It’s going to be Valentine’s Day soon, and once again, the phrase, “I Love You“ will be in many people’s lips. Some people say it because they mean it, while others are just doing lip service. But still, even for one day, you should feel the romance and everything that it entails, whether you say the words to your family, close friends, or your significant other.
You should not be blasé when you say these three little, but powerful words. For example, you can learn to say the words in other romantic languages, which will somehow let you keep the romance alive. Here are the ten most romantic languages to say I love you:
- Italian – Ti amo.
- French – Je t’aime.
- Portuguese – Eu te amo.
- Spanish – Te amo or Te quiero.
- Romanian – Te iubesc.
- German – Ich liebe dich.
- Polish – Kocham Cię.
- Mandarin Chinese – Wǒ ài nǐ.
- Japanese – Aishiteru (but the Japanese often use Anata ga daisuki desu)
- Korean – Saranghaeyo.
Who invented the phrase I love you?
It is probable that the Ancient Greeks invented the phrase I love you, if you go by the fact the Greeks have four forms of love:
- Storge – familiarity or kinship
- Phlia – platonic desire and/or friendship
- Eros – romantic and/or sexual desire
- Agape – divine love or self-emptying love
But in modern day Greek, agápē means love, and the term s’agapo translates to “I love you” in the Greek language. In dissecting the term, the verb I love in Greek is agapo. But the word refers more to an ideal or pure type of love, instead of the physical attraction that eros means. To add to the confusion, a different translation of agape in another context is love of the soul, which is also another meaning of eros.
What do I love you really mean?
The meaning of the phrase I Love You can differ according to the intent of the person saying it to the person they address. The phrase contains three words, which when combined, becomes very important.
It can become the turning point in a close relationship between two people. It’s an expression of what a person feels for those who matter to them. I Love You give a more solid definition to a person’s faith, family, friendship, marriage, and life.
I Love You is a very powerful phrase that should not be uttered lightly because it can be subject to misuse and abuse that distorts and cheapens the concept of love. Many incidents occurred where saying these three words were used to manipulate other people and exploit people to stimulate co-dependent, unhealthy relationships for selfish gains.
Here are the distinct meanings of the phrase I Love You:
- I love you means I am committed to you – Love is a commitment, which goes beyond feelings. When you decide to be committed to a person or a relationship, you mean that you are choosing to stand by that person whatever happens.
- I will protect you is another meaning. When you express real love towards someone, you are asking that person to put their lives and their hearts into your hands. You are telling them that you are willing to risk your reputation and your personal comfort in order to protect them.
- You are telling someone that you will believe in them even if they are losing their belief in themselves. You love the person; therefore, you are choosing to see the best in the person. You are not willing to give up on them, and patiently offer them the help they need to restore their belief in themselves so that they can overcome their flaws and frailties. You will support and nurture them until they can rise back up.
- I will show my love for you through my actions. Some people are not used to expressing their love verbally. Instead, they show it through their actions, such as giving special gifts, physical touch, acts of service, spending quality time or sending love letters, which seem mundane and passé today.
Ways people say I love you today
Many people today think that the phrase I love you is already updated. Although it still evokes the feeling of deep love, today’s generation is using other terms to show their love for one another. It could be a millennial thing, or it could be due to the evolution of the language. Whatever the reason is, people creatively form new phrases to express their love for a special someone, which, on a closer look, seem more appropriate and evocative. It just goes to show that romance is still alive and shows no signs of going away. Here are several examples.
- I’m in love with you.
- You complete me.
- You’re the love of my life.
- You’re my other half.
- You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.
- I can’t believe you’re mine.
- I’m head over heels for you.
- I’m yours.
- We are meant to be.
- I am here for you…always.
- I’m the luckiest person in the world.
- I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.
- I can’t say it enough – I love you more than anything.
But for young love, they also have some cute ways to say I love you, such as:
- You’re my dream come true.
- I’m crazy about you.
- You make me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
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