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    How to say I love you in...

The original list was made by Richard Kamenik. Changes and/or additions please mail directly to:
 Sivasothy Sathesan

Version 23   16.10.96

I Love You in:

Afrikaans               : Ek is lief vir jou
                        : Ek het jou lief
Albanian                : Te dua
                        : Te dashuroj
                        : Ti je zemra ime
Alsacien (Elsass)       : Ich hoan dich gear
Amharic (Aethio.)       : Afekrishalehou
                        : Afekrischalehou
Amharic (Ethiopian)     : Ewedishalehu (male/female to female)
                        : Ewedihalehu  (male/female to male)
American Sign Language  :              __      (signed with right hand)
                        :  __         (  )
                        : (  )        |__|
                        : |__| __  __ |  |
                        : |  |(  )(  )|__|   __
                        : |__||__||__||  |  /  )
                        : |   (__)(__)   | /  /
                        : |              |/  /
                        : |              /  /
                        : \               /

Apache                  : Sheth she~n zho~n (nasalized vowels like

                                             French, '~n' as in French

                                             'salon')

Arabic (formal)         : Ohiboke   (male to female)

                        : Ohiboki   (male to female)

                        : Ohibokoma  (male or female to two males

                                      or two females)

                        : Nohiboke  (more than one male or females

                                     to female)

                        : Nohiboka   (male to male or female to male)

                        : Nohibokoma   (male to male or female to two

                                        males or two females)

                        : Nohibokom  (male to male or female to more

                                      than two males)

                        : Nohibokon  (male to male or female to more

                                      than two females)

Arabic (proper)         : Ooheboki  (male to female)

                        : Ooheboka  (female to male)

Arabic                  : Ana behibak  (female to male)

                        : Ana behibek  (male to female)

                        : Ahebich  (male to female)

                        : Ahebik   (female to male)

                        : Ana ahebik
                        : Ib'n hebbak

                        : Ana ba-heb-bak
                        : Bahibak   (female to male)

                        : Bahibik   (male to female)

                        : Benhibak (more than one male or female to male)

                        : Benhibik  (male to male or female to female)

                        : Benhibkom  (male to male or female to more

                                      than one male)

                        : Nhebuk  (spoken to someone of importance)

Arabic (Umggs.)         : Ana hebbek
Armenian                : Yes kez si'rumem

Ashanti/Akan/Twi        : Me dor wo
Assamese                : Moi tomak bhal pau


Bangladeschi            : Ami tomake walobashi
Basque                  : Maite zaitut

                        : Nere maitea ("My love/My darling")

Bassa                   : Mengweswe
Batak                   : Holong rohangku di ho

Bemba                   : Ndikufuna
Bengali                 : Aami tomaake bhaalo baashi

                        : Ami tomay bhalobashi
                        : Ami tomake bahlobashi

Berber                  : Lakh tirikh
Bicol                   : Namumutan ta ka

Bolivian Quechua        : Qanta munani
Bosnian                 : Volim te

Braille                 : :..:| ..:| |..-.. .::":.., :.:;

Brazilian/Portuguese    : Eu te amo (pronounced "Eiu chee amu")

         /Galician      : Querote
                        : Amo-te (pronounced "Amu'-tee")

Bulgarian               : Obicham te
                        : As te obeicham

                        : As te obicham
                        : Obozhavam te ("I love you very much")

Burmese                 : Chit pa de

Cajun                   : Mi aime jou

Cambodian               : Kh_nhaum soro_lahn nhee_ah

                        : Bon sro lanh oon
Canadian French         : Sh'teme  (spoken, sounds like this)

                        : Je t'aime   ("I like you")

                        : Je t'adore  ("I love you")

Catalan                 : T'estimo  (Catalonian)

                        : T'estim   (Mallorcan)

                        : T'estime  (Valencian)

                        : T'estim molt ("I love you a lot")

Cebuano                 : Gihigugma ko ikaw
Chamoru (or Chamorro)   : Hu guaiya hao

Cherokee                : Aya gvgeyu'i nihi
Cheyenne                : Ne mohotatse

Chichewa                : Ndimakukonda
Chickasaw               : Chiholloli (first 'i' nasalized)

Chinese                 : Goa ai li     (Amoy)
                        : Ngo oi ney    (Cantonese)

                        : Wo oi ney        ( " )

                        : Ngai oi gnee  (Hakka)

