The 10 Best Languages to Say “I love you”

I love you in different languges

One of the perks of working at Langpros is the chance to get to know different cultures and languages. Our headquarters are in Dubai, one of the most international cities around, and we collaborate with professionals from every latitude and time zone.

We have worked for the success of clients of over a hundred different nationalities and even our inhouse team is truly cosmopolite with staff from Italy, Spain, Egypt, Philippines, Jordan, Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Argentina and much more.

English is the language we use for business, but what about our private lives? Continue reading and find out how we’ll say “I love you” this Valentine’s Day!

When “I love You” is Not Enough

In English people often overuse the L word: I love that TV show, I love food, I love your dress, etc. This is why we selected among our native languages those where that word only expresses the highest of feelings (so use them with caution!):

  1. Ti amo (Italian)

    Many consider Italian the true language of love. Surely, Italians are seen as some of the most passionate lovers on the planet. This stereotype is probably linked to the sweet sound of their language. So, if you want to express your overwhelming passion, this is the right choice of words.

  2. 愛してる/ Aishiteru (Japanese)

    In Japanese, “love” is a very powerful word, and it’s never used lightly. When you say Aishiteru, you mean the real deal.

  3. אני אוהב אותך /Ani ohev otakh (Hebrew)

    The traditional Hebrew view on love describes it as more than just an emotion. Love in Hebrew is a solemn commitment. Note: if you are saying it to a man, you’d say “ani ohevet otkha”.

  4. Uḥibbuk (أحبك) 

    Arabic has many dialects and variations according to the different countries or regions where it’s spoken. Here we quote the Modern Arabic (standard) version of “I love you”, but if you have someone in mind, you might want to do some research on their specific variant of Arabic.

  5. Mahal kita (Tagalog) 

    Tagalog is the most common language in the Philippines, with 22 million native speakers.The great thing about saying “I love you” in this language is that you can increase the intensity of what you are expressing by repeating the word mahal two or three times, as in: Mahal na mahal na mahal kita.

  6. 我爱你/ Wo ai ni (Chinese)

    As in the case of Japanese, these words are very powerful and rarely used. Even parents and children barely say it to one another!

  7. Я тебя люблю/ Ya tebya liubliu (Russian) 

    Russian is the language of love and literature and it is spoken by more than 260 million people between native speakers and second language speakers. A lot of passionate hearts

  8. Te amo (Spanish)

    Spanish is the second language by number of native speakers, with 480 million people speaking it as their mother tongue. Spanish-speakers are arguably among the most passionate people around, just think about their food, music, and dances.

  9. Ich liebe Dich (German)

    Who said Germans are cold? You might be surprised by the amount of music, art, culture, and passion flowing through the streets of Berlin!

  10. Je t’aime (French)

    Last but not least, the language spoke in Paris, the city of love! Romantic by definition, Paris attracts tourists with its lights, food, and people. Possibly the most intense expression of the list, “je t’aime” is your final Valentine’s weapon!

What about you? Is there another way to say “I love you” you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments!

Translating love is exciting, but unfortunately, it’s not always peaches and cream. We strive to help you with every language need you might have, even the most unromantic!


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