How to Say “I Love You” in 50 Different Languages from Around the World
Sure, most of us native English speakers know how to tell someone we love in French or Spanish — but in case you feel like broadening your linguistic horizons this Valentine's Day, here's how to say “I love you” in a whole bunch of different languages from around the world. You never know when you might need to profess your undying affection for someone in a language you didn't grow up speaking, right? Like, say, Icelandic? Hey, it could happen!
British airline booking site Just the Flight did the research on this one — but they didn't just stop at 10 languages. Heck, they didn't even stop at 15 or 20. No, they found out how to say those three little words in a whopping 50 different languages. That may seem like small potatoes at first, considering that there are nearly 200 countries in the world — but you know what? 25 percent of 'em ain't bad. Not only that, but they arranged their findings into a handy dandy infographic while they were at it. How nice!
The infographic lists three piece of relevant information for each different form of “I love you”: The language, the phrase itself, and how to pronounce it. The pronunciation guides aren't perfect — they're written out phonetically, and they don't include accents or clues as to which syllables get specific emphasis — but they're not a bad place to start. Just, y'know, be careful of ending up in a Colin-Firth-at-the-end-of-Love-Actually kind of situation. A for effort, but good gravy, talk about butchering a language. Ouch.
I've compiled my eight favorites below; head on over to Just the Flight to see the full infographic with all 50 languages. Happy Valentine's Day!
1. Scottish (Gaelic)
“Tha gaol agam ort” — pronounced “a-gare-lakam-orst.” Not to be confused with Irish Gaelic, which is a totally different language.
“Miluji tě” — pronounced “me-loo-see-chay.”
“Nagligivagit” — pronounced “na-glee-giv-a-git.”
“S'agapo” — pronounced “say-aga-po.”
“Jeg elsker deg” — pronounced “ye-elsker-dye.” Interestingly, it's quite similar in Danish (“Jeg elsker dig,” pronounced “yi-ols-ker-dye”) and in Swedish (“Jag älskar dig,” pronounced “ya-elsker-day”).
“Ami tomake bhalobashi” — pronounced “amee-tomah-kay-balo-ba-she.”
“Aishiteru” — pronounced “ay-she-tay-ee-roo.”
“Seni seviyorum” — pronounced “say-nyee-say-vee-yor-um.”
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