When last did you tell those you treasure that you love them? Seriously?


Perhaps this is a bit silly but I LOVE languages but master of many I am not, one of my life goals is to at least speak 5 fluently.  I can if I try but my priorities have been elsewhere *shrugs*

This month I want to do something different, this time of the year, this month for me is going to be rough.  This year I lost two friends, one a brother of my soul who passed away on the 20 December last year.  With this in mind its a month of love, friendship, gratefulness, thankfulness, hope and more more more love.

In April of this year I wrote the post “I got the chance, will you?” about how I got the chance to say goodbye to my dear friend and to patch the wrongs we both had done.

So many of us don’t treasure those in our lives, we don’t blink an eye or show others what they mean to us.  We just don’t have “time” to say a simple “Thank you”

We don’t have time to stop in our tracks, look our friend in the eye and say “You know what? I love you, thank you for being you”

We don’t stop and smell the flowers

We don’t live today as though it were our last

We don’t live while we have life

This month for me, well as you know this is my life principle so its kind of a year long thing, but here on this blog its going to be übber concentrated.

We have to live each day to its fullest. Simple.

Snooze you lose and I am not going to be a  loser, that’s one thing for sure!

I love you in almost every language minus a thousand of the little little ones…

“I LOVE YOU” in:

Afrikaans : Ek is lief vir jou or : Ek het jou lief
Albanian : Te dua
Alentejano : Gosto de ti, porra!
Alsacien (Elsass) : Ich hoan dich gear
Amharic (Aethio.) : Afekrishalehou
Apache : Sheth she~n zho~n (nasalized vowels like French, ‘~n’ as in French ’salon’)

Arabic (formal) : Nohiboka (male to male or female to male)
Arabic : Ana ahebik
Arabic (Umggs.) : Ana hebbek
Armenian : Yes kez si’rumem
Assamese : Moi tomak bhal pau

Bangladeschi : Ami tomake walobashi
Basque : Nere maitea
Bassa : Mengweswe
Batak : Holong rohangku di ho
Bemba : Ndikufuna
Bengali : Aami tomaake bhaalo baashi
Berber : Lakh tirikh
Bicol : Namumutan ta ka
Bolivian Quechua : Qanta munani
Bosnian : Volim te
Braille : :..:| ..:| |..-.. .::”:.., :.:;
Brazilian/Portuguese : Eu te amo (pronounced ‘eiu chee amu’)
: Amo te
Bulgarian : Obicham te
Burmese : Chit pa de

Cambodian : Kh_nhaum soro_lahn nhee_ah
Canadian French : Sh’teme (spoken, sounds like this)
Catalan : T’estimo (Catalonian)
Cebuano : Gihigugma ko ikaw
Chamoru (or Chamorro) : Hu guaiya hao
Cheyenne : Ne mohotatse
Chichewa : Ndimakukonda
Chickasaw : Chiholloli (first ‘i’ nasalized)
Chinese : Goa ai li (Amoy)
: Ngo oi ney (Cantonese)
: Wo oi ney ( ” )
: Ngai oi gnee (Hakka)
: Ngai on ni ( ” )
: Wa ai lu (Hokkien)
: Wo ai ni (Mandarin)
: Wo ie ni ( ” )
: Wuo ai nee ( ” )
: Wo ay ni ( ” )
: Wo ai ni (Putunghua)
: Ngo ai nong (Wu)
Corsican : Ti tengu cara (male to female)
: Ti tengu caru (female to male)
Creol : Mi aime jou
Croatian (familiar) : Ja te volim (used in proper speech)
: Volim te (used in common speech)
Croatian (formal) : Ja vas volim (used in proper speech)
: Volim vas (used in common speech)
: Ljubim te (in todays useage, “I kiss you”, ‘lj’ pronounced like ‘ll’ in
Spanish, one sound, ‘ly’ish)
Croatian (old) : Ljubim te (may still be found in poetry)
Czech : Miluji te (a downwards pointing arrowhead on top of the ‘e’ in te)
: Miluju te! (colloquial form)
: Ma’m te (velmi) ra’d (male speaker, “I like you (very much)”, often used and prefered)
: Ma’m te (velmi) ra’da (female speaker)

