"I love you" in different languages

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Ver 17
05-09-95


"I LOVE YOU" in:

 
Afrikaans               : Ek is lief vir jou
                        : Ek het jou liefe
Albanian                : Te dua
                        : Te dashuroj
Alentejano              : Gosto de ti, porra!
Alsacien (Elsass)       : Ich hoan dich gear
Amharic (Aethio.)       : Afekrishalehou
                        : Afekrischalehou
American Sign Language  :              __      (signed with right hand)
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Arabic (formal)         : Ohiboke   (male to female)
                        : Ohiboki   (male to female)
                        : Ohibokoma  (male or female to two males
                                      or two females)
                        : Nohiboke  (more than one male or females
                                     to female)
                        : Nohiboka   (male to male or female to male)
                        : Nohibokoma   (male to male or female to two
                                        males or two females)
                        : Nohibokom  (male to male or female to more
                                      than two males)
                        : Nohibokon  (male to male or female to more
                                      than two females)
Arabic (proper)         : Ooheboki  (male to female)
                        : Ooheboka  (female to male)
Arabic                  : Ana behibak  (female to male)
                        : Ana behibek  (male to female)
                        : Ahebich  (male to female)
                        : Ahebik   (female to male)
                        : Ana ahebik
                        : Ib'n hebbak
                        : Ana ba-heb-bak
                        : Bahibak   (female to male)
                        : Bahibik   (male to female)
                        : Benhibak (more than one male or female to male)
                        : Benhibik  (male to male or female to female)
                        : Benhibkom  (male to male or female to more
                                      than one male)
                        : Nhebuk  (spoken to someone of importance)
Arabic (Umggs.)         : Ana hebbek
Assamese                : Moi tomak bhal pau
 
Bangladeschi            : Ami tomake walobashi
Basque                  : Nere maitea
Batak                   : Holong rohangku di ho
Bavarian                : I mog di narrisch gern
                        : I mog di  (right answer: "I di a")
                        : I lieb di
Bengali                 : Aami tomaake bhaalo baashi
                        : Ami tomay bhalobashi
                        : Ami tomake bahlobashi
Berber                  : Lakh tirikh
Bicol                   : Namumutan ta ka
Bolivian Quechua        : Qanta munani
Bosnian                 : Volim te
Brazilian/Portuguese    : Eu te amo (pronounced 'eiu chee amu')
                        : Amo te
Bulgarian               : Obicham te
                        : As te obeicham
                        : As te obicham
Burmese                 : Chit pa de
 
Cambodian               : Kh_nhaum soro_lahn nhee_ah
                        : Bon sro lanh oon
Canadian French         : Sh'teme  (spoken, sounds like this)
                        : Je t'aime   ("I like you")
                        : Je t'adore  ("I love you")
Catalan                 : T'estimo  (Catalonian)
                        : T'estim   (Mallorcan)
                        : T'estime  (Valencian)
                        : T'estim molt ("I love you a lot")
Cebuano                 : Gihigugma ko ikaw
Chamoru (or Chamorro)   : Hu guaiya hao
Chichewa                : Ndimakukonda
Chickasaw               : Chiholloli (first 'i' nasalized)
Chinese                 : Goa ai li     (Amoy)
                        : Ngo oi ney    (Cantonese)
                        : Wa ai lu      (Hokkien)
                        : Wo ai ni      (Mandarin)
                        : Wo ie ni        ( " )
                        : Wuo ai nee      ( " )
                        : Wo ay ni        ( " )
                        : Wo ai ni      (Putunghua)
                        : Ngo ai nong   (Wu)
Corsican                : Ti tengu cara (male to female)
                        : Ti tengu caru (female to male)
Creol                   : Mi aime jou
Croatian (familiar)     : Ja te volim    (used in proper speech)
                        : Volim te       (used in common speech)
Croatian (formal)       : Ja vas volim   (used in proper speech)
                        : Volim vas      (used in common speech)
                        : Ljubim te  (in todays useage, "I kiss you",
                                       'lj' pronounced like 'll' in
                                       Spanish, one sound, 'ly'ish)
Croatian (old)          : Ljubim te  (may still be found in poetry)
Czech                   : Miluji te  (a downwards pointing arrowhead
                                      on top of the 'e' in te)
                        : Miluju te! (colloquial form)
                        : Ma'm te (velmi) ra'd (male speaker, "I like
                                                you (very much)", often
                                                used and prefered)
                        : Ma'm te (velmi) ra'da (female speaker)
 
