How to say “I love you” in Chamorro

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Traditionally, to say “I love you” in Chamorro or even to just generally express one’s love for someone has always been confined to intimate situations or occasions. But as Chamorros have become more exposed to American media and culture, it is becoming more accepted to say it more often and

How to say “I love you” in Chamorro

There are a few ways to say “I love you” in Chamorro. One of the most common ways is to say:

Hu guaiya hao

“Hu guaiya”, literally means “I love you” and is the most common way to express your love for someone in Chamorro. The word guaiya is the verb for “to love” and can be used in more than one way as can be seen in the next expression.

Mangguaiya yo’ nu hågu

This also tells someone that you love them but the understanding is a little different. The expression can be used by family members to state that they love and care for someone. In a romantic sense, it is used by someone to express to someone that they are “in love” with them.

Examples in Chamorro Music

The following are examples of Chamorro songs that express “I love you” in Chamorro. The first song is Johnny Sablan’s U Guaiya Hao, which here the hu is written colloquial style. The second song is Hågu i Rason i Lina’lå’-hu, “you are the reason for my life”, by KC Deleon Guerrero.

The song U Guaiya Hao by Johnny Sablan.

The song Hagu i Rason i Lina’la’-hu by KC Deleon Guerrero.

Other Ways to Express Your Love

While actually using the word “love” is the most common way in most languages, there are other expressions that also accomplish the same thing.

Hågu i Rason i Lina’lå’-hu

Like the song says, you are the reason I exist, the reason I wake up every morning. With a sentiment like that, you’d probably follow this up with the next phrase.

Tåya’ yo’ sin hågu

Literally, “I am nothing without you”, so do I need to say more?

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