How to Say I Love You in French in 141 Weird & Wonderful Ways (2023)

If you’ve recently taken up French as a second language, you may have been drawn to it by its romantic allure. If that sounds like you, then you need to drop everything and focus on learning how to say I love you in French.

Even if you have other reasons for studying French, there is certainly much to gain from learning how to express love in French.

And even if you think you already know all about love en français, you might want to think again. French people tend to think very differently about love and when and how to say I love you.

On a related note, discover a wealth of romantic phrases and words about love in French here.

Otherwise, keep reading to learn 141 ways to say I love you in French plus plenty of cultural context that will keep you from making a faux pas next time you want to express your love (romantic or platonic!) to a French person!

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Why learn how to say I love you in French

Beyond confessing your love to your favorite person, learning how to express your feelings of love in Frenchwill help you in virtually every other part of your French-learning journey. Don’t believe us? Check out all the reasons why you should learn to talk about love in French:

  • You’ll be able to date francophone people, and there is no better way to learn French than by communicating in it with your significant other!
  • You’ll be able to watch romantic French movies and TV shows.
  • You’ll be able to read the best romance fiction books in French, including classics like Madame Bovary and Emmanuelle.
  • You'll be able to appropriately express your appreciation to your loved ones, without putting your foot in your mouth!

The French have very particular norms about when it is and isn’t appropriate to say I love you, so the last reason is actually one of the most important! It could save you from potential embarrassment at best, and even from ruining an important relationship at worst.

How to say I love you in French

If you’ve studied French for a little while already, you probably already know that the literal translation of I love you is je t’aime. However, you may or may not also know that je t’aime also means I like you. So, what gives?

Part of the beauty of learning a new language is that you also get to learn a new culture. That’s what makes studying a foreign language such a worthwhile experience. That’s why you need to go beyond just asking “How do you say I love you in French?” to really become proficient in French love.

When learning how to express love in French, it is imperative that you also spend some time studying the cultural norms and where and when it’s appropriate to say which phrases.

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Keep reading to learn all about the French cultural sensitivities surrounding words and phrases related to love.

To a boyfriend, girlfriend and/or romantic love

Expressing love to a romantic partner is a big deal. It means you’re ready to be in a serious, committed relationship with them. So, be very careful next time you think about casually saying “je t’aime” to someone you’re not utterly in love with.

You’ll also find that French people don’t tend to outwardly express love with their friends and family. It’s not uncommon at all for mothers and fathers to never say je t’aime to their children.

This is in stark contrast to Spanish-speaking cultures, for example. If you’ve studied love in Spanish culture before, you’re probably aware that expressing love is an everyday thing for most people in Latin America. You can express your love to just about every close friend and family member, but that is not the case in France.

Instead, French people express platonic love with different phrases and little pet names for saying “my love.” We’ll cover all of that in a different section below, so for now let’s stick to what we’re here for: how to say I love you in French to a boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner.

In the table below, we’ll include many ways to express love to your significant other, from a simple I love you more in French, to more risky phrases like I love you handsome in French. Let’s get into it!

