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    How to say "I love you"

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    Afrikaans : Ek is lief vir jou
    : Ek het jou lief

    Akan (Ghana) : Me dor wo

    Albanian : Te dua
    : Te dashuroj
    : Ti je zemra ime

    Alentejano(Port.) : Gosto de ti, porra!

    Alsacien (Elsass) : Ich hoan dich gear

    Amharic (Aethio.) : Afekrishalehou
    : Afekrischalehou
    : Ewedishalehu (male/female to female)
    : Ewedihalehu (male/female to male)
    American Sign Language : __
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    : | |( )( )|__| __
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    : | (__)(__) | / /
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    Apache : Sheth she~n zho~n (nasalized vowels like
    French, '~n' as in French
    'salon')

    Arabic (formal) : Ohiboke (male to female)
    : Ohiboki (male to female)
    : Ohibokoma (male or female to two males
    or two females)
    : Nohiboke (more than one male or females
    to female)
    : Nohiboka (male to male or female to male)
    : Nohibokoma (male to male or female to two
    males or two females)
    : Nohibokom (male to male or female to more
    than two males)
    : Nohibokon (male to male or female to more
    than two females)

    Arabic (proper) : Ooheboki (male to female)
    : Ooheboka (female to male)

    Arabic : Ana behibak (female to male)
    : Ana behibek (male to female)
    : Ahebich (male to female)
    : Ahebik (female to male)
    : Ana ahebik
    : Ib'n hebbak
    : Ana ba-heb-bak
    : Bahibak (female to male)
    : Bahibik (male to female)
    : Benhibak (more than one male or female to male)
    : Benhibik (male to male or female to female)
    : Benhibkom (male to male or female to more
    than one male)
    : Nhebuk (spoken to someone of importance)

    Arabic (Umggs.) : Ana hebbek

    Armenian : Yes kez si'rumem
    : Yes kez gesirem (eastern Armenian dialect)

    Assamese(Indien) : Moi tomak bhal pau


    Basque : Nere maitea (means: my love)
    : Maite zaitut (means: I love you)


    Bassa : Mengweswe

    Batak (Nordsumatra) : Holong rohangku di ho

    Bavarian : I mog di narrisch gern
    : I mog di (right answer: i di a)

    Bemba : Ndikufuna

    Bengali : Aami tomaake bhaalo baashi
    : Ami tomay bhalobashi
    : Ami tomake bahlobashi
    : Ami tomake walobashi
    : Ami tomake vhalobashi

    Berber : Lakh tirikh

    Bicol (Philippinen) : 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
    : As te obicham
    : Obozhavam te ("I love you very much")

    Burmese : Chit pa de

    Cambodian : Kh_nhaum soro_lahn nhee_ah
    : Bon sro lanh oon

    Canadian French : Sh'teme (spoken, sounds like this)
    : Je t'aime ("I like you")
    : Je t'adore ("I love you")

    Catalan : T'estimo (Catalonian)
    : T'estim (Mallorcan)
    : T'estime (Valencian)
    : T'estim molt ("I love you a lot")

    Cebuano (Philippi.) : Gihigugma ko ikaw.

    Chamoru (or Chamorro) : Hu guaiya hao

    Cheyenne : Nemehotatse

    Chichewa : Ndimakukonda

    Chickasaw (USA) : Chiholloli (first 'i' nasalized)

    Chinese : Goa ai li (Amoy dialect)
    : Ngo oi ney (Cantonese dialect)
    : Wo oi ni (Cantonese dialect)
    : Ngai oi gnee (Hakka dialect)
    : Ngai on ni (Hakka dialect)
    : Wa ai lu (Hokkien dialect)
    : Wo ai ni (Mandarin dialect)
    : Wo ie ni (Mandarin dialect)
    : Wuo ai nee (Mandarin dialect)
    : Wo ay ni (Mandarin dialect)
    : Wo ai ni (Putunghua dialect)
    : Ngo ai nong (Wu dialect)

    Comorien : Ni sou hou vendza.