Danish                  : Jeg elsker dig
Dutch                   : Ik hou van je
                        : Ik hou van jou
                        : Ik bemin je   (old fashioned)
                        : Ik bemin jou      ( " )
                        : Ik ben verliefd op je
                        : Ik ben verliefd op jou
                        : Ik zie je graag
 
Ecuador Quechua         : Canda munani
English                 : I love you
                        : I adore you
                        : I love thee   (used only in Christian context)
Esperanto               : Mi amas vin
Estonian                : Mina armastan sind
                        : Ma armastan sind
 
Farsi (old)             : Tora dust mi daram
Farsi                   : Tora dost daram  ("I love you")
                        : Asheghetam
                        : Doostat daram    ("I'm in love with you")
                        : Man asheghetam   ("I'm in love with you")
Filipino                : Mahal ka ta
                        : Iniibig kita
                        : Mahal kita
Finnish (formal)        : Mina" rakastan sinua  (a" = 'a' with two dots)
                        : Rakastan sinua
                        : Mina" pida"n sinusta ("I like you")
Finnish                 : (Ma") rakastan sua
                        : (Ma") tykkaan susta  ("I like you")
French                  : Je t'aime   ("I like you")
                        : Je t'adore  ("I love you")
French (formal)         : Je vous aime
Friesian                : Ik hou fan dei (sp?)
                        : Ik hald fan dei
 
Gaelic                  : Ta gra agam ort
Ghanaian                : Me dor wo
German (formal)         : Ich liebe Sie  (rarely used)
German                  : Ich liebe dich
                        : Ich hab dich lieb (not so classic and
                                             conservative)
German dialects:
 Bayrisch               : I mog di  (right answer: "I di a")
 Berlinerish            : Ick liebe dir
 Berner-Deutsch         : Ig liebe di
 Bochumer               : Ich find dich geil
 Friesisch              : Ik hou fan dei (sp?)
 Hessisch               :
 Saarländish       : Isch hann disch lieb
 Sächsich0         : Isch liebdsch
 Schwäbisch        :
 Schweizer-Deutsch      : Ch'ha di gärn
 Vorarlbergerisch       : I stand total uf di
Greek                   : S'ayapo  (spoken "s'agapo", 3rd letter is lower
                                      case 'gamma')
Greek (old)             : (Ego) Philo su    ('ego', for emphasis)
Greenlandic             : Asavakit
Gronings                : Ik hol van die
Gujrati                 : Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon.
                        : Hoon tuney chaoon chhoon ('n' is nasal, not
                             pronounced)
 
Hausa                   : Ina sonki
Hawaiian                : Aloha i'a au oe
                        : Aloha wau ia 'oe
Hebrew                  : Anee ohev otakh     (male to female)
                        : Anee ohevet otkha   (female to male)
                        : Anee ohev otkha     (male to male)
                        : Anee ohevet otakh   (female to female)
                                              ('kh' pronounced like
                               Spanish 'j', Dutch 'g', or similiar to
                               French 'r')
Hindi                   : Mai tumase pyar karata hun  (male to female)
                        : Mai tumase pyar karati hun  (female to male)
                        : Mai tumse pyar karta hoon
                        : Mai tumse peyar karta hnu
                        : Mai tumse pyar karta hoo
                        : Mai tujhe pyaar kartha hoo
                        : Mae tumko peyar kia
                        : Main tumse pyar karta hoon
                        : Main tumse prem karta hoon
                        : Main tuze pyar karta hoon ('n' is nasal, not
                             pronounced)
Hopi                    : Nu' umi unangwa'ta
Hungarian               : Szeretlek te'ged
                        : Szeretlek
 
Icelandic               : Eg elska thig
Ilocano                 : Ay ayating ka
Indonesian              : Saya cinta padamu    ('Saya', commonly used)
                        : Saya cinta kamu             ( " )
                        : Saya kasih saudari          ( " )
                        : Saja kasih saudari          ( " )
                        : Aku tjinta padamu    ('Aku', not often used)
                        : Aku cinta padamu            ( " )
                        : Aku cinta kamu              ( " )
Italian                 : Ti amo     (relationship/lover/spouse)
                        : Ti voglio bene  (between friends)
                        : Ti voglio  (strong sexual meaning, "I want
                                      you", refering to other person's
                                      body)
Irish                   : Taim i' ngra leat
Irish/Gaelic            : t'a gr'a agam dhuit
 
