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There are seemingly never enough beautiful words to describe love in the world. Hop on in and explore the many ways to say I love you in Hebrew.
Language is Beauty: Saying I Love You in Hebrew
Learning a new language can be difficult, especially a more ancient language, such as Hebrew. However, it is the difficult things that can be rewarding, especially with language, which opens up entirely new worlds of thought and possibility and give us the tools to express ourselves in unique and beautiful ways. One of the best new sentences to learn in a language is how to say I love you, as it is always wonderful to be able to express our feelings to those we love. We explore the many ways to not only say I love you in Hebrew, but other sentences to really show our affection and care to those we love.
Continue exploring to find out:
- * The Eight Ways to Say I Love You in Hebrew
- * Breaking it Down
- * Saying I like You
- * Getting Romantic
The Eight Ways to Say I Love You in Hebrew
You might be curious as to why there are so many ways to say I love you, as in many languages, it is a pretty straightforward expression. Within the Hebrew language, it is based on the gender of the one speaking and the one who is receiving.
Male Speaker: When the speaker is a man, there a few variations. When he is speaking to a woman, it is Ani Ohev Otah’(אני אוהב אותך). When talking to two or more women, it becomes Ani Ohev Et’h’en(אני אוהב אותך)
Moving on to when he would be speaking to another man, there is a slight shifting of the wording. He would say Ani Ohev Ot’h’a(אני אוהב אותך), or if it is more than one male or a mixed group of people, it would be Ani Ohev Et’h’em(אני אוהב אתכם)
Female Speaker: Starting with a woman speaking to a man, she would say Ani Ohevet Ot’h’a(אני אוהבת אותך), or Ani Ohevet Otah’(אני אוהבת אותך) if speaking to another woman. If she talks to a group of women, the sentence becomes Ani Ohevet Et’h’en(אני אוהבת אתכן), and then when speaking to a group composed of both men and women, she would say Ani Ohevet Et’h’em(אני אוהבת אתכם).
Breaking it Down
There are those of you who are curious about the sentence structure and what means what precisely, here is a breakdown of the words. Ani is the word for I in Hebrew and remains constant for both men and women within the language. Ohev, which means to love, is spoken by men, whereas women use ohevet. The last word is ot’h’a, which means you. This is used to address a man and becomes otah‘ when speaking to a woman. It then shifts to et’h’em when speaking to two men or a mixed group of people, and et’h’en when addressing a group of women. There are no specific variations of I love you in the Hebrew language between family members and a lover, so don’t feel shy to say it to whomever you wish.
Saying I like you
Sometimes you want to tell someone that you enjoy their company, that you like them as a person, as a friend, as a human being. These sentences can be used to tell someone you like them romantically as well. Here are the ways to express that emotion in Hebrew.
Male Speaker: When a man is speaking to another man, he would say ani meh’abev ot’h’a(אני מחבב אותך), and if he were talking to a woman he would say ani meh’abev otah’(אני מחבב אותך)
Female Speaker: If a woman is speaking to a man, she would say ani meh’abevet ot’h’a(אני מחבבת אותך), or she would say ani meh’abevet otah’(אני מחבבת אותך) to another woman.
Sometimes you want to tell someone how deeply you feel. Here is the way to do it.
I am in love with you: If you are a man speaking to a woman, this would be pronounced ani meohav bah'(אני מאוהב בך), and if it is the reverse than you would say ani meohevet beh’a(אני מאוהבת בך). This is specifically for when speaking to a romantic interest of yours. Meohav and meohevet mean to be in love, whereas bah’ and beh’a stand for you.
Never Enough Ways to Say I Love You
There doesn’t seem to be enough ways to say that you love someone, that you care deeply for them. Remember to practice pronunciation a bit first with a good speaker. Although, giving it a good first try and making a mistake can be very endearing as well. Love is very forgiving.