14 ways to say "I love you"

The language of love is here, whether that's French, Croatian or Turkish for you... Beat the coronavirus blues by saying "Je t'aime" 14 very different ways
Love padlocks on the bridge Pont des Arts in Paris. Photo: Shutterstock
Love padlocks on the bridge Pont des Arts in Paris. Photo: Shutterstock

With COVID-19 sweeping across the world, more and more people are finding themselves isolated from their family and friends. You may not be able to see your loved ones, so why not spread the love in other ways. The language of love is said to be universal, but is it really? Insight Guides begs to differ. 

Below are 14 different ways to say "I love you" in European languages – the perfect way to impress your international family and friends, or show solidarity with your fellow Europeans. 

Launch into your chosen language below or follow our simplified pronunciation to help you pronounce each phrase. Why not make use of all that time indoors to learn a foreign language?

How to say I love you...


... in Croatian

Volim te 

voh•lihm teh


... in Czech

Miluji te

mih•loo•yih tyeh

... in Danish

Jeg elsker dig

yie ehl-skah die 

... in Dutch

Ik hou van je

ihk how fahn yuh

... in English

I love you

ai lUv yu


... in French

Je t’aime

zhuh tehm


... in German

Ich liebe dich

eekh lee•buh deekh

... in Italian

Ti amo

tee ah•moh

... in Norwegian

Jeg elsker deg

yay ehls•kuhr day

... in Portuguese

Te amo

teh uh•moo

... in Romanian

Te iubesc

teh yoobesc

... in Spanish

Te quiero

teh keeyeh•roh

... in Swedish

Jag älskar dig

yahg ehl•skar day

... in Turkish

Sizi seviyorum

see•zee seh•vee•yoh•room 


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