9 Mandarin Chinese phrases to tell your Dad on Father's Day


It's Father's Day soon! While gifts, cards, and gatherings are wonderful ways to celebrate this special day, nothing conveys heartfelt emotions like words. In the rich and expressive Chinese language, there are numerous phrases that perfectly capture these feelings. In this post, we share some thoughtful Chinese phrases you can use to express your love and appreciation for your dad on Father's Day.


Fun fact:  In Taiwan, Father's Day although not an official holiday, is usually celebrated on August 8. 8/8 aka " Bā Bā" sounds like the word for dad  爸爸 ( Bà ba). 

Here are 9 phrases you can say to Dad on Father's Day in Mandarin Chinese:

  1. "爸爸,我爱你" (Bà ba, wǒ ài nǐ):
    "Dad, I love you."
    This short yet powerful phrase speaks volumes. Saying "我爱你" (I love you) is a universal way to convey your love to your father on this special day.

  2. "爸爸,你辛苦了" (Bà ba, nǐ xīn kǔ le):
    "Dad, you've worked hard."
    Recognizing and appreciating the hard work and sacrifices that your father has made is deeply valued in Chinese culture. This phrase is a touching way to acknowledge his dedication and effort.

  3. "爸爸,谢谢你为我所做的一切" (Bà ba, xiè xiè nǐ wèi wǒ suǒ zuò de yī qiè)
    "Dad, thank you for everything you've done for me."
    Expressing gratitude for everything your dad has done, from significant sacrifices to the smallest acts of kindness, can go a long way in showing your appreciation.

  4. "爸爸,你是我生命中最重要的人" (Bà ba, nǐ shì wǒ shēng mìng zhōng zuì zhòng yào de rén)
    "Dad, you are the most important person in my life."
    This heartfelt declaration is a beautiful testament to the significant role your father plays in your life.

  5. "爸爸,你是我最好的榜样" (Bàba, nǐ shì wǒ zuì hǎo de bǎngyàng)
    "Dad, you are my best role model."
    In Chinese culture, elders are revered and looked up to. Telling your father that he is your role model is a great way to express your admiration and respect.

  6. "爸爸,你的爱让我成长" (Bàba, nǐ de ài ràng wǒ chéng zhǎng)
    "Dad, your love has helped me grow."
    This phrase acknowledges the influence and guidance of a father's love in one's growth and personal development.

  7. "爸爸,你是我的英雄" (Bà ba, nǐ shì wǒ de yīng xióng):
    Dad, you are my hero.
    Many children look up to their fathers as heroes, and this phrase encapsulates that admiration perfectly.

  8. "爸爸,我会让你骄傲的" (Bà ba, wǒ huì ràng nǐ jiāo' ào de)
    "Dad, I will make you proud."
    This phrase expresses your determination and commitment to make your father proud through your actions and achievements.

  9. "父亲节快乐" (Fùqīn Jié Kuàilè)
    "Happy Father's Day"
    Short and to the point! A straight-forward way to greet any dad on Father's Day.

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