Korean Love Phrases & Romantic Words For Dating & Relationships

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Also, it’s a bit of an outdated term that means “honey”, so it can be confusing!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

FromToUseExampleRomanization
femaleyounger male(name)(name)
사랑해
saranghae
femaleolder male오빠 사랑해요oppa saranghaeyo
maleyounger female(name)(name)
사랑해
saranghae
maleolder female누나 사랑해요nuna 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 some 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?소개팅 해줄까요?sogaeting haejulkkayo?
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?잠깐 산책할까요?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 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!너무 귀여워요!neomu gwiyeowoyo!
You are incredible대단해요!daedanhaeyo!
You look great!멋지네요!meotjineyo!
You are so sweet!정말 친절하네요!jeongmal chinjeolhaneyo!
You make a good first impression!첫 인상이 좋네요!cheot insangi jonneyo!
You are the man of my dreams내가 꿈꾸던 남자예요naega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo
You are the woman of my dreams내가 꿈꾸던 여자예요naega 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 you보고 싶어bogo sipeo
I like you좋아해joahae
I like you a lot많이 좋아해mani joahae
I want to see you만나고 싶어mannago sipeo
I love you사랑해saranghae
I love you a lot많이 사랑해mani saranghae
I love you too나도 사랑해nado saranghae
Give me a hug!안아 줘!ana jwo!
I want to hug you안아주고 싶어anajugo sipeo
I will give you a hug안아줄게anajulge
I want to kiss you뽀뽀하고 싶어ppoppohago sipeo
Kiss me please뽀뽀해 줘ppoppohae jwo
I want to be with you같이 있고 싶어gachi itgo sipeo
I miss your smile미소가 정말 그리워misoga jeongmal geuriwo
I would like to spend more time with you너랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어neorang 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 sight첫눈에 반했어cheonnune banhaesseo
I’m touched감동 받았어gamdong badasseo
I love you with all my heart진심으로 사랑해jinsimeuro saranghae
I love you more than you know생각하고 있는 것 이상으로 사랑해saenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae
I love you more than words can express말로 표현할 수 없을 만큼 사랑해mallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae
I love you more and more everyday시간이 지날수록 더 사랑해sigani jinalsurok deo saranghae
You don’t know how much I love you내가 얼마나 사랑하는지 모를 거야naega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya
I’m crazy about you너에게 반했어neoege banhaesseo
I’m yours나는 니꺼야naneun nikkeoya
We’re a match made in heaven우리는 천생연분이야urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya
Let’s get married나랑 결혼 해줘narang gyeolhon haejwo

 

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
baby자기jagi
honey여보yeobo
secret crush짝사랑jjaksarang
couple커플keopeul
date데이트deiteu
boyfriendnamchin
girlfriendyeochin
kiss (quick peck)뽀뽀ppoppo
kiss키스kiseu
blind date소개팅sogaeting
blind date for marriage맞선matseon
group date미팅miting
lover연인yeonin
love사랑sarang
boyfriend or girlfriend애인aein
engagement약혼yakon
remarriage재혼jaehon

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
player바람둥이baramdungi
cheat on바람 피우다baram piuda
flirt작업jageop
hit on헌팅heonting
divorce이혼ihon
broken heart실연sillyeon

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 alone나를 혼자 있게 해주세요nareul honja itge haejuseyo
You are not my type내 스타일 아니에요nae seutail anieyo
Go away!그냥 가 주세요!geunyang ga juseyo!
Please stop nagging me!바가지 좀 긁지 마!bagaji jom geulji ma!
Our relationship was doomed from the start우리 관계는 처음부터 문제가 있었어uri gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo
Let’s break up이제 헤어져ije 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. 

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!

 

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

    • Avatar for Alexander Alexander

      Hey, do you think you could add some stuff in here for us LGBT? Mainly, at the beginning you only put in the options for male/female relationships under rule #2 but maybe someone would want to know for male/male and female/female as well

    • Avatar for Regine letada Regine letada

      I want learn in Korean language

    • Avatar for PM PM

      안녕하세요 ^^
      Is also 반만 almost got the same meaning of 여애좀?
      Because a korean man told me this, I felt he gets this feeling of competing with my job.. Thank you..

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, PM! ^^ I’m afraid I have no idea what “여애좀” means. “반만” could mean “only half”, but “반만” is not an actual word.

        • Avatar for @makailaxbts @makailaxbts

          I think maybe PM means ‘반말’ ??

        • Avatar for @makailaxbts @makailaxbts

          doesn’t the 여 stand for ‘woman’ and 애좀 means’ little’ sooo.. wouldn’t it be’ little girl’ ? Maybe … not sure if i’m right tho. hehe i’m only learning ^-^

    • Avatar for Ann Ann

      안녕하세요~😊
      My korean partner calls me “마누라”but I’m kind of confused with its english translation. May you please tell me what it really means? And what is the antonym for 마누라?
      I hope you will answer my enquiry~😊
      정말 감사합니다

      • Avatar for 90 Day Korean 90 Day Korean

        Hi, Ann! 마누라 means “wife”, it’s a super informal way to refer to your wife. Standard words for “wife” would be “아내 or 부인”. You can call your husband “영감”, which originally means “an old man”, but it’s also an informal way to call your husband. The standard word for husband is “남편”. ^^

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