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Say "I love you" in multiple languages

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:25 am
I thought it might be cool to have a thread with the phrase "I love you" in many different languages, if possible. If you know how to say it in another language, post it here, please.

Thanks.

English: I love you.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:27 am
German: Ich liebe dicht. (sp.?)
Translation: Love me, I command you.
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Maggie5554515
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:29 am
French: Je t'aime
Armenian: Yes kez sirum em.
Bulgarian: Obicham te.
Russian: Ya lublju tebya.
German: Ich liebe dich.
Italian: Te amo.
Spanish: Ti amo.
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Sugasuga
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:40 am
Chinese: Wo ai ni
Vivien
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:48 am
or French je t'adore

Maltese (not at all sure of spelling) jien ihhaba (pronounced yayn) ihabba)
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:52 am
Hebrew: Ani ohev otach (male to female)
Ani ohev otcha (male to male)
Ani ohevet otach (female to female)
Ani ohevet otcha (female to male)
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 09:58 am
Hebrew, to a stranger: Ba'ak otcha
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 10:14 am
Serbo-Croat is (phonetically, as I've never seen it written): volim te
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Maggie5554515
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 10:29 am
Volim te? I thought this was "I want you" with a mere sexual meaning.
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kitchenpete
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 10:35 am
Maggie - you could be right! Laughing
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Thok
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 11:44 am
What missed in our collection? german already mentioned. English anyway. I must admit unfortunately that I don´t know what it mean in slovak ( dagmaraka please... ) and Latin ( e.x eos your appearance)
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:13 pm
Maggie5554515 wrote:
Italian: Te amo.
Spanish: Ti amo.


It's exactly the other way around.

Please notice that you don't say "te amo" or "ti amo" to a close friend. The situation has to be very important, or critical, to say "te amo" or "ti amo" to a parent, to one's child, to a sibling. And to say "te amo" or "ti amo" to a boyfriend/girlfriend means a higher commitment.
"Te amo" and "ti amo" is passionate and deep and usually reserved for lovers/spouses. You hardly ever say, in Spanish "Te amo mucho" (literally: "I love you much"). It would be reiterative, the "much" element is included in "te amo". I believe it is the same in Italian.

For all other purposes, the equivalent of "I love you" is:

Italian: Ti voglio bene.
Spanish: Te quiero.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:30 pm
Ok, Slovak - here goes"
Ľúbim ťa
Milujem ťa
Mám ťa rád/-a
Zbožňujem ťa (I adore you, or literally, I god-ify you)

Czech:
Miluji te
Mám tě rád
Zbožňuji tě

Polish:
Kocham cie

Hungarian:
Szeretlek
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Rick d Israeli
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:31 pm
Dutch: 'Ik hou van je'.
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Rick d Israeli
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:32 pm
Or better: 'ik hou van JOU'. Forget the 'je'. (and in Flemish: 'ik hou van u ( : wink : ).
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Thok
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:32 pm
dagmaraka wrote:
Ok, Slovak - here goes"
Ľúbim ťa
Milujem ťa
Mám ťa rád/-a
Zbožňujem ťa (I adore you, or literally, I god-ify you)


new lesson for me....

Can you specify this,what mean what?
drom et reve
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:35 pm
Mandarin: Wo an ni
Catalan: T'estim molt
Flemish: Ik zie oe geerne
Bahasa Indonesia: Saja kasih saudari

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Rick d Israeli
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:38 pm
'Ik zie oe geerne' Mr. Green Good one! Here in the south of the Netherlands we sometimes say (not in the exact translation of 'I love you', and only during Carnaval) 'wa un lekker ding bende gij'. Mr. Green
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:41 pm
The first three can be used interchangeably. Mám ťa rád is the least emotionally charged and essentially means I like you (I have you in favor, literally). That's the one you'd start with. Milujem ťa is the most passionate of the three - that is the 'I love you' you use when you are head over heals in love. Ľúbim ťa is perhaps more level-headed, but it means the same, I love you. Perhaps most used in a couple that's going steady.
'Zbožňujem ťa' can be used both in reference to a person as well as to a thing - zbožňujem zmrzlinu = I adore ice cream...
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jul, 2004 12:46 pm
Esperanto: Mi amas vin
 

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