                        : Ngai on ni     ( " )

                        : Wa ai lu      (Hokkien)

                        : Wo ai ni      (Mandarin)

                        : Wo ie ni        ( " )

                        : Wuo ai nee      ( " )

                        : Wo ay ni        ( " )

                        : Wo ai ni      (Putunghua)

                        : Ngo ai nong   (Wu)
Corsican                : Ti tengu cara (male to female)

                        : Ti tengu caru (female to male)

Creol                   : Mi aime jou
Croatian (familiar)     : Ja te volim    (used in proper speech)

                        : Volim te       (used in common speech)

Croatian (formal)       : Ja vas volim   (used in proper speech)

                        : Volim vas      (used in common speech)

                        : Ljubim te  (in todays useage, "I kiss you",

                                       'lj' pronounced like 'll' in

                                       Spanish, one sound, 'ly'ish)

Croatian (old)          : Ljubim te  (may still be found in poetry)

Czech                   : Miluji te  (a downwards pointing arrowhead

                                      on top of the 'e' in te, which is

                                      pronounced 'ye')

                        : Miluju te! (colloquial form)

                        : Ma'm te (velmi) ra'd (male speaker, "I like

                                                you (very much)", often

                                                used and prefered)

                        : Ma'm te (velmi) ra'da (female speaker)


Danish                  : Jeg elsker dig
Dusun                   : Siuhang oku dia

Dutch                   : Ik hou van je
                        : Ik hou van jou

                        : Ik bemin je   (old fashioned)

                        : Ik bemin jou      ( " )

                        : Ik heb je lief    ( " )

                        : Ik ben verliefd op je ("I am in love with you")

                        : Ik ben verliefd op jou         ( " )

                        : Ik houd erg veel van jou ("I love you very

                        : Ik houd erg veel van je       much")

                        : Ik vind je leuk    ("I like you")

                        : Ik vind je aardig       ( " )

                        : Ik vind je heel erg leuk  ("I like you very

                        : Ik vind je heel aardig         much")

                        : Ik zie je graag
                        : Ik mag jou wel  ("I like you")

                        : Ik mag jou heel graag ("I like you very much")

                          (the last two are more superficial, thus more

                           suitable for male to male)


Ecuador Quechua         : Canda munani
English                 : I love you

                        : I adore you
                        : I love thee   (used only in Christian context)

Esperanto               : Mi amas vin
Estonian                : Mina armastan sind

                        : Ma armastan sind
Ethiopian               : Afgreki'


Farsi (old)             : Tora dust mi daram
Farsi                   : Tora dost daram  ("I love you")

                        : Asheghetam
                        : Doostat daram    ("I'm in love with you")

                        : Man asheghetam   ("I'm in love with you")

Filipino                : Mahal ka ta
                        : Iniibig kita

                        : Mahal kita
Finnish (formal)        : Mina" rakastan sinua

                        : Rakastan sinua
                        : Mina" pida"n sinusta ("I like you")

Finnish                 : (Ma") rakastan sua

                        : (Ma") tykka"a"n susta  ("I like you")

French                  : Je t'aime   ("I love you")

                        : Je t'adore  ("I love you", stronger meaning

                                        between lovers)

                        : J' t'aime bien ("I like you", meant for friends

                                          and family, not for lovers)

French (formal)         : Je vous aime

Gaelic                  : Ta gra agam ort

                        : Moo graugh hoo
Galician/Portuguese     : Eu te amo (pronounced "Eiu chee amu")

         /Brazilian     : Querote
German (formal)         : Ich liebe Sie  (rarely used)

German                  : Ich liebe dich
                        : Ich hab' dich lieb

                        : Ich hab dich lieb (not so classic and

                                             conservative)

German dialects:
 Bavarian (Bayrisch)    : I moag di gern

    (Bavaria/Bayern)    : I mog di  (right answer: "I di a")

                        : I lieb di
 Berlin dialect         : Ick liebe dir  (Old, very old)

    (Berlinerisch)      : Ick liebe Dich
 Berner-Deutsch         : Ig liebe di

 Bochumer               : Ich lieb Dich!
 Franconian (Fra"nkisch): Du gfa"llsd mer fai

    (Franconia/Franken) : Bisd scho mai gouds freggerla (already in a

                                                         relationship)

