With Valentine’s Day approaching, some of us are now writing the cards or preparing little gifts for our family and friends. We created this newsletter to take a closer look at the language of love.
The word “Love” comes from the Proto-Indo-European root “leubh-“ meaning “love, care or desire”.
Old English lufu, of Germanic origin; Sanskrit lubhyati ‘desires’, Latin libet ‘it is pleasing’, libido ‘desire’.
“Romance” meanwhile comes from a word that meant “write in a Roman style” (which is why we refer to “Romance languages”). This then changed to meaning writing stories, especially about heroic knights and courtly love. And by the 1660s, this word became associated with the love stories.
“Valentinus” is from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful, and was a popular name between the second and eighth centuries AD.
So how do we say Happy Valentine’s Day in various languages?
Finnish – Hyvää ystävänpäivää
Irish – Valentines sásta lá
Dutch – Gelukkige Valentijnsdag
French – Joyeux Saint Valentin
Afrikaans – Gelukkige Valentynsdag
German – Froher Valentinstag
Hawaiian – Hau’oli La Aloha
Indonesian – Selamat Hari Kasih Sayang
Italian – Buon San Valentino
Japanese – Shiawasena Barentainde
Polish – Milych Walentynek
Portuguese – Feliz Dia dos Namorados
Mandarin – Qingren jie kuaile
Spanish – Feliz dia de San Valentin
Swedish – Glad Alla hjartans dag
Filipino – Masaya Araw ng mga Puso
Icelandic – Hamingjusamur Valentines dagur
Thai – Sook San Wan Valentine
Our language of love is spoken in many ways.
According to Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages, there are five ways that love can be communicated: Gift Giving, Acts of Service, Physical Touch and Closeness, Encouraging Words, and Quality Time.
We hope that you will have a wonderful day!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any language related assistance.
We look forward to hearing from you soon.