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YOU are BEAUTIFUL in Japanese |Best compliments beyond “Kawaii”

How to say “You are beautiful” in Japanese is
れいですね (Kirei desu ne).

If you want to tell Japanese girls how attractive they are, there are more effective ways than giving them compliments about their looks alone.

It’s generally said that Japanese women have a lower confident in self than overseas women, but still lots of Japanese men are very shy and don’t have a habit of complimenting women in daily life.
So if you can give them right compliments, you can approach them more effectively!

A nice compliment that gives people confidence is sometimes more valuable than an expensive gift!

Today I would like to share the best compliments for Japanese girls with you.

First of all, let’s master the basic compliment how to say
You are beautiful” in Japanese.

You are beautiful in Japanese

The literal translation of ”You are beautiful” in Japanese is
あなたはうつくしいです。
(Anata wa utsukushii desu)

However, this phrase is not often used by Japanese people in everyday life.
The following phrases are more common.

れいですね (kirei desu ne) formal

れいだね (kirei dane) casual

These are the normal way that most Japanese people use to tell a girl “You are looking beautiful” or “You are pretty” as well.

You are beautiful today as well.
今日きょうれいですね。
(Kyoo mo kirei desu ne)

If the girl is young like 10’s or 20’s, the following phrases may good as well.

You are cute or lovely in Japanese.

This is for young girl or someone close.
When some adult women dress kind of cute you can also tell them this word, too.

可愛かわいいですね (kawaii desu ne)formal

可愛かわいいね (kawaii ne) casual

Your smile is cute!
がお可愛かわいいね!
(egao ga kawaii ne)

NOTICE!

Please keep in mind that it’s not Japanese culture to give compliment to a women when you have just met.

Japan is not such a passionate country like Spain or Italia. If suddenly they get a compliment from someone they don’t know well especially on the street, they might feel scared and think you might be a suspicious person! lol

When complimenting their appearance, it is effective to be specific as followers.

Specifically admire the parts of their looks

Many Japanese girls do not believe that they are looking so beautiful.
Even if someone tells them that they are cute, some might think it’s “Not true!” or “Flattering anyway”!
A specific compliment will increase your credibility with your words to them.
For example…

1. Your eyes are very beautiful.

  がすごくれいですね。
(Me ga sugoku kirei desu ne) formal

  がすごくれいだね。
(Me ga sugoku kirei dane) casual

2. Your skin is pretty.

  はだれいですね。
(Hada ga kirei desune) formal

  はだれいだね。
(Hada ga kirei dane) casual

3. You have nice hair.

  かみれいですね。
(Kami ga kirei desune) formal

  かみれいだね。
(Kami ga kirei dane) casual

4. You have nice shape.

  スタイルがいですね。
(Sutairu ga ii desu ne) formal

  スタイルがいね。
(Sutairu ga iine) casual

Sometimes some Japanese people have a little complex with typical Asian looks.  So the following phrases are also can be a compliment for them.

Your legs are long
あしなが (Ashi ga nagai) 

Your eyes are big
おおきい (Me ga ookii)

Your face is small
かおちいさい (Kao ga chiisai)

NOTICE!

Typical type of Japanese men like slim girls, and also typical type of Japanese women believe that they looks better when they are slim.

Even if you like fat girls and happy to see a girl get fat,
some girls might feel offensive or shock to hear that

You get fat or You put on some weight
ふとったね (Futotta ne) 

But if you see a girl fat but still wearing tight clothes to expose their body, she might be a different type doesn’t mind to be fat!

Even in Japan, the value that being too slim is not healthy and not beautiful is gradually spreading.

However in general most of them still prefer to hear

You get slim” than “You get fat
せたね。 (Yaseta ne) 

From here on, it ’s an advanced edition.

Compliment their personality or work

Japanese woman are sometimes very shy and sensitive.
It’s always better to approach them very gentle.

Especially if you give them compliments about their personality, they will be impressed to know that you are understanding them well and having good impression on them.

This way is much more effective than admiring their looks alone and is more stronger when combined with their looks!

1. You have very good personality.

 とても性格せいかくいですよね。
(Totemo seikaku ga ii desuyone)
formal

 とても性格せいかくいよね。
(Totemo seikaku ga ii yone)
casual

2. You are kind.

  やさしいですね。
(Yasashii desu ne)
formal

  やさしいね。
(Yasashii ne)
casual

3. You are smart.

  あたまいですね
(Atama ga ii desu ne)
formal

  あたまいね!
(Atama ga ii ne)
casual

4. You are funny.

  面白おもしろいですね。
(Omoshiroi desune) formal

  面白おもしろいね。
(Omoshiroi ne) casual

5. You are very diligent person.

  りょくですよね
(Doryokuka desuyone)
formal

  りょくだよね
(Doryokuka dayone)
casual

6. You are trying your best.

  がんってますね
(Ganbatte masune)
formal

  がんってるね
(Ganbatte rune)
casual

Compliment their fashion

It’s said that the clothes they wear and the music they like to listen to represent that person.

People are pleased when someone compliment their sense of fashion or when someone sympathizes with their favorite music, as if they were admired themselves.

This may be the most natural way Japanese people use to compliment each other, and also is more effective to Japanese woman than you expected.

1. You are fashionable.

  おしゃれですね。
(Oshare desune)
formal

  おしゃれだね。
(Oshare dane)
casual

2. You have good sense.

  センスがいですね。
(Sensu ga ii desune) formal

  センスがいね。
(Sensu ga ii ne)
casual

The combination of the shirt and pants is wonderful.
そのシャツとパンツのわせてきですね。
(Sono shatsu to pantsu no kumiawase suteki desune)

You have good sense.
センスがいですね。
(Sensu ga ii desune)

3. You are looking nice or It looks nice.

  てきですね。
(Suteki desune) formal

  てきだね。
(Suteki dane) casual

That shoes looks nice.
そのくつてきですね。
(Sono kutsu suteki desune)

That suits you very well.
とても似合にあってます。
(Totemo niatte masu)

4. That suits you very well.

  とても似合にあってます。
(Totemo ni niattemasu) formal

  すごく似合にあってる!
(Sugoku niatteru) casual

When you see a girl change her hairstyle, that’s the best timing to use this phrase below to her!

Did you change your hairstyle?
髪型かみがたわった?
(Kami-gata kawatta)

That suits you very well!
すごく似合にあってる!
(Sugoku niatteru)

Really?
本当ほんとう(Hontoo)

Thank you!
ありがとう!
(Arigatoo)

Today’s Summary

The translation of “You are beautiful” in Japanese is
あなたはうつくしいです。 (Anata wa utsukushii desu)

But how to say “You are beautiful” in Japanese in general is
れいですね。 (Kirei desune) formal
れいだね。 (Kirei dane) casual

The best way to compliment Japanese women is giving them compliments about their personality.
For the best result, adding compliments about their looks, too! Also giving compliments for their fashion and work is really good, too.

Even though if you don’t look a romantic relationship from someone, good compliments help to create better relationships at home, work and school in everyday life.

Hope you enjoy learning these phrases and utilizing them in your daily life!

 

 

 

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