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Don’t we all agree that the word love conveys a strong feeling of deep affection? The same applies to the Arabic language. In fact, Arabic is a very romantic language and there are countless ways to say I love you in Arabic! Learn how to express your love to a man or a woman.
How to Say I Love You in Arabic
There are different ways to say I love you in Arabic. Which way to choose largely depends on the relationship you have with the addressee. Secondly, keep in mind the gender of the person you’re talking to. Unlike English, in Arabic there’s often a grammatical difference depending on your own gender, or the gender of the person you’re addressing. In the case of I love you, you’ll adapt the grammar to the gender of the person you’re addressing.
I Love You to a Man
The most straightforward way of expressing love to your partner is by saying ana bahebak (انا بحبك ). This pronunciation is used when talking to a man. Ana bahebak is the most literal translation of I love you and at the same time the most common one. It’s widely used and understood in many Arabic countries, including most parts of the Middle East (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine…).
Another way of saying I love you in Arabic to a man is ana bamout feek (انا بموت فيك). This expression translates as I’m dying for you, and is a way of conveying strong love.
I Love You to a Woman
As mentioned earlier, many Arabic expressions have a male and a female version. In most cases, it’s just a vowel that changes (e.g. e instead of a), or an -i being added at the end of a word. Nevertheless, when expressing your love, you want to make sure you get it right, don’t you?
The way of saying I love you in Arabic to a woman is slightly different than when talking to a man. To say I love you to a female, you say ana bahebek (انا بحبك). In terms of pronunciation, the difference is the last short vowel which changes from a to e when addressing a female. In the Arabic script, where short vowels are omitted, the difference isn’t noticeable. Both are spelled انا بحبك in Arabic.
A second way of saying I love you in Arabic to a woman is ana bamout feeki (انا بموت فيكي). The -i at the end of the word is a long vowel, which means that there’s a clearly noticeable difference to the masculine version. Additionally, the long vowel is also added at the end of the word in the Arabic script.
If you have Arabic friends or family, or regularly enjoy Arabic music or movies, chances are high that you have heard the word habibi before.
The word habibi (حبيبي) is associated with warm feelings and love. It deviates from the word habib (lovely), ending with -i (for “my”), literally meaning “my lovely”. The English equivalent would be darling, my love, dear or sweetheart.
Note that habibi (حبيبي) is used when speaking to a man. The female equivalent is habibti (حبيبتي).
If you’d like to add an extra note when saying I love you in Arabic, simply add habibi (or habibti for a female) at the end.
- I love you, my darling (masculine): Ana bahebak ya habibi
- I love you, my darling (feminine): Ana bahebek ya habibti
Check out more information and expressions using habibi in Arabic.
Expressions at a Glance
Below is a summary of the expressions used in this article and their English equivalent. The Latin script can help you with the pronunciation if you can’t read Arabic. Learning the Arabic alphabet will greatly help you with the correct pronunciation of Arabic words.
|English Equivalent||Arabic (Latin Script)||Arabic (Arabic Script)|
|I love you (to a man)||ana bahebak||انا بحبك|
|I love you (to a woman)||ana bahebek||انا بحبك|
|I’m dying for you (to a man)||ana bamout feek||انا بموت فيك|
|I’m dying for you (to a woman)||ana bamout feeki||انا بموت فيكي|
|Darling (to a man)||habibi||حبيبي|
|Darling (to a woman)||habibti||حبيبتي|
|Thanks my love||yeslamou habibi||يسلموا حبيبي|