Sunday, February 5, 2012

Day 5, Countdown to February 14, Love in any language

Valentine's Day has spread over the whole planet, touching the hearts of people in Japan, India, and South Africa.  You can borrow the word for "love" from anywhere in the world to express yourself in exotic languages and alphabets.   Some of these may have special meaning for the two of you:
Chinese "heart"

Korean "love"
Hebrew "love"

Georgian "love" [courtesy Alexander Mikaberidze]

On-line translation makes it simple to find the word you want.  You can write virtually any script using either a broad-edged nib or a brush, both of which you can buy as markers.  To learn the basics of every writing from Ethiopic to Mongolian, see my book Learn World Calligraphy, Random House.  

However you write it, you will find that there is a world of love beyond the English language.  


  1. Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for a wonderful blog. A quick note on the Georgian "love" - as you have it, the inscription refers to the verb "love" as in "I love somebody". "Love" as noun is written as it shown here:

    With best wishes,

    1. Many many thanks for the editing. This is what happens when I believe too uncritically in googleTranslate. I will correct shortly. And best wishes. M

  2. Very lovely drawing. I had it tattooed on my leg. Hope you don’t mind :)

    Br, Jan