What is usually said when saying good night is: Ich hab dich lieb. Ich liebe dich. Ich habe dich lieb. The direct translation works of course but as in many things in German the meaning is in the context. It really takes the heart out of the word.
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A man writes ich liebe dich, which translates to "I love you" underneath a red rose. Let's jump in at the deep end. There are a few different ways to drop the l-bomb in German, and it is important to choose the one which strikes the right note. Ich bin in dich verliebt is definitely only for a lover, but it isn't as serious as Ich liebe dich.