Basic Mandarin words to show your love

If you want a few basic Mandarin phrases to practice with your Chinese lover, you’ve come to the right place.

What about the tones? I indicated the tones if you know how to use them. If not, I used regular English words to approximate the Chinese sounds. These are perfect for you if you are new to Mandarin Chinese.

Yes, the tones do change the meaning of the sentence. Your Chinese friend can still understand the jist of your sentence though.

Even if you get the tones wrong.

Trust me, they will know you really mean “I love you” instead of “your hovercraft is full of eels”.

I love you.

Whoa eye knee.

I love you too.

Whoa yeah eye knee.

The next two phrases are courtesy of my Chinese tutor. When I scrambled to learn Chinese as fast as possible to impress my Chinese girlfriend...I brought in high powered help - a Chinese tutor.

My tutor gave me these next two phrases...who knows why?

Anyhoo, I tried them the next time I called my Chinese girlfriend. What was her reaction?

Two minutes (at least) of continuous laughter.

I’m not sure if that was good or bad. So use them at your discretion. Chinese Smiley

I love you like crazy.

Whoa eye knee eye da (like da in “Panda”) fa kwong.

Wǒ ài nǐ ài de fǎ kuáng.


I’m madly in love with you.

Whoa eye knee eye da (like da in “Panda”) fa (as in “do re mi fa”) sow.

Wǒ ài nǐ ài de fǎ shāo.


I miss you.

Whoa she ung (as in “lung”) knee.

Wǒ xiǎng nǐ.


I miss you too.

Whoa yeah she ung (as in “lung”) knee.

Wǒ yě xiǎng nǐ.


Did you miss me?

Knee she ung (as in “lung”) whoa ma (like ma in “Mama”)?

Nǐ xiǎng wǒ ma?


I don’t understand.

Whoa ting boo dong (rhyming with “long”).

Wǒ tīng bù dǒng.


I understand.

Whoa ming (as in “coming”) buy.

Wǒ míngbái.



Cheen (rhyming with “Queen”) eye da (like da in “Panda”)

Qīn'ài de


Beautiful Girl.

May New.



River Maiden.

Tron Mait (rhyming with “Wait”) Za (as in “Pizza”)

Chuān měizi


Why would you want to call someone a river maiden?

In China, it’s said that the most beautiful women are from the Sichuan (Four Rivers) province. It’s the part of China that’s famous for spicy food and Panda bears.

Despite what the rest of China says, I happen to agree with this. You guessed it, my Chinese girlfriend is Sichuan.

Sichuan is also one of the most densely populated areas of China. In fact, it was SO huge, with so many people, that it was split into two smaller provinces, including Chongqing.

Odds are that most Chinese girls, hot or not, are from Sichuan. So that’s why you might want to say River Maiden.

River maiden is a term to describe a very beautiful girl from the Sichuan province.

Handsome guy (hunk).

Ss-why ga. (like ga in “Conga”)



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