How to say “You are beautiful” in Japanese is
綺麗ですね (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
- You are cute or lovely in Japanese.
- Specifically admire the parts of their looks
- Compliment their personality or work
- Compliment their fashion
- Today's Summary
You are beautiful in Japanese
The literal translation of ”You are beautiful” in Japanese is
(Anata wa utsukushii desu)
However, this phrase is not often used by Japanese people in everyday life.
The following phrases are more common.
綺麗ですね (kirei desu ne) formal
綺麗だね (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.
(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.
可愛いですね (kawaii desu ne）formal
可愛いね (kawaii ne) casual
(egao ga kawaii ne)
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.
1. Your eyes are very beautiful.
(Me ga sugoku kirei desu ne) formal
(Me ga sugoku kirei dane) casual
2. Your skin is pretty.
(Hada ga kirei desune) formal
(Hada ga kirei dane) casual
3. You have nice hair.
(Kami ga kirei desune) formal
(Kami ga kirei dane) casual
4. You have nice shape.
(Sutairu ga ii desu ne) formal
(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”
足が長い (Ashi ga nagai)
“Your eyes are big”
目が大きい (Me ga ookii)
“Your face is small”
顔が小さい (Kao ga chiisai)
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”
太ったね (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”
痩せたね。 (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.
(Totemo seikaku ga ii desuyone) formal
(Totemo seikaku ga ii yone) casual
2. You are kind.
(Yasashii desu ne) formal
(Yasashii ne) casual
3. You are smart.
(Atama ga ii desu ne) formal
(Atama ga ii ne) casual
4. You are funny.
(Omoshiroi desune) formal
(Omoshiroi ne) casual
5． You are very diligent person.
(Doryokuka desuyone) formal
(Doryokuka dayone) casual
6. You are trying your best.
(Ganbatte masune) formal
(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.
(Oshare desune) formal
(Oshare dane) casual
2. You have good sense.
(Sensu ga ii desune) formal
(Sensu ga ii ne) casual
(Sono shatsu to pantsu no kumiawase suteki desune)
You have good sense.
(Sensu ga ii desune)
3. You are looking nice or It looks nice.
(Suteki desune) formal
(Suteki dane) casual
(Sono kutsu suteki desune)
That suits you very well.
(Totemo niatte masu)
4. That suits you very well.
(Totemo ni niattemasu) formal
(Sugoku niatteru) casual
When you see a girl change her hairstyle, that’s the best timing to use this phrase below to her!
That suits you very well!
The translation of “You are beautiful” in Japanese is
あなたは美しいです。 (Anata wa utsukushii desu)
But how to say “You are beautiful” in Japanese in general is
綺麗ですね。 (Kirei desune) formal
綺麗だね。 (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!