One of the most common questions I recieve. How to say ¨I love you in Russian?¨
Love somebody, love doing things and one more meaning!
When we want to talk about things we love doing, we shall use infinitive after the verb love. For example
I love to read. Я люблю читать.
I love to eat cakes. Я люблю кушать торты.
Notice, that the option with gerund (reading, swimming) is not very common. There are a few words which can be used in this phrase as gerund, but we can say the same with infinitive.
I love swimming.я люблю плавание.
It means you love swimming as a kind of sport, vs athletics, for an instance
But in every day conversations Russian prefer infinitives: to swim, to drink, to read.
In the russian language infinitives finish with ending –ть( сделать, узнать), -чь (помочь), -ти (пойти). So you can recognize them in a speech quite quickly.
What changing is the verb love – любить, according to pronoun, the subject, Who loves.
Read now those sentences to see how we connect the correct form ( I/He/They+love+infinitive)
You love to watch series. Ты любишь смотреть сериалы.
He loves to do sport. Он любит заниматься спортом.
She doesn’t love to cook. Она не любит готовить.
Do we love to travel? Мы любим путешествовать?
They love talking about politics. Они любят говорить о политике.
Do you love sitting with your phone? Вы любите сидеть со своим телефоном?
You have seen all types of examples: positive, negation and questions.
Let´s repeat. to make a negation, we just need a particle НЕ in front of the verb.
And to make a question, we change the intonation, but the sentence stays the same.
All right, that was pretty easy, wasn’t it?
Now we move to the nightmare of those who learn Russian cases.
When we love someone, this someone or something, whether it is first name, surname, pronoun or noun,, yeah, it will change as per table of cases. The case, which we use here, is called Accusative.
I love Shakira (Шакира). Ялюблю Шакиру.
You love Bred Pitt (БредПитт). Я люблю Бреда Питта.
It would be too much to put up here the cases of nouns. It is a article, not a teacherbook, right? So we will limit ourselves for today with the list of pronouns in Accusative Case ( Винительный Падеж)
(I ) я – меня
(you) ты – тебя
(You) вы – вас
(We) мы -нас
(He) он – его
(She) она – ее
(It) оно – его
(They) они – их
We don´t love her. Мы не любим ее.
Do you love me? Ты любишь меня?
If you haven’t got aquaintant with Russian cases, please, begin to explore right away but try to find the method to understand and memorize endings in a smart way. Please, subscribe to my podcast, read the articles or check on available courses. I am teaching how to hack the cases.
He loves music (музыка). Он любит музыку.
She doesn’t love me. Она не любит меня.
We love our summerhouse. Мы любим нашу дачу.
They love their new car. Они любят свою новую машину.
Do you love Russia?Вы любите Россию?
Most of learners make mistakes in cases. That is forgivable. But if you make mistakes both, in the verb love and a case, it will sound completely wrong and your partners in a conversation will struggle to understand who love whom, whether Bred Pitt loves you or you love him.
So what you can do – learn, drill those sentences force and backward, but they should make sence. Choose the sentence you like or better make your own, with the help of Russian native speaker, for example me. And then learn something what is true, 6 sentences about yourself and your friends, family.
My mom loves melodaramas. Моя мама любит мелодрамы.
Analyze the gender and form, if it is plural or singular, what is the name of case, what is the ending. Choose different forms and genders, to make this banch of sentences easy to recall and easy to repeat. You can start right now. Like that, step by step you can conquer Russian language.
And now the last part- another meaning of word Love. Ok, you say, what else wrong with those Russians, isn’t it enough that they made up 6 forms or more for each and every word?
Well, this time it is easier.
In English we can say I LOVE it! About anything, just to express our excitement. How do you find my new house? I LOVE IT!
In Russian it is not possible, you can not love what you see first time in your life. You can like it, you be excited, charmed, amused, surprised but not love it.
If you want to say I love your new parfum, simply say
Мне очень нравятся твои новые духи!
Какие духи у тебя!
How to use мне нравится, I am telling in another article.
Thank you for trying!
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