Korean Love Phrases & Romantic Words For Dating & Relationships

Last Updated on October 20, 2020 by 90 Day Korean
A couple laying down making a heart shape with their hands

Hey there, lovebirds!

Many people have been asking for Korean love phrases that they can use when dating Koreans. Below, we’ve listed what you need to express your love, including phrases to flirt, giving compliments, and romantic Korean phrases. 

Here is the list of everything you need!

A couple laying down making a heart shape with their hands

And if you’re not familiar with dating culture in Korea, or the culture in general, it’s useful to get acquainted. This will be especially useful if you’re planning to visit or move to Korea

We’ve also got a PDF list of these phrases that you can take on the go.

 The love phrases below can be used for many romantic situations, such as:

  • Blind dates
  • First dates
  • Couples
  • Fiancees
  • Spouses

Korean First Date

In addition to phrases, we’ve also added in plenty of romantic Korean words for you.

These love phrases are all up to date, so you can feel confident that you’re using the same words that couples use these days to show and say their love and care for their significant other. All of the phrases are in standard form unless otherwise noted. If you can’t read Hangeul (Korean Alphabet) yet, you can get a free guide to learn in about 60 minutes here.   

Learning these love phrases is a great way to up your language skills when showing someone that you like or love that person. Using phrases will be a great way to improve your speaking skills, and you may also want to add these love words to your study plan. We’ve got some great resources to help you with that here. Let’s get to it!

Two Rules for Korean Love Phrases

Rule #1: Only “You”

First rule of Korean dating phrases

You’ll notice that in many of the love phrases below, there is often no specific word for “you”. That’s because it’s not used often in the Korean language.

Koreans will use the other person’s name, the other person’s, or omit the pronoun “you” all together.

You may see some phrasebooks that use the term “당신 (dangsin)” to explicitly say “you”. That’s ok. However, the problem is that Koreans don’t use this term very often, so it sounds a bit strange. It’s very formal to be using it with love phrases. 

Also, it’s a bit of an outdated term that means “honey”, so it can be confusing!

In the love expressions below, you usually don’t need the “you” if it’s clear who the recipient is. If it’s unclear, then you can use add their name or title from part (ii) below.

Rule #2: The Korean Name Game

Second rule for Korean dating phrases

Koreans use a hierarchical system for referring to each other. Learning this system is important. It’s embedded in the language in a number of ways, and they consider it an important way of showing respect.

Simply put, Koreans will talk differently to one another depending on the age difference between them and the other people they speak with.

If you are in a relationship with someone older than you, learning to use the correct title (“오빠 | oppa” or “누나 | nuna”) is an important sign of respect. If your significant other is the same age or younger, you may be able to use that person’s name. It depends on your level of closeness.

Here are the language rules for using names and titles:

femaleyounger male(name)(name)
femaleolder maleoppa saranghaeyo
maleyounger female(name)(name)
maleolder femalenuna saranghaeyo

The language rules above will help you correctly use the phrases below. Get practicing so you can shower your significant other with kind words and affection!

Korean Affectionate Names for Dating

Meeting & Dating Korean Phrases

Maybe you’ve got a first date planned. Or perhaps you’ve been meeting this special someone for a few weeks?

Use these phrases to get the ball rolling. They will help you from planning the date, all the way up to becoming a couple!

Korean phrases for dates

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
What is your phone number?haendeupon beonhoga mwoyeyo?
Let’s talk on KakaoTalkuri kakaotok haeyo
Do you have time this weekend?jumare sigan isseoyo?
Are you available break time?swineun sigane
sigan isseoyo?
I’m busy on Mondayworyoire bappayo
Shall I set you up on a blind date?sogaetinghae julkkayo?
Shall we go on a date together?uri deiteu halkkayo?
Shall we get dinner together sometime?eonje uri gachi jeonyeok meogeulkkayo?
Shall we go for a short walk?jamkkan sanchaekalkkayo?
That was a great eveningjeulgeoun jeonyeogieosseoyo
When shall we meet again?eonje dasi bolkkayo?
Will you be my boyfriend/girlfriend?uri sagwillaeyo?

You’ll notice a phrase about using KakaoTalk. KakaoTalk is a smartphone chat app that is the preferred app for residents of Korea. If you don’t use it yet, get on it and learn the ins-and-outs pronto! It could be just the boost your love life needs.

