10 Ways to say I love you in Korean language

10 Ways to say I love you in Korean language

    I’m going to teach you how to say I love you in Korean, Korean phrases and Korean love words. After completing this lesson you will learn everything related to love.

  In the Korean language, You can say I love you in many ways. Actually it depends on the age of the person and how close you are with that person.

    If the person you are saying to is older than you, you have to say Sarang hamnida 사랑 합니다. If the person you are referring to is well respected or you don’t know him/ her very well you have to say Sarang hamnida 사랑 합니다. This is the formal version of I love you in Korean language.


        If the listener is younger than you or he/ she is same as your age you have to say saranghae 사랑해 or 사랑해요. The word 사랑해 is used to only those who are really close to you whether they are older than you or not. This is an informal version of I love you in Korean.

Now let’s break down this Korean phrase into characters to learn how to pronounce it.

사랑 합니다 = 사SA 랑RANG 합HAM 니NI 다DA.

사랑해 = 사SA 랑RANG 해HAE

사랑해요 = 사SA 랑RANG 해HAE 요YO.

All these forms of I love you in Korean are derived from the basic Korean verb 사랑하다. Which literally means love or an attraction or feeling to something or somebody.


    Nowadays the younger generation of Korean use Konglish version of I love you that is 아이 러브 유 ( Aai laebu yu). This is a famous phrase among school and college students.


    난 영원히 당신을 사랑할 거야! which means I’ll love you forever!. This is a creative way of saying I love you in Korean. If you use this phrase your partner becomes so happy.

난(Nan) 영원히 (Yeong won hi) 당신을 (Dangsineul) 사랑할 거야! (Saranghalkoya)


     Another way to say I love you in Korean is by using subject and object. Let’s find out briefly.

I mean 나 or 저 (나 is informal and 저 is formal) LOVE mean 사랑  YOU mean 너. So you can say

나는 너를 사랑해. In daily life, people don’t use this phrase but you can use it in cyberlife (Facebook, insta, youtube, kakaotalk etc). It seems like google translate talking to a human.

     Korean sentence structure is different than the English sentence structure. In the Korean system, we have to use Subject + verb + object. If you don’t know why the particles and are used. click here. 난 너를 사랑해 is another short form of 나는 너를 사랑해.


 If the valentine day is coming soon and you want to propose your crush and spend time with him/ her by expressing your feelings you can say 발렌타인데이 같이 보낼래요? Now let’s romanize this phrase 발렌타인데이 Bhalentain dei 같이 Kachhi 보낼래요Fonelleyo?   

 If you don’t want to say I love you directly you can say 당신은 나에게 무척 소중해요. It means you mean so much to me. This is another way to express your deep feelings to someone. 당신은 dangsineun 나에게 Na – ege 무척 Muchhak 소중해요 Sojungheyo.

  알럽! is a modern way to say I love you in Korean. 알럽 is a Konglish word derived from I love. New generation Korean especially teenagers use this word to express love for their partners. 

     If you want to be more expressive and romantic you can say 말로는 내 사랑을 설명할 수 없습니다. This means words can’t describe my love/ feeling for you. 말로는 Mallonun 내Ne 사랑을Sarangeul 설명 Seol myeong 할수Halsu 없습니다 Eop Sumnida.

The other way to express your deep affection to your girlfriend or boyfriend in Korea is 당신의 모든 것을 사랑합니다 which means I love everything about you. 당신의 Dangshin we 모든 Modun 것을 Kasul 사랑합니다 Saranghamnida.