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I love you in 180 languages

July 31, 2008

Love is universal right. Look at the list of ‘I Love You’ in 179 Languages + 1.

If you cant wait to reach where Brunei’s is, scroll down to the last on the list.

  1. Afrikaans – Ek is lief vir jou
  2. Albanian – te dua
  3. Alentejano (Portugal) – Gosto De Ti, Porra!
  4. Alsacien (Elsass) – Ich hoan dich gear
  5. Amharic (Aethio.) – Afekrishalehou
  6. Arabic – Ana Ahebak / Ana Bahibak
  7. Armenian – yes kez shat em siroom
  8. Assamese – Moi tomak bhal pau
  9. Assyr – Az tha hijthmekem
  10. Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia) – Saya cintakan mu
  11. Bambara – M’bi fe
  12. Bangla – Ami tomakay bala basi
  13. Bangladeschi – Ami tomake walobashi
  14. Basque – Nere maitea
  15. Batak – Holong rohangku di ho
  16. 16.. Bavarian – tuI mog di
  17. Belarusian – Ya tabe kahayu
  18. Bengali – Ami tomake bhalobashi
  19. Berber – Lakh tirikh
  20. Bicol – Namumutan ta ka
  21. Bisaya – Nahigugma ako kanimo
  22. Bolivian Quechua – Qanta munani
  23. Bosnian – Ja te volim
  24. Bulgarian – As te obicham
  25. Bulgarian – Obicham te
  26. Burmese – chit pa de
  27. Cambodian (to the female) – bon saleng oun
  28. Cambodian (to the male) – oun saleng bon
  29. Canadian French – Je t’adore (‘I love you’)
  30. Canadian French – Je t’aime (‘I like you’)
  31. Catalan – T’estim (mallorcan)
  32. Cebuano – Gihigugma ko ikaw
  33. Chamoru (or Chamorro) – Hu guaiya hao
  34. Cherokee – Tsi ge yu i
  35. Cheyenne – Ne mohotatse
  36. Chichewa – Ndimakukonda
  37. Chickasaw – Chiholloli (first ‘i’ nasalized)
  38. Chinese – Ngo oi ney a (Cantonese)
  39. Chinese – Wuo ai nee (Mandarin)
  40. Corsican – Ti tengu cara (to female)
  41. Corsican – Ti tengu caru (to male)
  42. Creol – Mi aime jou
  43. Croatian – Volim te (used in common speech)
  44. Czech – Miluji Te
  45. Danish – Jeg elsker dig
  46. Dutch – Ik hou van jou
  47. Dutch – Jeg elsker dig
  48. Ecuador Quechua – Canda munani
  49. English – I love thee (used only in Christian context)
  50. English – I love you
  51. Eskimo – Nagligivaget
  52. Esperanto – Mi amas vim
  53. Estonian – Ma armastan sind / Mina armastan sind(formal)
  54. Ethiopia – afekereshe alhu
  55. Faroese – Eg elski teg
  56. Farsi – Tora dost daram
  57. Filipino – Mahal ka ta
  58. Finnish (Minä) rakastan sinua
  59. Flemish (Ghent) – ‘k’ou van ui
  60. French (formal) – Je vous aime
  61. Friesian – Ik hald fan dei
  62. Gaelic – Tá mé i ngrá leat
  63. Galician – Querote (or) Amote
  64. Georgian – Miquar shen
  65. German – Ich liebe Dich
  66. Ghanaian – Me dor wo
  67. Greek – agapo se
  68. Greek – S’agapo
  69. Greenlandic – Asavakit
  70. Gronings – Ik hol van die
  71. Gujarati – oo tane prem karu chu
  72. Hausa – Ina sonki
  73. Hawaiian – Aloha au ia`oe
  74. Hebrew – Ani ohevet ota
  75. Hiligaynon – Guina higugma ko ikaw
  76. Hindi – Main tumsey pyaar karta hoon / Maine Pyar Kiya
  77. Hmong – Kuv hlub koj
  78. Hokkien – Wa ai lu
  79. Hopi – Nu’ umi unangwa’ta
  80. Hungarian – Szeretlek te’ged
  81. Icelandic – Eg elska thig
  82. Ilocano – Ay ayating ka
  83. Indi – Mai Tujhe Pyaar Kartha Ho
  84. Indonesian – Saya cinta padamu (‘Saya’, commonly used)
  85. Inuit – Negligevapse
  86. Iranian – Mahn doostaht doh-rahm
  87. Irish – taim i’ ngra leat
  88. Italian – Ti amo/Ti voglio bene
  89. Japanese – Anata wa, dai suki desu
  90. Javanese (formal) – Kulo tresno marang panjenengan
  91. Javanese (informal) – aku terno kowe
  92. Kannada – Naanu ninna preetisuttene
  93. Kapampangan – Kaluguran daka
  94. Kenya (Kalenjin) – Achamin
  95. Kenya (Kiswahili) – Ninakupenda
