Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about ways to express our love and appreciation to the special people in our lives. Whether you are in a romantic relationship, have a close family member or friend, or simply want to spread love and kindness to those around you, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do so.
Words are one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to show someone you care. Speaking from the heart can profoundly impact the recipient and make all the difference in their day. Here are 4 simple Chinese sentences that can help you express your love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day.
I love you 我愛你/我爱你
我愛你/我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ) – the most common Chinese sentence used to express one’s feeling of love. 我 (wǒ) means “I,” 愛/爱 (ài) is “to love,” and 你 (nǐ) is the singular “you.” Altogether, 我愛你/我爱你 is “I love you.”
I miss you very much 我很想你
It could be hard for some people to say 我愛你/我爱你 (I love you) because they might not be brought up in a way to say those three little words naturally. So then, why not try the expression 我很想你 (wǒ hěn xiǎng nǐ)? It’s a more subtle way to show your affection.
Here, 很 (hěn) means “very much,” and 想 (xiǎng) is “to miss.” It’s worth noting that 想 only in the sense of missing home or missing someone whom you won’t see for a while. So, 我很想你 literally means “I very much miss you.”
Happy Valentine’s Day 情人節快樂/情人节快乐
情人節快樂/情人节快乐 (qíngrén jié kuàilè) = “lover” + “festival” + “happy.” In Chinese, when saying any wishes, such as a happy new year or happy birthday, always say the name of the occasion first and then add 快樂/快乐(happy; kuàilè) to the end.
Let’s get married 我們結婚吧/我们结婚吧
Let’s break down the sentence 我們結婚吧/我们结婚吧 (wǒmen jiéhūn ba) word by word! We use 們/们 to change a singular pronoun into its plural form, such as I (我; wǒ) to we (我們/我们; wǒmen), and the singular you (你; nǐ) to the plural you (你們/你们; nǐmen).
結婚/结婚 (jié hūn; get married) = “to tie” + “marriage.” This is similar to the English expression “to tie the knot.” And, 吧 (ba), the final character in the sentence, indicates that the speaker is making a suggestion.
These 4 simple sentences can be used in a handwritten note, a text message, a card, or even a phone call. The important thing is to speak from the heart and let your loved ones know just how much they mean to you.
So, take some time this Valentine’s Day to express your love and appreciation to the special people in your life. You never know how much your words can brighten someone’s day and make a lasting impact on their life.
Happy Valentine’s Day! 情人節快樂/情人节快乐!