Even though Japanese people are known as shy people,
there are some ways to express their LOVE feelings.Especially in the beginning of dating, they might send some signs of LIKE by some words and actions, but it’s difficult to know if you don’t understand their culture.
Because some Japanese people is very shy and also afraid of breaking their heart, so they won’t tell you “I love you” straight so easy.
Actually some people take YEARS to tell you!
This might sounds little weird but actually some people really do.
Today, I would like to introduce how to express “LOVE” in Japanese language and also how to identify when someone have a crush on you!
- I LOVE YOU in Japanese
- 10 romantic phrases to express your love
- 1. I love you with all my heart.
- 2. I want to be with you forever.
- 3. I am happy to be with you.
- 4. It's the first time I've loved someone so much.
- 5. I want to stay by your side.
- 6. I cannot stop thinking about you.
- 7. You are my sunshine.
- 8. I think I found a true love.
- 9. I think I will fall in love with you again in next life.
- 10. I think we are connected by a red string of destiny.
- Japanese Signs of LIKE
- Today's Summary
I LOVE YOU in Japanese
There are 3 basic ways to say “I love you” in Japanese.
1．愛してます (Ai shi te masu) Formal
愛してるよ (Ai shi te ru yo) Casual
愛してる (Ai shi te ru) very casual
私はあなたを愛しています。This is the basic English translation for “I love you” in Japanese”, but we usually omit the “I (私は)” and “you (あなたを)” parts.
You might hear this phrase in Japanese movies or comics. But this is not a common phrase to use so often in Japan.
Because it feels a little too deep for Japanese people to use this phrase in their daily lives. This phrase is suitable for a occasion when you propose to your loved one and express your deep love feelings to that person.
2．大好きです (Dai suki desu) Formal
大好きだよ (Dai suki dayo) Casual
大好き！ (Dai suki) very casual
This is the word that we commonly use on a daily basis in Japan when telling “I love you” to your boyfriend/ girlfriend, friends, family and pet, etc…
３．好きです (Suki desu) Formal
好きだよ (Suki dayo) Casual
好き (Suki) very Casual
English translation for 好きです is “I like you”. But you can use this one to express your affection when approaching someone in early days of dating!
Some people may meet someone at club or bar etc…and may play only overnight, that’s pretty normal in Japan, too. But if they want a serious relationship, they usually ask for a relationship with the following words to someone they like.
好きです。(Suki desu) / I like you.
/ Please be my girlfriend/ boyfriend.
This is the most common phrase to ask for a serious relationship.
Japanese people normally take some time to know each other to grow their love feelings, so if you tell them these phrases too quick, some people might think you are a playboy / playgirl.
If you are looking for a serious relationship, I recommend you to have dating with him / her at least 3 to 4 times before using these phrase.
10 romantic phrases to express your love
Would you like to try something more romantic?
Here are some romantic Japanese phrases to express your love.
1. I love you with all my heart.
心から愛してます (kokoro kara ai shite masu)
2. I want to be with you forever.
ずっと一緒にいたい (zutto issho ni itai)
3. I am happy to be with you.
NAMEといると幸せ (NAME to iru to shiawase)
4. It’s the first time I’ve loved someone so much.
(konnani dareka wo suki ni natta koto wa arimasen)
5. I want to stay by your side.
NAMEのそばにいたい (NAME no soba ni itai)
6. I cannot stop thinking about you.
(NAME no koto ga atama kara hanarenai)
7. You are my sunshine.
君は僕の太陽だ (kimi wa boku no taiyou da) male
8. I think I found a true love.
(shinjitsu no ai wo mitsuketa kigasuru)
9. I think I will fall in love with you again in next life.
(umarekawattemo kimi ni mata koi wo suru to omou)
10. I think we are connected by a red string of destiny.
(futari wa unmei no akai ito de tsunagarete iru to omou)
Before you approach someone with these words, you may want to know if that person is interested in you first. It may be helpful to know the common “like” signs of Japanese as below!
Japanese Signs of LIKE
When Japanese people have someone they like, their impressions and behaviors to that person will change.
Check if you see the following signs of LIKE from the person you like!
1. Eye contact
This is the basic sign of LIKE all over the world.
Eyes meet many times a day, yet as soon as they meet, look away from you or smile at you. Some girls might give you upward gazing at your eyes when speaking.
2. Body touch
Talk to you by tapping your shoulder in a situation where usually just speak to.
Touch your hair while complimenting.
Tap your face or back lightly from behind with their finger, etc…
These are very small actions but showing desire to touch someone they like.
Compared to other countries, originally Japan does not have much body touch culture like kiss, hug and shaking hands.
If you see a Japanese person who do a lot of body touch, it may be a playboy/ playgirl type person.
Be mindful if you are looking for a serious relationship!
Some Japanese people may compliment you a lot to make you feel happy.
Especially if you get a lot of compliment about both your looks and your personality often, it’s likely that you are interested by that person.
(Maikeru san wa kakkoii shi, yasashii yone)
Michael, you are handsome and kind.
(kirei de seikaku mo sugoku ii desu yone)
You are beautiful and having very good personality, too.
4. Frequent text or call
Maybe this is a common sign of “LOVE” all over the world, too.
First, you will be asked if you have a “LINE” or “WhatsApp” account to exchange. This is normal even just as a friend.
But if you start to get a text or call more than 3 times/weekly from same person, they might be interested in you.
Especially if that person ask you with following phrases without particular reason, situation like “Just checking”!
元気？ (Genki) / What’s up?
今何してるの？ (Ima nani shiteruno) / What are you doing now?
5. Surprised Present
There are many gift-giving cultures in Japan such as birthdays, weddings, also Christmas and Valentine’s day, etc…
Besides that, we often give gifts to thank someone.
So if you personally get some surprised gifts even though you don’t do anything special for that person, there is a high possibility that she/he are likely to like you.
・Something good for cold when you tell them “I caught a cold”.
・Lucky charm when you having a big exam or joining a competition.
・Handmade sweets or snacks.
・Matching goods such as same cap or t-shirts or shoes, etc…
If you just receive a small item from convenience store, it’s basically normal as friend.
Japanese people are very kind and always like to share, so if you get small items from convenience store that’s pretty normal.
6. Changes in the attitude of friends in the same group
Basically Japanese people treasure friendship very much.
If you like someone, your Japanese friend might try to help you having a relationship with that person.
For example, if a girl likes you, other female friends common with her might start to keep a little distance from you.
Some friend might tell you good things about her or ask you how you think about her.
Some may set dates so that three people go to a restaurant together and act like getting an emergency call to leave you and the girl alone.
But even though the person might looks decent, there are some people use these signs and just play with your feelings, so be careful with those love players. Hope you find a good one!
Depending on relationship and occasion,
How to say “I love you” in Japanese is different.
Use 好きです(Suki desu) or 好きだよ(Suki dayo)
to express your affection when approaching someone in early days of dating!
大好きだよ(Daisuki dayo) or 大好き!(Daisuki)
to express affection on a daily basis.
When you propose to someone or if you want to express your deep love feelings to your loved one, use
愛してます(Ai shitemasu) or 愛してるよ(Ai shiteru yo).
Today I introduced 10 romantic phrases to express your love and also 6 Japanese signs of like.
Which phrase will you use for your loved ones?
If I missed any other romantic phrases in Japanese, please leave a comment and share it with me!