Chinese people, usually do not celebrate love on February 14, since it’s a Christian celebration coming from the Roman antiquity era. On July 7, Qīxī day (七夕), Chinese people hold their own celebration of love (Christmas and the Chinese New Year are also great excuses to ask for gifts from your significant other).
But young Chinese people like to immerse themselves in western culture and sometimes plan romantic activities on this special day, February 14. Let’s take this opportunity to spread our love in Chinese with 6 different ways to tell that special person you like them.
#1 我爱你 – I love you
Saying “I love you” is such a huge commitment, especially in China, you can’t use it with everyone. Indeed, you wouldn’t say “I love you” to a person you’ve just met, or to someone you’re interested in, even if you get along well with them. As you can imagine, saying 我爱你 to someone on a first date might be inappropriate and have the opposite effect of scaring them away.
But if you’re committed to someone, the right way to show them you love them is to say
我爱你 wǒ ài nǐ I love you
In China, lovers use it to express their strong feelings, when they are truly, madly and deeply in love with each other.
#2 我喜欢你 – I like you
If you want to show your love in a more modest way, to your friends or to someone you’re like, you can definitely use
我喜欢你 wǒ xǐ huān nǐ I like you.
It’s a lot less strong than 我爱你.
#3 我对你感兴趣 – I’m interested in you
If you’ve found someone you want to date, here is one of the things you can say to show them your interest.
wǒ duì nǐ gǎn xìng qu I'm interested in you.
It’s a bit straight to the point, so just be confident, and it can work!
#4 你是我喜欢的类型 – You’re my type
Congratulations, you’re finally on a date! This person likes rock music, plays volleyball and loves Nincha more than everything, JUST LIKE YOU! Sounds like you’ve found your perfect match.
Then it’s the right time to tell them they’re just your type by using
你是我喜欢的类型 nǐ shì wǒ xǐ huān de lèi xíng You're just my type
#5 我爱上你了- I’m in love with you
The two of you have spent a lot of time together by now and you can feel yourself falling in love little by little with them.
Tell them how you feel:
我爱上你了 wǒ ài shàng nǐ le I'm in love with you.
Maybe it’s a good time to start talking about moving in together?
#6 你让我着迷 / 疯狂 – I’m fascinated by you/ I’m crazy about you
You are now in a stable relationship with your beloved, isn’t it nice? Remember to not take your lover for granted, however, and don’t forget to show them your love as much as possible!
Here are two adorable sentences to use:
你让我着迷 nǐ ràng wǒ zháo mí I’m fascinated by you.
你让我疯狂 nǐ ràng wǒ fēngkuáng I’m crazy about you.
Aww, so sweet!
Now that you know these 6 romantic ways to show your love in Chinese, you can express your feelings on Valentine’s day but also on EVERY day of the year! Have you used any of these sentences to show your feelings to someone in Chinese? Did we miss other useful sentences to show your love in Chinese?
Tell us in the comments!