So How Many Love Languages Are There?

I’m definitely not a love expert, but when I heard about the book The 5 Love languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman, I was intrigued.

What happens to love after marriage?  Why do so many marriages fail so quickly after the knot is tied?  Mr. Chapman, who does marriage counseling and leads  marriage enrichment seminars, believes there is an overlooked fundamental truth — people speak different love languages.  He says “Your emotional love language and the language of your spouse may be as different as Chinese from English.”  He has identified five emotional love languages — Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.  There are also many dialects — “The number of ways to express love within a love language is limited only by one’s imagination.  The important thing is to speak the love language of your spouse.”

This book was originally published in 1992 and claims over 11 million copies sold.  There is no word on how many marriages it may have saved.

The Table of Contents and excerpts are available at


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