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September 22, 2018 1st Anniversary Wishes 5 comments

Many married couples will probably tell you that they've never been told “I love It's worth noting that there are pretty much only two ways to say “I love you” in.

Love is in the air!

Yell it loud and proud!

Express it with romantic phrases!

Isn’t love wonderful?

Maybe you’re planning to drop the L-bomb to a beloved who speaks Japanese. Or perhaps you simply want to broaden your vocabulary just in case you do find that special someone in Japan.

Whatever your reason, expressing love in Japanese is an important language and cultural milestone.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of ways to say “I love you” in Japanese!

But first, let’s look at some differences between expressing love in the West and in Japan.

Some Cultural Notes on Saying “I Love You” in Japanese

Before you start proclaiming your love left and right, it’s important to understand certain cultural norms in Japan when it comes to love and expressing affection.

Love in the West

In the West, especially the United States, it’s very easy to throw around the term “I love you” or “I like you” every which way.

We tell our friends we love them.

We tell our romantic partners and spouses we love them.

We tell our family members we love them.

While there’s still some touchiness about when to say those three little words in a relationship, Westerners express love and affection fairly easily.

Love in Japan

This is a little different in Japan. Many married couples will probably tell you that they’ve never been told “I love you” by their partner.

This isn’t to say Japanese people are cold and unloving. Quite the contrary: Japanese couples merely use the “show, don’t tell” rule. Married or dating couples in Japan opt to show their partners love through acts of service and loyalty rather than just telling them.

You’ll find that younger Japanese people say “I love you” more often than married couples.

In general, it’s rare to use such an expression among friends and family. That’s just the way things are. Language is interesting, isn’t it?

That being said, there are indeed several ways to express love and romantic interest in Japanese. It’s just a matter of using the right words for the right situation.

Lucky for you, we have 11 great ways for you to say “I love you” in Japanese.

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How to Say “I Love You” in Japanese: 11 Ways to Spread the Love

It’s worth noting that there are pretty much only two ways to say “I love you” in Japanese:

愛してる (あいしてる ) — “I love you,” pronounced “aishiteru”

大好き (だいすき ) — “I love…,” pronounced “dai suki”

It’s the combination of those words with levels of formality, other words in the sentence and the overall context that change the meaning.

In our list, we’ll highlight the right words to use for different circumstances. 

To hear the pronunciation of each phrase in Google Translate or Forvo, simply click on the phrase!

1. あなたを愛しています。(あなたをあいしています。) — I love you.

This term is rarely used in Japan. The way it’s worded, it almost sounds like a “final” goodbye.

Still, it’s good to know different ways of saying “I love you,” even if you don’t use them.

2. あなたに夢中です。(あなた に むちゅう です。) — I’m crazy about you.

This phrase is best used for someone you’re dating, notably during that “honeymoon” phase of being in a relationship. It’d be really strange if you said this to someone you’re not seriously involved with.

You may hear あなたに夢中です being used in Japanese dramas between two people who are desperate to confess their love to each other, but it really isn’t all that common of a phrase in real life.

3. 大好きだよ。(だいすき だよ。) — I really like you.

To non-native speakers, saying “I really like you” might sound like a love confession, but its meaning is closer to “I really enjoy being with you.”

Use this term when you’re interested in someone and would like to date them. It’s the safer way to ask, without scaring them away with words like “love.”

Note: Don’t say this to friends! Even if we may say “I really like you” to platonic friends in the West, this isn’t the case in Japan.

4. 好きだよ。(すき だよ。) — I like you.

This one is obviously very similar to 大好きだよ and the meaning is indeed about the same: that you really like someone.

The wording, though, is a bit less intense. If you’re a shy person, try using this phrase instead.

5. 好きやねん!(すき や ねん!) — I like ya!

Ah, Osakan Japanese. It’s such a fun dialect!

This is the Osakan and slang way to say 大好きだよ but with a bit more of a goofy, fun-loving vibe. If you’re digging an Osakan person, use this term to tell them.

6. …大好き!(…だいすき!) — I love…!

This phrase is used to talk about objects we love, whether it’s food, games, sports, art, music or whatever.

There’ll definitely be a time where you’ll need to express how much you adore sushi while abroad in Japan.

Simply precede this phrase with the subject of your love.

For instance:

焼き鳥、大好き!(やきとり、だいすき!) — I love chicken skewers!

Note: が (ga) or は (wa) may be used between 焼き鳥 and 大好き as a particle or subject indicator. But in colloquial Japanese, particles are often dropped.

7. 私はあなたが大好きです。(わたしは あなたが だいすき です。) — I love you.

This more formal way of saying “I really like you” leans more towards love. While the previous iterations dropped the pronouns, including 私は and あなたが makes this sound more formal and “proper,” raising the level of intensity.

Because of its level of formality, this isn’t appropriate to use until you’re seriously romantically involved with someone. Use this sentence when you’re in love with someone and want them to know.

8. 僕/私のこと好き?(ぼく/わたしの こと すき?) — Do you love me?

