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I Love You In Chinese: 20+ Ways To Express Your Affection

August 5, 2022
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Your heart skips a beat whenever the lead actor says "我爱你" (wǒ ài nǐ), which means I love you in Chinese, in one of the many romantic Chinese and Taiwanese drama series. That's because, in your mind, you're the protagonist who receives so much attention from him. We can't fault you for it. Because the more you appreciate a plot, the more comfortable you'll be with a Chinese soundtrack. However, you don't have to wait for this phrase because Chinese people are so creative when expressing how much they love someone.

If you have a Chinese girlfriend or boyfriend, you'll be able to do more to impress them. So, in today's article, we'll cover some more Chinese love expressions. But first, let's take a look at some cultural insights that are unique to Chinese people.

How Chinese People Express Romantic Feelings

In any relationship, expressing affection is essential. Intimate human relationships develop and bloom when love is there. One person's manner of expressing their love may be dissimilar from another. Verbal, nonverbal, and gestures can all be used to transfer a message. But what if I told you there're Chinese couples who find it difficult to express their feelings? So how do Chinese partner express their love then? Here, we'll let you know how.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

We can say that actions speak louder than words in Chinese society regarding relationships. Couples in China tend to be more conservative. They wouldn't be together if they weren't planning to be married someday. As a result, it's all about showing their love rather than expressing it verbally. Gifts and financial support are regularly used to do this. Even though it seems materialistic to others from different cultures, economic success is considered a sign of stability.

Also, it's common for a man to carry a woman's bag, something you might not expect to see in Chinese culture because they rarely use romantic terms. This is another example of an action that speaks louder than words, even if it doesn't express the love, but rather a big opening that they're bound for each other.

20 I love you in Chinese

Chinese Family Members Don't Say I Love You

Have you ever seen Tiktok content creators comparing Western parents with Asian parents? Chinese background families are represented in the majority of videos. When they claim that their parents can't seem to say "I love you" like Western parents, that's when things become very interesting. Do the parents of Chinese families not care about their children? Instead, Chinese parents show their care for their children by not using the word "love" at all. So let us illustrate what they say.

你吃了吗?(Nǐ Chīle Ma) - Have You Eaten Yet?

They're concerned about your well-being and ensure that you eat on time. And they'll begin worrying about your health if they realize you've lost weight. As a result, they'll start bringing you good food. They'll keep piling food on your plate even if you're about to burst.

Keep Your Focus Only On Your Studies

Chinese parents tell you to focus on your studies and not to worry about your financial situation. They will do anything to support you in achieving your educational goals.

We've learned quite a lot about Chinese culture. So now is the time to sharpen up your Chinese vocabulary. Come on, let's get some practice in!

Basic Chinese Word About Love

Chinese WordPronunciationEnglish Definition
àiLove
喜欢xǐhuānLike

Common Phrases For I Love You In Chinese

Chinese PhrasePronunciationEnglish Definition
我爱你wǒ ài nǐI love you.
我也爱你wǒ yě aì nǐI love you too.
我 喜欢 你wǒ xǐhuān nǐI like you.
你让我疯狂nǐ ràng wǒ fēngkuángI’m crazy about you.
我对你感兴趣wǒ duì nǐ gǎn xìng qùI'm interested in you.
我想你wǒ xiǎng nǐI miss you.
我想念你wǒ xiǎngniàn nǐI miss you.
我好想你wǒ hǎo xiǎng nǐI miss you so much.
我暗恋你wǒ àn liàn nǐI have a crush on you.
我爱上你了wǒ ài shàng nǐ leI'm in love with you.
你是我喜欢的类型nǐ shì wǒ xǐ huān de lèi xíngYou're just my type.
我喜欢和你在一起wǒ xǐhuān hé nǐ zài yīqǐI like being with you.
20 I love you in Chinese

Texting I Love You On Chinese Social Media

Many Chinese people use numerical slang to express themselves verbally or emotionally. In Chinese, a number sounds a lot like romantic Chinese words. Let's have a look at some instances.

Arabic NumeralsChinese NumeralsPronunciationChinese Romantic PhraseEnglish Definition
520五二零wǔ èr líng我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ)I love you.
530五三零wǔ sān líng我想你 (wǒ xiǎng nǐ)I miss you.
770七七零qī qī líng亲亲你 (qīn qīn nǐ)Kiss you
880八八零bā bā líng抱抱你 (bào bào nǐ)Hug you
1314一三一四yī sān yī sì一生一世 (yī shēng yī shì)Forever
5201314五二零一三一四wǔ èr líng yī sān yī sì我爱你一生一世 (wǒ ài nǐ yī shēng yī shì)I'll love you forever.

How Chinese People Call Their Partner

Chinese WordPronunciationEnglish Definition
老公LǎogōngHubby
老婆LǎopóWifey
我的宝贝wǒ de bǎobèiMy baby
qīnBae
心肝xīngānMy heart and soul

Summary

A beautiful way to communicate one's feelings is love. The phrase "I love you" is a must-learn whether a beginner or a seasoned Chinese language learner. To sum up, this article has covered the most often used words and phrases in Chinese society, which can be applied in everyday conversation, and the comprehension of Chinese or Taiwanese romance TV dramas. We hope you've learned much and can implement new knowledge in real life. More so, if you're dating a Chinese person, you can most likely devise a few more creative ways to show affection for the special person.

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