How to talk about love in Chinese

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This time we discuss how to talk about love in Chinese. If you want to say "I love you", say Wǒ ài nǐ 我爱你.
Note that the term Wǒ ài nǐ 你爱你 is also a term often used to express love for family members in China.

 

Chinese words that describe your feelings

xǐ huān 喜欢 - to like
Example:
Chinese: 我喜欢他很久了.
Pinyin: Wǒ xǐhuān tā hěn jiǔ le.
English: I have liked him for a long time.
 
 
yǒu gǎnjué 有感觉 - to have feelings for someone
Example:
Chinese: 我对他没有感觉。
Pinyin: Wǒ duì tā méiyǒu gǎnjué.
English: I do not have any feelings for him.
 
 
àn liàn 暗恋 - to be in love
Example:
Chinese: 我暗恋他很久了.
Pinyin: Wǒ ànliàn tā hěn jiǔle.
English: I have been in love with him for a long time.

 

 

Other Chinese words that describe love
 

ài 爱 - to love
Example:
Chinese: 我爱你.
Pinyin: Wǒ ài nǐ.
English: I love you.
 
ài shàng 爱上 - to be in love with
Example 1:
Chinese: 我想我爱上他了.
Pinyin: Wǒ xiǎng wǒ ài shàng tā le.
English: I think that I am in love with him.
Example 2:
Chinese: 你爱上他了吗?
Pinyin: Nǐ ài shàng tāle ma?
English: Are you in love with him?
 
bái tóu xié lǎo 白头偕老 - to be old together, to live together to the end
Example:
Chinese: 我们相约要白头偕老.
Pinyin: Wǒmen xiāngyuē yào bái tóu xié lǎo.
English: We have met, and want to live together to the end.

 

Happy Asian Senior Couple sitting on sofa and playing fake mustaches at home togetherness.

 

In Chinese, when you want to describe that you "fall in love with ...." you say ài shàng 爱上 .... someone. Here, ài 爱 is love, and the directional component shàng 上 means "in, with" someone.
In the famous Chinese proverb (chéng yǔ 成语) one says bái tóu xié lǎo 白头偕老. Bái tóu xié lǎo 白头偕老 means that you want to live together forever (until your hair turns white.)

 

 

Popular words and phrases

 
dānshēngǒu 单身狗 - this means "a single dog" describing a single person.
Example:
Chinese: 他至今还是一个单身狗。
Pinyin: Tā zhìjīn háishì yīgè dānshēn gǒu.
English: Until this day he is still a single person. 
 
 
yuēhuì 约会 - a date with someone
Example:
Chinese: 今晚我有个约会。
Pinyin: Jīn wǎn wǒ yǒu gè yuēhuì.
English: I have a date this evening.
 
 
wǎngliàn 网恋 - online dating
Example:
Chinese: 我跟我丈夫是通过网恋走向婚姻的.
Pinyin: Wǒ gēn wǒ zhàngfū shì tōngguò wǎngliàn zǒu xiàng hūnyīnde.
English: My husband and I got married after dating online.
 
 
yì dì liàn 异地恋 - long-distance relationship
Example:
Chinese: 异地恋太煎熬了.
Pinyin: Yìdì liàn tài jiān áo le.
English: A long-distance relationship is very painful.  
 

 

ànliàn 暗恋 - to love someone secretly
Example:
Chinese: 她太漂亮,很多男生暗恋她。
Pinyin: Tā tài piàoliang, hěnduō nánshēng ànliàn tā.
English: She is very beautiful. Many boys love her secretly.

 

 

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