The Words to Express Your Romantic Feelings in Japanese | FAST JAPAN

The Words to Express Your Romantic Feelings in Japanese

During your stay in Japan, you might fall in love with a Japanese person. Be prepared! I will give you several useful Japanese words to express your romantic feelings towards your loving one.

Daisuki – だいすき

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“Dai” means “Big” and “Suki” means “Like”. So the direct translation of Daisuki is “Like (something) very much”. This word is used not only for expressing romantic feelings but also for saying you like something very much such as food, sports, music and so on.  If you use Daisuki towards a person, usually it means you have a feelings of love to the person. In those cases, this word has somewhat casual impression so the person who gets this word should say “Thank you!” without hesitation.  You may want to use “Daisuki” towards a person whom you don’t know if she/he loves you too. With the reaction, you can judge if she/he could be in love with you.


Hitomebore shimashita – ひとめぼれしました

Hitomebore shimashita
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“Hitomebore” means “Love at first sight” and “Shimashita” means “I did”. So with this word you can say you loved her/him at first sight. As you can imagine, males are more frequently loving someone else at first sight than females and this word is commonly used by males. However females can use this word, too.  If you find somebody looks very attractive in a bar or night club, try using this word.


Deito shite kudasai – デートしてください

Deito shite kudasai
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“Deito” is “Date”.  I guess pronouncing as “Deito” is easier for Japanese to understand. “Shite kudasai” is “Please do”. Therefore, this word means “Please go on a date with me”. The common places to go for a first date are movie theater, amusement park, concert, or nice-view restaurants.


Tsukiatte kudasai – つきあってください

Tsukiatte kudasai
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The original meanings of “Tsukiau” is “getting along with”. However if this word is used for a couple in love, the meaning of the word becomes “going steady”. So if you say “Tsukiatte kudasai” to a person you love, it means you want she/him to become your girlfriend/boyfriend. This word is usually used when confessing a loving feeling towards someone and the person receives this word must reply if she/he accept it. Sometimes the reply would be “Kangaesasete kudasai” which means “Please let me think about it” but in most cases this word implies “No thank you”.


Aitai – あいたい

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This is a simple word and means “I want to see you”.  If you love someone who is far apart or does not have many occasions to meet with you, you should use this word. Since this word can be used not only for romantic situations, your voice tone is important to express your loving feeling.


Kekkon shite kudasai – けっこんしてください

Kekkon shite kudasai
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“Kekkon” is “marriage”. Therefore, this is very direct word to propose marriage. In many cases, males use this word with passing an engagement ring. You must set up good romantic situation to use this word. In Japanese tradition, the engagement ring value is around three-month salary.


Zutto Isshoni Itai – ずっといっしょにいたい

Zutto Isshoni Itai
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“Zutto” means “forever” and “Isshoni Itai” means “I want to be with you”. So this word implies you want to marry with her/him. This word is used by females too to express her wish to marry her boyfriend in not direct way. This word is also useful to make sure if your marriage propose goes successful.




  1. vincen josue moran garcia

    May 21, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Where’s the “Aishiteru” 愛してる?

    • Mike

      May 23, 2016 at 11:48 am

      I think Japanese people don’t say “Aishiteru” often.. It’s rare to say that.

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