    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, which is
    pronounced 'ye')
    : Miluju te! (colloquial form)
    : M疥 te (velmi) r疆 (male speaker, "I like
    you (very much)", often
    used and prefered)
    : M疥 te (velmi) r疆a (female speaker)

    Danish : Jeg elsker dig
    (see also dialect Friesian)

    Davvi Samegiella : Mun rahkistin d・

    Dusun : Siuhang oku dia

    Dutch : Ik hou van je
    : Ik hou van jou
    : Ik bemin je (old fashioned)
    : Ik bemin jou (old fashioned)
    : Ik ben verliefd op je
    : Ik ben verliefd op jou
    : Ik zie je graag
    : Ik hol van die (Gronings a Hollands dialect)

    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' (one of the Ethipians dialects,
    there are over 80 - see also under "Amharic")

    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 ka ta
    : Iniibig kita

    Finnish (formal) : Min・rakastan sinua
    : Rakastan sinua
    : Min・pid舅 sinusta ("I like you")

    Finnish : (M・ rakastan sua
    : (M・ tykk蒿n susta ("I like you")

    French (formal) : Je vous aime

    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)

    Friesian : Ik hou fan dei (sp?)
    : Ik hald fan dei

    Gaelic : Ta gra agam ort
    : Moo graugh hoo

    Galician : Querote
    Queroche
    Amote

    Ghanaian (Akan, Twi) : Me dor wo.

    Georgien (Caucasus) : Me shen mikvarkhar

    German (formal) : Ich liebe Sie (rarely used)

    German : Ich liebe dich
    : Ich hab dich lieb (not so classic and
    conservative)

    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 (old) : (Ego) Philo su ('ego', for emphasis)

    Greek (Arhea/Ancient) : Philo se

    Greenlandic : Asavakit

    Guarani' : Rohiyu (ro-hai'-hyu)

    Gujrati (Pakistan) : Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon.
    : Hoon tuney chaoon chhoon ('n' is nasal, not
    pronounced)

    Hausa (Nigeria) : Ina sonki

    Hawaiian : Aloha wau ia 'oe
    : Aloha wau ia 'oe 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')

    Hebrew (written) :
    (male to female/male)
    :
    (female to female/male)


    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
    pronounced)

    Hokkien : Wa ai lu

    Hopi : Nu'umi unangw疸a

    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.)

    Ibaloi (Phil.) : Pip-piyan taha
    Pipiyan ta han shili (I like/love you very much)

    Imazighan : Hamlagh kem

    Indi : Mai Tujhe Pyaar Kartha Ho

    Interglossa : Mi esthe philo tu.

    Icelandic : Eg elska thig (pronounced 'yeg l-ska thig')

    Ilocano : Ay-ayaten ka

    Indonesian : Saya cinta padamu ('Saya', commonly used)
    : Saya cinta kamu ('Saya', commonly used)
    : Saya kasih saudari ('Saya', commonly used)
    : Saja kasih saudari ('Saya', commonly used)
    : Aku tjinta padamu ('Aku', not often used)
    (tjinta is the old written version influenced by
    Netherlands)
    : Aku cinta padamu ('Aku', not often used)
    : Aku cinta kamu ('Aku', not often used)
    (cinta is the modern written version since 1972;
    same for saya and saja)

    Italian : Ti amo (relationship/lover/spouse)
    : Ti voglio bene (between friends)
    : Ti voglio (strong sexual meaning, "I want you"
    referred to the other person's body)

    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

    Kankana-ey (Phil.) : Laylaydek sik-a

    Kannada (Indien) : 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")
    : qamuSH・("I love you")
    : qamuSH痃u' ("I love you very much")
    : qaparH・("I like you")
    : qaparH痃u' ("I like you very much!")
    (words are often unnecessary as the thought
    is most often conveyed nonverbally with
    special growlings)

    Korean : Dangsinul saranghee yo ("I love you, dear")
    : Saranghee
    : Nanun dangsineul joahapnida ("I like you")
    : Nanun dangsineul mucheog joahapnida ("I like you very much")
    : Nanun dangsineul saranghapnida
    : Nanun dangsineul mucheog saranghapnida ("I love you very much")
    : Nanun gdaega joa ("I like him" or "I like her")
    : Nanun gdaereul saranghapnida ("I love him" or "I love her")
    : Nanun neoreul saranghanda
    : Gdaereul hjanghan naemaeum alji (You know how much I love him/her.)
    : Joahaeyo ("I like you")
    : Saranghaeyo (more formal)
    : Saranghapanida (more respectful)
    : Norul sarang hae (male to female in casual
    relationship)
    : Tangsinul sarang ha o
    : Tangshin-ul sarang hae-yo
    : Tangshin-i cho-a-yo ("I like you, in a
    romantic way")
    : Nanun tangshinul sarang hamnida

    Kpele : I walikana

    Kurdish : Ez te hezdikhem
    : Min te xushvet
    : Min te xoshwet (Southern dialect)

    Lao : Khoi hak jao
    : Khoi hak chao
    : Khoi mak jao lai ("I like you very much")
    : Khoi hak jao lai ("I love you very much")
    : Khoi mak jao (This means "I prefer you",
    but is used for "I love you".)