Danish : Jeg elsker dig
Dusun : Siuhang oku dia
Dutch : Ik hou van je
: Ik hou van jou
: Ik bemin je (old fashioned)
: Ik bemin jou ( ” )
: Ik heb je lief ( ” )
: Ik ben verliefd op je (”I am in love with you”)
: Ik ben verliefd op jou ( ” )
: Ik houd erg veel van jou (”I love you very
: Ik houd erg veel van je much”)
: Ik vind je leuk (”I like you”)
: Ik vind je aardig ( ” )
: Ik vind je heel erg leuk (”I like you very
: Ik vind je heel aardig much”)
: Ik mag jou wel (”I like you”)
: Ik mag jou heel graag (”I like you very much”)
(the last two are more superficial, thus more
suitable for male to male)

Ecuador Quechua : Canda munani
English : I love you
: I adore you
: I love thee (used only in Christian context)
Esperanto : Mi amas vin
Estonian : Mina armastan sind
: Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian : Afgreki’

Farsi (old) : Tora dust mi daram
Farsi : Tora dost daram (”I love you”)
: Asheghetam
: Doostat daram (”I’m in love with you”)
: Man asheghetam (”I’m in love with you”)
Filipino : Mahal kita
: Iniibig kita
Finnish (formal) : Mina” rakastan sinua
: Rakastan sinua
: Mina” pida”n sinusta (”I like you”)
Finnish : (Ma”) rakastan sua
: (Ma”) tykka”a”n susta (”I like you”)
French : Je t’aime (”I love you”)
: Je t’adore (”I love you”, stronger meaning
between lovers)
: J’ t’aime bien (”I like you”, meant for friends
and family, not for lovers)
French (formal) : Je vous aime

Gaelic : Ta gra agam ort
: Moo graugh hoo
Ghanaian : Me dor wo
German (formal) : Ich liebe Sie (rarely used)
German : Ich liebe dich
: Ich hab dich lieb (not so classic and
German dialects:
Bavarian (Bayrisch) : I moag di gern
(Bavaria/Bayern) : I mog di (right answer: “I di a”)
: I lieb di
Berlin dialect : Ick liebe dir (Old, very old)
(Berlinerisch) : Ick liebe Dich
Berner-Deutsch : Ig liebe di
Bochumer : Ich lieb Dich!
Franconian (Fra”nkisch): Du gfa”llsd mer fai
(Franconia/Franken) : Bisd scho mai gouds freggerla (already in a
: Mid dier ma”cherd ich a amol (sexually touched,
ment as a compliment, not litterally)
(the above 3 entries really mean “I like you”,
a Franke would never say “I love you”)
Friesian (Friesisch) : Ik hou fan dei (sp?)
: Ik hald fan dei
Hessian (Hessisch) : Isch habb disch libb
Saarla”ndisch : Isch hann disch lieb
Saxon (Sa”chsisch) : Isch liebdsch
Swabian (Schwa”bisch) : ( ? )
Swiss German : Ch’ha di ga”rn
Vorarlberg dialect : I stand total uf di
Greek : S’ayapo (spoken “s’agapo”, 3rd letter is lower
case ‘gamma’)
: Eime eroteumenos mazi sou (”I’m in love with)
: Eime eroteumenos me ’sena(you”, male to female)
: Eime eroteumeni mazi sou (”I’m in love with)
: Eime eroteumeni me ’sena (you”, female to male)
: Se latrevo (”I adore you”)
: Se thelo (”I want you”, denotes sexual desire)
Greek (Arhea/Ancient) : Philo se
Greenlandic : Asavakit
Gronings : Ik hol van die
Guarani’ : Rohiyu (ro-hai’-hyu)
Gujrati : Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon.
: Hoon tuney chaoon chhoon (’n’ is nasal, not

