Thursday, February 4, 2016

5 Ways to Say I Love You in Arabic

With Valentines Day around the corner, love is in the air.

I thought it might be fun to give you ideas on how to show your hobb (Arabic for love) in another language this year to be different.

Here are 5 ways to say I love You in Arabic.
5 Ways to Say I Love You in Arabic by A Crafty Arab

1. Proclaim some Hobb

Arabic is an Afroasiatic langauge, and similar to it's Semitic siblings, nouns change depending on if you are talking to a girl or a boy.

Arabic is comparable to French, where nouns ending in -e tend to be feminine, or Irish, where nouns ending in -óir/-eoir and -ín are always masculine, and those ending -óg/-eog or -lann are always feminine*.

In Arabic, we use diacritics because our language is adjad. We place a Fatḥah above a letter and a Kasrah below to determine the grammatical gender.

The Arabic word for I is Ana and the word for Love is Hobb. So placing the two together is Ana Hobb, but you need to also add an ending depending on who you are addressing.

If you are saying I Love You to a woman, you place the fatḥah under the last letter:
 أنا أحبكِ - ana ahobbuki.

If you are saying I Love You to a man, you place the kasrah over the last letter:
 أنا أحبكَ - ana ahobbuka.

If you are saying I love you to a group of three or more people you add a letter to the end:
 أنا أحبّكم - ana ahobbukum.

There are also different ways to say I love you in different situations, from love in the Bible to love for a lover. You can also hear some of them here.Or use this graphic.

2. Mail some Hobb

I started my business eight years ago because I couldn't find cards to give my loved ones that were in Arabic. Since then I've created many options for others to send some love.

Here are some cards that I made in my studio this week that will all be listed in my Zibbet shop soon.
5 Ways to Say I Love You in Arabic by A Crafty Arab

3. Sing some Hobb

Mohammed Foaud is an Egyptian vocalist who has a wonderful Arabic love song called El Hob El Haqiqi, which translates to My Love That Is True. 

In the song, he sings of a love that

Teaches us how to forgive and to forget about yesterday.
Teaches us to constantly think about the forthcoming days.
 Listen to the full song here:


Umm Khalthom is another Egyptian vocalist who also has a fantastic song called Night of Love. I remember many nights listening to this coming from the radio in our house.


4. Eat some Hobb 

A saying of the past was "A way to a man's heart is his stomach" but honestly, doesn't food work on just about anyone?

Valentine's Day is in February, which tends to be a dark, cold month for us.

How about making some Arabic soup for your loved one? You can try Palestinian Spinach and Lentil Soup, Egyptian Tomato and Chickpea Soup or Lebanese Lentil Soup.

For dessert, you can even try some Baklawa Pops.

5. Read some Hobb

Looking for some poems to read to your loved one? Check out my book section in my Amazon library (I'm an affiliate member). If you are looking for love poems to read, grab this book to serenade your hobb.
http://amzn.to/1KX0c8D
Learn to Say I Love You (Correctly) in Arabic by A Crafty Arab

There are so many ways to say I love you in Arabic. I hope you try one of them this Valentines Day!

*Grammatically there are always exceptions to these rules and endings for all languages. Please check a dictionary or local dialects to verify.

1 comment:

Ketchup Moms said...

What a lovely and different article on Valentine's Day. In India we have so many regional languages that we have had songs saying 'I love you' In these. So there is 'main tumhe pyaar karti hoon' to 'main tenu pyaar Karda' and more

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