How To Say I Love You in 15 Different Languages
Love knows no language barrier. All over the world, no matter the accent or dialect, people have always found the inherent need to tell their soul mates “i love you.”
Here is how you can tell your significant other I love you in 15 different languages
1. Aloha Wau Ia ‘Oe – Hawaiian
On a lazy lapule (sunday) in “Okakopa (October) as you stare into the maka (eyes) of your ku’uipo (sweetheart), aloha wau la ‘oe (I love you) may spill from your waha (mouth) into your lover’s pepeiao (ears).
2. Je T’aime (ʒə tɛm) – French
A man on top the Eiffel Tower writes a letter to his lover. “Au revoir mon amour, for tomorrow, Or adieu for no more.” Signs it with a kiss, “je t’aime, Francois” and pockets it for safe-keeping.
3. Seni Seviyorum – Turkish
Across the Aegean Sea, a lover’s language may become tangled. But if you listen closely, you can hear Turkey whisper to greece as she falls asleep seni seviyorum.
4. Te iubesc – Romanian
Under the Constanta Beach moonlight, a boy’s heart further cracks. The words “Hei! Prietene!” (hey, friend) strikes him as hard as reality as he watches the soul of his affection glide ever so closer. Though he’s known her for years the young boy shutters at telling her how he truly feels. “Ce faci?” (How are you?) she asks, “Sunt bine” (im fine) he replies, if only he could muster the courage to speak his mind, “Te iubesc!” (I Love you) then he would hear her speak her’s, “în cele din urmă” (finally!)
5. Mahal Kita – Filipino
-Tagalog is an austronesian language, a wide array of languages spread across South East Asia and the Pacific. It is one of the official languages of the Phillipines. “Mahal Kita” rings just as vivid as ever.
6. אני אוהב אותך – Hebrew
7. Te amo – Spanish
Originating in Castile, Spain, Spanish has been known to be “the language of romance.” With phrases like “me tengo que if” (I have to go) sounding just as beautiful as “te amo.”.
8. Ana bahibak – Arabic
.A member of the Afro-Asiatic language family, Arabic’s reach spans across the Middle East as well as North Africa. The distances traveled by those invigorated by love, or seduced by adventure, lusting for profit or prophet, have been immense. “Ana bahibak” traces footprints and tears woven into the sands of time.
9. Jien inħobbok – Maltese
During the 9th century, an Arabic traveler falls in love with a woman, a musician of Sicily. Their children then become the offspring of the Siculo-Arabic language, eventually moving to the island of Malta. By the 13th century, Siculo-Arabic is extinct in Sicily but is still spoken in Malta to eventually come to be known as Maltese. The stories of the man’s travels intertwined with the music of the woman’s heart still sings through the conversations of Malta.
10. Amo-te – Portuguese“Amo te” is thrown between the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean while lovers from the iberian peninsula in Portugal and Brazil sway to the rhythm of reminiscence.
11. Milujem ťa – Slovak
As the sun rises in between you bedroom shades turn to your lover and tell them “dobre rano” (good morning) it’s great to wake up to your smile. Milujem t’a (i love you) they’ll tell you, smile kiss them awake from their slumber.
12. S’ agapo – Greek
It’s a wonder how many gods and men have proclaimed their undying affection for Aphrodite, greek goddess of beauty, love and pleasure. But how many has she shown favor to? With love all around her has she ever found the one to whisper back in a longing embrace, “S’ agapo” (i love you)
13. Volim te - Croatian
Croatian sailors setting out for the mediterranean sea, often look back at the motherland, unsure if they will return or not, they proclaim to her as she becomes a blur on the horizons line, Volim te they say, as they pray for say returns.
14. Em yêu anh – Vietnamese
Over a steamy bowl of Pho, two people consumed by puppy-love share a strip of rice-noodle only to pull away from each other out of embarassment of a “Lady and the Tramp” scenario. Blushes ensue as they finish their chicken heart and undeveloped gizzards. As juices accidently squirt from her lips, remember to laugh and tell her Em yêu anh
15. Amin mela lle – Elvish
I am happy to see you again
How are you?
I come from Rivendell
I love to see your eyes shine when you laugh
Open your heart
Will you be mine forever
May all stars shine upon your path
And there you have it. So many ways to say how much you care. In the end, love is the language that binds us all.
What are some other ways you’ve told someone you love them?