How to say <i>I love you</i> in Italian: <i>ti amo</i> and <i>ti voglio bene</i>

How to say I love you in Italian: ti amo and ti voglio bene

Are you sure you really know how to say I love you in Italian?


Think about it for a while before answering. 🙂


All the people I have come across with, whether they we my students or not, didn’t get it right.


They had most likely heard of ti amo. Or they had looked it up in a dictionary or on an automatic translator.


In that case, ti amo is the first option that comes up. And the easiest one to remember.


As a consequence, they had ended up saying it to anybody. Without making any distinction.


It’s true, ti amo is correct and it’s the literal translation of I love you. So, why were all the people making a mistake by saying it?


Because ti amo is not the only way to say I love you.


There are, in fact, a couple of ways in which you can say that in Italian.


The first one is, of course, ti amo.


The second one is ti voglio bene.


As I said before, ti amo cannot be used with everybody. There are times when we have to use ti voglio bene.


And, let me tell you, you’re going to use ti voglio bene more often than ti amo.


So, would you like to know when to use ti voglio bene and when to use ti amo?


This conversation pill will give you a clear idea of when to use these two expressions.


Press and play and don’t forget to share your love with your dears.





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Gloria Spagnoli
Gloria Spagnoli
I help beginners of Italian take their first steps, speak from day one and learn Italian at their pace and by having fun.