                        : Mid dier ma"cherd ich a amol (sexually touched,

                                    ment as a compliment, not litterally)

                          (the above 3 entries really mean "I like you",

                           a Franke would never say "I love you")

 Friesian (Friesisch)   : Ik hou fan dei (sp?)
                        : Ik hald fan dei

 Hessian (Hessisch)     : Isch habb disch libb
 Ostfriesisch           : Ick heb di leev

 Saarla"ndisch          : Isch hann disch lieb

 Saxon (Sa"chsisch)     : Isch liebdsch
 Swabian (Schwa"bisch)  : ( ? )

 Swiss German           : Ch'ha di ga"rn
      (Schweizerdeutsch)

 Vorarlberg dialect     : I stand total uf di
      (Vorarlbergerisch)

Greek                   : S'ayapo  (spoken "s'agapo", 3rd letter is lower

                                      case 'gamma')

                        : Eime eroteumenos mazi sou ("I'm in love with)

                        : Eime eroteumenos me 'sena(you", male to female)

                        : Eime eroteumeni mazi sou ("I'm in love with)

                        : Eime eroteumeni me 'sena (you", female to male)

                        : Se latrevo      ("I adore you")

                        : Se thelo  ("I want you", denotes sexual desire)

Greek (Arhea/Ancient)   : Philo se
Greenlandic             : Asavakit

Gronings                : Ik hol van die
Guarani'                : Rohiyu (ro-hai'-hyu)

Gujrati                 : Hoon tane pyar karoochhoon.

                        : Hoon tuney chaoon chhoon ('n' is nasal, not

                             pronounced)

Hausa                   : Ina sonki

Hawaiian                : Aloha wau ia 'oe
                        : Aloha wau ia 'oe nui loa  ("I love you

                                                      very much")

Hebrew                  : Anee ohev otakh     (male to female)

                        : Anee ohevet otkha   (female to male)

                        : Anee ohev otkha     (male to male)

                        : Anee ohevet otakh   (female to female)

                                              ('kh' pronounced like

                               Spanish 'j', Dutch 'g', or similiar to

                               French 'r')
Hindi                   : Mai tumase pyar karata hun  (male to female)

                        : Mai tumase pyar karati hun  (female to male)

                        : Mai tumse pyar karta hoon

                        : Mai tumse peyar karta hnu

                        : Mai tumse pyar karta hoo

                        : Mai tujhe pyaar kartha hoo

                        : Mae tumko peyar kia
                        : Main tumse pyar karta hoon

                        : Main tumse prem karta hoon

                        : Main tuze pyar karta hoon ('n' is nasal, not

                             pronounced)
Hopi                    : Nu' umi unangwa'ta

Hungarian               : Szeretlek
                        : Te'gedet szeretlek   ("It's you I love and

                                                 no one else")

                        : Szeretlek te'ged   ("It's you I love, you know,

                                              you", a reinforcement)

                          (The above two entries are never heard in

                           a normal context.)

Ibaloi                  : Pip-piyan tana

                        : Pipiyan ta han shili ("I like/love you

                                                   very much")

Icelandic               : Eg elska thig (pronounced 'yeg l-ska thig')

Ilocano                 : Ay ayating ka
Indonesian              : Saya cinta padamu    ('Saya', commonly used)

                        : Saya cinta kamu             ( " )

                        : Saya kasih saudari          ( " )

                        : Saja kasih saudari          ( " )

                        : Aku tjinta padamu    ('Aku', not often used)

                        : Aku cinta padamu            ( " )

                        : Aku cinta kamu              ( " )

Interglossa             : Mi esthe philo tu
Italian                 : Ti amo     (relationship/lover/spouse)

                        : Ti voglio bene  (between friends)

                        : Ti voglio  (strong sexual meaning, "I want

                                      you", refering to other person's

                                      body)
Irish                   : Taim i' ngra leat

Irish/Gaelic            : t'a gr'a agam dhuit

Japanese                : Kimi o ai shiteru

                        : Aishiteru
                        : Chuu shiteyo

                        : Ora omee no koto ga suki da

                        : Ore wa omae ga suki da

                        : Suitonnen
                        : Sukiyanen

                        : Sukiyo
                        : Watashi wa anata ga suki desu

                        : Watashi wa anata wo aishithe imasu

                        : Watashi wa anata o aishitemasu

                        : A-i-shi-te ma-su
                        : Watakushi-wa anata-wo ai shimasu

                        : Suki desu (used at the first time, like for a

                             start, when you are not yet real lovers)

