Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Talking About Love

Part 2: Ai and Koi

Here are some words including "ai (愛)" or "koi (恋)."

The words including "ai" The words including "koi"

aidokusho
愛読書
(one's favorite book)

hatsukoi
初恋
(first love)

aijin
愛人
(lover)
hiren
悲恋
(sad love)

aijou
愛情
(love, affection)

koibito
恋人
(one's boyfriend/girlfriend)

aikenka
愛犬家
(a dog lover)

koibumi
恋文
(love letter)

aikokushin
愛国心
(patriotism)

koigataki
恋敵
(a rival in love)

aisha
愛車
(one's cherished car)

koi ni ochiru
恋に落ちる
(to fall in love with)

aiyousuru
愛用する
(to use habitually)

koisuru
恋する
(to be in love with)

boseiai
母性愛
(mother's love, maternal affection)

renai
恋愛
(love)

hakuai
博愛
(philanthropy)

shitsuren
失恋
(disappointed love)

Koi" is a love for the opposite sex, or a longing feeling for a specific person. It can be described as "romantic love" or "passionate love." While "ai" has the same meaning as "koi," it also has a definition of a general feeling of love. "Koi" can be selfish, but "ai" is a real love. Here are some lines that explain them well:

Koi is always wanting. Ai is always giving.

"Renai (恋愛)" is written with the kanji characters of both "koi" and "ai." This word means, "romantic love." "Renai-kekkon (恋愛結婚)" is a "love marriage," which is the opposite of "miai-kekkon (見合い結婚, arranged marriage)." "Renai-shousetsu (恋愛小説)" is "a love story" or "a romance novel." The title of the movie, "As Good As It Gets" was translated as "Renai-shousetuska (恋愛小説家, A Romance Novel Writer)."

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