Russian: Я тебя люблю! (Ja tebja ljublju!)

  • Serbian: Волим те (Volim te)

  • Slovak: Ľúbim Ťa

  • Slovenian: Ljubim te

  • Ukrainian: Я тебе кохаю (Ja tebe kochaju)

Other [6]

  • Albanian: Të dua (Gheg and Tosk dialects)

  • Armenian: Սիրում եմ քեզ: (Sirum em kez) [East], Կը սիրեմ քեզ: (Guh seerem kez) [West]

  • Greek: Σ΄αγαπώ (S’agapó)

  • Latvian: Es tevi mīlu

  • Lithuanian: Aš tave myliu

Uralic langauges [Total: 6]

Finnic langauges [3]

  • Finnish: Minä rakastan sinua

  • Estonian: Ma armastan sind

  • Võro: (Ma) armasta sinno

Other [3]

  • Hungarian: Szeretlek

  • Northern Sámi: Mun ráhkistan du

  • Southern Sámi: Manne datnem eahtsam

Asian and Pacific languages [Total: 22]

  • Chinese Dialects [4]*

  • Cantonese: 我愛你 (ngóh oi néih)

  • Mandarin: 我愛你 [我爱你] (wǒ ài nǐ)

  • Shanghainese: 侬爱你 (ngu eh nóng)

  • Taiwanese: 我愛你 (góa ài lì)

Eastern and Central [3]

  • Korean: 사랑해 (sarang hae)

  • Japanese: 大好きです (daisuki desu) [or 愛してるよ (aishiteru yo)]

  • Mongolian: Би чамд хайртай (Bi chamd khairtai)

Other Indian Languages [4]

  • Kannada: ನಾ ನಿನ್ನ ಪ್ರೀತಿಸ್ತೀನಿ (naa ninna preetisteeni)

  • Tamil: நான் உன்னை காதலிக்கிறேன் (naan unnai kaadhalikkiren)

  • Telugu: నేను నిన్ను ప్రేమిస్తున్నాను (naenu ninnu praemisthunnaanu)

  • Malayam: ഞാന്‍ നിന്നെ പ്രേമിക്കുന്നു (njan ninne premikkunnu)

  • Pacific/Austronesian [7]*

  • Cebuano: Gihigugma ko ikaw (or "Gihigugma tika")

  • Hawaiian: Aloha Au Ia ʻOe

  • Indonesian: Aku cinta kamu

  • Javanese: ꦏꦸꦭꦠꦽꦱ꧀ꦤꦥꦚ꧀ꦗꦼꦤꦼꦁꦔꦤ꧀ (Kula tresna panjengan)

  • Malay: Saya sayang kamu

  • Māori: Kei te aroha au ki a koe

  • Tagalog: Iniibig kita (or "Mahal kita")

South-Eastern [5]

  • Khmer: ខ្ញុំ​ស្រលាញ់​អ្នក (khnhôm sârlânh ’ânâk)

  • Lao: ຂ້ອຍ​ຮັກ​ເຈົ້າ (kho huk jâo/chau)

  • Tibetan: ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ལ་དགའ་པོ་ཡོད་ (nga kayrâng-la gawpo yö)

  • Thai: [To a male] ผมรักคุณ (pŏm rák kun), [To a female] ฉันรักคุณ (chăn rák kun)

  • Vietnamese: (To a male) Em yêu anh, (To a female) Anh yêu em

Afroasiatic languages [Total: 6]

Semitic [3]

  • Amharic: To a male: አፈቅርሻለሁ። (əfäqrəšallähw), To a female: አፈቅርሀለሁ። (əfäqrəhallähw)

  • Arabic: MSA: (uḥibbuk) أحبك, Egyptian: [to a male] (ana baħibbak) ٲنَا بحِبَّك [to a female] (ana baħibbik) ٲنَا بَحِبِّك, Moroccan: (kanəbġīk) كنبغيك

  • Hebrew: (To a male); אני אוהבת אותך (Ani ohevet otcha), (to a female); אני אוהב אותך (ani ohev otach)

Other [3]

  • Hausa: [To a male] Ina son ka, [To a female] Ina son ki

  • Maltese: Inħobbok

  • Somali: Waan ku jecelahay

African languages [Total: 7]

Bantu [Total: 4]

  • Northern Sotho: Ke a go rata

  • Swahili: Ninakupenda

  • Xhosa: Ndiyakuthanda

  • Zulu: Ngiyakuthanda

Other [Total: 3]

  • Khoekhoe: [To a male] ǀNamtsi ta ge a., [To a female] ǀNamsi ta ge a.

  • Wolof: Begg naa la

  • Yoruba: Mo nifẹẹ rẹ

Turkic languages [Total: 6]

  • Azerbaijani: Mən səni sevirəm

-Kazakh: Мен сені сүйемін! (Men seni süyemin!)

  • Tatar: Min sini yaratam

  • Turkish: Seni seviyorum

  • Uyghur: مەن سىزنى سۆيۈمەن (Män sızni söyümän)

  • Uzbek: Men seni sevaman

Native American Languages [Total: 7]

  • Cherokee: ᎬᎨᏳᎢ (Gvgeyu'i)

  • Greenlandic: Asavakkit

  • Guaraní :Rojhayhû

  • Inuktitut: ᓇᒡᓕᒋᕙᒋᑦ (Nagligivagit)

  • Lakota: Thečhíȟila

  • Nahuatl: Nimitztlazohtla

  • Ojibwe: Gi zah gin

Other langauges [Total: 15]

Conlangs [4]

  • Esperanto: Mi amas vin

  • Klingon: bangwI' SoH

  • Lojban: mi do prami

  • Quenya: Melinyel

  • Toki Pona: mi olin e sina

  • Volapük: Löfob oli

Creoles [4]

  • Bislama: Mi lavèm yu

  • Cape Verdean: Nta amabo

  • Haitian: Mwen renmen w

  • Tok Pisin: Mi lavim yu

Dead languages [4]

  • Ancient Greek: σ'ἀγαπῶ (s'agapo) [Or, more passionately, σ'ἔραμῶ (s'eramo)]

  • Gothic: (Frijo þuk)

  • Latin: Te Amo

  • Old English: Ic lufie þē

  • Other Languages [2]*

  • Basque: Maite zaitut

  • Georgian: მე შენ მიყვარხარ (me shen miq’varkhar)

Question to those interested: How do you say "Happy Valentine's day" in another language you are learning or know?

