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!
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
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”
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Also, it’s a bit of an outdated term that means “honey”, so it can be confusing!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
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:
|female||older male||oppa saranghaeyo|
|male||older female||nuna 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!
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!
|What is your phone number?||haendeupon beonhoga mwoyeyo?|
|Let’s talk on KakaoTalk||uri kakaotok haeyo|
|Do you have time this weekend?||jumare sigan isseoyo?|
|Are you available break time?||swineun sigane|
|I’m busy on Monday||woryoire 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 evening||jeulgeoun 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.
|You are handsome!||jal saenggyeosseoyo!|
|You are charming!||maeryeokjeogineyo!|
|You are pretty!||yeppeoyo!|
|You are so cute!||neomu gwiyeowoyo!|
|You are incredible||daedanhaeyo!|
|You look great!||meotjineyo!|
|You are so sweet!||jeongmal chinjeolhaneyo!|
|You make a good first impression!||cheodinsangi jonneyo!|
|You are the man of my dreams||naega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo|
|You are the woman of my dreams||naega kkumkkudeon yeojayeyo|
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.
|I miss you||bogo sipeo|
|I like you||joahae|
|I like you a lot||mani joahae|
|I want to see you||mannago sipeo|
|I love you||saranghae|
|I love you a lot||mani saranghae|
|I love you too||nado saranghae|
|Give me a hug!||ana jwo!|
|I want to hug you||anajugo sipeo|
|I will give you a hug||anajulge|
|I want to kiss you||ppoppohago sipeo|
|Kiss me please||ppoppohae jwo|
|I want to be with you||gachi itgo sipeo|
|I miss your smile||misoga jeongmal geuriwo|
|I would like to spend more time with you||neorang deo orae gachi itgo sipeo|
Romantic 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.
|It was love at first sight||cheonnune banhaesseo|
|I love you with all my heart||jinsimeuro saranghae|
|I love you more than you know||saenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae|
|I love you more than words can express||mallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae|
|I love you more and more everyday||sigani jinalsurok deo saranghae|
|You don’t know how much I love you||naega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya|
|I’m crazy about you||neoege banhaesseo|
|I’m yours||naneun nikkeoya|
|We’re a match made in heaven||urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya|
|Let’s get married||narang 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.
|kiss (quick peck)||ppoppo|
|blind date for marriage||matseon|
|boyfriend or girlfriend||aein|
Korean Words 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.
Korean Fight & Breakup Phrases
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).
|I’m not interested||gwansim eopseoyo|
|Leave me alone||nareul honja itge haejuseyo|
|You are not my type||nae seutairi anieyo|
|Go away!||geunyang ga juseyo!|
|Please stop nagging me!||bagaji jom geukji ma!|
|Our relationship was doomed from the start||uri gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo|
|Let’s break up||ije 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!