    Lappish : Mun rahkistin d・
    (Davvi Samegiella)

    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 : As tave myliu (Ush ta-ve mee-lyu)
    (over the 's' of 'As' has to be a 'v')

    Lojban : Mi do prami

    Luo (Kenia) : Aheri

    Luxembourgish : Ech hun dech g舐

    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 : Saya cintamu
    : Saya sayangmu
    : Saya sayang anda
    : Saya cintakan mu (grammatically correct)
    : Saya sayangkan mu ( " )
    : Saya chantikan awak
    : Aku sayang kau

    Malay/Bahasa : Saya cinta mu

    Malay/Indonesian : Aku sayang kau
    : Saya cantikan awak
    : Saya sayangkan engkau
    : Saya cintakan awak
    : Aku cinta pada kau
    : Aku cinta pada mu
    : Saya cinta pada mu
    : Saya sayangkan engkau ('engkau' often shortened
    to 'kau', 'engkau' is informal form and should
    only be used if you know the person _really_
    well)

    Malayalam : Ngan ninne snaehikkunnu
    : Njyaan ninne' preetikyunnu
    : Njyaan ninne' mohikyunnu

    Malaysian : Saya cintamu
    : Saya sayangmu
    : Saya cinta kamu

    Marathi : Mi tuzya var prem karato
    : Me tujhashi prem karto (male to female)
    : Me tujhashi prem karte (female to male)

    Marshallese : Yokwe Yuk (sort of multi-purpose,
    like Aloha, literally Love to you, my friend)

    Mohawk : Konoronhkwa

    Mokilese : Ngoah mweoku kaua

    Mongolian : Be Chamad Hairtai (very personal)

    Moroccan : Kanbhik (both mean the same, but spoken)
    : Kanhebek (in different cities)

    Navajo : Ayor anosh'ni

    Ndebele (Zimbabwe) : Niyakutanda

    Nepali : Ma timi sita prem garchhu (romantic)
    : Ma timilai maya garchhu (less emphatic, can be used in a
    non romantic conext, too)

    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

    Oriya : Moon Tumakoo Bhala Paye
    : Moon Tumakoo Prema Kare

    Oromoo : Sinjaladha
    : Sinjaldha

    Osetian : Aez dae warzyn

    Pakistani : Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai
    : Muje se mu habbat hai

    Papiamento : Mi ta stim畸o

    Pedi (related to Tswana): Kiyahurata. (pronounced as:
    Kee-ya--hoo-rata)

    Pig Latin : Ie ovele ouye (pronounced as:
    I-ay ov-lay u-yay.)

    Pilipino : Mahal kita
    : Iniibig kita

    Polish : Kocham cie ("cie" is slangy polish and not commonly used)
    : Kocham ciebie
    : Ja cie kocham

    Portuguese/Brazilian : Eu te amo (pronounced 'eiu chee amu')
    : Eu amo-te
    : Amo-te

    Punjabi (Indien) : Main tainu pyar karna
    : Mai taunu pyar Karda

    Quenya(J.R. Tolkie) : Tye-mel疣e

    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.
    : Ou te alofa ia te oe.
    : Talo'fa ia te oe. ("Hello, from me to you")
    : Fia moi? ("Would you like to go to bed with me tonight?")

    Sanskrit : Anurag (a higher love, like the love of music
    or art)

    Scot-Gaelic : Tha gr`adh 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)

    SeSotho : Kiyahurata. (pronounced as: Kee-ya--hoo-rata)

    Shona : Ndinokuda

    Singhalese (Ceylon) : Mama oyata adarei
    : Mama oyaata aadareyi

    Sioux : Techihhila

    Slovak : Lubim ta

    Slovene : Ljubim te

    Somalian : Waan ku jeclahay

    Spanish : Te amo
    : Te quiero
    : Te re-quiero (Argentine way to say
    I love you very much)
    : Te adoro (I adore you)
    : Te deseo (I desire you)
    : Me antoj駸 (I crave you)

    Srilankan : Mama oyata arderyi

    Suaheli (Ostafrika) : Ninikupenda

    Swahili : Nakupenda
    : Naku penda (followed by the person's name)
    : Ninikupenda
    : Dholu'o

    Swedish : Jag 舁skar dig. (pronounced: "Yag alskar day")

    Syrian/Lebanese : Bhebbek (male to female)
    : Bhebbak (female to male)

    Tagalog : Mahal kita

    Tahitian : Ua Here Vau 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 (Indien) : Neenu ninnu pr疥istu'nnanu
    : Nenu ninnu premistunnanu
    : Ninnu premistunnanu

