Saying “I love you” in any language is a big deal – and expressing that love transcends cultural and linguistic boundaries. Throughout the years, and our existence as human beings, the one constant that remains is the ability to love.
Three little words have such a big impact – let’s find out how to say “I love you” in the most spoken languages in the world.
We use “love” in English to convey feelings for anything from family, friends and lovers to a piece of pizza. In other languages, saying “I love you” is a bit more specific in how it’s expressed.
Did you know there are over 7000 languages spoken in the world today, and just 23 cover more than half of the world’s population?
I’m lucky to know and speak four of them – but I wish I could speak any language fluently!
Here is how to say I love you in the top 10 most spoken languages – and a few extras!
How to say “I love you” in the world’s most spoken languages
1. English: I love you
(1.132 billion speakers)
2. Mandarin: Wo ai ni
(1.117 billion speakers)
3. Hindi: Main tumse pyar karta/i hoon
(615 million speakers)
4. Spanish: Te amo
(534 million speakers)
5. French: Je t’aime
Pronounced: je-tem(280 million speakers)
6. Arabic: Uhibbuk
(274 million speakers)
7. Bengali: Ami tomake bhalobashi
(265 million speakers)
8. Russian: Ya tebya liubliu
(258 million speakers)
9. Portuguese: Amo-te
(234 million speakers)
10. Indonesian: Saya cinta kamu
(199 million speakers)
How to say I love you in different langauges
Afrikaans: Ek het jou lief
Scottish (Gaelic): Tha gaol agam ort
German: Ich liebe dich
Korean: Sarang hae
Hawaiian: Aloha wau ia’oe
Japanese: Daisuki da
*Note: Ai shiteru is the literal translation to “I love you” but it is rarely spoken. Japanese culture dictates that love should be expressed through actions and gestures rather than verbally through words.
Irish (Gaelic): Gráim thú
Dutch: Ik hou van jou
Thai: Phom rak khun
Italian: Ti amo
Vietnamese: Anh yêu em
Hebrew: Ani ohev otach
Finnish: Mina rakastan sinua
Welsh: Rwy’n dy garu di
Swedish: Jag älskar dig
Icelandic: ég elska þig
Polish: Kocham cię
Turkish: Seni seviyorum
Norwegian: Jeg elsker deg
Serbian: Volim te
Czech: Miluji tě
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