  96. Kikongo – Mono ke zola nge (mono ke’ zola nge’)
  97. Kiswahili – Nakupenda
  98. Konkani – Tu magel moga cho
  99. Korean – SA LANG HAE / Na No Sa Lan Hei
  100. Kurdish – Khoshtm Auyt
  101. Laos – Chanrackkun
  102. Latin – Te amo
  103. Latvian – Es mîlu Tevi
  104. Lebanese – Bahibak
  105. Lingala – Nalingi yo
  106. Lithuanian – As Myliu Tave
  107. Lojban – mi do prami
  108. Luo – Aheri
  109. Luxembourgeois – Ech hun dech gäer
  110. Macedonian – Jas Te Sakam
  111. Madrid – lingo Me molas, tronca
  112. Maiese – Wa wa
  113. Malay – Saya cintakan mu / Saya cinta mu
  114. Maltese – Inhobbok hafna
  115. Marathi – Me tula prem karto
  116. Mohawk – Kanbhik
  117. Moroccan – Ana moajaba bik
  118. Nahuatl – Ni mits neki
  119. Navaho – Ayor anosh’ni
  120. Ndebele – Niyakutanda
  121. Nigeria (Hausa) – Ina sonki
  122. Nigeria (Yoruba langauge) – Mo fe ran re
  123. Norwegian – Jeg elsker deg
  124. Osetian – Aez dae warzyn
  125. Pakistan (Urdu) – May tum say pyar karta hun
  126. Pandacan – Syota na kita!!
  127. Pangasinan – Inaru Taka
  128. Papiamento – Mi ta stimabo
  129. Persian – Tora Doost Darem
  130. Pig Latin – I-yea Ove-lea Ou-yea
  131. Polish – Kocham Cie
  132. Portuguese (Brazilian) – Eu te amo
  133. Punjabi – me tumse pyar ker ta hu’
  134. Quenya – Tye-mela’ne
  135. Romanian – Te ador (stronger)
  136. Romanian – Te iubesc
  137. Russian – Ya tyebya lyublyu
  138. Samoan – Ou te alofa outou
  139. Sanskrit – tvayi snihyaami
  140. Scottish Gaelic – Tha gra\dh agam ort
  141. Serbo-Croatian – Volim te
  142. Setswana – Ke a go rata
  143. Shona – Ndinokuda
  144. Sign language – Spread hand out so no fingers are touching. Bring in middle & ring fingers and touch then to the palm of your hand.
  145. Sindhi – Maa tokhe pyar kendo ahyan
  146. Singhalese – Mama oyaata aadareyi
  147. Slovenian – ljubim te
  148. South Sotho – Ke o Rata
  149. Spanish – Te quiero / te amo / yo amor
  150. Sri Lanka – mame adhare
  151. Surinam – Mi lobi joe
  152. Swahili – Naku penda
  153. Swedish – Jag älskar dig
  154. Swiss-German – Ch-ha di gärn
  155. Tagalong – Mahal Kita / Iniibig kita
  156. Tahitian – Ua here au ia oe
  157. Taiwanese – Wa ga ei li
  158. Tamil – Naan Unnai Khadalikkeren
  159. Telugu – Nenu Ninnu Premisthunnanu
  160. Thailand – Khao Raak Thoe / chun raak ter
  161. Tunisian – Ha eh bak
  162. Turkish – Seni Seviyorum
  163. Ukrainian – Yalleh blutebeh / ya tebe kohayu
  164. Urdu – Mea tum se pyaar karta hu (to a girl)
  165. Urdu – Mea tum se pyar karti hu (to a boy)
  166. Vietnamese (Females) – Em yeu Anh
  167. Vietnamese (Males) – Anh yeu Em
  168. Vlaams – Ik hue van ye
  169. Vulcan – Wani ra yana ro aisha
  170. Welsh – Rwy’n dy garu di
  171. Wolof – Da ma la nope
  172. Yiddish – Ich han dich lib
  173. Yoruba – Mo ni fe
  174. Yucatec Maya – ‘in k’aatech (the love of lovers)
  175. Yugoslavian – Ya te volim
  176. Zambia (Chibemba) – Nali ku temwa
  177. Zazi – Ezhele hezdege (sp?)
  178. Zimbabwe – Ndinokuda
  179. Zulu – Mina funani wena
  180. Kedayan – Aku Bana Bana kan kao..Param..Pam..Pam..

To those who have no idea what’s 180 – Kedayan is one of the seven ethnic Malay groups in Brunei. They are also found in other parts of Borneo and Peninsula Malaysia I was told. The Kedayan have a different dialect from the standard Malay. (Malay is the official language of Brunei Darussalam).

‘Aku Bana Bana kan kao…’ is more than a year old now but I think most Bruneians will agree with me that its is one of the most circulated clips among handphone users in Brunei. I still smile whenever I hear a mention about the title. Its also in YouTube.

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