Whether you want to tell someone you love them, ask for a date or express your affection in general, here you will find some words and sentences that can help you.
Saying ‘I love you’ in French
Terms of affection in French
Top French expressions about love
Saying 'I love you' in French
Firstly, French has a reputation of being a romantic language. But how exactly can you declare your love in French ? Well, this article will certainly provide you with the various shades available !
The French ‘I love you’ and its nuances
Of course, the most common way to say ‘I love you’ is ‘je t’aime’. Yet, you could also use :
Je t’aime beaucoup / tellement = I love you very/so much
Je t’aime vraiment = I truly love you
Be careful as ‘Je t’aime bien’ means I like you. In this instance, you may care for the person but this is nothing else than friendship.
Additional ways to express your love
Je t’adore = I adore you
Je suis fou amoureux (m) / folle amoureuse (f) de toi = I’m crazy in love with you
Tu es l’amour de ma vie = You are the love of my life
Tu comptes beaucoup / vraiment pour moi = You mean a lot / so much to me
Je te kiffe (slang) = I dig you
‘Mon coeur bat la chamade pour toi’ (my heart is racing for you) is outdated and no longer used in French conversation.
Terms of affection in French
Next, to become an expert at talking in French about love, here are delightful and nicknames and heart-fluttering verbs.
The French language has a whole set of sweet terms that you can use! Some of these are very random, relating to animals, food and so much more. Feel free to check the list of creative nicknames to call your partner.
Mon ange = my angel
Mon amour = my love
Mon bébé = my baby
Mon chéri / ma chérie = my darling
Mon coeur = my sweetheart
Mon copain / ma copine = my boyfriend
Mon lapin = my rabbit
Ma moitié = my other half
Ma puce = my sweetie
Mon trésor = my treasure
Mon petit ami & ma petite amie mean boyfriend & girlfriend. It’s not really used by native French speakers. Nowadays, in everyday conversations, we say mon copain & ma copine.
And if you enjoy French TV series, you may already know that ‘Chouchou’ and ‘Loulou’ are famous nicknames in France. The pair face an array of hilarious situations in Un gars, une fille. However, there are a lot more affectionate nicknames to choose from, as follows :
Loving verbs in French
Avoir un coup de foudre pour quelqu’un = to experience love at first sight
Commencer une relation = to start a relationship
Demander la main de / demander en mariage = to propose
Embrasser / S’embrasser = to kiss / to kiss each other
Manquer à quelqu’un = to miss someone
Se marier avec = to marry
Sortir avec quelqu’un = to date someone
Tomber amoureux de = to fall in love with
Top French idioms about love
No matter how old you get, you can always benefit from a little advice when it comes to love.
Here is a list of some of the best French idioms related to love. This will hopefully guide you along the path of French language acquirement.
Avoir un cœur d’artichaut = (to have an artichoke’s heart) to fall in love easily
Être fleur bleue = (to be a blue flower) to be very romantic
En pincer pour quelqu’un = to develop an infatuation for someone
Avoir un ticket avec = to have a shot with
Poser un lapin = (to put a rabbit) to stand someone up
Se prendre un râteau = (to take yourself a rake) to face a rejection