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Sep 24 2014

18 ways to say I believe in you

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“I believe in you.”

A powerful statement not often spoken. It offers up a pure form of confidence in the people who need it most.
In this blog post, we will show you how to write this powerful statement in 18 languages. You can even send one of these translations in a note to your sponsored friend.


Luganda is a major language spoken in Uganda. In Luganda, “I believe in you” translates to “Nkukiririzaamu.”

Ugandan parents

Michael and Proscovia, whose son is sponsored through Unbound, are native Lugandan speakers.


In India, several main languages and numerous indigenous languages are spoken. Telugu is spoken in the southeastern region of India, and Tamil is spoken throughout South India as well as in neighboring Sri Lanka and other countries. Hindi is spoken primarily in Northern and Central India, and is the primary official language of the Indian government, along with English.

Telugu: Nenu Ninnu Nammutunnanu

Tamil: நான் உன்னை நம்புகிறேன் (Naan unnai nambugiraen)

Hindi: मैं तुम पर विश्वास करता हूं (Mein tum per vishwas kartha hoon)

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in India draws people from around the country and world. Visitors to the famed monument hear many languages spoken there.

The Philippines:

In the Philippines, there are more than 150 languages spoken. Most of them are part of the Malayo-Polynesian language family, including the national language of Filipino. Filipino is mostly based on Tagalog, the language spoken in and around Metro Manila. English, Spanish, Arabic and Chavacano, a Spanish Creole created through the many years of Spanish influence in the Philippines, are also among the languages spoken.

Filipino: Naniniwala ako sa iyo

Bisaya: Gapati ako sa imo

Chavacano: Ta cre yo contigo

Filipino students

Children in the Philippines are taught in English and Filipino.


There are many ethnic groups in Kenya, and most of them have their own language. In fact, more than 50 different languages are spoken in Kenya. To help make communications among fellow countrymen and countrywomen easier, schools use English as the primary language of learning.

Kikuyu: Ninguitikitie

Swahili: Nakuaminia

Dholuo: An gi yie kuomi/kuomu

Kalenjin: Ayani en inye

Luhya: Nakhwamini/Nakhusubila

Kimeru: I ngu ngwtikia

Kenyan students

Classmates and sponsored children Diana and Celestine work on homework together.

Central and South America:

While Spanish is spoken throughout much of Central and South America, with Portuguese spoken in Brazil and other areas, Guatemala has another distinct language among those of Mayan descent. Kaqchikel is an indigenous Mesoamerican language and a member of the Mayan languages family. It is spoken by the indigenous Kaqchikel people in central Guatemala.

Spanish: Yo creo en ti

Portuguese: Eu acredito em você

Kaqchikel: Ya ti nimaj

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Jennifer is a sponsored girl in an area of Guatemala where the Kaqchikel language is spoken.

Jennifer and others teach you how to say “hello” in Kaqchikel in this video.


As a former French colony, there is still plenty of French to be found in Madagascar. But the main language spoken today is Malagasy, which is part of the Malayo-Polynesian family.

Malagasy: Matoky anao aho

French: Je crois en vous

Check back on October 1 for information about our new Voices of Unbound: Madagascar CD.

Malagasy singers

The Malagasy language is even more beautiful when lifted in song.

3 thoughts on “18 ways to say I believe in you”

    1. Thank you for your question, Jeff! After checking with a staff member from our Antipolo project, she let us know that “I believe in you” is “Mamati ak Kenka” in Ilocano. I hope your sponsored friend gets a kick out of your new language skills!

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