    Thai (formal) : Phom rak khun (male to female)
    : Ch'an rak khun (female to male)
    : Phom-ruk-koon (male to female)
    : Chun-ruk-koon (female to male)
    : Phom lak kun (male to female)

    Thai : Khao raak thoe (affectionate, sweet, loving)

    Tswana : Ke a go rata

    Tshiluba : Ndi mukusua (I love you)
    : Ndi musua wewe (I want you)
    : Ndi ne ditalala bua wewe (I have love for you)

    Tunisian : Ha eh bak

    Tumbuka : Nkhukutemwa

    Turkish (formal) : Sizi seviyorum

    Turkish : Seni seviyorum
    : Seni begeniyorum ("I adore you")
    (g has a bar on it)

    Twi (Ghana) : Me dowapaa
    : Me dor wo

    Ukrainian : Ya tebe kokhayu
    : Ja tebe kokhaju (real true love)
    : Ja vas kokhaju
    : Ja pokokhav tebe
    : Ja pokokhav vas

    Urdu (Indien) : Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon
    : Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai
    : Mujge tumae mahabbat hai
    : Kam prem kartahai

    Vai : Na lia

    V舐ml舅dska : Du 舐 ggo te m臠

    Venda : Ndi a ni funa

    Vietnamese : Anh yeu em (male to female)
    : Em yeu anh (female to male)
    : Toi yeu em

    Volap・ : Lob oli.

    Votic : Mi・suvatan sinua.

    Vulcan (Mr.Spock) : Wani ra yana ro aisha

    Walloon : Dji vos veu volti (lit. I like to see you)
    : Dji vos inme (lit. I love you)
    : Dji v'zinme

    Welsh : Rwy'n dy garu di.
    : Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)

    Wolof : Da ma la nope
    : Da ma la nop (da m疝anop)


    Yiddish : Kh'hob dikh lib
    : Kh'ob dikh holt
    : Ikh bin in dir farlibt

    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 (kurdisch) : Ezhele hezdege (sp?)

    Zulu : Mina Ngithanda Wena. (rarely used; means: "Me, I love you.")
    : Ngiyakuthanda (pronounced as: NGee-ya--koo--tanda)

    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
    Batak -> northern Sumatra province of Indonesia
    Bavarian -> language spoken in the state of Bavaria, southern
    Germany (actually a German dialect)
    Bengali -> language spoken in the state of West Bengal, India,
    as well as almost all people of Bangladesh
    Bicol -> Philipino dialect
    Bregenzerwald -> Part of Vorarlberg
    Cebuano -> language spoken in Philipines near the town of Cebu
    Chamoru -> language spoken by people in Guam, the Northern
    Marianas, Tinian and Rota
    Cheyenne -> North American Indian tribe, part of the Apache
    Nation
    Chichewa -> language spoken in Malawi, Central Africa
    Chickasaw -> North American Indian tribe (southeastern Oklahoma)
    Comorien -> language spoken by around 500,000 people on the Comoro Islands
    in the Indian ocean between Africa and Madagascar
    Creol -> French dialect spoken by people who migrated from
    Canada to the Louisiana, USA, area
    Davvi Samegiella-> language spoken by the Lappish people in the North of Finland
    (more about uralic languages)
    Dusun -> language spoken by the Dusun tribe, one of the largest
    in North Borneo (SABAH)
    Dutch -> language spoken in the Netherlands and the provinces
    of East- and West-Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, and
    Flemmish-Brabant, Belgium
    Esperanto -> The International Language ('artificial' language)
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    Pakistan and Afghanestan. Farsi is sometimes called
    Persian.
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    Franconia which is part of Bavaria in the area
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    of Luxembourg, Namur, Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-
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    Gaelic -> language spoken in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man,
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    Guarani' -> one of the two official languages in Paraguay
    Gujrati -> language spoken in the state of Gujrat, India
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    Hopi -> North American Indian tribe (southwest, Arizona)
    Ibaloi -> Philipino dialect
    Icetot -> language spoken by the Ik people of northeastern Uganda
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    Imazigham -> language spoken in North Africa mainly in the region of
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    Klingon -> Spoken in Star Trek. Proper term for the language
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    Marathi -> language spoken in the state of Maharastra, India
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    Marshallese -> language spoken on the Marshall Islands
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    Mokilese -> language spoken on Mokil and Ponape (Pohnpei)
    Moroccan -> language spoken in Morocco, North Africa
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    Tumbuka -> Bantu language spoken in Malawi and Zambia
    Urdu -> language spoken in Pakistan and India
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    Venda -> one of the 11 official languages in South Africa,
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    Volap・ -> 'artificial' language, invented by August Schleyer in 1880
    Votic -> spoken by some people in the area north of St. Petersburg (former
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    Vulcan -> Spoken in Star Trek by Mr. Spock and others from
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    Wolof -> dialect spoken in Senegal by the Wolof people
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    Survival Linguistics !

