Type: adjective (な)
Meaning: to like
The word 好きcan be used by a person to express that he likes something or someone. This word can be heard or read mostly everywhere: Japanese dramas, magazines, newspapers, anime , documentaries, and yes, even as far as conversations. To express that you like something, a simple sentence pattern like “が好きです (ga suki desu). Change ですto だif you wish to make it less formal.
女 (woman, female) + 子(child) = 好
好き’s first character is formed using two kanji radicals: 女(おんな / onna) and 子(こ/ ko). 女means “a woman” while 子pertains to “a child”. “A mother and a child” is considered a symbol of love, thus it’s used to express fondness over something as well.
On a special note, you can add the kanji 大(だい / dai – meaning big) before the word. 大好き(だいすき / daisuki) literally means “big like” but translated, means “really like”.
Kēki ga suki desu.
I like cakes.
Yōropa de Itaria ga ichiban suki na tokoro desu.
Italy is my most favorite place in Europe.
Anata ga suki da.
I like you.