Mandarin Chinese Love Vocabulary

Is love the universal language? Maybe – but deep gazes and long sighs only go so far. Eventually the need for practical communication kicks in.

This list of Mandarin Chinese love vocabulary will help. But love vocabulary only covers part of the complicated spectrum of falling in love.

This is especially true of Western / Asian love matches because of the many cultural differences concerning love, sex and marriage.

Although Asians are becoming more westernized in attitudes about love, there are still strong traditional values that guide behavior.

This traditionalism is due in a large part to relatively recent freedoms concerning love and marriage. Arranged marriages are still within living memory, and it has only been within the last 10 years that public displays of affection have become acceptable.

Valentine’s Day

Western holidays such as Christmas and Halloween have gained popularity in Asian countries, and this also extends to Valentine’s Day. Gifts of roses and chocolates are the common ways of saying “I love you” in Mandarin-speaking countries.

But there is also a traditional Chinese Lover’s Day which falls on July 7th of the lunar calendar (August in the Western calendar).

July in the lunar calendar happens to be “Ghost Month” – the time of year when spirits wander the earth. According to legend, the 7th day of the 7th month is the time when the goddess Zhi Nu can be re-united with her earthly lover.

Modern day lovers celebrate Lover’s Day with gifts of flowers. The number of flowers is significant: one red rose means "you are my only love," eleven roses means "you are a favorite," ninety-nine roses means "I will love you forever," and 108 roses means "marry me."

Mandarin Love Vocabulary

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EnglishPinyinTraditionalSimplified
loveài qíng愛情爱情
boyfriendnán péng you男朋友男朋友
girlfriendnǚ péng you女朋友女朋友
beautifulměi lì美麗美丽
I love you.Wǒ ài nǐ.我愛你。我爱你
datingyuē huì約會约会
Will you marry me?Jià gěi wǒ hǎo ma?嫁給我好嗎?嫁给我好吗?
engagedding hūn訂婚订婚
marriagejié hūn結婚结婚
weddinghūn lǐ婚禮婚礼
wedding anniversaryjié hūn zhōu nián jì niàn rì結婚周年紀念日结婚周年纪念日
husbandxiān sheng先生先生
wifetàitai太太太太
loversqíng lǚ情侶情侣
Valentine’s Dayqíng rén jié情人節情人节
Valentine’s Day presentqíng rén jié lǐwù情人節禮物情人节礼物
flowersxiān huā鮮花鲜花
chocolateqiǎo kè lì巧克力巧克力
candlelit dinnerzhú guāng wǎn cān蠋光晚餐蠋光晚餐
romanticlàng màn浪漫浪漫
happinessxìngfú幸福幸福
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