How to Say "Love" in Hebrew
The Hebrew word for "Love" is Ahava (Ah-ha-vah.) But, love is more than just a word. It is an emotion that involves action and in Israel, where Hebrew is the national language, love is also a way of life!
Faith and Compassion are also Love
Israeli people are generous by nature. Most of them would give you the shirt off their back. There are theolgists who would argue that the Hebrew word Chesed (Khe-said) also means love. The definition of chesed is faithful, merciful and kind. While I wouldn't personally define this word as love, I would most definitely define it as a loving action.
Hebrew Names that Mean Love
The female name Ahuva comes from the Hebrew word Ahava and means beloved. Chaviva means dearly loved. These are common names in Israel.
A Symbol of Love
American sculptor, Robert Indiana, created a love sculpture that would become world renowned. It was even used on the United State's Post Office's first in the series of "love stamps."
In 1977, he created a Hebrew version for the Israel Musuem in Jerusalem, Israel. It stands proudly in the garden of the musuem.
In how many different languages can you say "love"?
How to say "I love you" in Hebrew
Because Hebrew is not gender neutral, I will break this down.
The Hebrew letter khet has a gutteral sound. It almost sounds like you are clearing your throat when you say it. It is very hard to write in transliteration as there are no English equivalents. When you see a "Kh" or "Ch", I am referring to that sound.
Girl to boy: Ani ohevit o-tkha. (Ah knee oh hev it oat kha)
Girl to girl: Ani ohevit o-tach (Ah knee oh hev it oat tach)
Boy to girl: Ani ohev o-tach (Ah knee oh hev oat kha)
Boy to boy: Ani ohev o-tkha (Ah knee oh hev oat tach)
Girl to more than one person: Ani ohevit o-tchem
Boy to more than one person: Ani ohev o-tchem.
Israel: where you will find the highest concentration of Hebrew Speakers.
Ahava Beauty Products
Ahava is the name of a beauty company that makes products from Dead Sea minerals. They have a wide line of products, including scrubs, lotions and soaps. They are sold all over the world and online. When you are in the shopping mall, you will probably see them in kiosks. They are also sold in many of the large department stores. The company began in 1988, when Ziva Gilad, a spa tech, came up with the idea of marketing Dead Sea mud. It started with one stand and generated into a million dollar business in its first year. It is a great product and highly recommended.
Many of the minerals from the dead Sea are thought to be beneficial to our health and have numerous restoratative powers. People visit far and wide to avail themselves of these powers.
You Don't Have to Speak a Language to be able to say a few Phrases
Your reason for learning another language will determine just how far you will go with it. If you are travelling to another country or have friends who speak a different language, you may just want to learn enough to say a few key things. You may just be on a mission to be able to say a particular word or phrase in as many languages as you can! Whatever your reason, you may be interested in a little bit of history as well. In my hub, Commonly Used Hebrew Words and How to Say Them, I go into a bit more detail on the Hebrew language.
I leave you with the most famed rendition of an already famous Israeli Love Song!
Questions & Answers
Can I also use the word Ahava when talking to my child?
Yes. Just as we use the word love in English, we can use Ahava in the same wayHelpful 5
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