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"like" problem


kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #1
I all the time have problem with "like"
cuz when I say: I like you (to a guy) - it means that Im attracted to him, isnt it?
but, in polish when you say: I like you, it doesnt have to mean that you are attracted to the person, it just means that you like the person as a person, character... we have other polish word for "like" as an attracted word

so when I say, I like you.. what do u think it does it mean? - this is a question to english native speakers

thanks
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
17 Jan 2007 /  #2
it could mean either you like him as a mate or you really like him.. as in you are attracted to him. It all depends on how you say it, with what emphasis and in what context.

You could say I really like you and would like to get to know you better... then he would probably get the message... but if you just say I like you.. he might think you mean just as friends... unless you follow this up with a huge snog (kiss) of course..
Ranj 21 | 948  
17 Jan 2007 /  #3
It depends on the context in which "like" is being said. I can tell I guy I like him without it being about physical/romantic attraction. Heck, many of my guy friends are told by me that I love them, but again it has nothing to do with romance.

I guess it's the same that it is in Poland.:)
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #4
but I noticed that sometimes when I say: I like you (and I mean as a person) people blush.. so probably I m doing something wrong..

in polish it is much less confusing
FISZ 24 | 2,116  
17 Jan 2007 /  #5
I like you should be followed by something ...because you're funny...or whatever you like about that person. It may make the message a bit clearer.
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
17 Jan 2007 /  #6
but I noticed that sometimes when I say: I like you (and I mean as a person) people blush..

Who are you saying it to and what nationality are they? maybe they are just shy? British people often arent as direct as Americans.. they have a tendency to not really say what they mean sometimes and guys often dont like talking about feelings...although not everyone obviously..
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #7
mostly they were english, welsh or australians... anyway, I find it very confusing that in english there is only one word for two things :)
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
17 Jan 2007 /  #8
mostly they were english, welsh or australians

blimey... you do like foreigners dont you :) agree with Fisz, better if you clarify why you like them.
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #9
yeah, I have some good friends around the world :) :)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Jan 2007 /  #10
I find it very confusing that in english there is only one word for two things

thats the wonder of the english language :)

one word can mean many things

many things can have the same word

good... innit...?

we could say, for the sake of argument, that it goes without saying that you like somebody's character by the very fact that you are happy to spend time with them... it doesnt really need to be said... if you actually tell then that you like them then the meaning given is normally a lot stronger...
Ranj 21 | 948  
17 Jan 2007 /  #11
if you actually tell then that you like them then the meaning given is normally a lot stronger...

or it could just mean you want to compliment them and make them feel good.:)
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Jan 2007 /  #12
true - i personally would use different words to compliment someone :)
ukinpoland 5 | 338  
17 Jan 2007 /  #13
Im a guy and ill be honest. If a guy likes you (like would like to be with you) and he hears you say you like him, it doesnt matter how you mean it He will probably start thinking it means you want him. Its a man thing. Maybe Im mistaken....
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
17 Jan 2007 /  #14
I wouldn't say I like you. It seems a childish thing to say. I would say something like: I enjoy your company, You're great fun to be with.
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #15
it's not childish, why you think so?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Jan 2007 /  #16
cultural connetations...

*i like you... youre really nice...*
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
17 Jan 2007 /  #17
it's not childish, why you think so?

You asked for a native speakers opinion. That's my opinion.

I like grandma, I like my dog, I like you, are the sort of phrases a child would use.

I like you, from an adult to another adult, can lead to a misunderstanding and hope of something more on the part of the reciever. This has been explained.

One of the problems with English language is: Not what you say, but how you say it.

I can say: 'I love you', and the other person will know that I'm just being nice.

If a foreigner says it it might not come out the right way.
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #18
hmmm, OK. thanks.
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
17 Jan 2007 /  #19
I agree with Mr W & Mr UKinPL, if you start telling English guys that you like them, they will get the wrong idea, its just best to say nothing really, people will know that you like them / enjoy their company by your actions.

Kaka most English women wont tell a guy that they like them until they have been dating for a while...its quite a statement to make to a guy.
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #20
as I said: in polish it is much less confusing :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
17 Jan 2007 /  #21
Just tell them in Polish then...so much easier :)
OP kaka 1 | 142  
17 Jan 2007 /  #22
I think I will just not use it anymore.... :) :)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
17 Jan 2007 /  #23
probably best - unless you know someone very well and you do have feelings for them.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
17 Jan 2007 /  #24
Just tell them in Polish then...

you dont have to tell them anything... if you are hanging out with them then its taken for granted that you like them...
Decorator 4 | 291  
17 Jan 2007 /  #25
I like my Keira Knightley !! do you think she'd get the wrong impression?

Oops i said MY Keira Knightley, see already i have the wrong impression myself,

Shame on me!!
ROZ 2 | 93  
18 Jan 2007 /  #26
I think people use the word like way too much..

Well, like I like to like go to the beach and like get a tan and like listen to music before I like, like take a nap. Like, ya know like what I mean?

:)
Amathyst 19 | 2,702  
18 Jan 2007 /  #27
Are you a scouser Roz??
globetrotter 3 | 106  
18 Jan 2007 /  #28
If he is can I have my hub caps back?
ROZ 2 | 93  
18 Jan 2007 /  #29
Are you a scouser Roz??

Hell no, I'm the Polish Mexican Dutchman :)

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