How to Say “I Love You” in American Sign Language

In Amsterdam they may say “Ik hou van je.” In Paris, they most certainly say “Je t’aime.” In Albania, they’ll say “Te dua,” and in Zulu, “Ngiyakuthanda!” It’s the phrase we know as “I love you,” and this is how you can say it in American Sign Language (ASL).


[Edit]Signing “I Love You”

  1. Point to yourself.[1]
  2. Make a gentle fist with both hands, and cross them over your heart as if you’re hugging somebody close.
  3. Point to your loved one.
  4. Put the steps together all at once, and say, “I love you!”[2]

[Edit]Signing “I Love You” Alternatively

  1. Make a fist. Don’t make it too tight, and smile when you do it—you’re about to tell somebody something wonderful.
  2. Lift up your pinky finger. This creates the sign language symbol for the personal pronoun “I.”[3]
  3. Lift up your index finger. This would resemble horns with the two fingers. Unless you’re ready to rock, move quickly to the next step![4]
  4. Lift up your thumb. The index finger and thumb create the letter “L,” and the pinky finger in concert with the thumb creates the “Y.”[5]
  5. Put the steps together all at once, and say, “I love you!”[6]



  • Perform this act to someone you love.
  • Hold your palm facing away from you when you do this.
  • Make sure you have the thumb out. If not, this means (to some people) “rock on!

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