Since French is the "language of love", we will start there. "I love you" in French is written and pronounced like this:
French: Je t'aime.
Pronounced: Zhuh tem.
The J in Je sounds like the g in mirage. T'aime (Tem) rhymes with them.
Spanish: Te amo.
Pronounced: Tay ahm-oh.
Te amo is the more romantic version, as opposed to the more common Te quiero.
Italian : Ti amo.
This sounds very similar to Spanish.
German : Ich liebe Dich.
Pronounced: Ish leeba dish or Ick leeba dick.
The Germans pronounce this differently in different parts of the country
Swedish: Jag älskar dig.
Pronounced: Ya ellscar dey.
Russian : Ya lyublyu tebya.
Pronounced: Ya loobloo tebya.
Speaking Russian can be a little tricky for native English speakers.
Chinese (Mandarin) - Wo ài ni.
Pronunciation: Wuh eye nee.
The tones are very important when speaking Mandarin Chinese which has four pitched tones and a "toneless" tone. Different tones convey different meanings. Wo or "wuh" - the tone falls then rises, ài or "eye" - the tone falls and ni or "nee" - the tone falls then rises.
Irish Gaelic: Tá grá agam ort.
Pronounced: Taw graw o-gum urt.
Taw and Graw rhyme with law. The O in O-gum is short as in "not" and Urt rhymes with hurt.
Greek : S' ayapo (It is spoken as s' agapo. The third letter is the lower case gamma).
I couldn't resist adding this one for all of the "Lord of The Rings" lovers (including myself). This is how you say "I love you" in Elvish.
Elvish: Melin le.
Pronounced: MEL-in leh.
- I am not, nor do I claim to be an expert in any of the above languages. I'm just someone who likes to learn new things. Please use this information for fun, entertainment purposes.
- Many languages have several different ways to say I love you. I have chosen the most common or the one most related to romantic love when possible.