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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Respond to "I Love You"

with Ayaka Hills

When someone says "I love you" in Japanese, be sure you know how to respond. Here are phrases to respond to "I love you" in Japanese.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Respond to "I Love You"

Hi, I'm Ayaka Hills of Hills Learning in New York for About.com. In this video, I'm going to go over some ways to respond when someone says "I love you" to you in Japanese.

How to Say "I Love You Too" in Japanese

愛してる (aishiteru) means I love you. If someone says 愛してる (aishiteru) to you in Japanese, and if you feel the same, you can respond by saying 私も愛してる (watashi mo aishiteru), which means "I love you too": 私も愛してる (watashi mo aishiteru)

Most Common Response to "I Love You" in Japanese

However, it's rare for people in Japan to speak openly about love. It's more likely that someone will say 好きです (sukidesu) which literally means "I like you." Japanese phrases differ sometimes, depending on the gender of the speaker.

So if you're female, and if you have same feelings, you can respond by saying: 私もあなたのことが好きです (watashimo anata no koto ga sukidesu). Literally, this means "I like you too," though implicitly, it can mean "I love you too."

If you are male, and want to respond positively, then you can say: 僕も君の事が好きだ (boku mo kimi no koto ga sukida). I like, or love you too.

How to Respond to "I Love You" in Japanese Negatively

Now, if you don't like the person who's saying "I love you," a simple way of responding is by saying: ごめんなさい (gomenasai) -- I'm sorry.

It should be all that's necessary if you're not interested in pursuing the conversation any further.

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