Learning any of the above languages? You’re probably familiar with how to say “I love you”. But what about other forms of expressing affection?
In Arabic, يا روحي (pronounced: ya rouhi) translates to “you’re my beloved,” though it’s literal meaning is “my soul.” More unique, تقبرني (pronounced: tuqburnii), literally means “bury me” and implies one would rather die and have you bury them, than live without you.
In Persian, جیگر طلا (pronounced: jigar talâ) takes the cake, literally meaning “golden liver”, while in French, saying mon chou to the special man — or ma choupinette to the special woman — in your life is a term of endearment like “darling”, (it literally means “my little cabbage,” although, chou here is short for chou à la crème, a sweet puff pastry).
In Spanish, mi cielo, meaning “my sky,” is rather non-controversial. Wouldn’t you enjoy it if someone told you were their “sky”, or alternatively their “heaven”. 😉 Some might also call their partner mi media naranja, literally translating to “my half-orange”, meaning you are the one irreplaceable other half.
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For those who are still crushing, a few other notable expressions include كلامك عسل على قلبي, (pronounced: kalamuka ‘asal ‘ala qalbi) in Arabic, which literally means, “your words are honey on my heart”.
Meanwhile, دل به دل را داره (pronounced: del be del rah dare) in Persian means “there is a path between our hearts,” i.e. a feeling of affection is mutual.
In Spanish, ¡Qué mono(a) eres! means “you’re so cute!” though it literally translates to “you’re so monkey!” i.e. funny in a charming way.
Another fun fact: “love at first sight” in French translates to coup de foudre… literally “lightning strike!” YIKES 😉
Looking to discover more expressions of love? NaTakallam’s conversation partners are here to help! To learn more, click here.
Don’t forget! Throughout February, use promo code LOVE20 on purchases of $70+ (=5 hours of conversation) to receive a FREE* set of NaTakallam-designed Arabic love cards! Perhaps a nice Valentine’s gift?
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