The Languages of Love

Love is international, so here are more than 400 ways to say that one, all important, phrase: I love you. From the Eskimo language of Aleut (fewer than 300 speakers left) to Zulu (tens of millions of speakers but a small internet footprint), this collection shows the richness and diversity of human communication – and why it’s important to preserve our languages. After all, what more basic human need could there be, than to be able to say “I love you” and be understood?

How to say I love you in different langaugesCrowd-Sourcing “I Love You” in Different Languages

Many sources came together to create what I believe is the world’s most extensive crowd-sourced collection:

Not all the languages below are real languages. Some are invented: including two Elvish languages from J.R.R. Tolkien and one angel dialect.

This is a work in progress. Discrepancies in spelling may be due to a lack of standardization, or an alternate system of transliteration. Or it could, quite simply, be an error. Leave your comments below if you have corrections to suggest, or language translations you would like to add. If you’re interested in knowing more about the languages themselves, each name links to a Wikipedia page.

Language Translation of I Love You
Abé Mon ko lo fon
Abure U’m wloloho
Aembu (or Embu) Ningwendete
Afar Ko kiciyoh
Afrikaans Ek het jou lief
Albanian Të dua
Aleut Txin Yaktakuq
Alsation Ich hoan dich gear
Alutiiq (or Sugpiaq) Nakɫekamken
Amharic Ewedishalehu — እወድሻለሁ/አፈቅርሻለሁ (to a female)
Ewedihalehu — እወድሃለሁ/አፈቅርሃለሁ (to a male)
Apache Sheth shen zhon
Arabic (Egyptian)

Ana baħibbak – ٲنَا بحِبَّك (to a male) / Ana baħibbik – ٲنَا بَحِبِّك (to a female)

Arabic (Standard or Literary)

Ouhibouka — أُحِبُّكَ (to a male) / Ouhibouki — أُحِبُّكِ (to a female)

Arabic (Moroccan)

Uḥibbuk – أحبك

Arabic (Syrian)

