How to Say ‘I love you’ in Different Languages

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The phrase “I love you” can be expressed in a number of ways, depending on the language you’re speaking.

From English to Turkish, we’ve rounded up a list of phrases to help you show affection in 13 languages.

Here’s how to tell someone you love them in different languages:

Chinese (Mandarin)

  • wǒ ài nǐ (我爱你) – I love you.

English

  • I’m in love with you.
  • You mean the world to me.
  • I love you to bits.

French

  • J’aime être à tes côtés. – I love being by your side.
  • Je t’aime. – I love you.
  • Je veux passer plus de temps avec toi. – I want to spend more time with you.

German

  • Ich liebe dich. – I love you.
  • Ich hab dich lieb. – I really like you.
  • Ich steh auf dich. – I’m into you.

Italian

  • Ti amo. – I love you.

Japanese

  • aishiteru (愛してる) – I love you. (Note: this isn’t used very often!)
  • anata ga daisuki desu (あなたが大好きです) – I like you a lot. (Note: this is more commonly used.)

Korean

  • saranghaeyo (사랑해요) – I love you.

Polish

  • Kocham Cię – I love you.

Portuguese

  • Eu te amo – I love you.

Russian

  • Я люблю тебя. (Ya lyublyu tyebya.) – I love you.
  • Male speaker: Я влюбился в тебя с первого взгляда. (Ya vlyubilsya v tyebya s pyervava vsglyada.) – I fell in love with you at first sight.
  • Female speaker: Я влюбилась в тебя с первого взгляда. (Ya vlyubilas v tyebya s pyervava vsglyada.) – I fell in love with you at first sight.
  • Ты – моя любовь на всю жизнь. (Ty maya lyubov’ na vsyu zhizn.) – You are the love of my life.

Spanish

  • Te amo. (Latin America) / Te quiero. (Spain) – I love you.
  • Me encantas. – I really like you.
  • Me vuelves loco / loca. – I’m crazy about you.

Turkish

  • Seni seviyorum. – I love you.
  • Senden çok hoşlanıyorum. – I really like you.
  • Sana aşığım. – I’m in love with you.

Vietnamese

  • Anh yêu em. – I love you.

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Emma was a French Language Expert at Busuu. Originally from London, U.K, Emma moved to Brighton to study Anthropology and Languages (French and Spanish) and later spent time living on the French overseas department, La Réunion. In her spare time she loves travel and culture, crochet, cooking and singing!

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