Hausa : Ina sonki
Hawaiian : Aloha wau ia oi
: Aloha wau ia oi nui loa (”I love you
very much”)
Hebrew : Anee ohev otakh (male to female)
: Anee ohevet otkha (female to male)
: Anee ohev otkha (male to male)
: Anee ohevet otakh (female to female)
(’kh’ pronounced like
Spanish ‘j’, Dutch ‘g’, or similiar to
French ‘r’)
Hindi : Mai tumase pyar karata hun (male to female)
: Mai tumase pyar karati hun (female to male)
: Mai tumse pyar karta hoon
: Mai tumse peyar karta hnu
: Mai tumse pyar karta hoo
: Mai tujhe pyaar kartha hoo
: Mae tumko peyar kia
: Main tumse pyar karta hoon
: Main tumse prem karta hoon
: Main tuze pyar karta hoon (’n’ is nasal, not
Hopi : Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
Hungarian : Szeretlek
: Te’gedet szeretlek (”It’s you I love and
no one else”)
: Szeretlek te’ged (”It’s you I love, you know,
you”, a reinforcement)
(The above two entries are never heard in
a normal context.)

Icelandic : Eg elska thig (pronounced ‘yeg l-ska thig’)
Ilocano : Ay ayating ka
Indonesian : Saya cinta padamu (’Saya’, commonly used)
: Saya cinta kamu ( ” )
: Saya kasih saudari ( ” )
: Saja kasih saudari ( ” )
: Aku tjinta padamu (’Aku’, not often used)
: Aku cinta padamu ( ” )
: Aku cinta kamu ( ” )
Italian : Ti amo (relationship/lover/spouse)
: Ti voglio bene (between friends)
: Ti voglio (strong sexual meaning, “I want
you”, refering to other person’s
Irish : Taim i’ ngra leat
Irish/Gaelic : t’a gr’a agam dhuit

Japanese : Kimi o ai shiteru
: Aishiteru
: Chuu shiteyo
: Ora omee no koto ga suki da
: Ore wa omae ga suki da
: Suitonnen
: Sukiyanen
: Sukiyo
: Watashi wa anata ga suki desu
: Watashi wa anata wo aishithe imasu
: Watashi wa anata o aishitemasu
: A-i-shi-te ma-su
: Watakushi-wa anata-wo ai shimasu
: Suki desu (used at the first time, like for a
start, when you are not yet real lovers)
Javanese : Kulo tresno

Kannada : Naanu ninnanu preethisuthene
: Naanu ninnanu mohisuthene
Kikongo : Mono ke zola nge (mono ke’ zola nge’)
Kiswahili : Nakupenda
: Nakupenda wewe
: Nakupenda malaika (”I love you, (my) angel”)
Klingon : bangwI’ SoH (”You are my beloved”)
: qamuSHa’ (”I love you”)
: qamuSHa’qu’ (”I love you very much”)
: qaparHa’ (”I like you”)
: qaparHa’qu’ (”I like you very much!”)
(words are often unnecessary as the thought
is most often conveyed nonverbally with
special growlings)
Korean : Dangsinul saranghee yo
: Saranghee
: Nanun dangsineul joahapnida (”I like you”)
: Nanun dangsineul mucheog joahapnida (”I like
very much”)
: Nanun dangsineul saranghapnida
: Nanun dangsineul mucheog saranghapnida (”I love
you very much”)
: Nanun gdaega joa
: Nanun gdaereul saranghapnida
: Nanun neoreul saranghanda
: Joahaeyo
: Saranghaeyo (more formal)
: Saranghapanida (more respectful)
: Norul sarang hae
: Tangshini choayo
Kpele : I walikana
Kurdish : Ez te hezdikhem

Lao : Khoi hak jao
: Khoi mak jao lai (”I love you very much”)
: Khoi hak jao lai (”I like you very much”)
: Khoi mak jao (This means “I prefer you”,
but is used for “I love you”.)
Latin : Te amo
: Vos amo
Latin (old) : (Ego) Amo te (’Ego’, for emphasis)
Latvian : Es tevi milu (pronounced ‘es tevy meelu’)
(’i in ‘milu’ has a line over it,
a ‘long i’)
: Es milu tevi (less common)
Lebanese : Bahibak
Lingala : Nalingi yo
Lisbon lingo : Gramo-te bue’, chavalinha!
Lithuanian : Tave myliu (Ta-ve mee-lyu)
: Ash mir lutavah
Lojban : Mi do prami
Luo : Aheri
Luxembourgish : Ech hun dech ga”r