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EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
I love youJe t’aimeʒə tɛmZhe tem
I love you (formal or plural)Je vous aimeʒə vuz‿ ɛmZhe voos em
I love you tooJe t’aime aussiʒə tɛm‿ osiZhe tem oh-see
I love you so muchJe t’aime tellementʒə tɛm tɛlmɑ̃Zhe tem tel-muh
I love you so muchJe t’aime tantʒə tɛm tɑ̃Zhe tem tah
I love you so muchJe t’aime fortʒə tɛm fɔʁZhe tem for
I love you moreJe t’aime plusʒə tɛm plyZhe tem ploos
I love you mostJe t’aime le plusʒə tɛm lə plyZhe tem luh ploos
I love you a lotJe t’aime beaucoupʒə tɛm bokuZhe tem bo-coo
I love you very muchJe t’aime très fortʒə tɛm tʁɛ fɔʁZhe tem tray for
I love you deeplyJe t’aime profondémentʒə tɛm pʁɔfɔ̃demɑ̃Zhe tem pro-fon-duh-man
I love you to the moon and backJe t'aime plus que tout au mondeʒə tɛm ply kə tut‿ o mɔ̃dZhe tem ploos kuh too oh mond
I love you more than the entire worldJe t’aime plus que le monde entierʒə tɛm ply kə lə mɔ̃d‿ ɑ̃tjeZhe tem ploos kuh luh mond an-tee-eh
I love you with all my heartJe t'aime de tout mon cœurʒə tɛm də tu mɔ̃ kœʁZhe tem de too mon curr
I love you a hundred times a dayJe t’aime cent fois par jourʒə tɛm sɑ̃ fwa paʁ ʒuʁZhe tem sen foo-ahs par zhoor
I love you handsomeJe t’aime, mon beauʒə tɛm | mɔ̃ boZhe tem, mon boh
I love you beautifulJe t’aime, ma belleʒə tɛm | ma bɛlZhe tem, ma belle
I love you more than life itselfJe t’aime plus que la vieʒə tɛm ply kə la viZhe tem ploos kuh la vee
I love you more than anythingJe t’aime plus que toutʒə tɛm ply kə tuZhe tem ploos que too
I still love youJe t’aime encoreʒə tɛm‿ ɑ̃kɔʁZhe tem an-core
I think I love youJe crois que je t’aimeʒə kʁwa kə ʒə tɛmZhe croo-ah kuh zhe tem
I’m crazy about youJe suis fou de toiʒə sɥi fu də twaZhe soo-ee foo de too-ah
You’re driving me crazy (in a good way)Je t’aime à la folieʒə tɛm‿ a la fɔliZhe tem a la foh-lee
I’m head over heels for youJe suis fou de toiʒə sɥi fu də twaZhe soo-ee foo duh too-ah
I’ve fallen for youJe suis tombé amoureux de toiʒə sɥi tɔ̃be amuʁø də twaZhe soo-ee tom-beh ah-mo-ruh de too-ah
I’m yoursJe suis à toiʒə sɥiz‿ a twaZhe soo-is a too-ah
Love of my lifeL’amour de ma vielamuʁ də ma viLa-moor duh ma vee
I’m thinking about youJe pense à toiʒə pɑ̃s‿ a twaZhe pense a too-ah
I want to be with youJe veux être avec toiʒə vø ɛtʁ‿ avɛk twaZhe vuh ehtr ah-vec too-ah
I can't wait to see youJe suis impatient de te voirʒə sɥiz‿ ɛ̃pasjɑ̃ də tə vwaʁZhe soo-is am-pa-see-an de te voo-are
I can’t live without youJe ne peux pas vivre sans toiʒə nə pø pa vivʁə sɑ̃ twaZhe ne puh pa vee-vruh san too-ah
I need youJ’ai besoin de toiʒe bəzwɛ̃ də twaZhe beh-soo-ahn duh too-ah
I love you periodJe t’aime tout courtʒə tɛm tu kuʁZhe tem too coor
You are my other halfTu es mon autre moitiéty ɛ mɔ̃n‿ otʁə mwatjeTu es mon ohtr moo-ah-tee-eh
Life would be empty without youTu laisserais un grand vide dans ma viety lɛsʁɛ ɛ̃ ɡʁɑ̃ vid dɑ̃ ma viToo leh-seh-reh ah gran veed dan ma vee
My heart is yoursMon cœur t'appartient mɔ̃ kœʁ tapaʁtjɛ̃Moh curr ta-par-tee-ah
You are my everythingTu es tout pour moity ɛ tu puʁ mwaToo es too poor moo-ah
I love you with all my soulJe t’aime de toute mon âmeʒə tɛm də tut mɔ̃n‿ amZhe tem de toot mon am
I love you from the bottom of my heartJe t'aime du fond de mon cœurʒə tɛm dy fɔ̃ də mɔ̃ kœʁZhe tem doo fon duh moh curr
Every day I love you more and moreChaque jour je t’aime de plus en plus ʃak ʒuʁ ʒə tɛm də ply ɑ̃ plyShack zhoor zhe tem de ploos en ploos
You’re the best girlfriend in the worldTu es la meilleure petite copine du mondety ɛ la mɛjœʁ pətit kɔpin dy mɔ̃dToo eh la may-yoor petite coh-peen doo mond
You’re the best boyfriend in the worldTu es le meilleur petit copain du monde.ty ɛ lə mɛjœʁ pəti kɔpɛ̃ dy mɔ̃d ‖Too es le may-yoor puh-tee co-pah du mond

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To a friend, family member or platonic love

Sometimes, you need to tell someone that you love them without implying that you’re in love with them. Luckily, there’s a very simple way to say I love you in French to a friend. Almost paradoxically, the most common way to do this in French is to add a bien after je t’aime.

