How to Say I Love You in Thai?
The quick answer is: chan rak ter or ฉันรักเธอ, but I’d recommend reading further because in context-light language like Thai, choosing the right words and sentences depends on who is talking as well as who you are talking to.
You can click on the blue words and phrases to hear the audio of the Thai word or sentence.
Whether you are studying Thai or just have a significant other that you are trying to impress, you may be interested in learning how to say I love you in Thai. Even if you don’t go very deep into Thai language, learning short phrases like this can really win you some bonus points with your partner.
Aside from just knowing how to use and pronounce these Thai phrases correctly, you’ll also hear many of them in Thai songs, Thai soaps and Thai movies.
In addition to learning the different Thai phrases for “I love you,” we’ll also introduce some of the more common expressions and useful sentences that use the word “love” which is “rak” or รัก in Thai language.
Words for ‘I Love You’ in Thai
The most common expression you’ll probably encounter for “I love you” in Thai across all forms of media is ฉันรักเธอ (chan rak ter). ฉัน (chan) is generally used as the primary female pronoun, but guys use it in love songs and sometimes on Thai tv and movies. I don’t recommend using this in real life, however if you are male as it can sound a little silly. You can either drop the pronoun entirely, or use one of the other choices below.
One thing you will notice pretty quickly in Thai is that the pronouns (like ‘I’ and ‘you’) is often dropped.
When in doubt, just pay attention to how Thai people talk to each other (in real life as opposed to on tv) and copy what they do. It may take a while sometimes before you can find the answer, but it’s worth the effort.
ฉันรักเธอ (chan rak ter) – I love you.
|ฉัน||chan||I (primarily used by females)|
|เธอ||ter||you (intimate); she|
Basic Phrases for “I Love You” in Thai
Choosing the best phrase isn’t always easy. You’ll probably come across these phrases in textbooks, phrasebooks and other web sites. I don’t really recommend using them, but they won’t do you any harm.
|ผมรักคุณ||phom rak khun||I love you. (male speaker)|
|ฉันรักคุณ||chan rak khun||I love you. (female speaker)|
Thai Sentence Pattern: A รัก B
Here’s the basic sentence pattern saying ‘I love you’ in Thai.
“A loves B,” is what you want to start with, but choosing the correct pronouns to use in Thai can be a little complicated. Gender, status, age and relationship all have an affect on the words that you should use to refer to both yourself and to whom you are speaking to.
As a learner of the language, you are expected to make mistakes so don’t worry about it too much. It’s a pretty soft minefield so you won’t lose any limbs. Just keep in mind that the more familiar/intimate/close you are with a person, the more freedom you’ll have to use the informal expressions.
In Thai, it’s very common to drop pronouns when it’s obvious who the target is. We’ll look at this more in the next section.
Informal ‘I Love You’ in Thai
Since declaring your love for someone tends to be a pretty informal situation to begin with, I’d really recommend becoming familiar with the more informal Thai love phrases you can use with your partner. You can almost always drop one or both pronouns if it’s clear who is saying what to who. You can also do this if you just aren’t sure which pronoun to use.
- รักเธอนะ (rak ter na)
- รักนะ (rak na)
- พี่รักเธอ (not found)(pee rak ter)
- รักเธอนะ (rak ter na
- พี่รัก [name] นะ (pee rak NAME na)
- รักกันนะ (rak gan na)
Which Thai pronoun to use?
- Are you male?
- Are you female?
How to Refer to Your Partner in Thai
|ผัว||poo-ah||husband (often used even if not married)|
|เมีย||mia||wife (often used even if not married)|
Bonus Thai Love Phrases
|รักผมรึยัง||rak phom rue yang||Do you love me yet? (male speaker)|
|รักฉันรึยัง||rak chan rue yang||Do you love me yet? (female speaker)|
|รักไม่เป็น||rak mai ppen||I don’t know how to love.|
|ตกหลุมรัก||tok lum rak||Fall in love (fall-hole-love)|
|แสดงความรัก||sa-dang kwaam rak||to show or express love|
Noun vs Verbs in Thai
The word รัก (rak) that we looked at above is going to act as a verb in most cases. In order to form the noun version of “love” in Thai, you just add the word ความ (kwaam) in front of รัก (rak). You’ll use the noun form in sentences where you are talking about the concept or idea of love.
- รัก – (rak) to love (verb)
- Jane รักสัตว์ (not found)(Jane rak sat) – Janes loves animals.
- หมารักแมว (maa rak maew) – Dog loves cat.
- ความรัก (kwaam rak) – love (noun)
There are plenty of ways to say “I love you” in Thai and this list is not exhaustive, but hopefully we’ve given you enough to get started with. Remember, that part of learning a language (or any skill!) involves making mistakes and embracing this early on will make the journey go much smoother.
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