The special words ‘I love you’ is a phrase that most people want to know how to say when learning a new language. If you are fan of K-Pop or K-Drama, you are already likely familiar with hearing these words; in case you are not, today we’ll show you how to say I love you in Korean and how this phrase changes when speaking to different people.
How to Say I love you in Korean
Here is how to say I love you in Korean: 사랑해요 [sa-rang-hae-yo]. Notice here that we use ‘요’ [yo] at the end of the sentence to indicate we are using the ‘formal’ way of speaking in Korean (more on this below).
I love you in Korean in the Informal Way
Koreans use the word 여보 [yo-bo] to refer to their loved one (usually for their husband or wife but sometimes for a girlfriend or boyfriend who are essentially pretending to be married) which means ‘honey’ or ‘darling’. Here is a sample sentence:
사랑해, 여보 [sa-rang-hae, yo-bo]
“I love you, honey (darling)!”
OR you can say it backwards and it will mean the exact same thing:
여보 사랑해 [yo-bo, sa-rang-hae]
“Honey (darling), I love you!”
I Love You in Korean in the Formal Way
When you think about it, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense to say I love you to someone who you want to be formal with, does it? However, when you say I love you in Korean, you might be saying this to your grandmother or grandfather as an example; in this situation, you want to show respect while saying these nice words due to their age/status in the family.
사랑해요, 할아버지 [sa-rang-hae-yo-hal-abeoji]
“I love you, Grandpa!”
“I love you, Grandma!”
Now that you know how to say I love you in Korean, start saying this to your boyfriend, girlfriend, parents or grandparents!