Celebrate the person you love from the bottom of your heart, whether it is your significant other, child or friend, by telling them how much you love them in a new way. Saying “I Love You” is of course the best way to share your feelings for someone, but why not put a spin on this straightforward message and tell your sweetheart you love them in another language. Try one of these 10 ways to say “I Love You” to really express yourself.
1. Spanish: “Te Amo” or “Te Quiero”
Spanish is one of the romance languages and it is evident when you speak it or hear it spoken. The words roll off your tongue and will sound beautiful to the ears of your loved one. There is some debate over whether to say “Te Amo” or “Te Quiero” to say “I Love You,” but these are mainly regional. Generally, both of these sayings will get the job done and convey your message of love. “Te Amo” is pronounced tay-AH-mo and “Te Quiero” is pronounced tay-CARE-oh.
2. Italian: “Ti Amo”
Italian is also very similar to Spanish, as it is a romance language as well. The words again will roll right off the tongue, and as you can see they are very similar to the Spanish saying of “I Love You.” “Ti Amo” is pronounced TEE-ah-mo.
3. French: “Je T’aime.”
You can see that French is once again very similar to Italian and Spanish, as it is another Latin-based romance language. These words will convey exactly what you want to say, even if your loved one does not speak French! “Je T’aime” is pronounced Jeh-TEM.
4. Korean: “Saranghayo”
While Korean is not a romance language, your sweetie is sure to get the point with this elegant saying. “Saranghayo” is pronounced sah-rong-HAY-yo.
5. German: “Ich Liebe Dich”
Germans are known for their free expressions of love with one another. They have a reputation of being very happy and fun-loving. Show your spirited side to your loved one by saying “Ich Liebe Dich” which is pronounced ish-LEE-bah-dish.
6. Swahili: “Nakupenda”
The beautiful African language of Swahili is not used as often as it once was, but the words can still be very powerful to say to your sweetheart. In order to pronounce “Nakupenda,” say it like this: nah-KOO-pen-dah.
7. Greek “S’Agapo”
The beautiful country of Greece is filled with romance and love, and the citizens are known for their hospitality and free expressions of their feelings. This saying is pronounced exactly how it is spelled, making this an easy choice to share with your loved one.
8. Mandarin Chinese: “Wo Ie Ni”
The Mandarin Chinese version of “I love You” is fairly easy to say. It is pronounced woah-eye-nigh.
9. Dutch: “Ik Hou Van Jou”
The complex pronunciations in the Dutch language can really prove to your sweetie that you worked hard for them to learn to say “I Love You.” The pronunciation of the Dutch version of this saying is Ick-how-van-JOW.
10. Finnish: “Rakastan Sinua”
Finish isn’t a commonly spoken language, but it has beauty and depth that your loved one will appreciate. “Rakastan Sinua” is pronounced rah-kah-stan SEEN-yoo-ah.
Regardless of how you choose to say “I Love You” to your paramour, all that matters is that you let your loved one know they are cherished by you every day!
An award-winning journalist, Purna Virji is a keen traveler and voracious reader. She works for Pimsleur Approach and in her spare time, she is trying to learn Italian.