I Love You In Korean: 10 Endearing Words And Phrases

Love 사랑 (sarang) in Korean is more than just saying Korean love words and phrases to each other like 사랑해요 (saranghaeyo). If you are watching any Korean drama, you can have a glimpse of Korean culture about dating and relationships. If you are a fan of any Kpop group, you will surely have a bias that makes your heart race whenever you see him or her. This will make you want to learn different Korean love words and phrases to express how they feel.



Common Korean Love Phrases

Do you have a crush? Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? or just a fan of a handsome Oppa from a Kpop band and Korean drama? If you do, here are some Korean love phrases and words you might want to learn to scream your hearts out. These romantic Korean phrases will definitely make your boyfriend or girlfriend fall in love with you even more.

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
보고 싶어 Bogo Sipeo I miss you
나는 너에게 반했어 Naneun Neo-ege Banhaesseo I’ve got a crush on you
같이 있고 싶어 Gachi Itgo Sipeo I want to be with you
만나고 싶어 Mannago Sipeo I want to see you
좋아해 Joahae I like you
많이 좋아해 Mani Joahae I like you a lot
사랑해 Saranghae I love you
많이 사랑해  Mani Saranghae I love you a lot
나도 사랑해 Nado Saranghae I love you too
진심으로 사랑해  Jinsimeuro Saranghae I love you with all my heart
나랑 사귈래 Narang Sagwillae I’d like you to be my girlfriend or boyfriend
랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어 Neorang Deo Orae Gachi Itgo Sipeo I would like to spend more time with you
나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해  Naneun Neoreul Chingu Isangeuro Saengakhae I think of you as more than a friend


1. 보고 싶어 (Bogo Sipeo)

i miss you in korean
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I miss you

English translation: I miss you

Have you ever felt like you want to see someone as often as you want to? The perfect word for you to use is 보고 싶어 (Bogo Sipeo). One of the most painful feelings in the world is missing someone. The first manifestation of being in love is that you are missing the one you love very often.

Quick language tip. Koreans do not often say “you” unless you are close to that person.

2. 나는 너에게 반했어 (Naneun Neo-ege Banhaesseo)

korean love words i have a crush on you
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I’ve got a crush on you.

English translation: I’ve got a crush on you.

Having a crush on someone never fails to make your heart race. It might not be as serious as “I love you” and “I like you,” but it will definitely give you chills when you see that person. A study says that when your crush knows that you have feelings towards him/her, he might suddenly develop feelings for you. There’s no harm in trying, anyway.

3. 같이 있고 싶어 (Gachi Itgo Sipeo)

i want to be with you in korean couple
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I want to be with you

English translation: I want to be with you

Did you remember the heartbreaking scene in the Korean drama “Crash Landing On You” when Captain Ri Jeong Hyuk have to go back to North Korea, leaving Yoon Se-ri in South Korea? What are the odds that your loved one lived in a place where it is illegal for you to meet? But, like what they say, love knows no distance. That’s how badly they want to be with each other. If you are wondering how to express that in Korean, 같이 있고 싶어 (Gachi itgo sipeo), is the easiest way for you.

4. 만나고 싶어 (Mannago Sipeo)

i want to see you korean woman
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I want to see you

English translation: I want to see you

Seeing the person, you love even just for a second, will brighten your day. When you miss someone, you will definitely make a way to see that person. Don’t just sit there missing someone and not do anything about it. You can say 만나고 싶어 (mannago sipeo) to let him/her know that you wanted to see him/her. To Koreans, dates don’t have to be expensive. Even having long walks, food trips in street food carts, and drinks can be considered as a date just like Bo-ra and Sun-woo do in Reply 1988.

5. 좋아해 (Joahae)

i like you in koreaan
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I like you

English translation: I like you

Saying “I like you” is a common way to confess to someone. In confessing, Koreans usually use this phrase because “I love you” is a deeper feeling. Like is emotion-based, while love is decision-based. When you like someone, you are thrilled to be with him/her, but when you love someone, you find genuine happiness. Remember that when you like someone, it can happen overnight, but it takes time to love.

많이 좋아해 (Mani Joahae)

You can also use this word to express how much you like someone. In English, it means “I like you a lot.” However, this would not change the fact that “I love you” is still deeper.

6. 사랑해 (Saranghae)

I love you in korean
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I love you

English translation: I love you

Who among us does not want to hear being told, “I love you?” It is one of the best feelings in the world that is really priceless. There are different ways to say I love you in the Korean language, but this is the basic way you can hear from them when watching their dramas. Just like what is stated above, love does not happen overnight. It takes time. You don’t easily say I love you / 사랑해 (saranghae) to someone if you are unsure what you really feel.

많이 사랑해 (Mani Saranghae)

Another way to say I love you in Korean language is 많이 사랑해 (mani saranghae) to show extra sweetness. This phrase means “I love you a lot” in the Korean language.

