What’s your love status? (Ⅱ) (Elementary)

Do you remember the meaning of 单身 (dānshēn)? What about 单身汉 (dānshēn hàn) and 光棍儿 (guāng gùnr)? Have you tried to use them in your daily Chinese? Continuing with the topic of love statuses, we offer you three more types of love for Valentine’s Day.

1. 初恋

What’s the meaning of 初恋 (chūliàn)? 初 (chū) in Chinese means “first,” and 恋 (liàn) means “to fall in love.” So 初恋 (chūliàn) means “first love.” 初恋 (chūliàn) can be used to describe the first time you fell in love as well as the first person you fell in love with. Let’s look at the following sentences. Can you guess which of the two uses is being used?

    Nǐ néng jiǎngjiang nǐ de chūliàn ma?
1. 你  能       讲讲      你 的   初恋    吗?

    Tā shì wǒ de chūliàn.
2. 他  是  我  的  


In the first sentence, 初恋 (chūliàn) means your first love affair. The whole sentence means “Could you please talk about your first love affair?” In the second sentence, 初恋 (chūliàn) refers to the first person you fell in love with. The whole sentence means “He is my first love.”

Most 初恋 (chūliàn) happens during school time when people are young. Some people say that the feeling of 初恋 (chūliàn) is like eating an unripe apple: bittersweet.

If 初恋 (chūliàn) is an immature apple, then the next word in line would be a juicy peach. 

2. 热恋

热 (rè) in Chinese means “hot” or “passionate,” and 恋 (liàn) means “to fall in love.” The word 热恋 (rèliàn) means “to be passionately or deeply in love.”


Tā zài rèliàn zhōng.
他  在  



He is deeply in love.

People in the stage of 热恋 (rèliàn) are very romantic; they surprise each other with gifts and mumble sweet nothings into their beloved’s ear. If you’re looking for this kind of relationship, the following sentences might help you get there.

   Wǒ ài nǐ yìshēngyíshì.
1. 我 爱 你   一生一世。

   I will love you for all my life.

   Wǒ fāshì, wǒ huì yǒngyuǎn ài nǐ.
2. 我  发誓,我 会     永远      爱 你。

   I swear, I will love you forever.

热恋 (rèliàn) and 初恋 (chūliàn) are both happy situations, but truth be told, love doesn’t always last. For this, let’s take a look at our last word, 失恋 (shīliàn).

3. 失恋

失 (shī) is a verb meaning “to lose.” 失恋 (shīliàn) refers to failure in love or to be lovelorn. 失恋 (shīliàn) is tough, and most experiencing it fall into something of a depression. If this turns out to be the case and your friend falls into a doomed love affair, how can you comfort them? The following sentences might lift their spirits a bit.

    Búyào nánguò.
1. 不 要     难过。

    Don’t be upset.

    Nǐ huì yùjiàn nǐ de báimǎwángzǐ.
2. 你 会  遇见   你 的   白马王子。

You will meet your Mr. Right sooner or later.

   Lìng yíwèi měilì de gōngzhǔ zài děng nǐ.
3. 另   一位   美丽 的     公主    在   等   你。

   There is another beautiful princess waiting for you.


失恋 (shīliàn): failed love, lovelorn


Tā shīliàn le.
她   失恋   了。

She was lovesick.

In China, the movie《失恋33 (shīliàn 33 tiān)or, Love is Not Blind, is a very popular movie about losing one’s love. The ending is very inspiring for those who are unlucky in love, and as a bonus, watching movies is always a great way to learn Chinese.


1. What’s the meaning of the word “热恋 (rèliàn)?” __________

A. deeply in love

B. first love

C. lovelorn

2. “他是我的初恋。(Tā shì wǒ de chūliàn.)” What does this sentence mean?____

A. He had his first love affair.

B. He doesn’t love his girlfriend.

C. He is my first love.

3. How can you comfort a friend who is unlucky in love?____

A. 我爱你一生一世。(Wǒ ài nǐ yìshēngyíshì.)

B. 他是你的初恋吗? (Tā shì nǐ de chūliàn ma?)

C. 不要难过。 (Búyào nánguò.)


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