Japanese                : Kimi o ai shiteru
                        : Aishiteru
                        : Chuu shiteyo
                        : Ora omee no koto ga suki da
                        : Ore wa omae ga suki da
                        : Suitonnen
                        : Sukiyanen
                        : Sukiyo
                        : Watashi wa anata ga suki desu
                        : Watashi wa anata wo aishithe imasu
                        : Watashi wa anata o aishitemasu
                        : A-i-shi-te ma-su
                        : Watakushi-wa anata-wo ai shimasu
                        : Suki desu (used at the first time, like for a
                             start, when you are not yet real lovers)
Javanese                : Kulo tresno
 
Kannada                 : Naanu ninnanu preethisuthene
                        : Naanu ninnanu mohisuthene
Kikongo                 : Mono ke zola nge (mono ke' zola nge')
Kiswahili               : Nakupenda
                        : Nakupenda wewe
                        : Nakupenda malaika ("I love you, (my) angel")
Klingon                 : SoHvaD vIghajtaH bang
                        : qaparHa'qu'taH  ("I like you!")
Korean                  : Tangsinul sarang ha yo
                        : Saranghee
                        : Nanun dangsineul mucheog joahapnida
                        : Nanun dangsineul saranghapnida
                        : Nanun gdaega joa
                        : Nanun gdaereul saranghapnida
                        : Nanun neoreul saranghanda
                        : Gdaereul hjanghan naemaeum alji
                        : Joahaeyo
                        : Saranghae
                        : Saranghaeyo
                        : Saranghapanida
                        : Zaran ha yo
                        : No-rul sarang hae (male to female in casual
                              relationship)
                        : Tangsinul sarang ha yo
                        : Tangshin-ul sarang hae-yo
                        : Tangshin-i cho-a-yo ("I like you, in a
                              romantic way")
                        : Nanun tangshinul sarang hamnida
Kurdish                 : Ez te hezdikhem
 
Lao                     : Khoi huk chau
                        : Koi muk jao
                        : Kheu huk chau
Latin                   : Te amo
                        : Vos amo
Latin  (old)            : (Ego) Amo te   ('Ego', for emphasis)
Latvian                 : Es tevi milu (pronounced 'es tevy meelu')
                                       ('i in 'milu' has a line over it,
                                        a 'long i')
                        : Es milu tevi (less common)
Lebanese                : Bahibak
Lingala                 : Nalingi yo
Lisbon lingo            : Gramo-te bue', chavalinha!
Lithuanian              : Tave myliu (Ta-ve mee-lyu)
Lojban                  : Mi do prami
Luo                     : Aheri
 
Macedonian              : Te sakam  (a little stronger than "I like you")
                        : Te ljubam  ("I really love you")
                        : Jas te sakam ('j' sounds like 'y' in May)
                        : Pozdrav ("Greetings")
Madrid lingo            : Me molas, Tronca!
Maiese                  : Wa wa
Malay/Indonesian        : Saya cintakan mu   (grammatically correct)
                        : Saya sayangkan mu        ( " )
                        : Saya cintakan awak
                        : Aku cinta pada kau
                        : Aku cinta pada mu
                        : Saya cinta pada mu
                        : Saya sayangkan engkau ('engkau' often shortened
                          to 'kau', 'engkau' is informal form and should
                          only be used if you know the person _really_
                          well)
Malayalam               : Ngan ninne snaehikkunnu
                        : Njyaan ninne' preetikyunnu
                        : Njyaan ninne' mohikyunnu
Marathi                 : Mi tuzya var prem karato
                        : Me tujhashi prem karto (male to female)
                        : Me tujhashi prem karte (female to male)
Mohawk                  : Konoronhkwa
Moroccan                : Kanbhik  (both mean the same, but spoken)
                        : Kanhebek (in different cities)
 
Navaho                  : Ayor anosh'ni
Ndebele                 : Niyakutanda
Norwegian               : Jeg elsker deg  (Bokmaal)
                        : Eg elskar deg   (Nynorsk)
                        : Jeg elsker deg  (Riksmaal)
 