나도 사랑해 (Nado Saranghae)

Being loved back is also one of the greatest feelings in the world. You do not have to hide your feeling. One-sided love is not easy for some. So, if you have been told “I love you,” and you want to reciprocate the feeling, you can say, 나도 사랑해 (nado saranghae), which means “I love you too.”

7. 진심으로 사랑해 (Jinsimeuro Saranghae)

I love you with all my heart in korean
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I love you with all my heart

English translation: I love you with all my heart

If you are a guy and want to win someone’s heart, you will surely need to bring many romantic Korean love phrases that will make her heart melt. You can use figures of speech like this to exaggerate and express how deeply you are in love. But, like what they say, the heart is not the one that is responsible for regulating our emotional responses. It is the hypothalamus. Can you imagine saying, “I love you with all my hypothalamus?.” Probably, not! So, let’s stick with 진심으로 사랑해 (jinsimeuro saranghae).

8. 나랑 사귈래 (Narang Sagwillae)

korean couple
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I’d like you to be my girlfriend or boyfriend.

English translation: I’d like you to be my girlfriend or boyfriend.

In dating, Koreans are very particular about unwritten rules. It is better to get to know yourselves as a friend first, before going to a deeper relationship as boyfriends and girlfriends. Did you know that Koreans date at least three times before deciding if they want to be a couple or not? This will give time for you to get to know the person even more. A guy usually asks this question, but there will always be an exemption, especially nowadays.

9. 랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어 (Neorang Deo Orae Gachi Itgo Sipeo)

korean couple spending time together love in korea
Korean Love Words and Phrases | I would like to spend more time with you

English translation: I would like to spend more time with you

Time flies so fast when you are with the person you love. You probably wish that you are Kim Shin in Goblin that has control over time. Sadly, you are not, so the only thing you can do is put it into words and say, 랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어 (Neorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo).

10. 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해 (Naneun Neoreul Chingu Isangeuro Saengakhae)

more than friends korean love phrases

English translation: I think of you as more than a friend

Remember when Taek and Jung Hwan fell in love with their childhood best friend Deok Sun in Reply 1988? Did you see how complicated things can get if you fell in love with a friend? It is not bad to fall in love with a friend. In fact, it has a lot of advantages because you knew each other for a long period of time. But, the question is, are you willing to risk your friendship to say, 나는 너를 친구 이상으로 생각해 (naneun neoreul chingu isangeuro saengakhae)


Cute And Flattery Korean Phrases To Tell Your Loved-One

Koreans love to be cutesy in everything they do. But, when we say cute, it’s not always for the girls. Guys can be cute too. In fact, they have this term called 애교 (Aegyo) which means “acting cute” in English. In Korea, they don’t have strict masculinity standards, unlike in other cultures.

It is important in a relationship to compliment each other with sweet and flattery words that can make them smile. Here are some romantic Korean phrases that you can use to compliment your loved one.

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
화장 잘 받았다 hwajang jal bajutdah Your make-up looks nice
잘 생겼어요! jal saenggyeosseoyo! You are handsome!
예쁘네요! yeppeuneyo! You are pretty!
내가 꿈꾸던 여자예요 naega kkumkkudeon yeojayeyo You are the woman of my dreams
내가 꿈꾸던 남자예요 naega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo You are the man of my dreams
매력적이네요! maeryeokjeogineyo! You are charming!
너무 귀여워요! neomu gwiyeowoyo! You are so cute!
대단해요! daedanhaeyo! You are incredible
정말 친절하네요! jeongmal chinjeolhaneyo! You are so sweet!
감동 받았어 gamdong badasseo I’m touched
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Cute and Flattery Korean Phrases To Tell Your Loved-One






Extra Cheesy Korean Love Phrases

Tired of common Korean love words and phrases? Why not try these Korean phrases to make them sweeter?

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
나는 니꺼야 naneun nikkeoya I’m yours
너에게 반했어 neoege banhaesseo I’m crazy about you
첫눈에 반했어 cheonnune banhaesseo It was love at first sight
내 사랑 당신은 내 행복의 근원이에요 nae sarang dangsineun nae haengbogui geunwonieyo You are my sunshine, my love
당신을 그 어떤 것보다도 더 사랑해요 dangshin-eul geu eotteon geot bodado deo saranghaeyo I love you more than anything
하늘만큼 땅만큼 사랑해 haneul mankeum tang mankeum saranghae I love you to the moon and back
생각하고 있는 것 이상으로 사랑해 saenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae I love you more than you know
말로 표현할 수 없을 만큼 사랑해 mallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae I love you more than words can express
시간이 지날수록 더 사랑해 sigani jinalsurok deo saranghae I love you more and more every day
내가 얼마나 사랑하는지 모를 거야 naega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya You don’t know how much I love you
당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요 dangsineun naege mucheok sojunghaeyo You mean so much to me
우리는 천생연분이야 urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya We were meant to be together
당신 덕분에 난 더 좋은 사람이 되고 싶어졌어요 dangsin deokbune nan deo joeun sarami doego sipeojyeoseoyo You make me want to be a better man
말은 당신을 위한 내 사랑을 설명 할 수 없습니다 mareun dangsineul wihan nae sarangeul seolmyeong hal su eopseumnida Words can’t describe my love for you
백 개의 심장도 너를 향한 내 모든 사랑을 담기에는 너무 모자랄거야 baek gaeui simjangdo neoreul hyanghan nae modeun sarangeul damgieneun neomu mojaralgeoya. A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.
우리는 천생연분이야 urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya We’re a match made in heaven
나랑 결혼할래? Narang gyeor-hon hallae? Will you marry me?
나랑 결혼 해줘 narang gyeolhon haejwo Let’s get married
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Extra Cheesy Korean Love Phrases