    Whooah ! Superpost of the year goes to you !
    Where would we be without love ?

    I suggest we create similar superthreads in the basic expressions of survival, safety, and other baisc needs such as;

    1. "Help me !"
    2. "Please don't shoot !"
    3. "Doctor !"
    4. "Water !"
    5. "Me hungry ! Food !"
    6. "I'm cold !"
    7. "I am sorry !"
    8. "Thank you !"
    9. "You are welcome !"
    *10. "Please !"
    11. "I didn't know !"
    12. "Don't worry !"
    *13. "I don't understand."
    14. "Bathroom where ?"
    15. "Tissue paper please !"
    16. "How much ?"
    17. "I beg your pardon ?"="Please repeat what you just said !"
    18. "Go for a drink ?"="If not, some coffee ?"
    19. "Maybe later."
    20. "So what's your name ?"
    21. "I like the color of your hair !"
    22. "Where shall we go tonight ?"
    23. "You don't say !"
    24. "What do you say ?"
    *25. "I love you."

    Edit: Due to the negative context, I've replaced the following with more positive/useful expressions.

    no. 10. You should know better. --> Please !
    no. 13. You should worry --> I don't understand !

    and added the following.

    no. 25. I love you.
    no. 26. I'm scared.
    no. 27. That is good.
    no. 28. I don't want that. (clear "No.")
    no. 29. I am fine.=No, thanks. (polite "No.")
    no. 30. Yes.=True.=Agreed.
    no. 31. No.=Untrue.=I do not agree.

    With anything between 2,500 to 6,000 languages in the world, there is a chance that your language might not be listed in the German site. Please to not take offense; they are only human. But please respond together with your complaint, and some information about/expressions in your language. If you know any useful language site(s) about your language(s), please leave a link also. Arigato gozaimasu!
    Last edited by lexico; 14-03-05 at 15:38.
    Z: The fish in the water are happy.
    H: How do you know ? You're not fish.
    Z: How do you know I don't ? You're not me.
    H: True I am not you, and I cannot know. Likewise, I know you're not, therefore I know you don't.
    Z: You asked me how I knew implying you knew I knew. In fact I saw some fish, strolling down by the Hao River, all jolly and gay.

    --Zhuangzi

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    Good idea, lexico-san. Those expressions are more useful than "I love you" expression because you need them in the middle of a crisis or a problem especially when those native peoples don't speak your language.

    "Wherever you go, speak the language of that place." - Chinese proverb.

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    In Polish (unfortunately my pc doesn't support the polish alphabet, so if you used some of these you'd sound weird. Sorry ):

    1. Ratunku!
    2. Proszę nie strzelać
    3. Lekarza!
    4. Wody
    5. Jeść!
    6. Zimno mi.
    7. Przepraszam
    8. Dziękuję
    9. Proszę
    10.
    11. Nie wiedziałem
    12. Nie martw się
    13.
    14. Gdzie jest kibel?
    15. Poproszę chusteczke
    16. Ile płacę?
    17. Proszę powtórzyć
    18. Idziemy się napic? A może kawy?
    19. Może następnym razem
    20. To jak masz na imię?
    21. Ladne masz wlosy
    22. Gdzie się wybieramy?
    23. Naprawde?
    24. Co ty na to?
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    Hmong's not listed!!!???

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    Heart Korean

    1. sa-ram-sal-lyo! (help!) / Do-wa ju-se-yo! (please help me!)
    2. s?o-ji ma-se-yo!
    3. ui-sa!
    4. mul (ju-se-yo)!
    5. bae-go-pa-yo! mo-gul-g?ot ju-se-yo!
    6. chu-wo-yo !
    7. mi-an-hae-yo !
    8. gam-sa-ham-mi-da !
    9. chon-man-e-yo !
    *10. je-bal !
    11. "I didn't know !" mol-la?-so-yo !
    12. gok-jong-ma-ra-yo ! ("ra" can be replaced with "se.")
    *13. mo-ru-ge-s?o-yo !
    14. wha-jang-shil o-di-e-yo ?
    15. hyu-ji ju-se-yo !
    16. ol-ma-e-yo !
    17. da-shi-mal-hae-ju-se-yo !
    18. han-jan ha-shil-lae-yo ? / kho-phi-han-jan ha-shil-le-yo ?
    19. da-um-e-yo.
    20. i-rum-i mwo-e-yo ?
    21. mo-ri-saeg-i ye-b?o-yo!
    22. u-ri o-nul-b?am o-di gal-g?a-yo?
    23. ma?-s?um-mi-da!
    24. o-d?ae-yo?
    *25. sa-rang-ham-mi-da! (formal) sa-rang-hae-yo! (informal; many pop stars say this to fans on stage. :))
    *26. mu-so-wo-yo.
    *27. jo-khun-yo.
    *28. shil-o-yo!
    *29. gwen-chan-a-yo.
    *30. ne.
    *31. a-ni-yo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    Whooah ! Superpost of the year goes to you !
    Where would we be without love ?

