How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Different Languages and AAC Methods
As a team of passionate Speech Pathologists, there’s nothing we enjoy more than helping our clients to express their thoughts and feelings. Love is a feeling that we may want to express to our friends, family members, partners, pets, and even our teddy bears!
This Valentine’s Day, we’re going to share some of the different ways you can say ‘I Love You’ – from different languages through to Alternative and Augmentative Communication methods (AAC).
How to Say I Love You in 8 Different Languages
Mandarin: Wǒ ài nǐ
Spanish: te amo, te quiero
Where it’s spoken: Hispanic America, Spain, United States, Equatorial Guinea, Western Sahara, Pacific islands
English: I love you
Hindi: main tumse pyar karta hoon
Where it’s spoken: India, Fiji, Nepal
Japanese: watashi wa, anata o aishiteimasu
Where it’s spoken: Japan
Malay/Indonesian: saya sayang awak
French: je t’aime
Where it’s spoken: Belgium (Wallonia, Brussels), Canada (particularly Quebec, New Brunswick and Eastern parts of Ontario), France, Switzerland, Francophone Africa, French Caribbean, French Polynesia, various islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Italian: ti amo
How to Say I Love You in 3 Different AAC Methods
People can use an ALS board, printed out on paper or digitally, to communicate the phrase ‘I Love You’.
Key Word Sign
Key Word Sign uses manual signs and natural gestures to support communication. In Australia, we specifically follow the guidance of Key Word Sign Australia.
AUSLAN (Australian Sign Language)
Auslan is the native language of the Australian Deaf community (Australian Sign Language). In this video from Storybox, you’ll learn a bunch of different signs, including how to say ‘I Love You’ in Australian Sign Language.