What Is The Love Hand Sign? Expressing Love In Different Ways And Languages
By: Sarah Fader
Updated October 14, 2021
Medically Reviewed By: Stephanie Beebe, MSW, LISW-S
There are many ways to express love. Regardless of what language you speak, there are ways to communicate your love to others using hand gestures. American Sign Language (ASL) has similar linguistic properties to languages that are oral or spoken. ASL is a form of sign language, and it is the primary language of people who are deaf or hard of hearing in North America. It allows people to speak and communicate using their hands. Since it is a visual language, it allows many people to express their love. Despite what you may believe, 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 to us.
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 and 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" is a special phrase that can be applied in different contexts to show that you care for them. You don't have to be deaf or hard of hearing to use the "I love you" hand sign, and in fact, many individuals may learn this sign from friends, school, or sign language courses. Sign language is an extremely valuable language in our society. Whether you're a member of the deaf community, have a loved one you’d like to communicate within that way, or you’re 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, though some people feel as though it’s used too often. It's a shame because loving someone on a fundamental level is one of the most rewarding experiences in life. People experience love in different ways, whether romantic love, love for our friends, love for our families, or other forms of platonic love. Saying "I love you" is a deeply meaningful and beautiful thing. While the statement can be utilized in different contexts, it's always important to spread love knowing that another person understands the feelings that you’re expressing.
In romantic situations, most people prefer to wait a while to say, "I love you," until they really know they're in love and would like their relationship to take a serious step forward. 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 view French as a very beautiful and romantic language. 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.
In Arabic, you can say "ana bahebak." There are roughly 420 million people who speak Arabic globally, and it's spoken in most Arab nations. All languages use special inflections and tones to communicate feeling and authentic emotion. 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. Many poets, philosophers, and writers existed in ancient Greece, and they were often fascinated with love and how it shapes the world. Though love - as a concept - is always evolving, many people during that time expressed feelings you may relate to up until this day.
"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" is a beautiful phrase. If your partner is a native Italian speaker or enjoys hearing you speak Italian, hearing these words from them might make you melt.
In Hebrew, you say "ani ohev otakh". Love dates back to the Old Testament when a variety of different historical figures said these words. Love is a strong, meaningful emotion that can affect the mind, body, and soul. Many biblical allegories refer to a feeling of warmth inside your chest and a pure expression of how you feel about someone.
When speaking Tagalog, you'd say "mahal kita". Tagalog is the main dialect of the Philippines. Whether 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 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 extremely beautiful, and this phrase is an excellent display of that fact.
The Love Languages
There are many ways to communicate that you love or that you're in love with another person. Whether you're expressing love through ASL or a different language, allowing yourself to care for another person deeply is a truly beautiful thing. For many couples, saying “I love you” (no matter what language they say it in) is a way to continuously affirm and reassure each other of their commitment to one another.
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 ways many people like to receive love. Though most people enjoy a combination of ways to feel loved by their partner, most people have certain ways that resonate more than others. The 5 Love Languages are acts of service, words of affirmation, quality time together, giving and receiving gifts, and physical touch. It's important to speak with your partner about their love language and see what resonates the most for them. Understanding their favorite ways to give and receive love can help you form a stronger connection and bond.
Words of affirmation, for example, might be your partner's love language. In that case, you might say things like "I appreciate you" or leave them handwritten notes that tell them exactly how much you care about them and why. 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 shows love through gestures such as kissing, giving someone a back rub, or even placing a hand on their arm when you can sense they’re feeling overwhelmed. Each of the five love languages describes ways that you can give and receive love.
Counseling Can Help You Feel Loved
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 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. The more stable you feel in your love for yourself, the better your relationship with your partner will be.
Another option is online counseling for couples. It's important to communicate your love to each other in a way that makes you both feel good. No matter what language you speak or 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 help you communicate love to a partner. Search the network of counselors at BetterHelp today.
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