情人节快乐!(qíngrénjié kuàilè!) Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine's Day! 情人节快乐!

Whether you like it or not, Valentine’s Day is this Sunday the 14th. Let’s assume you like it, and are in a very exciting situation: there’s somebody you like enough to ask out on a date. And in a strange twist of fate, she can’t speak English at all, only Chinese.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

To start, to say Happy Valentine’s Day, it’s:

情人节快乐!(qíngrénjié kuàilè!)

Remember seeing that 快乐 (kuàilè) somewhere else? That’s right, it was in the 新年快乐!(xīn nián kuàilè!) 快乐 (kuàilè) means happy!

Now, we’re not an advice column, or a matchmaking service, but if you want to invite someone out, you could try:

要不要一起吃饭?(yào bu yào yīqǐ chī fàn?)

This means “do you want to eat a meal together?” But if you’re too shy to keep up conversation over a meal, you could try:

要不要一起看电影?(yào bu yào yīqǐ kàn diànyǐng?)

… and invite your special someone out to see a movie instead! Don’t forget to say:

你很漂亮!(nǐ hěn piàoliang!)

… to tell her she’s pretty when she actually shows up for your date.

Give a go, you Sultan of Smooth.

Note: for the girls wanting to ask out Chinese guys … sorry, we’re out of ideas. It’s pretty tough! Just keep hoping he asks you out, haha! orz

For an extra tidbit of knowledge, why did we post this at 13:14? Why do you sometimes see the number 1314 around China? In Chinese (I hope you’ve remembered your numbers ^_^) 1314 is pronounced 一三一四 (yī sān yī sì) which has become a symbol of eternal love, because it sounds like 一生一世 (yī shēng yī shì,) meaning “a whole lifetime”—wishing for an entire lifetime of being together! Have a happy Valentine’s Day everybody!

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