The Translation of “I love you”

By / 7 January 2016 / Professional translation

The translation of “I love you”: an excellent place to start

One of the very first things you learn upon taking up language lessons or deciding to travel to a foreign country for the first, second, hundredth time is the translation of “I love you”. That and swear words… Come on, don’t be shy now!

And yet, if you’ve landed on this page, it’s most probably because you’ve forgotten how to translate “I love you” into French, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish or Italian. Luckily, Mytranslation is here to save your day!

Translating “I love you” into the languages available on Mytranslation

A brief overview of how to translate “I love you”

French Je t’aime
Spanish Te quiero
Portuguese Amo-te
German Ich liebe dich
Italian Ti amo
Dutch Ik houd van jou

What would be the point of lessons if they didn’t delve back into things we thought we already knew? That’s why, beyond these simple translations of “I love you”, you may remember the distinction between romance languages and those classified as Germanic.

The translation of “I love you” is a way of coming back to this distinction. If the translations in the above table are reconsidered by first grouping English, Dutch and German and then Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, the similarity between their radicals becomes striking.

Before you make any rash declarations, back to the classroom for the translation of “I love you”

In our romance languages, the form of the object pronouns is practically identical in all these translations and the same is true for the verb radicals despite the rather bold use of the verb, “to want” in Spanish instead of, “to love”. The verb ending in these three languages is perhaps also noteworthy. This “o” means the subject pronoun can be elided as these are pro-drop languages.

The phonological similarity between /b/ and /v/ sounds makes the English verb, “to love” and the German one, “lieben” (in their infinitive forms here) far closer to one another. Furthermore, as the Dutch “j” is pronounced just like an English “y”, the pronouns in these translations of “I love you” are nearly identical. Of all these translations of “I love you”, the Dutch one seems the most romantic as, literally, it means: “I hold on to you”!

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