Bəḥibbək – بحبك

Arabic (Chadian) Ni ridiki
Arabic (Tunisian) Nhebbik
Aragonese T’amo
Armenian Yes kez siroum em – Ես Քեզ սիրում եմ
Aromanian Ti voi
Assamese Moi tumak bhaal pau – মই েতামাক(আেপানাক) ভালপাওঁ
Assyrian Ono grohamno lakh (to a female) / Ono grohamno lokh (to a male)
Asturian Quiérote
Atikamekw Ki sakihitin
Attié Min bou la yé
Avallaen (constructed language) Vüväloiek dü quuo
Azeri Men seni sevirem
Bassa Mengweswe
Bambara Né bi fè
Baoule mi klôa
Bashkir Min khine yaratau – мин хинэ яратау
Basque Maite zaitut
Bassa Me gwes wè
Batak Holong rohangku di ho
Belarusian Ya tabe kahayu
Bemba Ndikufuna
Bengali Ami tomake bhalo bashi – আমি তোমাকে ভালো বাসী
Berber Hamlagh-kem (to a female) / Hamlagh-k (to a male)
Bergamasco Ta ole be
Betazed (Star Trek dialect) Imzadi
Bhojpuri Ham tose pyār karila – हम तोसे प्यार करीला
Bicol Namumutan ta ka
Binary (computer dialect) 011010010010000001101100011011110111011001100101 00100000011110010110111101110101
Bisaya Nahigugma ako kanimo
Bobo Ma kia bé nà
Borana Anin sijalad
Bosnian Volim te
Braille :..:| ..:| |..-.. .::”:.., :.:;
Breton Karout a ran ac’hanout or Da garan or Da garout a ran
Buganda Nkwaagala
Bukusu & Kinyala (Ndombi) (Luhya dialects) Nakhusima or Ndakhukhera
Bulgarian Običam te – Обичам те
Bunyore, Tsotso & Khisa (Nyole) (Luhya dialects) Ndakhuyanza
Burmese Chit pa de
Bushinenge Tongo (Ndyuka) Mi lobi you
Cajun Mi aime jou
Calabrese Ti vogliu beni
Cambodian or Khmer Soro lahn nhee ah
Catalan T’estimo
Cebuano Gihigugma ko ikaw
Cham Ai ranam dai (to a female) / Dai ranam ai (to a male)
Chamoru Hu guaiya hao
Chanchal Tere bina main ji nahi pauga
Chechen Sun ho ez (to a female) / Sun ho vez (to a male)
Cherokee Gvgeyui – ᎬᎨᏳᎢ
Cheyenne Ne mohotatse
Chichewa Ndimakukonda
Chickasaw Ngo oiy ney a
Chinese (Cantonese or Traditional Chinese) Ngo oiy ney – 我愛你
Chinese (Mandarin or Simplifed Chinese) Wo ai ni – 我爱你
Chinese (Amoy dialect) Gwa ai li
Chinese (Wu dialect) Ngo ai nong
Ch’ti J’t'aquiers
Chuukese Ai tong ngonuk
Cimbrian Ich liibe-dich
Comanche U kamakutu nu
Cornish My a’th kar
Corsican Ti tengu caru (to a male) / Ti tengu cara (to a female)
Cree Kisakihitin
Creole Mi aime jou
Crimean Tatar Men Seni süyemen мен сени севем
Croatian Volim te
Czech Miluji tě
Dakota Chantechiciya
Danish Jeg elsker dig
Dari (Persian dialect) Male tu ra dost darom
Dinka Yin nhier
Dioula M’bi fê
Douala Na tondi wa
Drehu (lifou) Eni a hnimi eö
Dungan (Gansu dialect) Veh ai ni – Вә э ни
Dungan (Shaanxi dialect) Ngeh ai ni – Ңə э ни
Dusun Siuhang oku dia
Dutch Ik hou van jou
Dzongkha Nga cheu lu ga
Efik Mma fi
Elvish (constructed by J.R.R. Tolkien) Amin mela lle
English I love you
Enochian (angelic dialect) Olani hoath ol
Esperanto Mi amas vin
Estonian Ma armastan sind
Eton Me te wa ding
Ewe Me lonwo
Ewondo Ma ding wa
Fang Ma dzing wa
Faroese Eg elski teg
Farsi or Persian Doset daram
Fijian au lomalei iko
Finnish Minä rakastan sinua
Flemish (Western) ‘k zien je geeren
Fon Un nyi wan nu we
French Je t’aime
