Saying “I Love You”

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Being able to say ‘I love you’ in another language than your native one can give you a distinct advantage in the ‘Love’ stakes.  You might think that the French have a monopoly on ‘Love’, but there are many other languages which also carry that same mystique when wooing the fairer sex.  Phonetically it is very easy to pronounce these words.  Italian is pronounced exactly as it is spelled.

To tell her ‘I love you’ in Italian there are a couple of accepted ways, and these are firstly, ‘TIAMO’ which broken down means TI = YOU, and AM = LOVE, and O = I.    Literally, YOU LOVE I and translated as I LOVE YOU.

You pronounce TI like the English word TEA, but with a much shorter vowel sound on the diphthong ea, and AMO is pronounced like the English word ALM with an O as in hOllow on the end. 

You can also say it a second way, by saying AMO TE, which means basically the same with AM = LOVE, 0 = I, AND TE = YOU, literally LOVE I YOU, and translated again as I LOVE YOU. Pronounce AMO the same as above, and TE is pronounced as with E in hEad.  Saying I love you in another language shows that you went to the trouble to learn how to pronounce the words, and this is no mean achievement if you come from an English speaking background, as English native speakers usually have difficulty getting their tongues around open vowel systems, ever since the ‘great vowel shift’ in English, but that discussion is for another day.

Some other ways to say I Love you is in French “Je taime” (zhe tem), or Spanish, “Te amo” (Te-ahmoh)  or in Hebrew “Ani ohehev otach” (anee ohehev otakh) or even in Swedish if you are adventurous, Jag älska dig.  Go forth and love now.


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