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How to Write ‘I Love You’ in Chinese Calligraphy

    ‘I love you’ is a useful phrase to be able to write in many languages.

    Chinese is no exception.

    If you have a Chinese calligraphy brush, ink, and paper, then writing it well is simply a matter of practice…

    What Chinese characters are used to write ‘I love you’?

    'I love you' in Chinese calligraphy

    To write ‘I love you’ in Chinese, you simply need three characters: 我爱你.

    In pinyin (the standardised system of writing Chinese in latin letters), this is written wǒ ài nǐ (: 我; ài: 爱; : 你).

    If you haven’t learned pinyin (and the tonal pronunciation common in the Chinese language), then perhaps the easiest way to remember how to pronounce this phrase is: ‘war eye knee’:

    • War (: 我): I
    • Eye (ài: 爱): Love
    • Knee (: 你): You

    Using Chinese calligraphy to write I love you

    Chinese calligraphy is an art that it takes a while to master. If you’ve never done it before, the first thing you should know is that it is done with a special Chinese calligraphy brush and ink (not a pen or quill, like calligraphy in many other languages use).

    Secondly, you should know that the stroke order for each character is important. If you simply try and copy the characters as you see them without knowing their stroke order, they will turn out strange looking…

    Finally, as you write the following characters, remember: don’t go back and ‘correct’ or write over them. Each stroke can only be done once. If you make a big mistake, you simply need to start from the beginning.

    stroke order for writing ‘I love you’ in Chinese

    These can be written side by side (from left to right) or one on top of the other (from highest to lowest position).

    The latter looks more formal, but the former is probably easier to do for beginners, because it helps you keep the characters approximately the same size.

    I love you in Chinese calligraphy stroke order diagram