The original post was on Jamie’s Mandarin WeChat in February 2020.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Despite the tough situation, we are going through right now, LOVE is something worth remembering and celebrating.
The language of love is universal. However, we have more subtle ways of expressing our feelings in Chinese culture. For example, we give the loved one a “red bean” as a symbol of “thinking about you”, as we say 相思红豆 xiàng sī hóng dòu. But among young people, express romantic feelings have become much more straightforward.
We have listed 10 most common romantic expressions in Chinese. Listen to the audio and say it to your significant other on Valentine’s Day, or to yourself. Self-love is important too!
qīn ài de bǎo bèi wǒ ài nǐ
Dear baby, I love you!
nǐ shì wǒ de wéi yī
You are the only one.
wǒ xiǎng yǒng yuǎn péi zài nǐ shēn biān
I always want to be your side.
wǒ zuì zài hū de rén jiù shì nǐ
You are the one who I care about the most!
yù jiàn nǐ shì wǒ sānshēng yǒuxìng
I must be the most fortunate in my present, previous, and future life to have met you.
nǐ yī zhí dōu zài wǒ de xīn lǐ
You are always in my heart.
hǎi kě kū, shí kě làn，duì nǐ de ài yǒng yuǎn bú biàn
The ocean might dry out of the water, stones might break, but my love for you will never change.
zhí zǐ zhī shǒu ，yǔ zǐ xié lǎo Holding your hand, growing old together.
You will hear people say this phrase a lot on proposal and wedding ceremonies.
yīnwéi yí gè rén ài shàng yí zuò chéng
Fall in love with a city because of a person.
péi bàn shì zuì zhǎng qíng de gào bái
Being on your sides is the best way to confess my love.