Javanese                : Kulo tresno

Kankana                 : Laylaydek sik a

Kannada                 : Naanu ninnanu preethisuthene

                        : Naanu ninnanu mohisuthene

Kapampangang            : Kaluguran daka
       (or Pampangang)

Kikongo                 : Mono ke zola nge (mono ke' zola nge')

Kiswahili               : Nakupenda
                        : Nakupenda wewe

                        : Nakupenda malaika ("I love you, (my) angel")

Klingon                 : bangwI' SoH     ("You are my beloved")

                        : qamuSHa'        ("I love you")

                        : qamuSHa'qu'     ("I love you very much")

                        : qaparHa'        ("I like you")

                        : qaparHa'qu'     ("I like you very much!")

                          (words are often unnecessary as the thought

                           is most often conveyed nonverbally with

                           special growlings)
Korean                  : (Tangsinul) Saranghae ("I love you")

                        : (Tangsinul) Saranghaeyo (with a little respect)

                        : (Tangsinul) Saranghapnida       ( " )

                        : Nanun dangsineul saranghapnida  ( " )

                        : Tangsinul
                        : Tangsinul sarang ha yo ("I love you, dear")

                        : Dangsinul saranghee yo

                        : Saranghee
                        : Nanun dangsineul joahapnida ("I like you")

                        : Nanun dangsineul mucheog joahapnida ("I like

                                                           very much")

                        : Nanun dangsineul mucheog saranghapnida ("I love

                                                          you very much")

                        : Nanun gdaega joa ("I like him" or "I like her")

                        : Nanun gdaereul saranghapnida ("I love him" or

                                                        "I love her")

                        : Gdaereul hjanghan naemaeum alji ("You know how

                                                    much I love him/her")

                        : Nanun neoreul saranghanda

                        : Joahaeyo ("I like you")

                        : Saranghaeyo     (more formal)

                        : Saranghapanida  (more respectful)

                        : Norul sarang hae (male to female in casual

                                                      relationship)

                        : Tangshini choayo ("I like you, in a romantic

                                                              way")

Kpele                   : I walikana
Kurdish                 : Ez te hezdikhem


Lao                     : Khoi hak jao
                        : Khoi mak jao lai ("I love you very much")

                        : Khoi hak jao lai ("I like you very much")

                        : Khoi mak jao   (This means "I prefer you",

                                          but is used for "I love you".)

Latin                   : Te amo
                        : Vos amo

Latin  (old)            : (Ego) Amo te   ('Ego', for emphasis)

Latvian                 : Es tevi milu (pronounced 'es tevy meelu')

                                       ('i in 'milu' has a line over it,

                                        a 'long i')

                        : Es milu tevi (less common)

Lebanese                : Bahibak
Lingala                 : Nalingi yo

Lisbon lingo            : Gramo-te bue', chavalinha!

Lithuanian              : Tave myliu (Ta-ve mee-lyu)

                        : Ash mir lutavah
Lojban                  : Mi do prami

Luo                     : Aheri
Luxembourgish           : Ech hun dech ga"r


Maa                     : Ilolenge
Macedonian              : Te sakam  (a little stronger than "I like you")

                        : Te ljubam  ("I really love you")

                        : Jas te sakam ('j' sounds like 'y' in May)

                        : Pozdrav ("Greetings")

Madrid lingo            : Me molas, Tronca!
Maiese                  : Wa wa

Malay/Indonesian        : Saya cintakan kamu (grammatically correct)

                        : Saya cinta akan kamu(expanded version of above)

                        : Saya sayangkan kamu (grammatically correct)

                        : Saya sayang akan kamu (expanded version)

                        : Aku cinta pada mu (most direct translation)

                        : Saya cintakan awak
                        : Aku cinta pada kau

                        : Saya cinta pada mu (best, most commonly used)

                        : Saya sayangkan engkau ('engkau' often shortened

                          to 'kau', 'engkau' is informal form and should

                          only be used if you know the person _really_

                          well)
                        : Saya sayang pada mu

                        : Aku sayangkan engkau
                        : Saya sayang pada mu

                        : Aku menyintai mu
                        : Aku menyayangi mu

                        : Aku kasih pada mu
                        : Aku jatuh cinta pada mu

Malayalam               : Ngan ninne snaehikkunnu

                        : Njyaan ninne' preetikyunnu

                        : Njyaan ninne' mohikyunnu

Maltese                 : Jien inhobbok
Marathi                 : Mi tuzya var prem karato

