I Love You in Chinese

Practice a Chinese 'I Love You' with mp3

Is there a special someone that needs to hear an I love you in Chinese from you? If that’s the case, then let’s not keep him or her waiting! As you know, time is of the essence in matters of the heart.

We’ve got the mp3 audio of I love you in Mandarin, as well as a quick pronunciation drill that will help you say it right.

Plus, I will offer a slight warning to those wading into the waters of dating Chinese women (or men) - but that's later. First listen to what I love you in Chinese sounds like...

Play it back a few times.

Take a look at the pinyin spelling to help you pronounce it:

wǒ ài nǐ

If you’re not familiar with the system of pinyin, you can think of the Chinese pronunciation of I love you roughly this way:

wuhh eye knee

And if you want the Chinese characters for 'I love you', they look like this:


Pronunciation Tips for 'I Love You' in Chinese

Tones in Chinese are very important. When we say ‘tones’, what we are talking about is the way your voice rises, falls, or stays even on each syllable (or character) that you speak. Speaking Chinese is a little bit like singing. (Making an I love you in Chinese all the more romantic!)

But the good thing is you don't have to worry about being in tune - you just have to rise, fall, or hold the tone in the right places.

So listen to Audrey, my wife, (who should try saying 'I love you' a little more often, if anyone were to ask my opinion) repeat the phrase with exaggerated tones. Be sure to repeat after her each time.

Audrey is an accomplished Chinese teacher and this interactive method she often uses with her students is very effective in getting their pronunciation of Chinese phrases right on the mark.

And it will work for you, too.

Listen and repeat after Audrey each time: Did you notice the tones for I love you in Chinese? How they rise, fall or dip? Take a look again at the pinyin, which has marks over each syllable that show the tones:

Try again with that interactive mp3 drill. How does it feel? Do you have the confidence yet to spring this powerful Chinese love phrase on that special someone? We hope so.

If all goes well, you might hear this reply:

我也爱你。wǒ yě ài nǐ 。

That’s an ‘I love you, too’ in Mandarin Chinese.

Results Will Vary (A Word of Caution)

If your relationship is in the stage where you are offering expressions of 'I love you' to your Chinese girlfriend, it's natural that you will yearn to hear her return the same Chinese love phrase to you. That's great, but I urge you also to be aware of a few things.

We don't always share the same meanings of concepts and words. Chinese culture can be so different from Western or American culture that even the concept of 'love' that you are talking about will not necessarily be the same one that exists in your lover's mind.

There are many things to understand about the dating dance that occurs between a Chinese woman and her prospective mate. Chinese men, who grow up in the culture are well aware of many of the patterns, but often the Western man will be in the dark about what is playing out right under his nose. Things are not always as they seem.

This important topic is beyond the scope of this article, whose purpose is simply to teach you how to say I love you in Mandarin Chinese. But you may want investigate further and get advice from those who are experienced in this area. It could both save you a lot of heartache, and win you a happier future.

Enjoy your adventures in love and romance and be happy everyday!

天天快乐! (tiān tiān kuài lè)