What's the meaning of "je t'envie"?
Is it "I want you" or "I am jealous of you"? Or both?
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Definitely no more the first one. While in the 19th century, envier has sometimes been used to mean "to desire", in current French, "I want you" would translate to j'ai besoin de toi or je te veux.
Nowadays, envier means something like "to regret not to be in someone's position, not having something someone has".
It is close but often slightly softer than être jaloux de quelqu'un. Être jaloux is a negative feeling while envier is more neutral.
Second but not necessarily in a mean or bad way it's more like wanting to be or have what someone is or has. It's also a little like jealousy however the way you're feeling, to desire or wanting someone would be, j'ai envie de toi, je te veux, tu me tentes vraiment (en québécois) or tu m'donnes le goût loll jte veux, tu me donnes vraiment envie, anyway I never even said j'envie cette personne. It's more like, j'aimerais vraiment être à sa place, it's more like a feeling and then you do the changes to be happy and wealthy and get whatever you think you envy that person for :)