                        : Me tujhashi prem karto (male to female)

                        : Me tujhashi prem karte (female to male)

Marshallese             : Yokwe yuk (sort of multi-purpose, like Aloha,

                                    literally "Love to you, my friend")

Mohawk                  : Konoronhkwa
Mokilese                : Ngoah mweoku kaua

Moroccan                : Kanbhik  (both mean the same, but spoken)

                        : Kanhebek (in different cities)


Navaho                  : Ayor anosh'ni
Ndebele                 : Niyakutanda

Norwegian               : Jeg elsker deg  (Bokmaal)

                        : Eg elskar deg   (Nynorsk)

                        : Jeg elsker deg  (Riksmaal: outdated, formerly

                                           used by upper-class and

                                           conservative people)

Nyanja                  : Ninatemba

Op                      : Op lopveop yopuop

Osetian                 : Aez dae warzyn

Pakistani               : Mujhe tumse muhabbat hai

                        : Muje se mu habbat hai

Pampangang              : Kaluguran daka
       (or Kapampangang)

Papiamento              : Mi ta stima'bo
Pig Latin               : Ie ovele ouye

Pilipino                : Mahal kita
                        : Iniibig kita

Polish                  : Kocham cie
                        : Kocham ciebie

                        : Ja cie kocham (slang, not commonly used)

Portuguese              : Eu amo-te (pronounced "Eu amu'-tee")

                        : Estou apaixonado por ti (male to female,

                              "I'm in love with you", pronounced "Esto^

                                 hapa'isho^na'duu puur ti'")

                        : Estou apaixonada por ti (female to male,

                              "I'm in love with you", pronounced "Esto^

                                 hapa'isho^na'daa puur ti'")

                        : Quero-te ("I want you", denotes sexual desire)

Pulaar                  : Mbe de yid ma (mbe: d: yidh ma)

                                        (Pronounced as two words,

                                         "Mbe deyidma".  'b' and second

                                         'd' have bars through the stems

                                         indicating affrication, the ':'

                                         indicate minute pauses)

Punjabi                 : Main tainu pyar karna

                        : Mai taunu pyar karda
                        : Mein nu terey na^l piyaar ay (pronounced:

                          "meinu therei naal piya'rei",  th  as in bath)

                          ' = stressed syllable

Pushto                  : Mung jane' (pronounced: "puxto: mu'ng jane'")


Quenya                  : Tye-mela'ne

Raetoromanisch          : Te amo

Romanian                : Te iubesc
                        : Te ador    (stronger)

Russian                 : Ya vas lyublyu        (old fashioned)

                        : Ya tyebya lyublyu         (best)

                        : Ya lyublyu vas        (old fashioned)

                        : Ya lyublyu tyebya

Sammi                   : Mun ra~hkistan du

Samoan                  : Ou te alofa outou
                        : Ou te alofa ia te oe

                        : Talo'fa ia te oe ("Hello, from me to you")

Sanskrit                : Anurag (a higher love, like the love of music

                                  or art)
Scot-Gaelic             : Tha gradh agam ort

Serbian (formal)        : Ja vas volim   (used in proper speech)

                        : Volim vas      (used in common speech)

                        : Ljubim te  (in todays useage, "I kiss you",

                                       'lj' pronounced like 'll' in

                                       Spanish, one sound, 'ly'ish)

Serbian (familiar)      : Ja te volim    (used in proper speech)

                        : Volim te       (used in common speech)

Serbian (old)           : Ljubim te  (may still be found in poetry)

Serbocroatian           : Volim te
                        : Ljubim te

                        : Ja te volim ('j' sounds like 'y' in May)

Shona                   : Ndinokuda
Sinhala                 : Mama oya'ta a'darei

Sioux                   : Techihhila
Slovak                  : Lubim ta

Slovene                 : Ljubim te
Solresol                : do-re mi-la-si do-mi

Spanish                 : Te amo
                        : Te quiero

                        : Te adoro    ("I adore you")

                        : Te deseo    ("I desire you")

                        : Me antojis  ("I crave you")