Clingy Korean Love Phrases

Aside from romantic Korean phrases, there are lots of gestures to express your love. But, take note, Koreans do not show affection to the public (PDA). Yes, you may see some couples who kiss and hug but not too much. Keep that in mind before you say these clingy Korean love phrases.

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
안아도 돼? anado dwe? Can I hug you?
키스해도 돼? kiss-haedo dwe? Can I Kiss you?
안아 줘! ana jwo! Give me a hug!
안아주고 싶어 anajugo sipeo I want to hug you
안아줄게 anajulge I will give you a hug
뽀뽀하고 싶어 ppoppohago sipeo I want to kiss you
뽀뽀해 줘 ppoppohae jwo Kiss me, please
내 곁에 있어줘 nae gyeote isseo jweo Stay here with me
난 네꺼야 nan ne-kkeoya I’m yours
더 가까이 와요 deo gakka-i wayo Come closer
나랑 사귈래? narang saguillae? Will you be my Valentine (girlfriend or boyfriend)?
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Clingy Korean Love Phrases






Korean Love Words And Terms For Endearment

Do you ever wonder how Koreans call their special someone? Fun fact, girlfriend call their boyfriends Oppa if he is older than her while boyfriends call their girlfriends Nuna if she is older than him. Aside from this, here are some Korean love words and terms for endearment that you must learn:

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
사랑 sarang love
자기 jagi baby
여보 yeobo honey
자기야 jagiya darling
커플 keopeul couple
연인 yeonin lover
애인 aein boyfriend or girlfriend
남자친구 namja-chingu boyfriend
여자친구 yeoja-chingu girlfriend
짝사랑 jjaksarang secret crush
뽀뽀 ppoppo kiss (quick peck)
키스 kiseu kiss
데이트 de-i-t date (romantic)
소개팅 sogaeting blind date
맞선 matseon blind date for marriage
미팅 miting group date
약혼 yakon engagement
결혼 kyeor-hon marriage
재혼 jaehon remarriage
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Words And Terms For Endearment






Korean Love Quotes

Do you want to spice up your Valentine’s Day greetings and morning messages? Try these love quotes in the Korean language:

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
사랑은 그저 사랑이다. 절대 설명 될 수 없다 Sarangeun geujeo sarangida. Jeoldae seolmyeong doel su eopda. Love is just love. It can never be explained.
당신이 하는 모든 일이 사랑으로 행해지기를 Dangsini haneun modeun iri sarangeuro haenghaejigireul. Let all that you do be done in love.
내가 당신의 첫 데이트, 키스, 사랑은 아닐지라도 당신의 마지막이고 싶어요 Naega dangsinui cheot deiteu, kiseu, sarangeun aniljirado dangsinui majimagigo sipeoyo. I may not be your first date, kiss, or love, but I want to be your last.
당신이 만날 때 가장 반갑고 헤어질 때 가장 힘든 사람이 되고 싶습니다 Dangsini mannal ttae gajang bangapgo heeojil ttae gajang himdeun sarami doego sipsseumnida. I want to be your favorite hello and your hardest goodbye.
만약 인생을 다시 산다면 당신을 더 빨리 찾을 겁니다 Manyak insaengeul dasi sandamyeon dangsineul deo ppalli chajeul geomnida. If I were to live my life again, I’d find you sooner.
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Love Quotes






Korean Phrases About Fight And Break Up

Fighting and misunderstandings are normal in a relationship. But don’t let it come into a breakup. They say the only thing constant in this world is change. There’s no such thing as forever. But, hey, there is still a lifetime.

Korean Pronunciation English Translation
관심 없어요 gwansim eopseoyo I’m not interested
그냥 가 주세요! geunyang ga juseyo Go away!
바가지 좀 긁지 마! bagaji jom geukji ma! Please stop nagging me!
나를 혼자 있게 해주세요 nareul honja itge haejuseyo Leave me alone
내 스타일 아니에요 nae seutairi anieyo You are not my type
우리 관계는 처음부터 문제가 있었어 uri gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo Our relationship was doomed from the start
이제 헤어져 ije heeojyeo Let’s break up
Korean Love Words and Phrases | Fight And Break Up

Communication in a relationship is important. Learning the different Korean love words and phrases is essential to understand each other. If you want to learn more basic phrases in Korean, there is a separate blog for you. For now, practice everything that you have learned, especially the pronunciation of these words. It is important to say it right because it might lose the meaning of the word.





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