Guide: How to Say “I Love You” in Punjabi

If you’re looking to express your feelings in Punjabi and tell someone “I love you,” you’ve come to the right place! In this guide, we will explore both formal and informal ways to convey this beautiful sentiment. While primarily focusing on standard Punjabi, we’ll also touch upon any regional variations if necessary. So, let’s dive in and discover how to express love in Punjabi!

Formal Expressions of Love

When expressing love formally, it’s essential to use proper and respectable language. In Punjabi, you can say “I love you” in a formal setting in two ways:

“ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ” or “Main tainu pyaar karda haan.”

Both of these expressions convey the meaning of “I love you” in a formal manner. The term “Main” implies “I,” “tainu” means “you,” “pyaar” translates to “love,” and “karda haan” signifies “do.”

It’s worth noting that Punjabi pronouns have different forms according to gender. Therefore, if you’re expressing your love to a woman, you need to replace “Main” with “Mainu” and “karda haan” with “kardi haan.” So, in this case, the expression becomes: “ਮੈਨੂੰ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹਾਂ” or “Mainu tainu pyaar kardi haan.”

Informal and Expressive Ways to Say “I Love You”

When speaking informally, especially with close friends or family, it’s common to use more expressive and affectionate language. Here are a few examples of how to say “I love you” in an intimate, friendly manner:

  • “ਤੈਨੂੰ ਬਹੁਤ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ” or “Tainu bahut pyaar karda haan.” (To a man)
  • “ਤੈਨੂੰ ਬਹੁਤ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹਾਂ” or “Tainu bahut pyaar kardi haan.” (To a woman)

These informal expressions put emphasis on the depth of love you feel towards the person. “Bahut” translates to “a lot” or “very much,” enhancing the sentiment behind the word “pyaar.”

Furthermore, if you want to convey even more intensity and passion, you can use the following expressions:

  • “ਤੈਨੂੰ ਮੇਰੇ ਦਿਲ ਦੇ ਨੀਚੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ” or “Tainu mere dil de neeche pyaar karda haan.” (To a man)
  • “ਤੈਨੂੰ ਮੇਰੇ ਦਿਲ ਦੇ ਨੀਚੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦੀ ਹਾਂ” or “Tainu mere dil de neeche pyaar kardi haan.” (To a woman)

By saying that you love someone “underneath your heart,” you’re emphasizing the immense affection and attachment you have for them.

Regional Variations

Punjabi is spoken across various regions, and it’s worth mentioning a few regional variations in expressing love. The core concept remains the same, but slight differences can be found:

  • Majha Region: In Majha, the central region of Punjab, people prefer to say “ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਆਂ” or “Main tainu pyaar karda aan.”
  • Malwa Region: In Malwa, the southern region of Punjab, the expression may change to “ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ/ਆਂ” or “Main tainu pyaar karda haan/aa aan.”

It’s important to note that these regional variations are not exclusive and can be understood and used throughout Punjab.


Expressing love is a universal emotion, and doing so in Punjabi adds a touch of cultural richness and warmth. Whether in a formal or informal setting, using phrases like “ਮੈਂ ਤੈਨੂੰ ਪਿਆਰ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ” or “Tainu bahut pyaar karda haan,” you can effortlessly communicate your feelings of love in Punjabi. Remember, these words hold immense power, so only use them if you genuinely mean it. Get ready to spread love and happiness with your newfound vocabulary!

Written by Parker Gabriel

Sat Sri Akal! I'm Parker, your guide to the vibrant Punjabi language. I'm a linguist, a seasoned samosa maker, and a brooding Bollywood musician. From saying 'Hello' to flirting, I cover everything . Got a passion for Punjab's palate? My Butter Chicken etymology is your go-to. Intrigued by Punjabi expressions for everyday things, like 'spoon' and 'rain'? You're at the right place. When I'm not translating, I'm humming local folk songs or riding my horse through the wheat fields of Punjab. Learning with me is never boring (or 'thakas'), I promise you that!

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