Saying I LOVE YOU in Different Languages

Posted on: 08/12/2009

There is the sentiment of love in every culture, but how does the language we speak impact the meaning of the words?  Saying “I love you” to somebody who speaks English implies a sort of contract.  Those three words bind you to a person, expressing more than just a passing fancy or acquaintance.  “I love you,” means a person has touched your life.

For instance, in French, to literally say “I love you” is Je t’adore, but Je t’adore does not mean I love you in that binding way I speak of. To give the French version this quality, one must utter Je t’aime, which literally translates to “I like you.”

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