If you already have a few French classes under your belt, you’re probably familiar with bien and how it usually means “good” or “well.” So, how does adding bien reduce the intensity rather than increase it?

Adding bien after a verb changes the meaning of bien to “enough” or “sufficiently.” So, almost cruelly, what you’re really saying when you say je t’aime bien is “I love you sufficiently”, with the hidden implication being “yet not enough to be romantic”.

It may sound rough, but rest assured that it doesn’t carry over any negative connotations in French. It’s totally acceptable to say je t’aime bien to your friends and family. Their feelings won’t be hurt, we promise!

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You can also add a few words here and there to make things sound more natural. For example, instead of randomly blurting out that you love someone, you can say things like “goodnight, I love you” in French to avoid raising any eyebrows. Let us show you below.

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EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
I love you (platonically)Je t’aime bienʒə tɛm bjɛ̃Zhe tem bee-ah
I love you momJe t’aime, mamanʒə tɛm | mamɑ̃Zhe tem ma-mah
I love you dadJe t’aime, papaʒə tɛm | papaZhe tem pa-pah
I love you grandmaJe t’aime, grand-mèreʒə tɛm | ɡʁɑ̃mɛʁZhe tem grah-mer
I love you grandpaJe t’aime, grand-pèreʒə tɛm | ɡʁɑ̃pɛʁZhe tem grah-per
I love you allJe vous aimeʒə vuz‿ ɛmZhe voos em
I love you guysJe vous adoreʒə vuz‿ adɔʁZhe voos ah-dor
I love Taco BellJ’aime Taco Bellʒɛm tako bɛlZhem Taco Bell
I love you as a friendJe t’aime comme un amiʒə tɛm kɔm‿ ɛ̃n‿ amiZhe tem come oon ah-mee
I miss youTu me manquesty mə mɑ̃kToo muh mank
You look beautifulTu es très bellety ɛ tʁɛ bɛlToo eh tray belle
You look handsomeTu es très beauty ɛ tʁɛ boToo eh tray boh
You’re my soulmateTu es mon âme soeurty ɛ mɔ̃n‿ am sɔœʁToo eh moh ame sur
I like you just the way you areJe t’aime comme tu esʒə tɛm kɔm ty ɛZhe tem come too eh
We get along very wellOn s’entend bienɔ̃ sɑ̃tɑ̃ bjɛ̃Oh san-tah bee-ah
I really like spending time with youJ’aime ça passer du temps avec toiʒɛm sa pase dy tɑ̃ avɛk twaZhem sa pa-seh doo teh avec too-ah
Goodnight, I love youBonne nuit, je t’aimebɔn nɥi | ʒə tɛmBonn noo-ee zhe tem

How to say “my love” in French

Another way to express affection to your loved ones is to give them a pet name. Instead of saying “my love,” you can call them by many other names that are context-specific.

Even if some of them do sound a little mean (like ma pouce—my flea), rest assured that they are all affectionate and meant to show love. And speaking of pets, you might want to put your own spin on your terms of endearmentand other ways to say my love in French by mastering the animals in French here.

Here are some of the most common affectionate pet names in French, and we’ve included their specific contexts as well!

