What are the different ways to say “I love you” in Japanese and when do you use them?

Updated on August 6, 2022

I always hear other stuff when I watch different anime, and others when I search for them on the Internet. The only words I know are “aishiteru” and “daisuki”? If I’m not mistaken.

5 Answers

  • literally ”I love you” is “Aishitemasu”.

    but you should know this. even many Japanese don’t know this. believe it or not the idea of “I love you” is imported from the west during the Meiji era(1868-1912).

    I’m Japanese. and it can be said that we have much fewer opportunities to say it. as for me I’ve never said it to anyone in my family. I think this is true for many of us.

    when we make a declaration of love, we use “suki” more often.

    suki desu.

    suki dayo.

    suki da.

    suki yo.

    maybe where you hear “aishieru” most often is music lyrics. I believe it’s not a day to day word.

  • You are right!!!

    “aishiteru” and “daisuki” are the correct answers.

    Japanese hardly express their love because of such culture.

  • There are different ways depending on the feeling and the politeness level.

    If it’s totally love, like love for parents, for wife etc.

    Aishiteimasu = polite

    Aishiteru = casual

    Love as in teenager stuff, when you love this food, you love your bf/gf/friend, etc.more on the casual relationship

    Daisuki desu = polite

    Daisuki dayo = casual

  • Aishiteru Is casual you only use daisuki when your serious

  • This is all I know,

    私は愛する = i love you

    愛しています = i love you

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