What Is The Love Hand Sign? Expressing Love In Different Ways And Languages

By: Sarah Fader

Updated August 28, 2020

Medically Reviewed By: Stephanie Beebe, MSW, LISW-S

There are many ways to express love. Regardless of what language you speak, there is a way to communicate this phrase. American Sign Language (ASL) has similar linguistic properties to languages that are oral or spoken languages. ASL is a form of sign language and it is the primary language of people who are deaf or hearing impaired in North America. It allows people to speak and communicate using their hands. It's a visual language that is extremely important to learn and understand. Language isn't limited to auditory speech. We can communicate in a variety of ways, including with our hands. In this article we are going to examine many ways to show love to another human being. Some of those include words, while others are about actions. Let's explore ways that we communicate love to the people in our lives that matter.

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Love Signs

Did you know there is a love hand sign? It's a way to express that you care vehemently for another person. There is a specific sign that allows you to say "I love you" with ASL. The way that it works is that a person puts their thumb and index finger up as well as their pinky finger while leaving their ring finger and middle finger down. They hold their hand outstretched with their palm facing out and move that palm back and forth in a subtle manner. The sign is a way for a person to say, "I love you," and it's very powerful. Saying "I love you" expresses a very passionate emotion and helps us to meet a need that we all have as human beings, which is to feel loved and cared for. You don't have to be deaf or hard of hearing to use the "I love you" hand sign, and in fact, many hearing individuals learn this sign in sign language courses or through other means. Sign language is an extremely valuable language in our society. Whether you're a member of the deaf community or you are someone who works as an interpreter in ASL, sign language is a meaningful way to express oneself.

Loving People in a Variety of Languages

"I love you" is a powerful statement, and sometimes, it may feel overused. It's a shame, because loving someone on a fundamental level is one of the most rewarding experiences. People experience different kinds of love, whether that's romantic love, love for our friends, love for our families, or another forms of platonic love. Saying "I love you" is a deeply meaningful, serious, and beautiful thing. While the statement can be used lightly, it's important to spread love knowing that another person is hearing you. in romantic situations, most people prefer to wait a while to say, "I love you" and reserve it for when they really know they're in love. Love is an important part of our lives as human beings, and there are many ways to express love in different languages. Here are some of them:


In French, "I love you" is "Je t'aime." People often romanticize European culture, including French culture. People think of Paris as a place where love is in the air, and it's often referred to as "the city of love." You can express loving someone using language alone; it doesn't need to be through overt gifts or ostentatious actions. Love is a genuine feeling we want to share with another human being.

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In Arabic, you can say "ana bahebak." There are roughly 420 million people that speak Arabic in the world, and it's spoken in most Arab nations. The arabic culture is somewhat conservative, and it's common for people to refer to it as "modest" due to the way that Arabic women dress in a covered manner. However modest you are love is something that you're likely to want to express effectively. Arabic women are strong, passionate, and can declare love to their partners in a way that feels powerful to them, and many of them are feminists. Using the words "I love you" or "ana bahebak" exemplifies romantic love and a love for friends and family as well.


In Greek, you can communicate your love for someone by saying "Se agapó." In ancient Greek philosophy, Socrates looked at the idea of love. It was more analytical than it was emotional.

There are said to be three tenants of persuasion, "ethos," "logos," and "pathos". Ethos is the emotional component, and when Socrates philosophized on love, he examined various tenants of what that might be. He often said "mou leípeis" to his wife Xanthippe, which means "I miss you," and she felt loved when she heard those words. Ancient greeks consistently examined love and what it meant.


"Ti amo" is how you say "I love you" in Italian. Italian is a romance language that stems from Latin. Other romance languages include but aren't limited to French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian. "Ti amo" just sounds beautiful, doesn't it? If your partner is a native Italian speaker, hearing these words from them might just make you melt.


In Hebrew, you say "ani ohev otakh". Love dates back to the Old Testaments where a variety of different characters say these words, and it's a strong emotion. Many biblical allegories refer to this statement. Love is a lifelong commitment; it's not just about feeling that warmth inside your chest, but a pure expression of how you feel about someone.

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When speaking Tagalog, you'd say "mahal kita". Tagalog is the main dialect of the Philippines. Regardless of if it's used to communicate your love for a romantic partner or family, "mahal kita" is a meaningful way to express love.


In Spanish, you'll say "te amo". Spanish is a beautiful and passionate language that offers many ways to communicate your like, strong like, or love for others. It's a short phrase that communicates a strong beautiful emotion. It's amazing how two small words can hit home.


"Ich Liebe Dich" is the way to say "I love you" in German. While it's sometimes referred to as a harsh-sounding language, it's actually extremely beautiful, and this phrase is an excellent display of that fact.

The Love Languages

There are so many ways to communicate that you're in love with another person. There are a variety of manners to show that you deeply value time with a loved one. Whether you're expressing love through ASL or any other language, it's a beautiful thing. It's one of the many ways to confirm to your partner that you care for them. In addition to expressing love through visual or verbal communication, you can go down a number of routes to show your passion. According to Gary Chapman, author of the New York Times bestseller "The 5 Love Languages," there are five love languages acts of service, words of affirmation, spending quality time together, giving and receiving gifts, and physical touch. Many people overlap in these love languages and it's not just one that means "I love you" to a person. It's important to speak with your partner about their love language and see what resonates the most for them because there are so many different ways to communicate love and your bond with other people.

Words of affirmation, for example, might be your partner's love language, and in that case, you might say things like "I appreciate you" or leave them handwritten notes. Gift giving is about thinking of your partner and providing small tokens of affection. Acts of service would be gestures that communicate love - maybe, that means picking up a package from the post office, making an appointment or phone call for someone if they have social anxiety, or changing a tire on someone's car. Quality time is transparent; it means spending good time with your partner and showing that you like to be around someone. Physical touch is showing love through gestures such as kissing, giving someone a back rub, and so on. Each of the five love languages describe ways that you can give and receive love.

Counseling can Help You Feel Loved

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Love is a simple yet nuanced emotion. We all want to be loved, and sometimes it's not easy to ask for that need to be met. There are moments when it's not easy to express love for another person. Maybe you have endured trauma, and find it difficult to feel a bond with someone you love. That's where therapy can help. Whether you see an individual counselor in person or you see an online therapist, counseling can help you learn about yourself, build confidence, and work through issues in interpersonal relationships. Learning to love yourself is important. Once you feel stable in the love that you have for yourself, the better your relationship with your partner will be.

Another option is online counseling for couples. It's important to be able to communicate to your partner that you love them and it's equally crucial to receive love from others. No matter what language you speak or through what avenue you use to display your affection, it makes a difference. The online counselors at BetterHelp care about you and your self-love and will be able to help you communicate love to a partner. Search the network of counselors at BetterHelp today.


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