Or you could punch them in the face which happened to me once.

But she was drunk and I didn’t actually ask her out and…it’s a long story.

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Though one of the most popular phrases in any language is “I love you”, Japanese rarely express their love in words.

Some Japanese have never used the word “aishite imasu” in their life!

However, you’ll probably inspire a few chuckles from your Japanese friends who might say 変な外人 hen na gaijin (weird foreigner). So for all you rose-in-mouth Romeos and Juliet sans, here are my top 10 Japanese phrases for dating in Japanese. However, it depends on the context of the situation and it might not be used so much by young people in their teens or twenties any more.

Note: When agreeing to someone’s invitation you can say いいね ii ne which literally means “it’s good”. Note: 遊びにいかない asobi ni ikanai literally means “Won’t you come out and play?

髪型かわいいよね – kamigata kawaii yo ne – Your hairstyle is really cute.

This is usually used to complement women rather than men.

How do you tell someone you just want to be friends?

After this free audio lesson you’ll know lots of important words for dating in Japanese – after all, you don’t always know when those special (and not so special) moments might occur!

Note: OK, I know this translation sounds a little clunky in English but when confessing your love to someone in Japanese it’s common to use the phrase 好き suki which means “like”.