10 Chinese Characters about LOVE – Simplified Chinese Characters

In Chinese poems and other literary works, besides using the word “love” to express admiration or romantic feelings, there are several beautiful characters that are frequently employed to convey similar sentiments.

10 Chinese Characters about LOVE

爱 (ài)

The character 爱 (ài) functions as both a verb and a noun.
When it is used as as verb, it means “to love”, as in 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ) – I love you.
When it is used as noun, it means “love”, as in 我对你的爱永远不会改变 (wǒ duì nǐ de ài yǒng yuǎn bú huì gǎi biàn) – My love for you will never change.
It also combines with other characters to form words, such as 爱情 (ài qíng) – love, 爱人 (ài rén) – couple, and 亲爱的 (qīn ài de) – dear or darling, among others.
Moreover, 爱 doesn’t just denote romantic love but also encompasses love between friends or family members.

情 (qíng)

情 (qíng) means “love, emotion, or feeling.” Let’s explore some commonly used words with the character 情:
爱情 (ài qíng) – love
友情 (yǒu qíng) – friendship
亲情 (qīn qíng) – affection between family members
情书 (qíng shū) – love letter
情诗 (qíng shī) – love poem
情侣 (qíng lǚ) – couple

慕 ()

慕 means “to adore” or “to admire.” In modern Chinese, it is typically used in compound words with other characters. For instance:
爱慕 (ài mù) – to love, to be attracted
羡慕 (xiàn mù) – to envy
慕名 (mù míng) – out of admiration

恋 (liàn)

恋 means “to love”, “to fall in love” and “to long.” Let’s look at some examples:
恋爱 (liàn ài) – to fall in love, to date someone
初恋 (chū liàn) – first love
热恋 (rè liàn) – passionately in love
留恋 (liú liàn) – to linger affectionately
恋人 (liàn rén) – lover

念 (niàn)

念 as a verb means “to long, to miss.”
思念 (sī niàn) – to miss, miss
怀念 (huái niàn) – honor, remember, miss

思 (sī)

思 is a frequently used character. It means “to think, to miss, to consider.” It appears in many common words such as:
思念 (sī niàn) – to miss, miss
相思 (xiāng sī) – lovers longing for each other (due to separation)
思想 (sī xiǎng) – thought

惜 (xī)

惜 means “to appreciate, value”, and it is commonly found words consisting of two characters, such as:
爱惜 (ài xī) – to love and appreciate
珍惜 (zhēn xī) – to cherish; to value
怜惜 (lián xī) – to feel compassion; compassion

仪 ()

仪 means “admire, appearance, ceremony.” When expressing feelings of love, it is used in the word “心仪” (xīn yí), which means “to like, to admire, or to love someone.”

悦 (yuè)

悦 means “to please, cheer or bring joy.” In a famous literary work, there is a well-known phrase among the Chinese, 女为悦己者容 (nǚ wéi yuè jǐ zhě róng), which means “women adorn themselves for those who make them happy or for whom they are attracted to.”

歆 (xīn)

歆 means “admiration or pleasure.” It’s a somewhat literary character not commonly used in everyday language, but it carries positive connotations and is frequently found in girls’ names.

Learn More by Observing the Structures of These 10 Characters

Some Chinese characters are pictographic, meaning Chinese ancestors invented those characters by depicting what they saw. However, for things they couldn’t see or found difficult to paint, they had to devise other methods to create more characters. As a result, radicals were invented. For Chinese learners, understanding radicals will help them remember characters more effectively.

By observing these ten characters, we can identify some frequently occurring radicals. One example is 心 (xīn), which is not only a radical but also a standalone character meaning “heart.” Many characters related to love or thought contain this radical. Another common radical is 忄, used exclusively as a radical and not as an independent character. Characters featuring this radical often denote human emotions or feelings.

To practice Chinese characters while learning useful knowledge, we recommend the book series Chinese Characters for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Systematic Practice Workbook.

Beautiful Names for Girls

In Chinese culture, characters symbolizing love or emotion often appear in women’s names than in men’s names. This stems from traditional Chinese values, which suggest that men shouldn’t be controlled by emotions or affections. A name incorporating characters like 情 or 思 implies weakness and lack of ambition in a man.

On the other hand, women typically have names containing these characters. If you wish to create a Chinese name for a girl or woman, you can select one or two characters from these ten options and combine them with your desired surname.

If you’re unsure about which surname to use, refer to the article on the 100 Most Common and Popular Chinese Surnames in China.

For more Chinese characters with positive meanings, check out this article: The 100 Most Beautiful Chinese Characters with Pinyin & Their Best Meanings.

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