“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.”
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)
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
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.
Dholuo: An gi yie kuomi/kuomu
Kalenjin: Ayani en inye
Kimeru: I ngu ngwtikia
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
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.