That chocolatey, lovey-dovey time of year may have already passed, but that doesn’t mean you should stop celebrating! It’s important to find new and innovative ways to impress your significant other (or soon to be significant other), whether it’s Valentine’s Day or just a regular, normal day. What better, and more creative, way to do it than by saying those three little magical words in another language? So whether you’re looking to amaze a boyfriend or girlfriend from another culture, or simply want to show your love in a more international manner, read on to discover 5 ways to say that charming phrase in other languages!
French is often touted to be the language of love, and you’ll soon see why! This beautiful language has more than one way of saying you really, really, REALLY like someone:
Je t’aime (zhuh tem) = This is the basic way to say “I love you.”
Je t’adore (zhug te a door) = Take your love to the next level and tell someone “I adore you.”
Je te desire (zhuh te duh zai uh) = For when things start to get a little heated, it might be cool to be able to make ‘I want you’ sound a little sexier.
Practically anything you say in Spanish is bound to sound smooth and romantic, as long as you’re sure get that rolling “r” down just right!
Te quiero (te kee-air-o) = This phrase falls somewhere between “I like you” and “I love you” and can be used if your feelings for someone are a little stronger than just plain ol’ like.
Te amo (te ah mo) = This one is a bit more serious since you’re taking that leap and saying “I love you” in Spanish!
Without a doubt, Italian deserves a spot alongside Spanish and French as one of the great languages of love. Tread carefully though, because saying you love someone in Italian is a bit trickier than some other tongues!
Ti amo (tee ah mo) = Although this phrase does mean “I love you,” it implies a sexual relationship – not to be used for the solely platonic!
Ti voglio bene (tee voh glee oh ben eh) = This phrase lacks the passion present in “Ti amo” but also is more of a commitment as it’s translation is “I care for you” and connotes a willingness to risk your life for that person.
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In Japanese culture, saying the words “I love you” is an even bigger deal than in Western cultures. In fact, Japanese reportedly say the phrase much less than their Western counterparts. That isn’t to mean, of course, that they don’t have plenty of charming ways to say it!
Daisuke (dye soo khe) = Use this phrase to tell someone you like them, but in a non-serious way.
Aishiteru (eye shee te roo) = Say “I love you” with this phrase when you’re ready to make your relationship more serious.
Koishiteru (coy shee te roo) = Saying “I love you” in Japanese is particularly wonderful because there is a specific phrase you use with someone you want to spend the rest of your life with! Save this one for that guy/girl that you plan to keep around for a long, long time.
In the manner of true German efficiency, you only really need a single phrase if you want to impress your German love or learn to say “I love you” for future reference.
Ich liebe dich (ick leeba dick) = Pronunciation-wise, this may be one of the more difficult phrases to conquer on our list. The “Ich” can prove particularly tough, but just put the middle of your tongue to the roof of your mouth and you should have it down in no time at all!
There are many ways to say “I love you” and many languages you can use when you do! Remember to practise, practise, practise so you can get the pronunciation of each one just right before you use it to woo your significant other. Then prepare to astound them with your foreign language prowess!
What about you? Do you have any particular languages you enjoy hearing, or saying, the phrase “I love you” in? If so, be sure to share with us your own favourite versions of these three little words!