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciationContext
My loveMon amourmɔ̃n‿ amuʁMon ah-moorUsed with lovers
My angelMon angemɔ̃n‿ ɑ̃ʒMon anzhUsed with lovers
My heartMon coeurmɔ̃ kɔœʁMoh kurrUsed with lovers
My duckMon canardmɔ̃ kanaʁMoh kah-narUsed with lovers
My sweetieMon doudoumɔ̃ duduMoh doo-dooUsed with lovers
My sweet bunMon choumɔ̃ ʃuMoh shooUsed with lovers
My rabbitMon lapinmɔ̃ lapɛ̃Moh lah-pahUsed with lovers
My babyMon bébémɔ̃ bebeMoh beh-behUsed with lovers
My darlingMa chéri(e)ma ʃeʁiMa sheh-reeCan be used with lovers, friends, and family
My kittenMon chatonmɔ̃ ʃatɔ̃Moh sha-tohCan be used with lovers, friends, and family
My treasureMon trésoremɔ̃ tʁezɔʁMoh treh-soreCan be used with lovers, friends, and family
My fleaMa poucema pusMa poosCan be used with lovers, friends, and family
My wolfMon loupmɔ̃ luMoh loopUsed for men and boys
My chickenMon pouletmɔ̃ pulɛMoh poo-layUsed for men and boys
My manMon hommemɔ̃n‿ ɔmMon omUsed for men and boys
My pomeranianMon louloumɔ̃ luluMoh loo-looUsed for men and boys
My doveMa colombema kɔlɔ̃bMa co-lombUsed for women and little girls
My shrimpMa crevettema kʁəvɛtMa creh-vetUsed for women and little girls
My butterflyMon papillonmɔ̃ papijɔ̃Moh pa-pee-yoUsed for women and little girls
My doeMa bichettema biʃɛtMa bi-shetUsed for women and little girls
My reason for livingMa raison de vivrema ʁɛzɔ̃ də vivʁMa reh-soh duh veevrCan be used affectionately with children
My starry skyMon ciel étoilémɔ̃ sjɛl‿ etwaleMoh see-el eh-too-ah-lehCan be used affectionately with children
My favoriteMon préférémɔ̃ pʁefeʁeMoh preh-feh-rehCan be used affectionately with children
My love appleMa pomme d’amourma pɔm damuʁMa pom dah-moorCan be used affectionately with children

How to say I like you in French

If you grew up in the United States, you probably have a very clear idea of the phases of dating. First you tell someone you like them, you ask them out on a date, and after a few weeks (or months, even!) you tell them you love them. At that point, things are very serious.

Well, there is no such thing in France. Just as we’ve covered how the difference between I love you and I like you in French is murky, so is the difference between these two phases when it comes to dating.

If you like someone and start to go out with them—that’s it! You’re dating. You’re in an exclusive relationship. There is no such thing as the “I like you” phase versus the “I love you” phase. Thus, there is no clear way to translate into French what you’d normally say (or do!) in English.

So, if you want to ask someone out, you’ll have to be very careful with your words. Be careful to never use je t’aime bien as a way to tell someone that you like them and want to get to know them. That implies that you’re not interested in them romantically.

You should instead ask someone out on a date if you want to tell them that you like them. You can say “tu veux sortir avec moi ?” if you want to be straightforward. You could also say “tu me plais” which translates roughly to “I fancy you,” just keep in mind that it may imply that you’re only physically attracted to them.

You could also say “Je te kiffe,” just keep in mind that it is a French slang term. You probably only want to use this if you’re very young or have a very laid back personality.

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EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
I like you (as a friend)Je t’aime bienʒə tɛm bjɛ̃Zhe tem
I like youTu me plaisty mə plɛToo muh pleh
I like youJe suis amoureux de toiʒə sɥiz‿ amuʁø də twaZhe soo-is ah-mo-ruh duh too-ah
I adore youJe t’adoreʒə tadɔʁZhe tah-dor
I think I’m falling for youJe crois que je suis en train de tomber amoureux de toiʒə kʁwa kə ʒə sɥiz‿ ɑ̃ tʁɛ̃ də tɔ̃be amuʁø də twaZhe croo-ah kuh zhe soo-is an trahn duh tom-beh ah-mo-ruh duh too-ah
Would you like to go out with me?Tu veux sortir avec moi ?ty vø sɔʁtiʁ‿ avɛk mwa |Too vuh sor-teer ah-vec moo-ah
I really like youJe te kiffeʒə tə kifZhe tuh keef
I really like you a lotJe te kiffe graveʒə tə kif ɡʁavZhe tuh keef grav
I like you tooJe te kiffe aussiʒə tə kif‿ osiZhe tuh keef oh-see
I like you too muchJe te kiffe tropʒə tə kif tʁoZhe tuh keef troh
I want to see youJe veux te voirʒə vø tə vwaʁZhe vuh tuh voo-ar
I like everything about youJ’aime tout de toiʒɛm tu də twaZhem too duh too-ah
You are very prettyTu es très bellety ɛ tʁɛ bɛlToo eh treh bell
You are divineTu es divinety ɛ divinToo eh dee-veen
You are spectacularTu es spectaculairety ɛ spɛktakylɛʁToo eh spec-ta-coo-ler
I want youJe t’en veuxʒə tɑ̃ vøZhe ten vuh
I want youJ’ai envie de toiʒe ɑ̃vi də twaZhé ahn-vee duh too-ah