Frisian (North) Ik hääw de liif
Frisian (Saterland) Iek hääb die ljoo
Frisian (West) Ik hâld fan dy
Friulan O ti vuei ben
Fula Mido yidouma
Furlan Ti ami
Ga Me sumar bho
Gaelic Ta gra agam ort
Galician Quérote
Gallo J’sea un diot do tae
Gbaya Mi ko me
Georgian Me shen miqvarkhar – მიყვარხარ
German Ich liebe dich
German (Bavarian dialect) I mog di
German (Frisian dialect) Ik hou fan dei
German (Hessian dialect) Isch habb disch libb
German (Ostfriesland dialect) Ick heb di leev
German (Low Saxon dialect) Isch liebdsch
German (Swabian dialect) I mog di ganz arg
German (Swiss German dialect) I liäbe di
Greek S’agapo – Σ’ αγαπώ
Greek, Ancient Philo se
Greenlandic Asavakkit
Gronings Ik hol van die
Guarani Rohiyu
Gujarati Hun tane prem karun chhun – હું તને પ્રેમ કરુ છું
Haitian creole Mwen renmen’w
Hakka Ngai oi nyi
Hausa Ina sonki (to a female) / Ina sonka (to a male)
Hawaiian Aloha Au Ia`oe
Hebrew Ani ohev otach –אני אוהב אותך (to a female) / Ani ohevet otcha – אני אוהבת אותך (to a male)
Hiligaynon Guina higugma ko ikaw
Hindi maiṅ tumse pyār kartī hūṅ– मैं तुमसे प्यार (to a female / maiṅ tumse pyār kartā hūṅ – करता/ करती हूँ (to a male)
Hmong Kuv hlub koj
Hokkien Wa ai lu
Hopi Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian Szeretlek
Ibaloi Pip-piyan tana
Ibaloi Pip-piyan taha
Iban Aku sayau nuan
Ibibio Mmu ma fien
Ibo A hurum gi nanya
Icelandic Ég elska þig
Idakho (Luhya dialect) Nakhuyanza
Igbo A huru m gi n’anya
Iloko Ayayatenka
Ilocano Ay-ayaten ka
Ilonggo Palangga ko ikaw
Indonesian – Bahasa (informal) aku cinta kamu
Indonesian – Bahasa (poetic) Saya cinta padamu
Interglossa (constructed language) Mi esthe philo tu
Inuit Negligevapse
Inuktitut (Eastern) Nagligivagit – ᓇᒡᓕᒋᕙᒋᑦ
Inuktitut (Western) Takuksugusugivagit
Iñupiaq Nakuagigikpin
Inuvialuktun Piqpagiyagit
Inuvialuktun (West Iinukitun) Nagligivagit
Irish gaelic Gráím thú
Italian Ti amo
Jakhanke N’gné kanou
Japanese Anata ga suki desu – あなたが好きです
Javanese (informal) Aku tresno kowe
Javanese (literary) Aku tresno marang sliramu
Jèrriais J’t'aime
Kabylian Hamlagh-kem (to a female) / Hamlaghk (to a male)
Kamba Ningwendete
Kankana-ey Laylaydek sik a
Kannada Naanu ninna preetisuttene – ನಾನು ನಿನ್ನನ್ನು ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ
Kapampangan Kaluguran daka
Kashmiri meh chi chain maai
Kazakh Myen syeni sooyom – Мен сені жаксы коремін
Kekchi Nactinra
Khmer Bang srolaïgn ôn – បងស្រលាញ់អូន (to a female) / Ôn srolaïgn bang – អូនស្រលាញ់បង (to a male)
Kikongo Mono ke’ zola nge’
Kikuyu Ningwendete
Kilubaka Ami nkuswele
Kinyarwanda Ndagukunda
Kipsigis, Nandi, Tugen, Sabaoti & Keiyo (Kalenjin dialects) Achamin
Kirghiz Men seni sueum
Kirundi Ndagukunda
Kisii Nin’ gwachete
Klallam Nəsƛ̕éʔ cxʷ
Klamath Moo ?ams ni stinta
Klingon (constructed, Star Trek) qamuSHa´
Konianke I diany gnè
Konkani Tu magel moga cho
Korean Saranghaeyo –사랑해요
Kosraean Nga lungse kom
Kpele I walikana
Kulango Mi koriou
Kurdish Ez te hez dikim
Kyrgyz Men seni syuem
Ladino/Ladin (Dolomites):

