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06:13 Jun 16, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: i love you
to tell a lover

Summary of answers provided
Timothy Takemoto



18 hrs

or in Japanese characters


More formally, perhaps for a letter, there is


The second "i" in both the above is often left out in spoken Japanese.

Or more formally still, perhaps to press the point home, in a letter.

Watashi wa anata wo aishite imasu.

This latter form includes the subject (I) and object (you) which have been left out in the renditions above.

Less romantically but more naturally there is

suki (desu) 好き(です) I like you

dai suki (desu) 大好きです I like you a lot

The formal ending "desu" would normally be left out in spoken Japanese and might possibly be replaced by "yo" which adds emphasis and makes it more informal.

Alternatively, since saying "I love you" is a pretty Western thing to do (Japanese are much less likely to go in for vocalising their affection), you might use

ai rabu yuu

Which is the Japanese phoneticisation for "I love you". But if you are going to go that far then "I love you" would no doubt be understood.

The answers given in the page below are pretty comprehensive.


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Timothy Takemoto
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