How can I say "I love you" in Japanese?
|Courtesan reading a love letter|
In dictionaries "love" may be given as aisuru (愛する).
Ai shite iru (愛している) may be how "I love you" is translated
in foreign films, but this phrase is not really used much in normal
There have been two traditional answers for how to say "I love you".
- You don't. (you don't say it; you show it.)
- Various forms such as
Dialect versions include
- suki (好き);
- daisuki (大好き);
- suki da yo (好きだよ);
- suki desu (好きです);
- ai shite ru yo (愛してるよ);
- kimi ni muchuu da (君に夢中だ).
- suki yanen;
- gottsuu suiterunen;
- oshitai shiteimasu.
Words for lover include koibito (恋人) "girl/boyfriend",
kareshi (彼氏), "boyfriend", kanojo (彼女) "girlfriend".
Koibumi (恋文) means "love letter". Katakana
raburetaa (ラブレター) is also used. Other words for love are
kesou-suru (懸想する), shibo-suru (思慕する),
renbo-suru (恋慕する), and ren-ai (恋愛).
Edited from posts by Tanaka Tomoyuki.
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