How to Say I Love You in 24 Languages

by lou16

Stuck on how to say I love you? What about saying it in a different language? Here's a few linguistic ways to say I love you.

Can You Say I Love You in Another Language?

Elizabeth Barret Browning once said, 'how do I love thee, let me count the ways,' but if you're not sure how to say I love you to someone or can't think of the right words to use what about honing your linguistic skills?   You don't have to learn a whole new language, just learn the language of love with these 3 simple words - I love you.

If you're trying to impress someone then saying I love you in French, Italian, Cantonese or some other language is a great idea.   Personally my hubby and I have our own way of saying I love you, one simple word - ditto.

Our first date was to see the movie Ghost and the word ditto became our 'I love you', but let's look at what languages you can say I love you in.

How to Say I Love You From Afrikaans to Dutch

Afrikaans – Ek is lief vir jou


  • Ana Behibak (to a male)
  • Ana Behibek (to a female)

Cantonese – Ngo oi ney

Croatian – Volim te

Danish – Jeg elsker dig

Dutch – Ik hou van jou

French is probably the 'other language' that people are most likely to know how to say I love you in.   That's because French is considered the language of love and Paris (France's capital) is seen as the city of love.

Although Italian is another language where the phrase I love you is used by many people outside of Italians because it's seen as a language of passion.

Be warned when you use these languages ....... they can be potent!


How to Say I Love You From French to Japanese

French – Je t’aime

German – Ich liebe Dich

Greek – S’agapo


  • aNEE oHEIVET oTKHA (female to male)
  • aNEE oHEIV otAKH (male to female)

Italian – Ti amo

Japanese – Kimi o ai shiteru

How to Say I Love You from Lithuanian to Spanish

Lithuanian – Ash miliu tave

Manderin – Wo ain i

Portuguese – Eu te amo

Romanian – Te lubesc

Serbian – Volim te

Spanish – Te amo

Can You Say I Love You in More Than One Language?

How to Say I Love You From Swahili to Yiddish

Swahili – Nakupenda

Swedish – Jag alskar dig

Thai – Phom Rak Khun

Turkish – Seni seviyorum!

Yiddish – Ikh hob dikh lib

How to Say I Love You in Sign Language

How Else to Say I Love You

My family use English and/or sign language to say I love you and as I've previously told you my hubby and I have another word that means I love you to us, but sometimes you can say I love you in other ways.

They say actions speak louder than words and doing something to make your partner's life easier is a great way to let them know you love them.   I can remember when my daughter was born my hubby would bring me a snack and a glass of water when I was breastfeeding and that spoke far more to me than him merely saying I love you in any language.

Roses are often used as a floral way of saying I love you and when we first lived together the house we rented had miniature roses growing all up one side of it.   Our hours of work were different as he would start work earlier than me and I would work later then he did - I would be half awake to say good bye to him (sometimes!), but when I woke up fully I would often find a miniature rose on the pillow or on the night stand.    These days it's my morning cup of tea in bed that let's me know he still loves me!

Sometimes we do want to get a card or a gift though and I've compiled a few links to help you say I love you to the person you love -

I Love You Cards
There are many occasions when you can send a card to say I love you and these cards are cute ways to let someone know how you feel

Gifts That Say I Love You
There are so many ways to say I love you, but you can't go past a romantic gift like chocolates and jewelry or some of these cool gift ideas

Romantic iPhone Cases
What about giving someone an iphone case that says I love you - they do exist and they are the ultimate in a romantic gesture - they also last longer than flowers and contain no calories!

Top 5 Unique Valentines Day Gift Ideas
This blog post may be focused on Valentine's Day gift ideas, but these gifts can be used anytime you want to say I love you.

Romantic Gifts
This webpage shows you a number of different romantic gifts ideas for men and women alike and you're sure to find a perfect gift for someone you love.

Heart Shaped Birthstone Rings
Heart shaped jewelry is always a popular choice and when you chose your partner's birthstone it's a way of letting them know that you do remember when their birthday is as well as saying you love them - a win/win gift idea.

Lou's Online Jewelry Store
Jewels have long been part of the language of love and whatever type of jewelry you want to give you'll find it at this online jewelry store.

Rose Necklaces
Rose necklaces are a great way to give someone roses that won't wither up and die within a few days, but will be eternal like your love.

Romantic Gift Ideas
There are many ways to say I love you including giving the person you love a thoughtful and romantic gift. Here is a compilation of gift ideas to make your partner feel very special

Updated: 12/15/2012, lou16
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sheilamarie on 11/09/2011

Aw! I love your sentiments on this page, Lou. You've given us all some new ways to express our love!

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