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15 Japanese Phrases For When You're In Love - Express Your Feelings!

15 Japanese Phrases For When You're In Love - Express Your Feelings!

Translated by Jelena Kitamura

Written by Kobayashi

2018.12.13 Bookmark

Have you fallen for a nice shop employee, a kind person who helped you when you were lost, or someone else while you were traveling, but you can't express your feelings? Here are 15 handy Japanese phrases to use!

Love and Travel Go Hand in Hand

Have you ever felt something for a nice shop employee or a kind person who gave you directions when you were got lost? How about someone you met during your travels? Did you know how to express your affection?

If you've experienced this and want to know how to convey your feelings, we have prepared 15 Japanese phrases you can use.

*To find out more about the pronunciation of the words in the brackets, take a look at Japanese Pronunciation and Polite Speech.

Getting to Know Someone

1. What is your name?

[namaewa nandeska]

Use this phrase to find out the name of the person you’re interested in.

2. Are you in a relationship?

[koibitowa imaska]

Surely one of the first things you’d like to know about the person you like is if they are dating anyone, right? Well, this phrase will come in handy if you want to find out about that.

Also, in case you’re asked the same question, you can say,

"I'm not in a relationship.”,
[watashiwa imasen]


or,

"I am in a relationship.”
[watashiwa imas]


3. Could I have your number/〇〇?

[〇〇 oshiete kudasai]

The 〇〇 refers to the phone number, email address, SNS account, and other similar information you’d like to get from the person in question.

Example

Please tell me your phone number.
[denwabango: oshiete kudasai]


Giving Compliments

4. (That is) Such a lovely/beautiful name!

[sutekina namaedesne]

Use this phrase to compliment the person on their name after you’ve inquired about it.

5. You look cute today./That outfit looks cute.

[kyo:nofuku kawai:desne]

As the word used is “cute,” this phrase is great when you want to compliment someone's outfit.

You can use the following phrase to describe someone or something as cool or handsome.

You look handsome/cool today./That outfit looks great on you.
[kyo:nofuku kakkoi:desne]


6. It looks great (on you)!

[sugoku niau]

This phrase can be used when you want to compliment a person’s hairstyle or outfit.

7. This is (a present) for you.

[anatani purezentodes]

This phrase is great if you are giving a present to someone for their birthday or as a surprise.

Inviting Them on a Date

8. Would you like to take a walk with me?

[sanponi ikimasenka]

Do you want to spend some time with the person you like or feel attracted to? If so, how about you invite them for a walk?

We suggest going on a walk with someone in spring or fall because you can admire the gorgeous cherry blossoms or autumn foliage together.

9. Would you like to go to lunch/dinner with me?

[isshoni gohan ikimasenka]

Use this phrase to invite the person you like a meal with you.

Enjoy a nice dinner at a top-floor restaurant while enjoying the view of the night sky, or savor some delicious sushi while chatting about Japanese culture. Why not spend some time with someone special?

10. I had a wonderful time today! Let’s go out again together.

[kyo:wa tanoshikattades. mata asobitaina]

This phrase will express your gratitude and impressions from the day you spent together.

If you have some other places you’d like to visit with that person, you can try saying something like this:

Next time, I’d love to go to 〇〇 (with you).
[kondo 〇〇ni ikitaides]

When You Want to Express Your Feelings

11. I like you.

[sukides]

This is the phrase you use when you want to confess to the person you like.

12. Will you go out with me?

[tsukiattekudasai]

After you’ve confessed how you feel, you can ask them to become your boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner.

13. I fell in love with you at first sight.

[hitomebore shimasita]

With this phrase, you can express your feelings that started from the very first time you’ve met this person.

14. I want to be with you forever./I want to always be with you.

[zutto isshoni itaides]

If you want that special someone to be by your side for a long time, too, this phrase will help convey your feelings.

15. I want to make you happy.

[anatawo shiawaseni shitaides]

This phrase is handy if you want to propose to someone.

Review

1. What is your name?/Please, tell me your name.
[namaewa nandeska]

2. Are you in a relationship?
[koibitowa imaska]

3. Please tell me your phone number.
[denwabango: oshiete kudasai]

4. That is such a lovely name!
[sutekina namaedesne]

5. That outfit looks cute.
[kyo:nofuku kawai:desne]

6. It looks great on you!
[sugoku niau]

7. This is a present for you.
[anatani purezentodes]

8. Would you like to take a walk with me?
[sanponi ikimasenka]

9. Would you like to have a meal with me?
[isshoni gohan ikimasenka]

10. I had a wonderful time today! Let’s go out together again.
[kyo:wa tanoshikattades. mata asobitaina]

11. I like you.
[sukides]

12. Would you go out with me?
[tsukiattekudasai]

13. I fell in love with you at first sight.
[hitomebore shimasita]

14. I want to be with you forever.
[zutto isshoni itaides]

15. I want to make you happy.
[anatawo shiawaseni shitaides]

Good luck telling that special someone how you truly feel!

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