Ted Foss, the associate director of the Center for East Asian Studies, was consulted for the Chicago Tribune‘s look at the phrase “I love you” as it is used in Japan. Turns out, the Japanese don’t like to use the phrase, preferring to invent proclamations that better reflect their individual relationships.
From the article:
“There is a verb for love in Japanese,” said Ted Foss, the associate director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. “But you wouldn’t get a card that says, ‘I love you.” It might say, ‘I like you very much’ or ‘You’re all that I need.’”
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