Maa : Ilolenge
Macedonian : Te sakam (a little stronger than “I like you”)
: Te ljubam (”I really love you”)
: Jas te sakam (’j’ sounds like ‘y’ in May)
: Pozdrav (”Greetings”)
Madrid lingo : Me molas, Tronca!
Maiese : Wa wa
Malay/Indonesian : Saya cintakan kamu (grammatically correct)
: Saya cinta akan kamu(expanded version of above)
: Saya sayangkan kamu (grammatically correct)
: Saya sayang akan kamu (expanded version)
: Aku cinta pada mu (most direct translation)
: Saya cintakan awak
: Aku cinta pada kau
: Saya cinta pada mu (best, most commonly used)
: Saya sayangkan engkau (’engkau’ often shortened
to ‘kau’, ‘engkau’ is informal form and should
only be used if you know the person _really_
: Saya sayang pada mu
: Aku sayangkan engkau
: Saya sayang pada mu
: Aku menyintai mu
: Aku menyayangi mu
: Aku kasih pada mu
: Aku jatuh cinta padabot
Malayalam : Ngan ninne snaehikkunnu
: Njyaan ninne’ preetikyunnu
: Njyaan ninne’ mohikyunnu
Marathi : Mi tuzya var prem karato
: Me tujhashi prem karto (male to female)
: Me tujhashi prem karte (female to male)
Mohawk : Konoronhkwa
Moroccan : Kanbhik (both mean the same, but spoken)
: Kanhebek (in different cities)

Navaho : Ayor anosh’ni
Ndebele : Niyakutanda
Norwegian : Jeg elsker deg (Bokmaal)
: Eg elskar deg (Nynorsk)
: Jeg elsker deg (Riksmaal: outdated, formerly
used by upper-class and
conservative people)
Nyanja : Ninatemba

Op : Op lopveop yopuop
Osetian : Aez dae warzyn

Pakistani : Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai
: Muje se mu habbat hai
Papiamento : Mi ta stima’bo
Pig Latin : Ie ovele ouye
Phillipino : Mahal kita
: Iniibig kita
Polish : Kocham cie
: Kocham ciebie
: Ja cie kocham
: Yacha kocham
Portuguese/Brazilian : Eu te amo (pronounced ‘eiu chee amu’)
: Amo te
Pulaar : Mbe de yid ma (mbe: d: yidh ma)
(Pronounced as two words,
“Meb deyidma”. ‘b’ and second
‘d’ have bars through the stems
indicating affrication, the ‘:’
indicate minute pauses)
Punjabi : Main tainu pyar karna
: Mai taunu pyar karda

Quenya : Tye-mela’ne

Raetoromanisch : Te amo
Romanian : Te iubesc
: Te ador (stronger)
Russian : Ya vas lyublyu (old fashioned)
: Ya tyebya lyublyu (best)
: Ya lyublyu vas (old fashioned)
: Ya lyublyu tyebya

Samoan : Ou te alofa outou
: Talo’fa ia te oe
Sanskrit : Anurag (a higher love, like the love of music
or art)
Scot-Gaelic : Tha gradh agam ort
Serbian (formal) : Ja vas volim (used in proper speech)
: Volim vas (used in common speech)
: Ljubim te (in todays useage, “I kiss you”,
‘lj’ pronounced like ‘ll’ in
Spanish, one sound, ‘ly’ish)
Serbian (familiar) : Ja te volim (used in proper speech)
: Volim te (used in common speech)
Serbian (old) : Ljubim te (may still be found in poetry)
Serbocroatian : Volim te
: Ljubim te
: Ja te volim (’j’ sounds like ‘y’ in May)
Shona : Ndinokuda
Singhalese : Mama oyaata aadareyi
: Mama oyata adarei
Sioux : Techihhila
Slovak : Lubim ta
Slovene : Ljubim te
Spanish : Te amo
: Te quiero
: Te adoro (”I adore you”)
: Te deseo (”I desire you”)
: Me antojis (”I crave you”)
Srilankan : Mama oyata arderyi
Swahili : Nakupenda
: Naku penda (followed by the person’s name)
: Ninikupenda
: Dholu’o
Swedish : Jag a”lskar dig
Syrian/Lebanese : Bhebbek (male to female)
: Bhebbak (female to male)