    I suggest we create similar superthreads in the basic expressions of survival, safety, and other baisc needs such as;

    1. "Help me !"
    2. "Please don't shoot !"
    3. "Doctor !"
    4. "Water !"
    5. "Me hungry ! Food !"
    6. "I'm cold !"
    7. "I am sorry !"
    8. "Thank you !"
    9. "You are welcome !"
    *10. "Please !"
    11. "I didn't know !"
    12. "Don't worry !"
    *13. "I don't understand."
    14. "Bathroom where ?"
    15. "Tissue paper please !"
    16. "How much ?"
    17. "I beg your pardon ?"="Please repeat what you just said !"
    18. "Go for a drink ?"="If not, some coffee ?"
    19. "Maybe later."
    20. "So what's your name ?"
    21. "I like the color of your hair !"
    22. "Where shall we go tonight ?"
    23. "You don't say !"
    24. "What do you say ?"
    *25. "I love you."

    Edit: Due to the negative context, I've replaced the following with more positive/useful expressions.

    no. 10. You should know better. --> Please !
    no. 13. You should worry --> I don't understand !

    and added the following.

    no. 25. I love you.
    no. 26. I'm scared.
    no. 27. That is good.
    no. 28. I don't want that. (clear "No.")
    no. 29. I am fine.=No, thanks. (polite "No.")
    no. 30. Yes.=True.=Agreed.
    no. 31. No.=Untrue.=I do not agree.

    With anything between 2,500 to 6,000 languages in the world, there is a chance that your language might not be listed in the German site. Please to not take offense; they are only human. But please respond together with your complaint, and some information about/expressions in your language. If you know any useful language site(s) about your language(s), please leave a link also. Arigato gozaimasu!
    You should add "My postilion has been struck by lightning" to that list of useful phrases :P
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    How about 'My rottwieler has choked to death on your chihuahua' a useful phrase I'm sure.

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    1) Apua
    2) Ala ammu
    3) Laakari
    4) Vetta
    5) Minulla on nalka.
    6) Minulla on kylma.
    7) Anteeksi
    8) Kiitos
    9) Ole hyva/Eipa kesta.
    10) (doesn't really exist... ^^; )
    11) En tiennyt.
    12) Ala huolehdi.
    13) En ymmarra.
    14) Vessa? (Missa on vessa?)
    15) Saisinko nenaliinan.
    16) Kuinka paljon?
    17) Anteeksi?
    18) Mennaanko yksille? Mennaanko kahville?
    19) Ehka myohemmin
    20) Mika sinun nimesi on?
    21) Sinulla on kivan variset hiukset.
    22) Minne mennaan tanaan?
    23) Vai niin!/ Jaahas. (these can sound really rude if you say with the wrong tone ^^; )
    24) Mitas sanot?
    25) Rakastan sinua.
    26) Minua pelottaa./Pelottaa.
    27) Se on hyva.
    28) En halua sita.
    29) Olen ok.
    30) Selva.
    31) Ei. (This is hard to say with just one word/phrase... all three options would be said differently ^^; )

    I had to leave out all the a and o umlauts because the forum doens't support the font...
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    Am i supposed to translate the list? Ok, here you go.

    1. Hjälp mig
    2. Snälla, skjut inte!
    3. Läkare / sjukvårdare!
    4.Vatten!
    5. Jag är hungrig! ("Jag är utsvulten" can be used for more effect)
    6. Jag fryser!
    7. Jag är ledsen / Förlåt
    8. Tack
    9. Var så god / Varsegod (Hmm, i'm not sure on the spelling of that one)
    10. Snälla!
    11. Jag visste inte!
    12. Var inte orolig / Oroa dig inte
    13. Jag förstår inte
    14. Var är badrummet/toaletten
    15. En servett, tack
    16. Hur mycket?
    17. Vad sa du? / Vad menar du? (what did you say / what do you mean) = Var snäll och upprepa vad du just sa
    18. Ska vi ta en drink?= Lite kaffe då? (that last one is more like "Some coffee then?", the real translation just sounded weird in swedish)
    19.Kanske senare
    20. Så, vad heter du?
    21. Jag gillar din hårfärg
    22. Vart ska vi gå ikväll / Vart ska vi ikväll
    23. Det menar du inte?
    24. Vad säger du?
    25. Jag älskar dig
    26. Jag är rädd
    27. De tär bra
    28. Jag vill inte (You can add a "Det" wich is "that" at the end if you like, and just "No" is "Nej")
    29. Nej, det är bra / Nej tack
    30. Ja.=Sant.= Överenskommet
    31. Nej.=Osant / Inte sant.= Jag håller inte med

