8 Manly Expressions to Say I Love You in Japanese!

8 Manly Expressions to Say I Love You in Japanese!

There is a cute story about when men say “I love you” in each country. Americans say it 20 times a day, French say it when they don’t love the woman, and for our humble Japanese gentlemen, they only say “I love you” the minute before they die. This of course is a joke but it shows how shy Japanese men are. But there are times when Japanese men want to express their affection to the woman they love. Let’s look at some phrases to say “I love you” in Japanese.



 

8 Manly Expressions to Say I Love You in Japanese!

 

1. “Sukida” (I like you)

“Suki” means “like” but by adding “da” in the end, it sounds a little manly. On the other hand, if you only say “suki,” it sounds a little womanly. If you add “yo” in the end and say “sukidayo,” it gives a little softness and can bring out a romantic feeling between the two.

 

2. Aishiteru (I love you)

This is the exact translation of “to love” or “be loving.” And since in Japanese, we don’t necessarily specify the subject and object in a sentence, this is considered the best expression to show love.

 

3. Kimi ga hoshii (I want you)

This is another romantic way to show your affection in a very direct way. Some girls like it soft, some girls like it aggressive. This phrase is definitely for girls who like guys to show a strong affection for the girl.

 

4. Tsukiatte kudasai (Will you go out with me?)

In Japan, after dating a few times, it is common that a guy “officially” asks a girl out. This phrase is a statement that the guy really likes the girl. It is one of the most nervous moments for the guy to say this. And when the proposal is accepted, it will turn into the most exciting moment in life.

 

5. Isshoni itai (I want to be with you)

This is a much more humble and softer way to express the guy’s affection to a girl. The old generations say that you don’t really have to be so direct to show that you love the woman. The situation has changed over the years, but this phrase still works at romantic situations even after dating for a long time.

 

6. Sobani itehoshii (I want you by my side)

It sounds very similar to the one above, but in old days, it was men who lead women. Where the one above sounds softer and younger, this one is a little more old style, where the guys were more independent.

 

7. Shiawase ni shimasu (I will make you happy)

This used to be one of the common phrases to propose a woman since it shows the guy’s commitment. Men also say this when they meet the woman’s parents, especially to the father, to officially ask for her hand.

 

8. Tsuki ga kirei desune (The moon is beautiful tonight)

The word “love,” or “ai” in Japanese, is a very new concept in Japan. Until the influence of west came into Japan in late 19th century, the word “ai” was considered closer to “obsession” in Buddhism. When an English teacher was teaching the phrase “I love you” shortly after the Meiji Restoration, this is the phrase that he used to explain the romantic scene.

 

Conclusion

There are a various different ways to say “I love you” in Japanese, but many of them still remain as humble phrases due to a historical background. For our lady readers, try to sense his love when he doesn’t express it verbally. For our men readers, sometimes in Japan, less can be more!

 

8 Manly Expressions to Say I Love You in Japanese!

1. “Sukida” (I like you)
2. Aishiteru (I love you)
3. Kimi ga hoshii (I want you)
4. Tsukiatte kudasai (Will you go out with me?)
5. Isshoni itai (I want to be with you)
6. Sobani itehoshii (I want you by my side)
7. Shiawase ni shimasu (I will make you happy)
8. Tsuki ga kirei desune (The moon is beautiful tonight)