I love you in German (emotions and feedback)
In this chapter you will learn how to express "Gefühle" (feelings) and "Emotionen" (emotions) in German!
How to say I love you in German?
In German, as in English, you can use "lieben" (to love) and "mögen" (to like) for persons, things and actions. But you should be careful of the context in which you use these. For example while it is common in English to refer to family members with "I love you" this use is not practiced in German. For family members you usually use "Ich habe dich lieb" (similar to "I hold you dear"), since "Ich liebe dich" mostly refers to romantic love.
Here are a few expression to signal affection in German:
|Ich liebe dich||I love you||
Romantic love mostly
Sometimes also for things or actions
(as in "Ich liebe Pizza" - I love Pizza)
|Ich habe dich lieb||I hold you dear||Family members / really close persons|
|Ich mag dich / das||I like you / that||For friends, things and actions|
|Du / Das gefällt mir||You / this pleases me (hard to translate phrase)||Usually if you like someone's style or when you do something for the first time|
- Ich habe meine Mama lieb - I hold my mom dear (in English more like: I love my mom)
- Er liebt seine Freundin sehr - he loves his girlfriend very much
- Ich mag Hunde - I like dogs
- Mir gefallen deine Schuhe - I like your shoes
List of emotions to describe feelings
The list below shows you possible answers for the question 'Wie geht's dir?' (How do you feel?).
|angewidert / empört||disgusted|
|wütend / sauer / böse||angry|
|verängstigt / eingeschüchtert / erschrocken||scared|
|fröhlich / zufrieden / glücklich||happy|
|freudig / erfreut||joyful|
|beschämt / sich schämen (verb)||ashamed|
|ängstlich / verängstigt||afraid|
|mürrisch / grantig||grumpy|
|erbärmlich / armselig||pathetic|
- Ich bin müde. (I am tired.)
- Er ist angewidert. (He is disgusted.)
- Sie ist fröhlich. (She is happy.)
- Wir sind verliebt. (We are in love.)
- Du bist nervös. (You are nervous.)
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