Suki and Daisuki, a familiar love
The terms Suki and Daisuki literally mean “like”. Daisuki adds more emphasis to this feeling. You can use these two expressions to say that you appreciate someone or something.
By extension, you can also use Suki and Daisuki in a more passionate meaning. A cultural component even makes these terms more common than the true words that define love. I will discuss them later in this article.
Suki da yo, “I like you” in Japanese
Suki da yo.
I like you.
This phrase is commonly used in everyday life. It reveals to the interlocutor that you have feelings for him. It is up to him to interpret the strength of your love.
To avoid misunderstandings, do not tell people with whom you have friendly relations. I already imagine your Japanese friends feeling uncomfortable because they think you are trying to get out of the friend-zone. In fact, you’re fine because here, you can save money. You don’t need to pay for chocolate in Valentine’s Day, and KFC at Christmas.
Please note that the words Da and Yo are optional in this sentence.
Da is the informal version of Desu. This last expression, which is not a verb, has more or less the same function as “To be”.
As for Yo, it is a particle that emphasizes the stated purpose. By adding this at the end of your sentence you insist on the fact that you know what you are talking about. In this case, it is your feelings that it is.
Daisuki da, “I really like you” in Japanese
I really like you.
This phrase is less open to doubt because Daisuki is a strong word.
The Kanji 大 affixed in front of the word Suki means “Big” in Japanese. Its addition allows saying that you really appreciate something or someone.
Daisuki implies that you are a big fan of something when you talk about an object, food or a sports team. This is also the case when you talk about an artist, an athlete or some other famous personality.
But when you say that to someone, it implies that you have strong feelings for that person. These feelings must be beyond normal friendship.
Suki yanen, “I like you” in the Kansai dialect
I like ya.
There are many ways to say “I like you” in local dialects of Japan. Suki Yanen is a way of expressing love in Kansai-ben, the Osaka dialect.
This expression is very popular throughout Japan. It is even used as a name for a famous brand of instant noodle soup.