Srilankan               : Mama oyata arderyi
Swahili                 : Nakupenda

                        : Naku penda (followed by the person's name)

                        : Ninikupenda
                        : Dholu'o

Swedish                 : Jag a"lskar dig ('dig' pronounced like 'day')

Syrian/Lebanese         : Bhebbek (male to female)

                        : Bhebbak (female to male)


Tagalog                 : Mahal kita
Tahitian                : Ua here au ia oe

                        : Ua here vau ia oe
Tamil                   : Naan unnai kadalikiren

                        : Nan unnai kathalikaren

                        : Ni yaanai kaadli karen ("You love me")

                        : N^an unnaki kathalikkinren ("I love you")

                        : Nam vi'rmberem
Telugu                  : Ninnu premistunnanu

                        : Neenu ninnu pra'mistu'nnanu

                        : Nenu ninnu premistunnanu

Thai (formal)           : Phom rak khun   (male to female)

                        : Phom ruk koon       ( " )

                        : Ch'an rak khun  (female to male)

                        : Chun ruk koon       ( " )

Thai                    : Khao raak thoe  (affectionate, sweet, loving)

Timerio                 : 1-80-17
Tswana                  : Dumela

Tunisian                : Ha eh bak
Turkish (formal)        : Sizi seviyorum

Turkish                 : Seni seviyorum
                        : Seni begeniyorum  ("I adore you")

                                          (g has a bar on it)

                        : Senden ho$laniyorum (Sound of '$' is like 'sh'

                                 in English.  Must be a point under 'S'.

                                 The 'i' must be without a point.)

Twi                     : Me dowapaa

Ukrainian               : Ya tebe kokhayu

                        : Ja tebe kokhaju (real true love)

                        : Ja vas kokhaju
                        : Ja pokokhav tebe

                        : Ja pokokhav vas
Urdu                    : Main tumse muhabbat karta hoon

                        : Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai

                        : Mujge tumae mahabbat hai

                        : Kam prem kartahai
                        : Mujhe tum se piyaar hai (pronounced:

                          "mujhei' Oo'm se' piya'r ha'e")

                        : Mujhe tum se muhabbat hai (pronounced:

                          "mujhe'i Oo'm se' mohub:u'th ha'e",  th  as

                          in bath)
                          ' = stressed syllable, Oo' =  o  like in bold


Vai                     : Na lia
Vdrmldndska             : Du dr gvrgo te mdg

Vietnamese              : Anh ye^u em   (male to female)

                        : Em ye^u anh   (female to male)

                        : Toi yeu em
Volapa"k                : La"fob oli

Vulcan                  : Wani ra yana ro aisha


Welsh                   : Rwy'n dy garu di
                        : Yr wyf i yn dy garu di (chwi)

Wolof                   : Da ma la nope
                        : Da ma la nop (da ma'lanop)


Yiddish                 : Ikh hob dikh lib
                        : Ich libe dich

                        : Ich han dich lib
                        : Kh'hob dikh lib

                        : Kh'ob dikh holt
                        : Ikh bin in dir farlibt

Yucatec Maya            : 'in k'aatech  (the love of lovers)

                        : 'in yabitmech  (the love of family, which

                                          lovers can also feel; it

                                          indicates more a desire to

                                          spoil and protect the other

                                          person)

Yugoslavian             : Ja te volim

Zazi                    : Ezhele hezdege (sp?)

Zulu                    : Mena tanda wena
                        : Ngiyakuthanda!

Zuni                    : Tom ho' ichema



Explanation of Languages

------------------------
Afrikaans       -> spoken by people of Dutch heritage in South Africa

Alentejano      -> dialect of Portuguese spoken in the Alentejo region

                   of Portugal (the part of the country south of the

                   river Tagus). I have put the entry here because

                   I have received different information from several

                   people.  I would like to hear from someone who is

                   from Portugal to clear up this matter.  I do not

                   wish to offend anyone over this.

                   Alentejano : Gosto de ti, porra!

                                (pronounced "Go'stu de' ti', po^rra!")

Alsacien        -> French/German dialect (live in France, but speak

                   like Germans)
Amharic         -> Official language spoken in Ethiopia.  Just one of

                   over 80 languages spoken there.

