How to Say I love you in the Dutch Language (Pronunciation with Audio)

Have you ever wanted to say “I love you” in Dutch? Expressing love is an important matter in any language and relationship. Therefore, you’ll learn here how to say “I love you” in Dutch. In short, the words to use are: Ik hou van jouI love you” 

Ik hou van jou ik how fan yer=I love you
Hou je van mij?How yer fan mei?Do you love me?

However, like any language and culture, different situations call for different ways to express love or liking.  Maybe, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Dutch word for love just yet. 

Useful Dutch phrases to express love and or liking

  1. Dutch phrases to say you like someone.
  2. Common Dutch phrases you will need to set up a date.
  3. Dutch Words related to love.

1. Dutch phrases to say you like someone

Expressing that you like someone before saying that you love them is important too. 

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship. Impress your lover with your Dutch language skills and make his/her day! You can also copy the characters and learn how to write in Dutch, your date will be impressed!

So here are some phrases that you can use if you want to tell someone you like them.

Ik vind je leukik fint yer luk I like you
Ik ben verliefd op jouIk ben fer-leeft op yowI’ve got a crush on you
Je bent zo schattigYer bent zoa skat-tighYou are so cute
Je bent zo mooiYer bent zoa mooyYou’re so beautiful
Je betekent ontzettend veel voor meYer buh-thekent zoa fayl foar huhYou mean so much to me
Je ziet er goed uit.Yer zeet erh khoot oaitYou look great
mijn schatjeMayn skat-jumy dear

2. Common Dutch phrases you will need to set up a date.

So maybe you have met someone, and you would like to get to know them better. Let us look at some sentences and phrases that you can use in the initial dating phase of a relationship. In these early stages you may want to ask him or her to go out with you. We can ask someone out in Dutch as follows

Heb je zin om met mij uit eten te gaan?Hep yer zin om met may uyt ay-tarn tu khaan?Would you like to go out to dinner with me?
Wil je met me uit?vil yer met may uyt?Let’s go on a date.
Heb je zin om samen iets te gaan doen ?Hep yer zin om saa-mern eets tu khaan doon? Would you like to hang out with me?
Ben je dit weekend vrij?Ben yer dit vee-kent frayAre you free this weekend?
Heb je een vriend/vriendin?Hep yer ern freent/ freen-dinDo you have a  boyfriend/girlfriend?
Zullen we nog eens afspreken?zuh-lern ver nokh ayns af-spreekhenShall we meet another time?

3. Dutch Words related to love.

Here is a list of a few important Dutch words related to love.

de liefdeder leefte-uhthe love
het afspraakjehey af-spraak-juhthe date
de verkeringder fer- ker-ringthe love relationship
de relatieder ruh-laatsithe (love) relationship
verliefd zijnfer-leeft zaynto be in love
mijn vriendMern freentmy (boy)friend
mijn vriendinMern freen-dinmy (girl)friend
een kusErn kuhsA kiss

Dating Dutch people 

Talking about dating, many Dutch people like to keep things casual and let things progress naturally. As many other things in the life of the Dutch, they approach their romantic life also with a sense of practicality. 

This laid-back approach to dating does not mean that Dutch men and women do not take love and relationships seriously. It’s just that the Dutch can be cautious with letting newcomers in; whether this is a friendship or a romantic partnership. 

That is maybe why some foreigners say that the Dutch avoid making real connections with foreigners. Some also say that reaching a serious relationship level can take time. This is not necessarily personal but somewhat of a result of typical Dutch personality traits. 

Of course, it is possible to find love with a local, and many foreigners report happy relationships and marriages with Dutch nationals.

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Expressing your feelings of love or liking will help you to get around and talk to and connect with Dutch people. People will appreciate that you are making an effort to speak Dutch. If you want to learn more common words and expressions, then please check out our other posts. 

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