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Updated: Jul 2, 2021

Let us show you how to say “I Love You” in Khmer and Asian Language, or maybe after reading this you want to surprise your friends and other half. How to say:

1- Burmese

“ချစ်တယ်” Chit Tae

Saying ‘I love you’ can be both scary and exciting and even more so in a new language! There are a few different ways to tell someone that you love them in Burmese.

I love you Ngar nin ko chit tae

Love you Chit tae

I love you Chit pa de

All of the above phrases mean ‘I love you’ and can be used interchangeably.

2- Chinese

“我爱你” (wǒ ài nǐ.)

The phrase "wǒ ài nǐ" (我爱你) is the most literal way to say "I love you" in Chinese. This is considered an expression of extremely strong emotion and is never used casually. Use this phrase to express a lifelong love for someone in a more formal situation or serious occasion. For example, you might say this to your new spouse at your wedding, or on an anniversary.

3- Indonesian

Aku suka kamu.

Aku cinta kamu.

Aku sayang kamu.

Usually, there are three ways that Indonesian people use when they are saying this kind of thing. The first sentence is,

Aku suka kamu.

You say this when you get a crush on someone and you want to express it to her or him. If translated in English it would be,

I have a crush on you.

The second sentence is when your love is getting bigger, and you love her or him more deeply, you can say this,

Aku cinta kamu.

If translated in English it would be,

I love you.

The third sentence is when your love grows deeper. Your love in this state is more than your love in the previous state. You can say this sentence also to your beloved one, for example, your mother, your father or someone that you really care so much even though you're not in a relationship with them. You can say it to your brother, your sister, your mother, your father, and also your loved one. The third sentence is,

Aku sayang kamu.

This is deeper than aku cinta kamu. You still translate this in English as,

I love you.

4- Japanese

”愛しています” Aishite imasu

Japanese people have several ways to say “I love you” such as aishiteru (愛してる), aishiteru yo (愛してるよ), and aishiteru wa (愛してるわ).

But nowadays, young Japanese generations prefer phrases aishite imasu (愛しています), and aishiteru yo (愛してるよ).

5- Khmer

Tough question. Here are some things to keep in mind. Cambodians, culturally speaking, are less apt to make declarations about how they feel than Americans. The subject of love between two prospective lovers is traditionally handled by a designated third party chosen by the parents of one of the lovers. Thus expressions of love are somewhat vulgar, but strictly answering this question:

If you are a man telling a woman that you love her, you say បង​ស្រឡាញ់អូន 'bong sralanyh own'

If you are a woman telling a man that you love him, you say អូនស្រឡាញ់បង​ 'own sralanyh Bong'

In the case of same-sex lovers, the former is for if you are older than your lover and the latter is for if you are younger.

6- Korean

“사랑해” Saranghae

“사랑해요” saranghaeyo

If you are a big fan of K-dramas or the Korean culture, you definitely know the phrase Saranghae (사랑해) or saranghaeyo (사랑해요). These are the ways Korean people express their love to their loved ones.

If you’ve met a Korean person for the first time, you can say saranghamnita (사랑합니다 ) to express your affection but still being polite and formal.

7- Lao

Lao is the main language of Laos. Thai is also closely related to Lao, and the Issan dialect spoken in the northeast is, with minor differences in vocabulary aside, virtually identical to Lao. “I Love You” in Lao commonly say “ຂ້ອຍຮັກເຈົ້າ” Khoy Huck Chou which writing and sound like Thai.

8- Malay

Saya sayang awak and · saya cintakan awak are two of the ways to say I love you in Malay.

Saya suka awak = I like you. (Dating)

Saya sayang awak = I love you. (Closed ones/friends/relatives)

Saya cintakan awak = I love you. (Romantic inclination)

9- Tetum

I love you Hau hadomi O

10- Tagalog

Mahal kita = the most common way of saying 'I Love You. ... Iniibig kita = is a very dramatic way of declaring your love for someone. A bit old-fashioned, but it's the sort of phrase you use with an object of romantic affections.

11- Thai

C̄hạn rạk khuṇ (ฉันรักคุณ) (to female), P̄hm rạk khuṇ (ผมรักคุณ) (to male)

Thailand people often use the above phrases to show their love for each other. “Chan rak khun” is for man to woman, while “Phom rak khun” is for woman to man.

12- Vietnamese

Tôi yêu bạn, anh yêu em, em yêu anh

Vietnamese language has several pronouns to indicate the relationship between the speaker and the addressee. This is followed by numerous way to say “I love you” in Vietnamese. “Tôi yêu bạn” is a bit formal and can be used between friends. “Anh yêu em” or “em yêu anh” express a strong feeling for each other and the two sentences are often spoken by lovers or spouses as a way to give love.

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