Apache          -> North American Indian Nation rangeing from the plains

                   states to the eastern Rocky Mountains and from the

                   Canadian to Mexican borders
Arabic          -> language spoken in the Arab countries including

                   but not limited to Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan,

                   Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and

                   the region of Palestine.
Ashanti/Akan/Twi-> Ashanti is the most popular and predominate of

                   many dialects spoken in Ghana.  The Ghanan language

                   is generally refered to as either Akan or Twi.

Assamese        -> language spoken in the state of Assam, India

Bassa           -> language spoken in Africa

Batak           -> language spoken in the northern Sumatra province of

                   Indonesia
Bavarian        -> language spoken in the state of Bavaria, southern

                   Germany (actually a German dialect)

Bemba           -> language spoken in Africa

Bengali         -> language spoken in the state of West Bengal, India,

                   as well as almost all people of Bangladesh

Bicol           -> dialect spoken in the Philippines

Braille         -> The alphabet represented by patterns of raised dots.

                   It is 'read' by touch.
Cajun           -> French dialect spoken by people who migrated from

                   Acadia, Canada, to the Louisiana, USA, area.

                   Acadia is in an Atlantic province.

Cebuano         -> language spoken in Philipines near the town of Cebu

Cherokee        -> North American Indian tribe

Cheyenne        -> North American Indian tribe, part of the Apache

                   Nation
Chichewa        -> language spoken in Malawi, Central Africa

Chickasaw       -> North American Indian tribe (southeastern Oklahoma)

Creol           -> French dialect spoken by people from Haiti.  It is

                   basicly French with a little English and German.

Dusun           -> language spoken by the Dusun tribe, one of the largest

                   in North Borneo
Dutch           -> language spoken in the Netherlands and the provinces

                   of East- and West-Flanders, Antwerp, Limburg, and

                   Flemmish-Brabant, Belgium
Esperanto       -> The International Language. An 'artificial' language.

Farsi           -> language spoken in Iran.  Dialects of Farsi spoken in

                   Pakistan and Afghanestan.  Farsi is sometimes called

                   Persian.
Franconian      -> German dialect spoken by the citizens of Franken or

                   Franconia which is part of Bavaria in the area

                   around Nuremberg
French          -> language spoken in France, Canada, and the provinces

                   of Luxembourg, Namur, Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-

                   Walloon(Brabant of the Walloons), Belgium

Friesian        -> language spoken in northern Holland, northern

                   Germany, and in some parts of Denmark

                   (mainly west coast)
Gaelic          -> language spoken in Ireland

Gronings        -> Dutch dialect
Guarani'        -> one of the two official languages in Paraguay

Gujrati         -> language spoken in the state of Gujrat, India, and

                   Pakistan
Hakka           -> Chinese dialect from Manchuria

Hausa           -> language spoken in Nigeria

Hebrew          -> language spoken in Israel and by Jewish people

Hindi           -> language spoken in the northern states of India

Hopi            -> North American Indian tribe (southwest, Arizona)

Ibaloi          -> dialect spoken in the Philippines by the Igorot

                   natives, specifically the Ibaloi's

Ilocano         -> dialect spoken in the Philippines

Interglossa     -> An 'artificial' language invented by Lancelot Hogben,

                   circa 1940.
Kankana         -> dialect spoken in the Philippines by the Igorot

                   natives, specifically the Kankana-ey's

Kannada         -> language spoken in the state of Karnataka,

                   southern India
Kapampangang    -> Filipino dialect

  (or Pampangang)
Kikongo         -> language spoken in Zaire, Africa

Klingon         -> Spoken in Star Trek.  Proper term for the language

                   is "tlhIngan Hol".  The Klingon homeworld is

                   Qo'noS, in English it's Kronos.

Kpele           -> language spoken in Africa

Lao             -> language spoken in Laos and by the Laotian people

                   living in northern Thailand
Luo             -> language spoken in Kenya

Luxembourgish   -> language spoken in Luxembourg and in the border areas

                   in Belgium (Arlon), France (Thionville), and Germany.

                   A mixture of French and German, with the emphasis on

                   German.
Maa             -> language spoken in Africa

Malayalam       -> language spoken in the state of Kerala, India

Maltese         -> language spoken on Malta, a small independent island

                   in the Mediterranean Sea south of Italy with around

                   400,000 inhabitants.  Maltese is a mixture of Arabic

                   and Italian mostly.
Marathi         -> language spoken in the state of Maharastra, India

                   (Bombay is the capital city)

Marshallese     -> language spoken on the Marshall Islands

Mohawk          -> North American Indian tribe (New England, maybe one of

                   the Seven Nations/Iriquois?)

