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Hey there lovebirds!
After seeing our Korean phrase list, 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!
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 2015, so you can feel confident that you’re using the same words that Korean couples use these days.
1. Two Rules for Korean Love Phrases
i. 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Also, it’s a bit of an outdated term that means “honey”, so it can be confusing!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.
ii. 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:
To older men: “오빠”
- Example: “사랑해요” —> “오빠 사랑해요”
To younger men: His name
- Example: “사랑해요” —> “민석 사랑해요”
To older women: “누나”
- Example: “사랑해요” —> “누나 사랑해요”
To younger women: Her name
- Example: “사랑해요” —> “지나 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!
2. 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 plan the date, all the way up to becoming a couple!
|What is your phone number?||핸드폰 번호가 뭐예요?|
|Let’s talk on KakaoTalk||우리 카카오톡 해요|
|Do you have time this weekend?||주말에 시간 있어요?|
|Are you available ________?||________에 시간 있어요?|
|I’m busy on________||________에 바빠요|
|Shall I set you up on a blind date?||소개팅 해줄까요?|
|Shall we go on a date together?||우리 데이트 할까요?|
|Shall we get dinner together sometime?||언제 우리 같이 저녁 먹을까요?|
|Shall we go for a short walk?||잠깐 산책할까요?|
|That was a great evening||즐거운 저녁이었어요|
|When shall we meet again?||언제 다시 볼까요?|
|Will you be my boyfriend/girlfriend?||우리 사귈래요?|
3. 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!
|You are handsome!||잘 생겼어요!|
|You are charming!||매력적이네요!|
|You are pretty!||예쁘네요!|
|You are so cute!||너무 귀여워요!|
|You are incredible||대단해요!|
|You look great!||멋지네요!|
|You are so sweet!||정말 친절하네요!|
|You make a good first impression!||첫 인상이 좋네요!|
|You are the man of my dreams||내가 꿈꾸던 남자예요|
|You are the woman of my dreams||내가 꿈꾸던 여자예요|
4. 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.
|I miss you||보고 싶어요|
|I like you||좋아해요|
|I like you a lot||많이 좋아해요|
|I want to see you||보고 싶어요|
|I love you||사랑해요|
|I love you a lot||많이 사랑해요|
|I love you too||나도 사랑해요|
|Give me a hug!||안아 주세요!|
|I want to hug you||안아주고 싶어요|
|I will give you a hug||안아줄게요|
|I want to kiss you||뽀뽀하고 싶어요|
|Kiss me please||뽀뽀해 주세요|
|I want to be with you||같이 있고 싶어요|
|I miss your smile||미소가 정말 그리워요|
|I would like to spend more time with you||<이름>랑 더 오래 같이 있고 싶어요|
5. 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!
|It was love at first sight||첫눈에 반했어요|
|I’m touched||감동 받았어요|
|I love you with all my heart||진심으로 사랑해요|
|I love you more than you know||생각하고 있는 것 이상으로 사랑합니다|
|I love you more than words can express||말로 표현할 수 없을 만큼 사랑해요|
|I love you more and more everyday||시간이 지날수록 더 사랑해요|
|You don’t know how much I love you||내가 얼마나 사랑하는지 모를 것 같아요|
|I’m crazy about you||너에게 반했어요|
|I’m yours||나는 니꺼야|
|We’re a match made in heaven||우리는 천생연분이예요|
|Let’s get married||나하고 결혼 해주세요|
6. 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|
|blind date for marriage||맞선|
|boyfriend or girlfriend||애인|
7. Korean Words to Avoid
Some words will brighten your day, and some are bad news. Here are the Korean words that you’ll be better off avoiding.
|cheat on||바람 피우다|
8. 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.
|I’m not interested||관심 없어요|
|Leave me alone||나를 혼자 있게 해주세요|
|You are not my type||내 스타일 아니에요|
|Go away!||그냥 가 주세요!|
|Please stop nagging me!||바가지 좀 긁지 마!|
|Our relationship was doomed from the start||우리 관계는 처음부터 문제가 있었어요|
|Let’s break up||이제 해어져요|
Want more Korean phrases? Go here for the complete list of “Korean Phrases You Can’t Live Without”!
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