    I did my best, i hope you can see the å,ä,ö, otherwise it can be a bit difficult. Well, when i'm at it i can exlain how å,ä,ö is pronounced too.

    Å = It's tough to explain, but i'll do my best.

    If we say "Åh" is the universal sex-sound. I've seen many american and some english movies where they according to you say "Oh", but they really say "Åh". If you watxh a sex-scene in a movie (no, not a porno. A regular movie will do just fine) then you will notice a sound that the female makes that isn't quite an "Oh", or an "Ah". That is an "Åh". Just minus some grunting and you got yourself an "Å".

    Ä = Like in the Eah-part of Yeah. Yeah can be typed like Jää, it sounds the same. Ä is like a mix of A and E.

    Ö = This is another sound that you native english speakers are wrong about. In zombie movies you think the zombies say "oohhh" but they are most often actually saying "Öhhh". Kind of...if you exxagerate the sound a little.

    Well, excuse me if the explanations are crappy, it's really hard to describe the sounds in english. :)

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    Ö can also be explained by taking the "ea" in "earth" the way the british say it. not the way Americans say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgt. Pepper
    Å = It's tough to explain, but i'll do my best.

    If we say "Åh" is the universal sex-sound. I've seen many american and some english movies where they according to you say "Oh", but they really say "Åh". If you watxh a sex-scene in a movie (no, not a porno. A regular movie will do just fine) then you will notice a sound that the female makes that isn't quite an "Oh", or an "Ah". That is an "Åh". Just minus some grunting and you got yourself an "Å".

    Ä = Like in the Eah-part of Yeah. Yeah can be typed like Jää, it sounds the same. Ä is like a mix of A and E.

    Ö = This is another sound that you native english speakers are wrong about. In zombie movies you think the zombies say "oohhh" but they are most often actually saying "Öhhh". Kind of...if you exxagerate the sound a little.

    Well, excuse me if the explanations are crappy, it's really hard to describe the sounds in english. :)
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    Dutch : Ik hou van je
    : Ik hou van jou
    : Ik bemin je (old fashioned)
    : Ik bemin jou (old fashioned)
    : Ik ben verliefd op je
    : Ik ben verliefd op jou
    : Ik zie je graag
    : Ik hol van die (Gronings a Hollands dialect)
    ik zie je graag, means : I LIKE SEEING YOU ...

    there is no FRIESCHE IN IT? that langauge is just too funny!!!

    nice thread!!

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    "I love you"

    How to say 'I love you' in 25 languages.....

    English
    I Love You

    Spanish
    Te Amo

    French
    Je T'aime

    German
    lch Liebe Dich

    Japanese
    Ai Shite Imasu

    Italian
    Ti Amo

    Chinese
    Wo Ai Ni

    Swedish
    Jag Alskar

    Alabama
    Arkansas
    Kansas
    Oklahoma
    Texas
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    Georgia
    Tennessee
    Idaho
    Missouri
    Mississippi
    Montana
    Louisiana
    Virginia
    West Virginia
    Kentucky
    parts of Florida

    "Nice Ass! Get in the truck."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy_Brown
    "I love you"
    How to say 'I love you' in .....

    Alabama
    Arkansas
    Kansas
    Oklahoma
    Texas
    North Carolina
    South Carolina
    Georgia
    Tennessee
    Idaho
    Missouri
    Mississippi
    Montana
    Louisiana
    Virginia
    West Virginia
    Kentucky
    parts of Florida

    "Nice Ass! Get in the truck."
    You make me blush like a red hot tomato ....
    And you cheated on the first one; English don't count here ! XD

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    I'm glad at least you got the joke. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy_Brown
    Swedish
    Jag Alskar
    "Jag Älskar Dig"...

    but yeah.. the joke was good :P

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    can someone make a list of how we can say you're cute, can we engage in meaningless sexual intercourse

