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How to Say “I Love You” in Asian Languages?

Posted by Sam N. on March 09, 2021.

White Valentine’s Day is coming, and everyone is excited to give their significant other boxes of chocolate or simply a card full of love messages. “I love you” is the best way to show our love to them and every country has its own beautiful way to say it.

Let us show you how people in Asia say “I love you” and maybe after reading this post, you will want to surprise your other half with numerous ways of saying “I love you” on this White Valentine’s Day?

1. Japanese

Aishite imasu (愛しています)

Japanese people have several ways to say “I love you” such as aishiteru (愛してる), aishiteru yo (愛してるよ), and aishiteru wa (愛してるわ).

I love you in Japanese

But nowadays, young Japanese generations prefer phrases aishite imasu (愛しています), and aishiteru yo (愛してるよ). These are also the two most popular ways to express love to other people, not only on Valentine’s Day but also on important occasions in modern Japanese society.


2. Korean

Saranghae (사랑해), saranghaeyo (사랑해요)

If you are a big fan of K-dramas or the Korean culture, you definitely know the phrase Saranghae (사랑해) or saranghaeyo (사랑해요). These are the ways Korean people express their love to their loved ones.

If you’ve met a Korean person for the first time, you can say saranghamnita (사랑합니다 ) to express your affection but still being polite and formal.


3. Chinese

wǒ ài nǐ (我爱你)

The phrase wǒ aì nǐ (我爱你) is the simplest way to say “I love you” in Chinese. It is considered as an expression of strong emotion for someone. It should be used to express a long-lasting love for someone in formal occasions.

I love you in chinese

For example, you could say wǒ aì nǐ (我爱你) to your life partner on your wedding day or your wedding anniversary.


4. Thailand

C̄hạn rạk khuṇ (ฉันรักคุณ) (to female), P̄hm rạk khuṇ (ผมรักคุณ) (to male)

Thailand people often use the above phrases to show their love for each other. “Chan rak khun” is for man to woman, while “Phom rak khun” is for woman to man.


5. Indonesian

Saya butuh kamu, Saya cinta kamu

The phrase “Saya butuh kamu” means that you deeply want your partner to be your husband/wife and want to live with him/her after ever. The Indonesian sees this saying as a simple but wonderful proposal in life.

Another expression of “I love you” in Indonesian is “Saya cinta kamu”. This means exactly “I love you” and is used to deliver love to your life partner.


6. Hindi

Main tumse pyar kartha hoon (मैंतुमसेप्यारकरताहूँ) (to female), Main tumse pyar karthee hoon (मैंतुमसेप्यारकरतीहूँ) (to male)

Remember that “Main tumse pyar kartha hoon” is not only for showing love to your girlfriend, but also used to express your love to your male family members such as your brother, your son and so on.


7. Tagalog

Mahal kita

This is the most common way of saying “I love you” in Tagalog. This sentence is not only for a couple or spouse but it is also a way for family members to share their love with one another. Grandparents can say it to their grandchildren or girlfriends say it to their boyfriends.


8. Vietnamese

Tôi yêu bạn, anh yêu em, em yêu anh

Vietnamese language has several pronouns to indicate the relationship between the speaker and the addressee. This is followed by numerous way to say “I love you” in Vietnamese. “Tôi yêu bạn” is a bit formal and can be used between friends. “Anh yêu em” or “em yêu anh” express a strong feeling for each other and the two sentences are often spoken by lovers or spouses as a way to give love.

Now you know how to show your love to others by saying “I love you” in different Asian languages. We wish you and your loved ones a great White Valentine’s Day!


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