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!

1 year ago

40 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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A little correction for the Ancient Greek: φιλῶ is 'I love' in the sense of loving to do something, or loving a thing in itself. It's not used for romantic love. We get the English suffix -phile from it.

You need σ'ἀγαπῶ to express romantic / affectionate love. You could also use σ'ἔραμῶ for more passionate love. There are different words in Greek for the love between friends, sexual love, the love of things, and several other kinds of love. Take your pick. :)

As for the Klingon, qamuSHa' is closer to 'I don't hate you'. I'd probably go for bangwI' SoH, which means 'you are my love'. To be honest, the traditional way of saying it in Klingon is a punch in the face.

Some people have called me a nerd in the past.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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And that is why I stopped dating Klingons.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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XD I have to give you some lingots for that.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Interesting, I didn't know that about either language. I'll edit the list accordingly.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
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The second Greek one transliterates as s'eramo, not s'erago. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Small typo on my part, thanks for pointing that out. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

The Yiddish one is incorrect </3 it is "איך האב דיך ליב (Ikh hub dikh lieb)" and not "איך ליבע דיך (ikh leib dikh)"

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Thank you! Fixed it! <3

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https://www.duolingo.com/israelpolasak

Tysm !!! <3

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nate991680

In Tagalog it can also be: Mahal kita

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Added!

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https://www.duolingo.com/DeanG6
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In Tagalog I believe "Mahal kita" is the most common way to say "I love you". I've never heard it said "Iniibig kita" but many filipina have told me it's "mahal kita". They are the experts after all ;-)

(I think I read somewhere that "mahal kita" is for romantic love between lovers, and "Iniibig kita" is for platonic love between family members and friends.)

Cebuano: "Gihigugma ko ikaw" and also "Gihigugma tika"

Tagalog and Cebuano are Austronesian languages, by the way.

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https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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This is really nicely organized.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

For any Mandarin Chinese speakers: Would this be possible to say? 我愛您 instead of 我愛你?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FloweringIris.
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Yes, I am pretty sure you can because "您" is just a formal way of saying "you", usually to elders. ^_^

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https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

您 is also used when saying 您好, as a formal way of saying hello to strangers and elders.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

Along with IrisFlower.'s comment, 您 and 你 are pronounced the same.

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https://www.duolingo.com/FloweringIris.
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From my experience, 您 had a slight difference, similar to a "ning" -ish sound.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marc.libra
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Happy Valentine's day in my language (Dutch) = Gelukkige Valentijnsdag !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SeptimusBones
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I would like to point out that the current Finnish one is a colloquial variant as far as the pronouns go. The grammatical version - which I think should be used in this context - is "Minä rakastan sinua."

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Will edit to match context, thanks for pointing that out.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverCharacter
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Nice post! I love it, and люблю it, and aimer it, and quiéralo it, and elsker it, and Liebe it! Thank you for making this. :)

Another possible translation: Te iubesc; Romanian (Romance language)

Edit: I noticed there aren't any sign languages, so here is the informal way to say I love you in American Sign Language (it's a combination of the signs for I, L, and Y):

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Thanks and you're welcome~!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Byzantium530

Correct me if I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that, in Italian, "te amo" is only used between lovers; for friends and family it is "te voglio bene" (again, correct me if I am wrong).

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I'll add that translation just in case.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Roman_Huczok
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Galician: Amoche

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Added!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sachi-Yoda1
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In Japanese I think it is あなた大好きです❤ Because 大好きです just means love, it doesn't say what they love. But I may be wrong, correct me if I am :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Japanese actually usually drops things when it can be inferred from context or it has already been established. Usually that applies to the subject/topic, but I think it could work here as well. Also, it would be あなたが大好きです。 You can't leave out the particle が

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Francy-Chan

A little correction in italian: It's "Ti amo" and "Ti voglio bene".... "Ti" not "Te" :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Grazie!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

It could also be T'amo. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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https://www.duolingo.com/TreyzMeName

I am deeply impressed :D

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Very impressive! =D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idkhbtfm
idkhbtfm
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Pig Latin (it's not an actual language, but whatever): Iway ovelay uoyay

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Very nice but let me give you some corrections:
Hausa is African.
Basque and Georgian aren't dead.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AshiraJ.R

ok

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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Awesome post!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Just a few notes (DISCLAIMER: I am not a native speaker of these languages, I just know a bit about them since I'm learning them):

The "yo" at the end of "aishiteru yo" can be omitted. "yo" just adds emphasis, it's kinda like a vocal exclamation mark (I think. Japanese particles can be confusing).

In the Hebrew, verb conjugates depending on the gender, so you've only covered male to female (ani ohev otach) and female to male (ani ohevet otcha). Male to male would be "ani ohev otcha" and female to female would be "ani ohevet otach".

Either way, this is a great list!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/krpw1204

GuJing dialect of Cantonese!

我爱你 - Ngóh oi léih.

1 year ago