Tagalog : Mahal kita
Tahitian : Ua here au ia oe
: Ua here vau ia oe
Tamil : Naan unnai kadalikiren
: Nan unnai kathalikaren
: Ni yaanai kaadli karen (”You love me”)
: N^an unnaki kathalikkinren (”I love you”)
: Nam vi’rmberem
Telugu : Ninnu premistunnanu
: Neenu ninnu pra’mistu’nnanu
: Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
Thai (formal) : Phom rak khun (male to female)
: Ch’an rak khun (female to male)
Thai : Khao raak thoe (affectionate, sweet, loving)
Tswana : Dumela
Tunisian : Ha eh bak
Turkish (formal) : Sizi seviyorum
Turkish : Seni seviyorum
: Seni begeniyorum (”I adore you”)
(g has a bar on it)
Twi : Me dowapaa

Ukrainian : Ya tebe kokhayu
: Ja tebe kokhaju (real true love)
: Ja vas kokhaju
: Ja pokokhav tebe
: Ja pokokhav vas
Urdu : Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon
: Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai
: Mujge tumae mahabbat hai
: Kam prem kartahai

Vai : Na lia
Vietnamese : Anh ye^u em (male to female)
: Em ye^u anh (female to male)
: Toi yeu em
Vulcan : Wani ra yana ro aisha

Welsh : Rwy’n dy garu di
: Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)
Wolof : Da ma la nope
: Da ma la nop (da ma’lanop)

Yiddish : Ikh hob dikh lib
: Ich libe dich
: Ich han dich lib
Yucatec Maya : ‘in k’aatech (the love of lovers)
: ‘in yabitmech (the love of family, which lovers can also feel; it indicates more a desire to spoil and protect the other person)
Yugoslavian : Ja te volim

Zazi : Ezhele hezdege (sp?)
Zulu : Mena tanda wena or Ngiyakuthanda!
Zuni : Tom ho’ ichema

Explanation of Languages

Afrikaans -> spoken by people of Dutch heritage in South Africa

Alentejano -> language spoken in Portugal

Alsacien -> French/German dialect (live in France, but speak like Germans)

Apache -> North American Indian Nation rangeing from the plains states to the eastern Rocky Mountains and from the Canadian to Mexican borders

Arabic -> language spoken in the Arab countries including but not limited to Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and the region of Palestine.

Assamese -> language spoken in the state of Assam, India

Bassa -> language spoken in Africa

Batak -> language spoken in the northern Sumatra province of Indonesia

Bavarian -> language spoken in the state of Bavaria, southern Germany (actually a German dialect)

Bemba -> language spoken in Africa

Bengali -> language spoken in the state of West Bengal, India, as well as almost all people of Bangladesh

Bicol -> Philipino dialect

Braille -> The alphabet represented by patterns of raised dots.  It is ‘read’ by touch.

Cebuano -> language spoken in Philipines near the town of Cebu

Cheyenne -> North American Indian tribe, part of the Apache Nation

Chichewa -> language spoken in Malawi, Central Africa

Chickasaw -> North American Indian tribe (southeastern Oklahoma)

Creol -> French dialect spoken by people who migrated from Canada to the Louisiana, USA, area

Dusun -> language spoken by the Dusun tribe, one of the largest in North Borneo

Dutch -> language spoken in the Netherlands and the provinces of East- and West-Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, and Flemmish-Brabant, Belgium

Esperanto -> The International Language

Farsi -> language spoken in Iran. Dialects of Farsi spoken in Pakistan and Afghanestan. Farsi is sometimes called Persian.

