With Valentine’s Day approaching, many lovers are wondering how to say those three fantastic words in other languages. For some of them, this may be a necessity more than a romantic gesture since more and more relationships are now cross-cultural and international in nature. Lots of international students find love in foreign lands, and this may be indeed one of the nicest aspects about their study abroad experience.
Love does not know about time or place, and it may just happen to anyone who is making friends from all over the world. For some students, the excitement of meeting someone from other lands with a different language or a different accent could be enough to make them fall head over heels. And although this is a beautiful experience, it is important to note the challenges that exist in cross-cultural and international relationships. Many of these relationships dissolve when one or both parties return to their country of origin. Others survive time and space and continue until both make a commitment, which usually involves moving to another country and making it their new home.
For those who have monolingual fiancés or spouses who don’t speak their partners’ native language, the challenge can be greater. Not only are good communication skills important for a couple, but these are also important to maintain good relations with family members. What do you do if your spouse and your parents cannot communicate? But love does not see language skills or cultural issues. Luckily, more and more people are starting to understand the importance of learning other languages. With so many options such as private tutors, language schools, online classes, multimedia programs, study abroad or volunteering abroad options, the only thing you need is motivation and commitment. For now, we leave you with the ability to say “I love you” in ten languages. The rest is up to you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
|Cantonese||Ngo oi ney|
|German||Ich liebe dich|
|Hindi||Mai tumase pyar karata hun (m to f), Mai tumase pyar karati hun (f to m)|
|Japanese||Kimi o ai shiteru|
|Portuguese||Eu te amo|
|Russian||Ya tyebya lyublyu|