Op                      : Op lopveop yopuop
Osetian                 : Aez dae warzyn
 
Pakistani               : Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai
                        : Muje se mu habbat hai
Pig Latin               : Ie ovele ouye
Pilipino                : Mahal kita
                        : Iniibig kita
Polish                  : Kocham cie
                        : Kocham ciebie
                        : Ja cie kocham
                        : Yacha kocham
Portuguese/Brazilian    : Eu te amo (pronounced 'eiu chee amu')
                        : Amo te
Punjabi                 : Main tainu pyar karna
                        : Mai taunu pyar karda
 
Quenya                  : Tye-mela'ne
 
Romanian                : Te iubesc
                        : Te ador    (stronger)
Russian                 : Ya vas lyublyu        (old fashioned)
                        : Ya tyebya lyublyu         (best)
                        : Ya lyublyu vas        (old fashioned)
                        : Ya lyublyu tyebya
 
Samoan                  : Ou te alofa outou
Scot Gaelic             : Tha gradh agam ort
Serbian (formal)        : Ja vas volim   (used in proper speech)
                        : Volim vas      (used in common speech)
                        : Ljubim te  (in todays useage, "I kiss you",
                                       'lj' pronounced like 'll' in
                                       Spanish, one sound, 'ly'ish)
Serbian (familiar)      : Ja te volim    (used in proper speech)
                        : Volim te       (used in common speech)
Serbian (old)           : Ljubim te  (may still be found in poetry)
Serbocroatian           : Volim te
                        : Ljubim te
                        : Ja te volim ('j' sounds like 'y' in May)
Shona                   : Ndinokuda
Singhalese              : Mama oyaata aadareyi
                        : Mama oyata adarei
Sioux                   : Techihhila
Slovak                  : Lubim ta
Slovene                 : Ljubim te
Spanish                 : Te amo
                        : Te quiero
                        : Te adoro    ("I adore you")
                        : Te deseo    ("I desire you")
                        : Me antojis  ("I crave you")
Srilankan               : Mama oyata arderyi
Swahili                 : Nakupenda
                        : Naku penda (followed by the person's name)
                        : Ninikupenda
Swedish                 : Jag aelskar dig
                        : Jag a"lskar dig
                        : Jag :alskar dig
Swiss-German            : Ch'ha di ga"rn
Syrian/Lebanese         : Bhebbek (male to female)
                        : Bhebbak (female to male)
 
Tagalog                 : Mahal kita
Tahitian                : Ua here au ia oe
                        : Ua here vau ia oe
Tamil                   : Naan unnai kadalikiren
                        : Ni yaanai kaadli karen ("You love me")
                        : N^an unnaki kathalikkinren ("I love you")
Telugu                  : Ninnu premistunnanu
                        : Neenu ninnu pra'mistu'nnanu
                        : Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai (formal)           : Phom rak khun   (male to female)
                        : Ch'an rak khun  (female to male)
Thai                    : Khao raak thoe  (affectionate, sweet, loving)
Tunisian                : Ha eh bak
Turkish (formal)        : Sizi seviyorum
Turkish                 : Seni seviyorum
                        : Seni begeniyorum  ("I adore you")
                                          (g has a bar on it)
 
Ukrainian               : Ya tebe kokhayu
                        : Ja tebe kokhaju (real true love)
                        : Ja vas kokhaju
                        : Ja pokokhav tebe
                        : Ja pokokhav vas
Ungarish                : Seretlek
Urdu                    : Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon
                        : Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai
                        : Mujge tumae mahabbat hai
 
Vietnamese              : Anh ye^u em   (male to female)
                        : Em ye^u anh   (female to male)
                        : Toi yeu em
Vulcan                  : Wani ra yana ro aisha
 
Welsh                   : Rwy'n dy garu di
                        : Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)
Wolof                   : Da ma la nope
 
Yiddish                 : Ikh hob dikh lib
                        : Ich libe dich
                        : Ich han dich lib
Yucatec Maya            : 'in k'aatech  (the love of lovers)
                        : 'in yabitmech  (the love of family, which
                                          lovers can also feel; it
                                          indicates more a desire to
                                          spoil and protect the other
                                          person)
 
Zazi                    : Ezhele hezdege (sp?)
Zulu                    : Mena tanda wena
                        : Ngiyakuthanda!
Zuni                    : Tom ho' ichema