Mokilese        -> language spoken on Mokil and Ponape (Pohnpei)

Moroccan        -> language spoken in Morocco, North Africa

Navaho          -> North American Indian tribe (southwest)

Ndebele         -> language spoken in Zimbabwe

Nyanja          -> language spoken in Africa

Papiamento      -> language spoken on the island of Aruba

Portuguese      -> language spoken in Portugual

Pulaar          -> dialect spoken in Senegal by the Fulani people

Punjabi         -> language spoken in the state of Punjab, northern India

Quechua         -> language spoken by Incan Indians (South America)

Quenya          -> Elvish language invented by J. R. R. Tolkien for his

                   books.  Notably, "The Lord of the Rings".

Sammi           -> Language of an indigenous people living in Northern

                   Scandinavia.  Formerly known as Lapps.  They have

                   several dialects, but this is the main one, Northern

                   Sammi.  Their language is related to Finnish.

Shona           -> language spoken in Zimbabwe

Sinhala         -> Language of the non-Tamil (majority) people of

                   Sri Lanka.  Also spoken in Ceylon.

Sioux           -> North American Indian tribe (upper midwest)

Solresol        -> An artificial musical language composed of sequences

                   of notes on the diatonic scale (do, re, mi,...) sung

                   by name for comprehensibility to the tone deaf.  The

                   7 notes could also be mapped into colors so that

                   writing would be a series of colored squares.

South Africa    -> There are several official languages listed in the

                   Constitution of South Africa.  They are: Afrikanns,

                   English, Ndebele(Sindebele, isiNdebele), saLeboa,

                   Sesotho, Swazi(Siswathi, siSwati), Tsonga(Xitsonga),

                   Setswana, Tshivenda, Venda(Tshivenda), Xhosa(isiXhosa),

                   Zulu(isiZulu), Sepedi.
Swahili         -> language spoken by some indigenous tribes of East

                   Africa
Tagalog         -> dialect spoken in the Philippines

Tamil           -> language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India,

                   and in Sri Lanka(by a low percentage of the people),

                   Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritus

Telugu          -> language spoken in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India

                   (eleventh most spoken language in the world)

Timerio         -> An artificial language using only numbers.  The idea

                   was that each language has a different word for each

                   concept, so if the concepts were numbered, automatic

                   translation would be possible.

Tswana          -> language spoken in Africa

Twi/Akan        -> language spoken in Ghana.  See also Ashanti.

Urdu            -> language spoken in Pakistan and India

Vai             -> language spoken in Africa

Vdrmldndska     -> language spoken in the Vdrmland(Vaermland), Sweden,

                   region north of Lake Vdnern.The real Vdrmldndska

                   language is spoken to the northwest of Lake Vdnern

                   up to the border of Norway and in northern Vdrmland

                   around the town of Torsby by about 270,000 people,

                   90,000 of which consider it to be their mother

                   language.  It is a mixture of Swedish and Norwegian

                   with some borrowed words from the many Valloonian

                   people who went there to work as engineers in the

                   mining industry during the 17th century.

Volapa"k        -> An 'artificial' language invented by August Schleyer,

                   circa 1880.
Vulcan          -> Spoken in Star Trek by Mr. Spock and others from

                   the planet Vulcan
Walloon         -> literally Welsh(not English Welsh), a little used

                   French dialect with certain German influences

                   spoken in the provinces of Luxembourg, Namur,

                   Liege, Hainault, and Brabant-Walloon(Brabant of

                   the Walloons), Belgium
Wolof           -> dialect spoken in Senegal by the Wolof people

Yucatec Maya    -> language spoken by indigenous people of the Yucatan

                   peninsula in Mexico
Zazi            -> Kurdic dialect

Zuni            -> North American Indian tribe



a'              -> 'a' with the acute accent (') over it (ASCII code 160)

a"              -> 'a' with two dots (Umlaut)   (ASCII code 132)

a^              -> elongated vowel (e.g. 2 a's)

a~              -> accent aigu
e^              -> ^ above e

e'              -> 'e' with the acute accent (') over it (ASCII code 130)


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(no guarantee for correctness though....)


Something extra:



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Hindu: (Om Shanti, Symbol of Peace and Love and Oneness)


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