Love is more than just hormones. It’s a unique feeling that consists of passion, intimacy, trust, and commitment. Some say to love is to see yourself in others’ eyes. When it comes to being romantic, there is never a shortage of love phrases in different languages. From French to Spanish and from Japanese to Korean, each language has its unique way of saying “I love you”.
Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day with 30+ sentences to express love in different languages. Read on and get prepared to be romantic!
How to say I love you in French
It’s not surprising to find a variety of ways to say “I love you” and express affection in the language of love. From
Je t’aime. (I love you.)
Je t’aime bien. (I like you.)
Tu me manques. (I miss you.)
Je suis folle/fou de toi. (I am crazy about you.)
How to say I love you in Japanese
Japanese culture gives an impression of discrete, polite, and preserved. When it comes to showing love, Japanese people also tend to keep their feelings inside rather than expressing out loud. The word 好き(like) is more often used than loaded words like 恋 and 愛 (both meaning love).
好きです。[Sukidesu] (I like you.)
大好きです。[Daisukidesu] (I really like you.)
愛している。 [Ai shite iru] (I love you.)
Learn more about how to use these different love expressions in Japanese!
How to say I love you in Korean
If you are into Korean dramas, you’ll know that unlike Japanese, Koreans are quite straightforward when it comes to expressing affection.
사랑해요. [saranghaeyo] (I love you.)
저는 당신을 사랑해요. [jeoneun dangsineul saranghaeyo] (I love you.)
xx 씨밖에 없어요. [dangsinbage eobseoyo] (There’s nobody like you.)
This article explains more about Korean love phrases and how they are used in real conversations. Take a look!
How to say I love you in Spanish
There are different phrases that can mean “I love you” in spanish, and each of them has a different focus.
Te Quiero. (I want you.)
Te Amo. (I love you.)
Me gustas. (I like you.)
How to say I love you in Chinese
From slightly light-hearted expressions to strong emotional ones, love phrases in Chinese also vary according to people and situation. Like Japanese, the relatively reserved Chinese culture also don’t encourage strong manifestations like 我爱你 or 我喜欢你 (perhaps only on serious occassions like proposing). Instead, the subject 我 is often omitted to make the expression a daily and casual one.
我喜欢你。[wǒ xǐhuān nǐ] (I like you.)
喜欢你。[xǐhuān nǐ] (I like you.)
我爱你。[wǒ ài nǐ ] (I love you.)
爱你哟。[ài nǐ yō] (love/like ya.)
How to say I love you in German
In German, the verb lieben literarly translates into love. But when saying “I love you”, the verb can take on different forms.
Ich liebe dich. (I love you.)
Ich hab’ dich lieb. (love ya.)
Ich bin in dich verliebt. (I’m in love with you.)
Ich steh auf dich. (I’m into you.)
Ich mag dich. (I like you.)
How to say I love you in Russian
The Russian language has numerous ways to express feelings, expecially romantic ones. Take a look at some of the most used sentences and phrases below!
Я тебя люблю. [ya tyebya lyublyu] (I love you.)
Ты мне нравишься. [ty mnye nravishsya] (I like you.)
Я тебя обожаю. [ya tyebya abazhayu] (I adore you.)
Мой сладкий / моя сладкая. [moy sladky / maya sladkaya] (my sweetheart)
How to say I love you in Italian
As another romantic language, Italian language possesses a variety of cute and affectionate phrases.
Ti amo. (I love you.)
Sono pazzo di te. (I am crazy for you.)
Mi piaci. (I like you.)
sono innamorato / innamorata di te. (I’m in love with you.)
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