Valentines Day falls on February 14 every year. The real history of Valentine’s Day is a little confusing. It began as two different pagan festivals that were later adopted by the Catholic Church as an entirely separate festival honoring two men (both named Valentine, who were executed on Feb. 14 in two different years, by a Roman emperor) who were later declared Saints. So while the story of Valentine’s Day has some dark and unclear origins, today we exclusively celebrate the holiday to spread love and fond wishes (and little candy hearts).
The people of Earth speak a multitude of languages. What languages do you speak? How do you say “I love you” in your native language? Do you know how to say “I love you” in any other languages?
Here is how we say “I love you” in some of the world’s most widely spoken languages. You can look up videos online for instructions on how to pronounce these words. Can you match the languages to the countries whose people speak them? Can you find those countries on a world map?
Chinese: Wǒ ài nǐ
Spanish: Te amo.
French: Je t’aime
Japanese: Watashi wa, anata o aishiteimasu
Hindi: Main tumase pyaar karata hoon
Russian: Ya lyublyu tebya
Portuguese: Eu te amo
Bengali: Āmi tōmāẏa bhālōbāsi
Today, we are going to make a Valentine’s Day card in ASL – which is short for American Sign Language. ASL is the beautiful language that people who are hearing impaired “speak” with their hands.
Materials & Instructions
- Colored paper – one sheet in your flesh color and one in the color you want for the card’s background.
- Markers, crayons, pens, etc.
- Glitter or other decorations (optional)
- Trace your hand and a little bit of your wrist on a piece of paper the color of your skin.
- Cut it out.
- Fold the other colored piece of paper in half to make the card.
- Glue just the palm of the hand and the wrist section to the card, leaving the fingers loose.
- Now, place a tiny dot of glue on the tip of the pointer finger, pinkie, and thumb, and glue those fingers in place.
- Fold (don’t crease) the middle two fingers down to the palm of the hand and, using a small drop of glue on the very tip of each of those fingers, attach them in place to look like the picture.
- Now add your own message of love to the inside and outside of the card and give it to a person you love!