I love you in Japanese

How do you say I love you in Japanese?

Though one of the most popular phrases in any language is “I love you”, Japanese rarely express their love in words. When they do put their feelings into words, it is generally preferred to use the phrase “suki desu”, or "I like you" instead. 

Listen to the native speakers on the audio, and practice saying the Japanese phrases aloud. Whether you want to make some friendly Japanese conversation, or go out on a date, these might come in handy!

Pronouncing I love you in Japanese

If you want to confess your love to someone, just say...


あなた が すき です


Anata ga suki desu.

I like you.

Some Japanese have never used the phrase "I love you" (aishite imasu) in their life! Try pronouncing "I love you" in Japanese:

あなた を あいして います


Anata o aishite imasu.

I love you.

Other ways to say I love you in Japanese

What do you do when you meet someone and you realize that you are falling in love? Here are some phrases you might want to use…

あなた が だいすき です


Anata ga daisuki desu.

I like you very much.

あなた に むちゅう です


Anata ni muchū desu.

I am crazy about you.

I love you in Japanese

Asking someone out

You can ask someone out for a date by saying one of the following phrases…

デート へ いきません か


Dēto e ikimasen ka?

Would you like to go out on a date with me?

あなた の こと を もっと  しりたい です


Anata no koto o motto shiritai desu.

I would like to know more about you...

あなた を ゆうしょく / ディナー に しょうたい したい の です が

あなたを夕食 / ディナーに招待したいのですが

Anata o yūshoku / dinā ni shōtai shitai no desu ga...

I would like to take you out for dinner...

こんど いつ あえますか


Kondo itsu aemasuka?

When can I see you next time?

Some more useful phrases when dating the man or woman of your dreams...

きれい だよ / すてき よ / かっこいい よ

綺麗だよ / 素敵よ / かっこいいよ

Kirei dayo (man to woman) / Suteki yo (woman to man) /Kakkoī yo (woman to man)

You look great!

あなた は ほんとう に やさしい です ね


Anata wa hontō ni yasashī desu ne.

You are so sweet.

わたしたち の こと ほんき です か


Watashitachi no koto honki desu ka?

Are you serious about us?

あなた と いっしょ に いたい です


Anata to issho ni itai desu.

I want to be with you.

わたし と けっこん したい です か


Watashi to kekkon shitai desu ka?

Do you want to marry me?

あなた は すばらしい / あなた は さいこう です

あなたは素晴らしい / あなたは最高です

Anata wa subarashī / Anata wa saikō desu!

You are incredible!

Why not check out some more lessons on Japanese phrases next?



Sayaka Matsuura
Rocket Japanese

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