Franconian -> German dialect spoken by the citizens of Franken or Franconia which is part of Bavaria in the area around Nuremberg

French -> language spoken in France, Canada, and the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur, Liege, Hainault, and Brabant- Walloon(Brabant of the Walloons), Belgium

Friesian -> language spoken in northern Holland, northern

Germany, and in some parts of Denmark (mainly west coast)

Gaelic -> language spoken in Ireland

Gronings -> Dutch dialect

Guarani’ -> one of the two official languages in Paraguay

Gujrati -> language spoken in the state of Gujrat, India, and Pakistan

Hakka -> Chinese dialect from Manchuria

Hausa -> language spoken in Nigeria

Hindi -> language spoken in the northern states of India

Hopi -> North American Indian tribe (southwest, Arizona)

Ilocano -> Filopino dialect

Kannada -> language spoken in the state of Karnataka, southern India

Kikongo -> language spoken in Zaire, Africa

Klingon -> Spoken in Star Trek. Proper term for the language is “tlhIngan Hol”. The Klingon homeworld is Qo’noS, in English it’s Kronos.

Kpele -> language spoken in Africa

Lao -> language spoken in Laos and by the Laotian people living in northern Thailand

Luo -> language spoken in Kenya

Luxembourgish -> language spoken in Luxembourg and in the border areas
in Belgium (Arlon), France (Thionville), and Germany. A mixture of French and German, with the emphasis on German.

Maa -> language spoken in Africa

Malayalam -> language spoken in the state of Kerala, India

Marathi -> language spoken in the state of Maharastra, India (Bombay is the capital city)

Mohawk -> North American Indian tribe (New England, maybe one of the Seven Nations/Iriquois?)

Moroccan -> language spoken in Morocco, North Africa

Navaho -> North American Indian tribe (southwest)

Ndebele -> language spoken in Zimbabwe

Nyanja -> language spoken in Africa

Papiamento -> language spoken on the island of Aruba

Pulaar -> dialect spoken in Senegal by the Fulani people

Punjabi -> language spoken in the state of Punjab, northern India

Quechua -> language spoken by Incan Indians (South America)

Quenya -> Elvish language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his books. Notably, “The Lord of the Rings”.
Shona -> language spoken in Zimbabwe

Singhalese -> Language of the non-Tamil (majority) people of Sri Lanka. Also spoken in Ceylon.

Sioux -> North American Indian tribe (upper midwest)

Swahili -> language spoken by some indigenous tribes of East Africa

Tagalog -> Philipino dialect

Tamil -> language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritus

Telugu -> language spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India (eleventh most spoken language in the world)

Tswana -> language spoken in Africa

Twi -> language spoken in Africa

Urdu -> language spoken in Pakistan and India

Vai -> language spoken in Africa

Vulcan -> Spoken in Star Trek by Mr. Spock and others from the planet Vulcan

Walloon -> literally Welsh(not English Welsh), a little used French dialect with certain German influences spoken in the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur, Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-Walloon(Brabant of the Walloons), Belgium

Wolof -> dialect spoken in Senegal by the Wolof people

Yucatec Maya -> language spoken by indigenous people of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico

Zazi -> Kurdic dialect

Zuni -> North American Indian tribe

10 thoughts on “When last did you tell those you treasure that you love them? Seriously?

  1. If you’re trying to get me to cave towards my husband, nice try missy, but it’s not going to work! I’m cranky and I can’t breathe.

    The beast inside can only be mollified with chocolate. 😉

  2. You know, I’ve never understood how people can forget to appreciate each other. I don’t think a conversation with a friend passes without one of us telling the other how much they mean to us. It’s one of the things that make my heart glad – when someone has become close enough to me that we can tell each other “I love you” and “I’m so glad we’re friends” and “I miss you”.

    Beautiful post.

  3. The only time I can recall my dad saying “I love you son” was (literally) on his death bead. I do so cherish those words.

    Many times a day I tell family and frends too that I love them.

    As for speaking languages fluently…

    I speak two languages fluently. The English language I speak while I am here at home and the other English language I speak when I go to visit my cousins in Southern Louisiana. 🙂

  4. I’d be interested to know where the footnote “Only in Christian context” came from regarding “I love thee”. Clearly you’ve never been in love with a Yorkshireman, or you might well have heard it whispered in your ear in contexts that the Church might well frown on, at least before marriage. 🙂

  5. Sometimes, it hits me again, how lucky I am to have the people I do in my life. And when it does, I tell them. I need to have it “hit me” more often though.

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