The Word Love in Various Language
We use “love” less than American. In normal life, we use the word LOVE as a noun or adjective. Such as……..Universal Love, Love letter. We don’t use it as verb like I love you!
Contemporary Chinese seems also not have many words to show love, just two verbs which equal to “love” and “like”. Last time I forgot to mention, actually there are also 青Ì˘£¨÷–“‚ expressing love, and ‘⁄∫ı only used to show the love to a person. Other than that we simply add adverb to show the depth. But ancient Chinese seems have many words for love. In comparison, I think English is more descriptive. There are many words are untranslatable to Chinese.
In regards to your question about love, it is very interesting in French. There is love or l’amour but to say you love someone you would say “j’aime” who ever it is… this is a tricky word because just like in /English we can use the word “aimer” to refer to people, books, pictures, food and so on, but if you want to say that you “like” someone that you’re dating, but you don’t want to say you ‘love’ them, you say “j’aime bien” because if you say it without the “bien” you are committing to another level of intimacy. Also, there are words, just like in English to use such as “adorer” -adore, which gives a much deeper feeling and expressions like crazy about them “Je suis folle/fou de…” which are ‘cooler’ for the younger kids. I can’t think of any other words at the moment, though I know that infatuation is the same word in French and an interesting thing that might spark a discussion in your group is that there is not a way to say: “to have sex” in French you “make love”- “faire l’amour” or you “f**k”- “baiser” or you “bang”- “niquer” (I think that’s how you spell it, I’ve never seen it spelled out). There is not a non-emotional way to say that; it’s either sentimental or violent.
mögen = to like
lieben = to love
gern haben = to like or love (but “du kannst mich gern haben” means “you can kiss my ass!” just more politely expressed)
lieb haben = to hold close (to one’s heart) or also to love
verb: have a great affection or liking for
noun: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection
verb: get pleasure from
verb: be enamored or in love with
noun: any object of warm affection or devotion
noun: a beloved person