Hey there, lovebirds!
Many people have been asking for Korean love phrases that they can use when dating Koreans. Here is a list to cover what you need!
And if you’re not familiar with Korean dating culture yet, it’s useful to get acquainted with it.
We’ve also got a PDF list of the phrases that you can take on the go.
The Korean 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 are all updated for 2018, so you can feel confident that you’re using the same words that Korean couples use these days. All of the phrases are in standard form unless otherwise noted. Let’s get to it!
Two Rules for Korean Love Phrases
Rule #1: Only “You”
You’ll notice that in many of the Korean 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” 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 Korean love phrases.
Also, it’s a bit of an outdated term that means “honey”, so it can be confusing!
In the 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. 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, it’s respectful to use the correct title (“오빠” or “누나”). 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 rules for using names and titles:
|female||younger male||(name)||민석아 사랑해|
|female||older male||오빠||오빠 사랑해요|
|male||younger female||(name)||진아야 사랑해|
|male||older female||누나||누나 사랑해요|
The 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 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!
|What is your phone number?||핸드폰 번호가 뭐예요?||haendeupon beonhoga mwoyeyo?|
|Let’s talk on KakaoTalk||우리 카카오톡 해요||uri kakaotok haeyo|
|Do you have time this weekend?||주말에 시간 있어요?||jumare sigan isseoyo?|
|Are you available ________?||________에 시간 있어요?||________e sigan isseoyo?|
|I’m busy on________||________에 바빠요||________e bappayo|
|Shall I set you up on a blind date?||소개팅 해줄까요?||sogaeting haejulkkayo?|
|Shall we go on a date together?||우리 데이트 할까요?||uri deiteu halkkayo?|
|Shall we get dinner together sometime?||언제 우리 같이 저녁 먹을까요?||eonje uri gachi jeonyeok meogeulkkayo?|
|Shall we go for a short walk?||잠깐 산책할까요?||jamkkan sanchaekalkkayo?|
|That was a great evening||즐거운 저녁이었어요||jeulgeoun jeonyeogieosseoyo|
|When shall we meet again?||언제 다시 볼까요?||eonje dasi bolkkayo?|
|Will you be my boyfriend/girlfriend?||우리 사귈래요?||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 expressions will help you express your 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, which would be a more informal way of saying the phrase.
|You are handsome!||잘 생겼어요!||jal saenggyeosseoyo!|
|You are charming!||매력적이네요!||maeryeokjeogineyo!|
|You are pretty!||예쁘네요!||yeppeuneyo!|
|You are so cute!||너무 귀여워요!||neomu gwiyeowoyo!|
|You are incredible||대단해요!||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 dreams||내가 꿈꾸던 남자예요||naega kkumkkudeon namjayeyo|
|You are the woman of my dreams||내가 꿈꾸던 여자예요||naega kkumkkudeon yeojayeyo|
Affectionate Korean Love Phrases
As you get further along with your Korean relationship, you’ll want to explain your feelings. Use the phrases to show your affection. These phrases are in 반말 (informal language), since they’ll likely be used with a significant other or someone close to you.
|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||보고 싶어||bogo sipeo|
|I love you||사랑해||saranghae|
|I love you a lot||많이 사랑해||mani saranghae|
|I love you too||나도 사랑해||nado saranghae|
|Give me a hug!||안아 줘!||ana jwo!|
|I want to hug you||안아주고 싶어||anajugo sipeo|
|I will give you a hug||안아줄게||anajulge|
|I want to kiss you||뽀뽀하고 싶어||ppoppohago sipeo|
|Kiss me please||뽀뽀해 줘||ppoppohae jwo|
|I want to be with you||같이 있고 싶어||gachi itgo sipeo|
|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|
Heart-to-Heart Korean Expressions
As your feelings become stronger, you’ll need the words to communicate those emotions onto your partner. These expressions should help you accomplish just that! Since you’ll most likley be using these phrases with someone close to you, they are in 반말 (informal) form.
|It was love at first sight||첫눈에 반했어||cheonnune banhaesseo|
|I’m touched||감동 받았어||gamdong badasseo|
|I love you with all my heart||진심으로 사랑해||jinsimeuro saranghae|
|I love you more than you know||생각하고 있는 것 이상으로 사랑해||saenggakago inneun geot isangeuro saranghae|
|I love you more than words can express||말로 표현할 수 없을 만큼 사랑해||mallo pyohyeonhal su eopseul mankeum saranghae|
|I love you more and more everyday||시간이 지날수록 더 사랑해||sigani jinalsurok deo saranghae|
|You don’t know how much I love you||내가 얼마나 사랑하는지 모를 거야||naega eolmana saranghaneunji moreul geoya|
|I’m crazy about you||너에게 반했어||neoege banhaesseo|
|I’m yours||나는 니꺼야||naneun nikkeoya|
|We’re a match made in heaven||우리는 천생연분이야||urineun cheonsaengyeonbuniya|
|Let’s get married||나랑 결혼 해줘||narang gyeolhon haejwo|
Korean Love Words
Here’s a list of common words that you’ll hear in Korean dating, from cute names to serious lifelong commitments.
|kiss (quick peck)||뽀뽀||ppoppo|
|blind date for marriage||맞선||matseon|
|boyfriend or girlfriend||애인||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.
|cheat on||바람 피우다||baram piuda|
Korean Fight & Breakup Phrases
In relationships, you have to take the good with the bad. If it wasn’t meant to be, then these Korean 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).
|I’m not interested||관심 없어요||gwansim eopseoyo|
|Leave me alone||나를 혼자 있게 해주세요||nareul honja itge haejuseyo|
|You are not my type||내 스타일 아니에요||nae 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 start||우리 관계는 처음부터 문제가 있었어||uri gwangyeneun cheoeumbuteo munjega isseosseo|
|Let’s break up||이제 헤어져||ije heeojyeo|
These are just some of the more specific Korean phrases you could learn. We have a lot more Korean 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!