Kind & Caring Korean Compliments

These compliments will help you express your love or admiration and care for your date or significant other. He or she will appreciate your sincerity and kindness! If you’re close with that person, you can drop the 요 at the end of the compliments. Dropping the 요 is a more informal way of saying the phrase. 

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
You are handsome!jal saenggyeosseoyo!
You are charming!maeryeokjeogineyo!
You are pretty!yeppeoyo!
You are so cute!neomu gwiyeowoyo!
You are incredibledaedanhaeyo!
You look great!meotjineyo!
You are so sweet!jeongmal chinjeolhaneyo!
You make a good first impression!cheodinsangi jonneyo!
You are the man of my dreamsnaega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo
You are the woman of my dreamsnaega kkumkkudeon yeojayeyo
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Affectionate Korean Love Phrases

As you get further along with your relationship, you’ll want to explain that you like or love your partner. Use the phrases to show your affection. These phrases of love are in 반말 (banmal | informal language) since they’ll likely be used with a significant other or someone close to you.

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
I miss youbogo sipeo
I like youjoahae
I like you a lotmani joahae
I want to see youmannago sipeo
I love yousaranghae
I love you a lotmani saranghae
I love you toonado saranghae
Give me a hug!ana jwo!
I want to hug youanajugo sipeo
I will give you a huganajulge
I want to kiss youppoppohago sipeo
Kiss me pleaseppoppohae jwo
I want to be with yougachi itgo sipeo
I miss your smilemisoga jeongmal geuriwo
I would like to spend more time with youneorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo

Romantic Korean Phrases

heart to heart Korean phrases

As your feelings of love become stronger, learning the proper words to communicate these emotions onto your partner will be important. These romantic phrases should help you accomplish just that!

Since you’ll most likely be using these expressions with someone close to you, they are in 반말 (banmal | informal) form. This is a more informal way of speaking, such as using 안녕 (annyeong) instead of 안녕하세요 (annyeonghaseyo) for a greeting

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
It was love at first sightcheonnune banhaesseo
I’m touchedgamdongbadasseo
I love you with all my heartjinsimeuro saranghae
I love you more than you knowsaenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae
I love you more than words can expressmallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae
I love you more and more everydaysigani jinalsurok deo saranghae
You don’t know how much I love younaega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya
I’m crazy about youneoege banhaesseo
I’m yoursnaneun nikkeoya
We’re a match made in heavenurineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya
Let’s get marriednarang gyeolhonhae jwo


Korean Love Words

Here’s a list of common love words that you’ll hear in dating, from cute names to serious lifelong commitments.

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
secret crushjjaksarang
kiss (quick peck)ppoppo
blind datesogaeting
blind date for marriagematseon
group datemiting
boyfriend or girlfriendaein

Korean Words to Avoid

korean love phrases to avoid

Some words will brighten your day, and some are bad news. These are the words that you probably don’t want to hear or use, but they’re good to know in order to recognize them.

You may hear them in K-Pop songs or K-Dramas, so now you can listen for them and know what they mean.

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
cheat onbarampiuda
hit onheonting
broken heartsiryeon

Korean Fight & Breakup Phrases

Korean couple fight phrase

In relationships, you have to take the good with the bad. If the love wasn’t meant to be, then these breakup phrases will help you make a clean break and move on. 

These phrases are mixed between the standard form and the informal form. If it’s a phrase you’d likely use with someone close to you, then it’s listed in informal form (반말 | banmal).

English한국어 (Korean)Romanization
I’m not interestedgwansim eopseoyo
Leave me alone
nareul honja itge haejuseyo
You are not my typenae seutairi anieyo
Go away!geunyang ga juseyo!
Please stop nagging me!bagaji jom geukji ma!
Our relationship was doomed from the starturi gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo
Let’s break upije heeojyeo


These are just some of the more specific phrases of love you could learn. We have a lot more phrases to help you study in other categories as well. Start learning them now so you can begin to tell your special someone how much you care. 

If you want to learn Korean, we have a structured online Korean course that will teach you how to have a 3-minute conversation with your Korean loved ones in the first 90 days.

Are there any love phrases you would like to know how to say in Korean? If so, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to add it to the list!


    59 replies to "Korean Love Phrases & Romantic Words For Dating & Relationships"

    • Avatar for Amber Amber

      Hello, I wanted to ask a question, how do you say this scentence in korean?
      “Tom and jennie have a crush on each other”

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Amber! You can say “톰과 제니는 서로에게 반했다.” ^^

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