Japanese Love Phrases
All work and no play is no way to live your life. While you are studying up on your Japanese, why not learn a few Japanese love phrases to help you flirt a little, talk to that special someone, or even impress your significant other back home?
Here is a little vocabulary that will help you when dealing with matters of the heart:
ai – love
suki – like
daisuki – like a lot
It is important to note that Japanese people do not like to use the word “love” lightly. In English we say things like “I love my job,” “I love sleeping in on weekends,” or “I love hotdogs.” However, in Japanese culture, people would not say that. The Japanese word for love, “ai” is not something that is just thrown around so easily. It represents a deep and significant devotion.
If you don’t feel this kind of love, then don’t use “ai.” Instead use “suki” or “daisuki.”
Here are a few extra terms that may come in handy with Japanese love phrases:
koibito – lover
(used for both men and women)
kareshi – boyfriend (serious relationship)
kanojo – girlfriend (serious relationship)
bōifurendo – boyfriend (casual relationship)
gārufurendo – girlfriend (casual relationship)
Now here are some Japanese love phrases to help you communicate your feelings. I can’t make any promises though. Try these at your own risk.
Anata wa gārufurendo ga imasuka.
Do you have a girlfriend?
(replace “gārufurendo” with any words above as needed)
Watashi wa anata ga suiki desu
I love you
(This literally means “I like you.” In Japanese to say that you love someone is a very serious thing. Most Japanese people would rather express love through actions than words)
Antata o ai shiteimasu
I love you
(This is the formal and serious form of “I love you.” Don’t throw this around lightly.)
Anata wa utsukushii desu
You are beautiful.
(Use this when complimenting a woman)
Anata wa kakoii desu
You are good-looking.
(Use this when complimenting a man)
Please go out with me
Kinyoubi no yoru wa hima desuka
Are you free on Friday night?
(See the Japanese days of the week to customize this for any specific day)
Anata ga inai to sabishii desu
I miss you
(literally “You are not here so I am lonely”)
Take a few moments and memorize a few of these Japanese love phrases. Then you will be all ready to go out and have some fun this weekend.
Also don’t forget that body language is probably the best way there is to flirt or tell someone that you like them. You can memorize all the Japanese love phrases out there, but if your body isn’t sending the right message, then your “smooth moves” may not work out very well.
Try out some of these phrases and you’ll surly have some fun and maybe make a new “friend.” Just be sure not to make anyone cry…