This is a playful way of asking someone if they like you. 僕 (ぼく) is mostly used by males and 私 (わたし) by females, so the form depends on the person who’s speaking.

The phrasing here is more childlike and playful, and it can be perceived in a few different ways depending on the situation: It might be a child asking if you love them, someone has a crush on you and wants to know if you like them back or someone you’ve been dating playfully picking on you.

9. 愛してるよ。(あいしてる よ。) — I love you.

This a big one.

Only use this expression if you’re already seriously involved with someone or married to them. And even then, don’t use it too often.

愛してる (あいしてる) is a colloquial expression for 愛している (あいしている).

10. まだ好きだ。(まだ すき だ。) — I still like you or I still love you.

Use this phrase if you’ve had some difficulty in your relationship and want to let your partner know you’re still on their team.

11. 結婚してください。(けっこん して ください。) — Please marry me.

This is the ultimate one, guys.

Naturally, only ever use this phrase when you’re actually proposing to someone.

By the way, it may be worth noting that proposing in Japan is no different than proposing in America. Get a ring and some flowers and get on that knee!

We bet these 11 ways to say “I love you” in Japanese will prove useful for you in the future. And now you’ll be able to avoid a serious 失言 (しつげん) — faux pas by using an inappropriate expression for the situation!


Emily Casalena is a published author, freelance writer and music columnist. She writes about a lot of stuff, from music to films to language.

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I’d been dating my boyfriend for a couple months when something curious happened…

My friends started asking a question I wasn’t prepared for.

“Have you said, ‘I love you’ yet?” They inquired hopefully, like children waiting for a baby bird to hatch.

“No,” I reported, “We haven’t.”

“Have you said it?” They followed up, over coffee.

“Still nothing?” They asked, on the line at Trader Joe’s.

To be clear, I was not concerned about this. But apparently, everyone else was.

After the umpteenth negative update, I started to feel like my relationship was a failure, when, by all other benchmarks, I would classify it as the best I’d ever known. My friends didn’t ask if this person showed up for me, or if he had the patience to get to know my particular quirks. They didn’t ask if his presence brought me peace or if we made up songs that no one else would find funny. They didn’t ask if I felt safe or comfortable or like the truest version of myself. (For the record, the answer to all of these questions is yes.)

More saliently, they didn’t ask if I felt loved. They only asked if I’d heard it.

Is this one phrase the barometer by which one measures the progress of a relationship? And why, in our contemporary culture, is speaking it (versus, say, actually demonstrating it) so very important?

Recent events aside, these are questions I’ve thought long and hard about over the years. In my limited experience, it’s clear that “love” is a word with too many interpretations. For some, it refers to an emotion, more of an “I adore you,” or a declaration of infatuation. For others, it’s a sign of commitment, weighed heavily and with care. For others, they really are just words, as informal as “I’ll call you,” and just as easy to disregard.

On The Bachelor, widely heralded as the model of sane and carefully considered romantic relationships, contestants are known to say things like, “I can totally see myself maybe someday falling in love with you.” That’s at least three generations removed from an emotion and definitely not a promise of care. Yet, time and again, they foretell that this all-important thing is totally maybe someday coming, lest their lover lose hope.

In my universe, people have said “I love you” as early as a second date. They have whispered it in their sleep. It’s been spoken and then rescinded. It’s been declared with the ultimate confidence, followed by a hasty exit. I once read that the average person says, “I love you” within the first 90 days of a relationship. Misguided overachiever that I am, I spent my twenties measuring every relationship by this standard. Like magic, around the three-month mark, it always came rolling along. It felt nice, sure, and in some cases serious. But what do those words actually mean?

In her book All About Love, bell hooks writes, “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet all the more astute theorists agree that we would all love better if we used it as a verb.” In other words, love is as love does. (Not, ah-hem, as love says.)

I posed this question to my friend, during the latest round of “Has it happened yet?” If the real meaning of love is action, why are we so hung up on the phrase?

“Because sometimes, you just need to f*cking hear it,” she replied.

It was a fair point.

Still, I’d argue that we’re just as inclined to hear different meanings as we are to speak them. Case in point: At the end of When Harry Met Sally, Sally tells Harry that she hates him, she really, really hates him. It is one of the best declarations of love I’ve ever heard, though the word “love” appears exactly zero times. To me, what she’s saying sounds pretty close to my own definition of love: I see you, I accept you, and I will do whatever I can to make your life better, because I so value your presence in mine.

For those of us who aren’t fluent in flowery, effusive proclamations, there are many other ways to communicate one’s feelings. We may share common words, but each of us speaks our own unique language. And sometimes, if we’re lucky, we can find someone who understands it.

And now, for the million-dollar question: What does the word “love” mean to you? When have you said it in relationships?

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Little things (like this!) mean a whole lot.

How strong is your communication with your partner? Do you find that the two of you text, email, nod at and grunt in reply to each other more than you typically have meaningful conversations with each other?

Admittedly, we all get caught up in our busy day-to-day lives, and often it's our most important communication, expressing our feelings of love for our partners, that pays the biggest price.