Explanation of Languages

Afrikaans       -> spoken by people of Dutch heritage in South Africa
Alentejano      -> language spoken in Portugal
Alsacien        -> French/German dialect (live in France, but speak
                   like Germans)
Arabic          -> language spoken in the Arab countries including
                   but not limited to Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan,
                   Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and
                   the region of Palestine.
Assamese        -> language spoken in the state of Assam, India
Batak           -> language spoken in the northern Sumatra province of
                   Indonesia
Bavarian        -> language spoken in the state of Bavaria, southern
                   Germany (actually a German dialect)
Bengali         -> language spoken in the state of West Bengal, India,
                   as well as almost all people of Bangladesh
Bicol           -> Philipino dialect
Cebuano         -> language spoken in Philipines near the town of Cebu
Chichewa        -> language spoken in Malawi, Central Africa
Chickasaw       -> North American Indian tribe (southeastern Oklahoma)
Creol           -> French dialect spoken by people who migrated from
                   Canada to the Louisiana, USA, area
Dutch           -> language spoken in the Netherlands and the provinces
                   of East- and West-Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, and
                   Flemmish-Brabant, Belgium
Esperanto       -> The International Language
Farsi           -> language spoken in Iran.  Dialects of Farsi spoken in
                   Pakistan and Afghanestan.  Farsi is sometimes called
                   Persian.
French          -> language spoken in France, Canada, and the provinces
                   of Luxembourg, Namur, Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-
                   Walloon(Brabant of the Walloons), Belgium
Friesian        -> language spoken in northern Holland, northern
                   Germany, and in some parts of Denmark
                   (mainly west coast)
Gaelic          -> language spoken in Ireland
Gronings        -> Dutch dialect
Gujrati         -> language spoken in the state of Gujrat, India, and
                   Pakistan
Hausa           -> language spoken in Nigeria
Hindi           -> language spoken in the northern states of India
Hopi            -> North American Indian tribe (southwest, Arizona)
Ilocano         -> Filopino dialect
Kannada         -> language spoken in the state of Karnataka,
                   southern India
Kikongo         -> language spoken in Zaire, Africa
Klingon         -> Spoken in Star Trek.  Proper term for the language
                   is "tlhIngan Hol".  The Klingon homeworld is
                   Qo'noS, in English it's Kronos.
Letzeburgisch   -> language spoken in Luxemburg, a mixture of French and
                   German, with the emphasis on German
Luo             -> language spoken in Kenya
Malayalam       -> language spoken in the state of Kerala, India
Marathi         -> language spoken in the state of Maharastra, India
                   (Bombay is the capital city)
Mohawk          -> North American Indian tribe (New England, maybe one of
                   the Seven Nations/Iriquois?)
Moroccan        -> language spoken in Morocco, North Africa
Navaho          -> North American Indian tribe (southwest)
Ndebele         -> language spoken in Zimbabwe
Punjabi         -> language spoken in the state of Punjab, northern India
Quechua         -> language spoken by Mayan Indians (South America)
Quenya          -> Elvish language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his
                   books.  Notably, "The Lord of the Rings".
Shona           -> language spoken in Zimbabwe
Sinhalese       -> Language of the non-Tamil (majority) people of
                   Sri Lanka.  Also spoken in Ceylon.
Sioux           -> North American Indian tribe (upper midwest)
Swahili         -> language spoken by some indigenous tribes of South
                   Africa
Tagalog         -> Philipino dialect
Tamil           -> language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India,
                   and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritus
Telugu          -> language spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India
                   (eleventh most spoken language in the world)
Urdu            -> language spoken in Pakistan and India
Vulcan          -> Spoken in Star Trek by Mr. Spock and others from
                   the planet Vulcan
Walloon         -> literally Welsh(not English Welsh), a little used
                   French dialect with certain German influences
                   spoken in the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur,
                   Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-Walloon(Brabant of
                   the Walloons), Belgium
Wolof           -> dialect spoken in Senegal
Yucatec Maya    -> language spoken by indigenous people of the Yucatan
                   peninsula in Mexico
Zazi            -> Kurdic dialect
Zuni            -> North American Indian tribe
 
 
a'              -> a with the acute accent (') over it
a"              -> " above a (umlaut)
e^              -> ^ above e



 
(no guarantee for correctness though....)