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    Heart how dogs are barking backwards in languages you do not want to know

    talking to a policewoman a fine, instant imprisonment or both is obtained.

    in japan love is declared to police officer? the joke is sorry.

    now my message is "cinema is desireable" and how "these jokes are not desired" is said.

    cross bunny with red bar would be DISCRIMINATORY.
    how about "cinema and adidas perfume is desired"?
    how an information can be given?

    saying "sake no thanks" is negative talking... sentence translation if understanding not present.

    ok, i get it. below explicit lyrics:

    man: i love you.
    woman: oooh.
    man: get in the car.
    woman: oh darling. you are so cute.
    man: nice lipstick you use.
    woman: now you made me happy forever
    woman: let's drive to the liquor store (explicit content)
    man: here take this fake rolex as a sign for true love (complicate sentence)
    woman: you must explain me how to read the time (anti woman)
    man: knock on wood, ***** (explicit content)
    woman: oooooh, i love you SO MUCH
    man: how about to smoke a ***** right now (explicit content)
    woman: you are a TRUE cavalier

    version "explicit lyrics": the ?woman? also has a dog.
    in english: GWAO GWAO GWAO
    backwards: WAGO WAGO WAGO (and not OAWG as you would guess)

    listen to hip-hop and you get useful information about LOVE and more.
    Last edited by alexriversan; 30-03-05 at 18:57.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duo
    can someone make a list of how we can say you're cute, can we engage in meaningless sexual intercourse
    I'll do my best here:


    Oneichan! Kekkou kirei janai. Ore to ippatsu yarouka?


    Just don't ever say that to an undercover female cop in Japan.

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    hoaa, well i'd never say that to any regular person, just tryin to liven up the thread a lil

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    "i love you"
    list of north american states
    backside orientated piece of communication

    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    You make me blush like a red hot tomato ....
    And you cheated on the first one; English don't count here ! XD
    sorry for disapproving.

    the poster tries to explain "i love you" is valid in other languages, hence the reundant mentioning. (this is an assumption)

    and the poster tells us "parts of florida", transfering the information some parts of florida would not be that way.

    probably this is a joke about florida. if you (lexico) have understood it this way: i should have given you approval.

    only because of personal feelings for tomato plants i have given you negative reputation. everytime tomato is read red color is seen.

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    the http://www.spam.com piece of information fails to include several mesoamerican languages.

    it fails to get the point the concepts of "love","friendship","sexual intercourse" are very different.

    just to give an example, "friend" in mesoamerican means "one who gives pleasure" if translated literally.

    means such lists add to global confusion and stupidity.

    why not use a dictionary, look up the word "love" in english, before doing ANY communication. this is an advice to english speaking people

    cheers and do not take my insane* sketch too serious.

    if you can joke, i can too. the list should also include customs like to sacrifice visitors which have broken the protocol or for no reason at all.

    *"a completely MAD** scheme to build a bridge between two mountains"

    **1: temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas: mad with jealousy.

    **2: feeling or showing strong liking or enthusiasm: mad about sports.
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    Heart Great stuff, Alex !

    Quote Originally Posted by alexriversan
    sorry for disapproving.

    and the poster tells us "parts of florida", transfering the information some parts of florida would not be that way.

    probably this is a joke about florida. if you (lexico) have understood it this way: i should have given you approval.
    No sorry, me just dummy, failed to see that, Alex ! You are a literary genius in the great Gaelic tradition of Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Bernard Shaw, James Joyce, Samuel Bekett, and YB Yeats who sang,

    "I had no speech but symbol
    of the pagan speech of Old Ireland
    I made amid the dreams of youth"

    English would have been a poorer man without the country tunes hummed by the lasses of Galaway, from far beyond the untamed Pale. You've come to enrich the English tongue on this side of the land mass. I welcome you again, and thank you for your wonderful works of art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    "I had no speech but symbol
    of the pagan speech of Old Ireland
    I made amid the dreams of youth"
    ya cool i have a book with ancient irish fairytales.
    but i am NOT very literate, especially i am not in poems.

    hope the idea of "a bridge between two mountains" can entertain a few.

    what does "sou ka" mean: i am here to learn JP language?

    and i am sorry, i do not understand long poetry, of yeats or other irish writers. i am more about jk rowling (british author)

    "the country hymes hummed by the lasses of galway" -> kakemono glorified, bestowed and riddled all day by traditional fisherman of hokkaido. this CAN arise sympathy. but not necessarily...

    we have pepsi, nike, also guiness and traditional irish dance, a lot of pubs but i have never been to a pub... it means "public house" originally, sometimes i walk by an open door and can hear various voices from the inside... i do not drink often, only beer/cider.

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