Te ei gen – טי אמו

Lahu Nga naw hta ha ja
Lakota or Teton Sioux Thečhíȟila
Lao Khoi huk chau
Lappish Malene datneme eahtsam
Latin Te amo
Latvian Es mīlu tevi
Lebanese Bahibak
Ligurian Te véuggio bén
Limburgish Ik hald van dich
Lingala Na lingi yo
Lithuanian Aš tave myliu
Lojban Mi do prami
Lombard Te ami
Low saxon Ik hou van ju
Luganda Nkwagala
Luhya Ndakhuyanza
Luo Aheri
Lusoga Nkwendha
Luxembourgish Ech hun dech gäer
Maasai Kanyor nanu
Macedonian (formal) Ve sakam – Ве сакам
Macedonian (informal) Te Sakam – Те сакам
Maithili Hawm ahāṃ se prem karechi – हम अहाँ स प्रेम करेछी
Malagasy Tia anao aho
Malay Aku cinta padamu
Malayalam Njan Ninne Premikunnu – ഞന നിണെ പ്രെമികുണു
Maltese Inhobbok
Manchu Bi shimbe hairambi
Manipuri Ei nang-bu nung-si
Manjack Ma ngal o
Manx Ta graih aym ort
Māori E aroha ana ahau ki a koe
Mapudungun Inchepoyeneimi
Markweta (Kalenjin dialect) Achamineny
Marathi Me tula prem karto – माझ तुइयावर प्रेम आहे
Marquesan Hinenao au ia oe
Marshallese Yokwe yuk
Martinican (creole) Mwen enmen’w
Mauritian creole Mo konten twa
Mayan ‘In k’aatech
Mazanderani Tere del devesteme
Mbama Bènan ndjala wè
Mbo Mi ding wo
Mbouda Meng ne nkoung ô
Medumba Me ko ou
Meru Ninkwendete
Mi’kmaq Kesalul
Mina Un lon o
Mixtec (Alcozauca) Ku toulló ñeloosí
Mizo Ka hmalegaih che
Modenese A-t vói bèin
Mohawk Kanbhik
Mokilese Ngoah mweoku kaua
Moldovan Te iubesc
Mongolian Bi chamd khairtai – Би чамд хайртай
Montagnais Tshemenuadeden
Montenegrin Volim te – Волим те
Moré Mam nong-a fo
Moroccan Tanbghik تنبغيك
Morse code (in English) .. .-.. — …- . -.– — ..-
Munukutuba Mu zola ngé
Myanmar Nga nint ko chit dae
Myene Mi tonda wè
Nahuatl Ni mits neki
Napoletano Te voglio bene
Navajo Ayóó ánííníshí
Na’vi (constructed, Avatar) Oe tìyawn ngenga nìftxavang
Ndebele (Northern) Ngiyakuthanda
Ndebele (Southern) Ngiyakuthanda
Nepali Ma tapainlai maya garchu – म तपाइलाइ माया गर्छु।
Norman Jè t’anor
Norwegian Bokmål Jeg elsker deg
Norwegian Nynorsk Eg elskar deg
Novial Me ama vu
Nuer Han nhok han ji
Nunavik (Inuktitut) Ungagivagit
Nupe Miye wawe
Nyanja Ninatemba
Occitan T’aimi
Okinawan Shichusaa – 好ちゅさ
Old English (Northumbrian) Ic lufie þec
Old English (West Saxon) Ic lufie þe
Oriya Mu tumoku bhala paye
Oromo Ani sin jaladha
Ossetian Æž dæ waržyn – æз дæ уарзын
Otomi (Mezquital) Hmädi
Pakistani Mujhe Tumse Muhabbat Hai
Palauan A Kultoir er Kau
Pandacan Syota na kita
Pangasinan Inaru Taka
Papiamentu Mi ta stima bo
Pashto

Ta sara meena kowm – زه ستا سره مينه کوم

Pedi Kiyahurata
Persian (Farsi)

