How to say "I love you" in Vietnamese to a Partner/Friend/Family

“I love you” is one of those sentences which everyone wants to learn when they start studying Vietnamese.

In the phrase “I love you”, the verb “love” means yêu in Vietnamese.

That’s easy!

However, when it comes to addressing yourself (I) and the other person (you), it’s a little bit more complicated in Vietnamese.

How you address people mostly depending on your relationship with that person, their gender and age (generation).

But don’t worry!

This lesson is going to be very easy to follow, even if you’re completely new to the Vietnamese language and have no idea about the personal pronouns.

Saying “I love you” to your partner in Vietnamese

In Vietnam, when being in a relationship or going to be in a relationship, the word anh is used to talk about the man, while the word em is used to talk about the woman.

So to say ”I love you” in Vietnamese:

  • If you’re the gentleman, you will say anh yêu em to the lady.
  • If you're the lady, you will say em yêu anh to the man.

To sound even more romantic and sincere, address the person by the name first, followed by the word à, before the phrase “I love you”.

For instance, if the girl’s name is Ly, you can say Ly à, anh yêu em, which means “Ly, I love you”.

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Saying “I love you” to a family member

This section is for my Viet people out there.

In the Vietnamese language, if you’re talking to your parents, aunt, uncle, and grandparents, you will always address yourself “I” as con

To address the family member as “You”, you can use the word:

  • ba - for your father
  • mẹ - for your mother
  • ông - for your grandpa
  • - for your grandma

So to say ”I love you” in Vietnamese to your mom or grandma, you will say

  • Con yêu mẹI love you mom
  • Con yêu bàI love you grandma

Saying “I love you” to a friend in Vietnamese

What if you want to say “I love you” to a friend in Vietnamese?

In Vietnam, you would only say “I love you” to a very close friend who was born in the same year as you, such as a classmate.

You can address yourself as tao (I) and address the other person as mày (You).

So to say “I love you” to a close friend in Vietnamese, you'll say:

  • Tao yêu mày
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Saying “I love you so much” in Vietnamese

To emphasize your love to someone, simply place nhiều lắm after the phrase “I love you” that we’ve just learned earlier on.

Nhiều means “a lot” or “much” in Vietnamese. Lắm means “very” or “so”.

Therefore, nhiều lắm can be translated as “very much” or “so much”.

For examples:

  • Anh yêu em nhiều lắmI love you so much (man to woman)
  • Con yêu mẹ nhiều lắmI love you so much mom

Responses to “I love you” in Vietnamese

Here are some useful phrases that you can use to respond when someone says “I love you” to you in Vietnamese.

1. Saying “I love you too” in Vietnamese

To make this sentence, simply place the word cũng before the verb yêu (love).

Cũng is the equivalent of “also” or “too” in English.

For examples:

  • Em cũng yêu anhI love you too (woman to man)
  • Con cũng yêu baI love you too dad

2. Saying “I love you more” in Vietnamese

This is another way to respond to the phrase “I love you”. Simply place the word nhiều hơn at the end of the sentence.

Nhiều hơn is the equivalent of “much more” in English.

For examples:

  • Anh yêu em nhiều hơnI love you too (man to woman)
  • Con yêu mẹ nhiều hơnI love you more mom

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