Arabic is one of the most romantic languages. It has at least 11 words for love and each of them conveys a different stage in the process of falling in love.
Let's explore expressions of love in Arabic…
Habibi or Habibti (حبيبي/حبيبتي)
In Arabic, habibi (masculine) and habibti (feminine) means “my love”. Arabs use this as the most common expression of love - for friends, family, and sometimes, even strangers.
Rohi means “my soul mate”. So calling someone rohi means you’ll love them a lot longer than your life - for eternity.
A beautiful word which means my life. The addresse is supposed to so special or be very dear to the speaker. This term is equal to darling, sweetheart or love.
Meaning my eyes. Eyes are considered to be a treasure in the Arab world. So, calling someone eayni means you’ll treasure them forever.
The universal sign for love is, of course, the heart. Thus, with that in mind, it’s only natural to call somebody albi or “my heart”. Plus, everybody knows that your heart, like your love, is something you can’t live without.
Ma Atyaback or Ma Atyabeck (ما أطيبَك /ما أطيبِك)
This is the equal to saying “How cute are you?” in English. It’s used much the same way: when somebody does something that you find cute, you’d say ma atyaback or ma atyabeck.
Bahlam Feek or Bahlam Feeki (حلمت بك/ حلمت بك)
When you’re in love, it’s common to say things like you’re dreaming of your significant other. Bahlam feek (to male) or bahlam feeki (to female) is translated to I’m dreaming of you or you’re in my dreams.
Ya Amar (يا قمر)
Comparing someone to the moon is one of the most romantic ways of expressing love in Arabic. It’s the bright light shining on a dark night. ‘Ya amar” means “the moon” and it is a beautiful way to express love.
Because one way to say “my life” is not enough, Arabs also use the word omri, which also directly translates to “my life,” but also “my darling.”
Literally meaning, “bury me”. it means you hope that they put you in the ground before them because you couldn’t bear living without them.
Wahashtini means “I miss you” and it’s a famous saying among Egyptians say to tell their beloved how they feel the minute they are apart from each other.
Ana Bahebak or Ana Bahebik (أنا بحبَك/ بحبِك)
Finally, there’s the simple tried and true straightforward way to say “I love you” – ana bahebak (masculine) or ana bahebik (feminine).
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