Korean Love Phrases & Romantic Words For Dating & Relationships

Last Updated on September 29, 2021 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. 

What better reason to learn Korean than to show your love to your significant other?

Here is the list of romantic Korean phrases you’ll need!

  • I miss you – 보고 싶어 (bogo sipeo)
  • I like you  – 좋아해 (joahae)
  • I like you a lot – 많이 좋아해 (mani joahae)
  • I want to see you – 만나고 싶어 (mannago sipeo)
  • I love you – 사랑해 (saranghae)
  • I love you too – 나도 사랑해 (nado saranghae)
  • I love you with all my heart – 진심으로 사랑해 (jinsimeuro saranghae)
  • I’m crazy about you – 너에게 반했어 (neoege banhaesseo)
  • I’d like you to be my girlfriend or boyfriend. – 나랑 사귈래 (narang sagwillae)
  • I miss your smile – 미소가 정말 그리워 (misoga jeongmal geuriwo)
  • I would like to spend more time with you – 너랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어 (neorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo)

You’ll learn more about the romantic Korean phrases below.

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 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 boyfriend, girlfriend, or 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.  It’ll be helpful for learning Korean. 

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

There are 2 rules you need to keep in mind when you want to use love and cute phrases in the Korean language. We’ll discuss the Korean phrases rules you need to know below.

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 or omit the pronoun “you” altogether.

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 when addressing your boyfriend or girlfriend:

femaleyounger male(name)(name) saranghae
femaleolder maleoppa saranghaeyo
maleyounger female(name)(name) saranghae
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. Going to a fancy restaurant or a day to stroll around Korea. 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, valentine, 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 what you like or love to 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

Relationship in Korean

The word “relationship” in Korean language is 관계 (gwangye). However, “romantic relationship” in Korean is 낭만적 사랑 관계 (nangmanjeok sarang gwanggye). 

Romantic in Korean

The word “romantic” is 로맨틱한 (romantikhan) and 낭만적인 (nangmanjeokin) in Korean.  If you are a fan of Korean dramas, you can say 로맨틱한 한국 드라마 (romantikhan hanguk deurama) and 낭만적인 한국 드라마 (nangmanjeokin hanguk deurama) for romantic Korean drama. 

Flirt in Korean

There are 2 words you can use to say “flirt”. You can say 추파를 던지다 (chupareul deonjida) if you’re using it as a verb and 바람둥이 (baramdungi) if it’s a noun. 

Compliment in Korean

“Compliment” can be expressed as 칭찬 (chingchan) and 칭찬하다 (chingchanhada). 칭찬 (chingchan) is the noun form while 칭찬하다 (chingchanhada) is the verb form. 

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 to 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. You might want to include these phrases in sentences to express your love even more. You can start by learning the basics of the Korean sentence structure.

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!

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

    • Avatar for Basapi Tissopi Basapi Tissopi

      Hello 90 day Korean
      I wanted to ask a question, How do you say This sentence in Korean??
      Are we still best friends in the future?
      Of course you’re my best friend

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, you can say 우리는 미래에 여전히 가장 친한 친구야? 물론 넌 내 가장 친한 친구야. ^^

    • Avatar for 명 Millioun 명 Millioun

      Hi! Thank you for this article, it’s very good! Learning Korean is hard and I’m still learning how to pronounce words without help from the romanization. :3 I can’t wait to get to the point where I can understand a basic sentence in Korean, both in text and speaking form!

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Sure, it’s our pleasure. We’re glad that it has been valuable to you. ^^

      • Avatar for Aneesa Aneesa

        I recognized 보고 싶어 from BTS’ song Spring Day! Thank you for this nice article but can you also make an article whenever it takes about using more than one verb in a korean sentence? Like for example, “I think I know the answer.” or “I tried to cook kimchi.” I already know how to say to want, can and might in korean already. I heard about ~기 / 는 것 somewhere.

      • Avatar for Simran Simran

        Yeah i think it’s good way to learn Korean like this,i like that way!!❤️❤️💜💜

    • Avatar for Mehwish Mehwish

      how to say “YOU” to an idol if you are writting a letter to hm or meeting him for the first time? you probably can not say taehyung, what taehyung loves to eat? right? so how to say “you” to any idol?

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Mehwish! You can say ‘당신’ in this case. ^^

    • 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.” ^^

      • Avatar for Anna Anna

        Why is “flirt” a word to avoid? Can’t it be used in a positive way?

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