Dustat dâram – دوستت دارم

Piemontese Te ami
Pig Latin (constructed) Iay ovlay ouyay
Pohnpeian Ih mwauhkin uhk
Pokot (Kalenjin dialect) Achaminyi
Polish Kocham Cię
Portuguese – Brazil Te amo
Portuguese – Portugal Amo-te
Pulaar Mbe de yid ma
Punjabi Mẽ tenū̃ piār kardā hā̃ – ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ।
Punu Nyu rondi
Pushtu Mung jane’
Quechua – Bolivian Qanta munani
Quechua – Equadorian Canda munani
Quechua – Cuzco Munakuyki
Quenya Tye-meláne
Rapa nui Hanga rahi au kia koe
Romagnolo A-t vói bèin
Romani Kamaù tut
Romanian Te iubesc
Romansch Jau t’am
Russian Ya tebya l’ubl’u – Я тебя люблю
Rwandan Ndagukunda
Saami Mun rahkistan du
Samburu Kaasham iye/Oleng
Samoan Ou te alofa outou
Sango Mbi yé mô
Sanskrit Snihyāmi tvayi – स्निह्यामि त्वयि
Sar M’tari
Sardinian (Campidanese) Deu t’amu
Sardinian (Logudorese) Deo t’amo
Scottish gaelic Tha gaol agam ort
Senufo Mô mi dènè
Serbian Volim – te волим те
Serer Mi nowinda
Sesotho Ke a mo rata
Setswana Ke a go rata
Shibushi Zahou mitiya anaou
Shikomori Ngam hwandzo
ShiMaore Nisuhuvendza
Shona Ndinokuda
Siberian Yup’ik Piniqamken
Sindarin Elvish (constructed by J.R.R. Tolkien) Gi melin
Sindhi Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
Sinhala Mama oyata aadareyi – මම ඔයාට ආදරෙයි
Sioux Techihhila
Slovak Ľúbim Ťa
Slovenian Ljubim te
Somali Waan ku Jecelahay
Songhai Aye ga banin
Soninké Na moula
Sotho (Northern) Ke a go rata
Spanish Te amo
Surinamese Mi lobi joe
Susu Ira fan ma
Swahili Nakupenda
Swazi Ngiyakutsandza
Swedish Jag älskar dig
Swiss German I liäbe di
Syrian Bhebbek (to a female) / Bhebbak (to a male)
Tagalog (Filipino) Mahal kita
Tahitian Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
Taita Nakukunde
Taiwanese (Hokkien) Wa ga ei li
Tajiki Jigarata bihrum duhtari hola (to a female) / Tra lav dorum (to a male)
Tamil Nān unnai kādhalikkiren – நான் உன்னை காதலிக்கிறேன்
Tatar Min sini yaratam – мин сини яратам
Telugu Nenu ninnu premistunnanu – నేను నిన్ను ప్రేమిస్తున్నాను
Tetun Hau hadomi o
Thai Pom rak khun (male speaker) ผมรักคุณ / Chan rak khun (female speaker) – ฉันรักคุณ
Tibetan Na kirinla gaguidou – ང་ཁྱེད་རང་ལ་དགའ་པོ་ཡོད་
Tigrigna Yfetwekiye – ይፈትወኪ’የ! (to a male) / Yfetwekaye – ይፈትወካ`የ! (to a female)
Tok Pisin Mi lavim yu
Tongan Ofa atu
Tsez Där mi yetix – Даьр ми йетих (to a female) / Där mi etix – Даьр ми этих (to a male)
Tshiluba Ndji mukunanga
Tshivenḓa Ndi a ni funa
Tswana Ke a go rata
Tunisian N’habbek
Turkana Kamina ayong iyong
Turkish Seni Seviyorum
Turkmen Seni söýärin
Tuvan Men seni ynakshir – мэн сэни ынакшир
Twi Me dor wo
Twi (Ashanti) Me pe wo
Udmurt Mon tone jaratiśko
Ukrainian Ya tebe kahayu – Я тебе кохаю
Urdu

mein ap say muhabat karta hoon – میں آپ سے محبت کَرتا ہوں (to a female) / mein ap say muhabat karti hoon – میں آپ سے محبت کرتی ہوں (to a male)

Uzbek (formal) Men seni sevamale – мен сени севаман
Uzbek (informal) Men seni yahshi ko’ramale
Vai Na lia
Valencian Te vullk
Venda Ndi a ni funa
Venetian T’amo
Veps Minä armastan sindai
Vietnamese Anh ye^u em (to a female) Em ye^u anh (to male)
Vlaams Ik hue van ye
Volapük (constructed) Läfob oli
Vute Ma wou ndoune
Wallisian Eau ofa ia koe
Waloon Dji t’veû vol’tî
Wanga & Marama (Luhya dialects) Ndakhuchama
Welsh ‘Rwy’n dy garu di
West Indian creole Mwen enmen’w
Wolof Da ma la nope
Xhosa Ndiya kuthanda
Xitsonga Ndza ku rhandza
Yakut Min eyiigin taptyybyn – Мин эйиигин таптыыбын
Yapese Gu ba’adag em
Yemba Men nkon’ wou
Yeniche Y hob ti
Yiddish

Ikh hob dikh lieb – איך האָב דיך ליב

Yipunu Ni wu rondi
Yorùbá Mo nifẹẹ rẹ
Yucatec (Maya) ‘in k’aatech
Yup’ik Assiramken
Zapotec Nadxiie lii
Zazaki Ez tora hesken
Zaza Ezhele hezdege
Zulu Ngiyakuthanda
Zuni Tom ho’ ichema