When we forget to say those three little words — 'I love you' — often enough and with full sincerity, even in the form of note scrawled with one of the best, most inspiring love quotes you can find, our connection with each other begins to suffer.

The connection in the relationship may start to weaken so slowly that we don't even notice as the distance continues growing.

RELATED: The 101 Best Inspiring Romantic Quotes For Men And Women In Love

In his New York Times Bestseller, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, marriage expert Dr. Gary Chapman urges couples to learn how to express their love for each other in the forms their partner gives and receives love most naturally, be it through physical touch, gifts, acts of service or devotion, quality time, or words of affirmation.

In particular, he stresses one important communication skill related to words of affirmation that all too often gets overlooked in our fast-paced digital society — and that method of connection is the written word.

Written — as in, with your hands and a pen a paper — not tapped with the tips of your fingers on the keyboard of your phone.

Think about it ... love letters used to be epic! They were tied with ribbon, stored in boxes for decades, and passed down through generations.

Don't worry, your expressions of love can be epic, too.

Just use this handy list of cute ways to say, "I love you" using the best, most inspiring and romantic love quotes to write the perfect love letter (even one you can put on a post-it note and stick to the bathroom mirror).

1. And the butterflies in my stomach will flutter.

"Sometimes I feel like my heart will burst with all of the longing and excitement I feel when I think of you." — Unknown

2. Every day more and more.

"They say you only fall in love once, but that can't be true ... Every time I look at you, I fall in love all over again." — Unknown

3. And then there and back again.

"I love you to the moon and back." — Amelia Hepworth

4. Our forever is going to be amazing

"With you, forever won't be too long." — Unknown

5. Your smile says it all.

"I never knew how joyous life could be, until I saw your face." — Unknown

RELATED: 100 Love Quotes That Say Exactly What 'I Love You' Means

6. You are everything I've ever had.

"She asked, 'You are in love, what does love look like?' To which I replied, 'Like everything I've ever lost come back to me.'" — Unknown

7. He broke the mold with you.

"When I see you, I think 'Good job, God!'" — Unknown

8. I have a million reasons.

"If you need to hear why I love you, I can go on all night." — Lucas to Brooke (One Tree Hill)

9. I want you around me always.

"I am consumed by the desire to be with you, to talk to you and to feel you near me." — Unknown

10. Not that I would even want too.

"I could search my whole life through and through and never find another you." — Unknown

RELATED: 40 Sweet Love Quotes That Will Make You Believe In Love

11. You are always with me.

"In case you ever foolishly forget: I am never not thinking of you." — Virginia Woolf

12. Like puzzle pieces.

"When you feel alone, just look at the spaces between your fingers, and remember that's where my fingers fit perfectly." — Unknown

13. And that person makes your world go round.

"Maybe you don't need the whole world to love you. Maybe you just need one person." — Kermit the Frog (aka Jim Henson)

14. You make me so happy.

"You are my world, gravity always pulls me toward you." — Unknown

15. Because you are that special.

"I'd rather argue with you, than kiss someone else." — Unknown

RELATED: 100 Beautiful 'I Love You' Quotes To Share With The Love Of Your Life

16. You are too precious to lose.

"There's something about you I'm scared to lose because I know I won't find it in anyone else." — "The Driver"

17. I would do anything and everything with you.

"Whatever you have to do today, I'm glad to be doing it with you." — Unknown

18. You are perfect to me.

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." — Jane Austen, Emma

19. And that will never change.

"You look great today. How did I know? Because you look great everyday." — Unknown

20. That will always be the moment my life changed.

"If, out of time, I could pick one moment and keep it shining, always new, of all the days that I have lived, I'd pick the moment I met you." — Unknown

RELATED: 50 Short, Romantic Quotes About Love To Share With Your Partner

21. Your laugh is my paradise.

"They told me to that to make her fall in love, I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs, I'm the one who falls in love." — Tommaso Ferraris

22. It's magical.

"At this very moment, my thoughts of you have me smiling. You do that for me ... did you know that?" — Unknown

23. I just want you by my side always.

"A piece of my heart is always missing when you’re not with me." — Unknown

24. I love you that much.

"I never wanted to have anything in my life that I couldn't stand losing. It's too late for that." — Unknown

25. You are indescribable.

"You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known — and even that is an understatement." — F. Scott Fitzgerald

So, there you have it — super sweet ways to put the words 'I love you' to paper and make the one you love smile!

It takes just a minute or two of your time to write these down on paper, but the feeling of being so deeply love that you'll give your partner will last far, far longer.

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Inspirational words on parenting from the beloved PBS series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, for new parents and those whose children are grown.

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Fred Rogers has long been a wonderful resource for parents, offering their children entertainment and education through his enduring television show. Now his special brand of good cheer and wisdom are brought together especially for parents in this newest book based on never-before-published works.

Many Ways to Say I Love You is a treasury of segments from speeches and observations from his years of working with parents and children, as well as other materials from books, songs, TV commentary, and more. Using stories from his own life, Mister Rogers discusses the importance of children and the role of parents....more

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