Will you marry me in French

If you are absolutely certain that you’re ready to take things to the next level with your chéri(e), then you might be wondering how to pop the question.

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If you’re planning to get down on one knee soon, you’ll definitely want to learn the following phrases.

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EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
Will you marry me?Veux-tu m'epouser?vøty məpuze |Vuh-too meh-poo-seh
Would you like to marry me?Voudrais-tu m'épouser?vudʁɛty mepuze ‖Voo-dreh-too meh-poo-seh
Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?Veux-tu me faire l'honneur de devenir ma femme?vøty mə fɛʁ lɔnœʁ də dəvniʁ ma fam |Vuh-too muh fehr loh-nur duh deh-veh-neer ma fam
Will you do me the honor of becoming my husband?Veux-tu me faire l'honneur de devenir mon homme?vøty mə fɛʁ lɔnœʁ də dəvniʁ mɔ̃n‿ ɔm ‖Vuh-too muh fehr loh-nur duh deh-veh-neer mon hom
Will you make me the happiest man alive?Veux-tu me rendre l'homme le plus heureux du monde ?vøty mə ʁɑ̃dʁə lɔm lə ply øʁø dy mɔ̃d |Vuh-too muh randr lom luh ploos uh-ruh doo mond
Will you make me the happiest woman alive?Veux-tu me rendre la femme la plus heureuse du monde?vøty mə ʁɑ̃dʁə la fam la ply øʁøz dy mɔ̃d ‖Vuh too muh randr la fem la ploos uh-roos doo mond
Do you accept to be my wife?Acceptes-tu d'être ma femme ?aksɛptəty dɛtʁə ma fam |Ac-sept-too dehtre ma fam
Do you accept to be my husband?Acceptes-tu d'être mon mari ?aksɛptəty dɛtʁə mɔ̃ maʁi |Ac-sept-too dehtre mon ma-ree
Marry me?Épouse-moi ?epuzmwa |Eh-poos moo-ah
Do you want to get married with me?Veux-tu te marier avec moi ?vøty tə maʁje avɛk mwa |Vuh-too teh ma-ree-eh ah-vec moo-ah
Let’s get marriedMarions nousmaʁjɔ̃ nuMa-ree-oh noo

Love quotes in French

Learning how to show love in French is only part of the battle. To be a truly romantic person, you'll need to know phrases and quotes about love in French. Here are some of our favorite love quotes that are sure to impress whoever you are trying to flatter.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
To love is not to look at each other, it’s to look in the same direction togetherAimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même directionɛme | sə nɛ pa sə ʁəɡaʁde lɛ̃ lotʁ | sɛ ʁəɡaʁde ɑ̃sɑ̃blə dɑ̃ la mɛm diʁɛksjɔ̃Eh-meh, seh neh pah seh reh-gar-deh luh lohtr, seh reh-gar-deh ah-sambl dah la mem dee-rec-see-oh
Life is a flower of which love is the honeyLa vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miella vi ɛt‿ yn flœʁ dɔ̃ lamuʁ‿ ɛ lə mjɛlLa vee eht oon fluhr doh lah-moor eh luh mee-elle
Living without loving isn’t living properlyVivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivrevivʁə sɑ̃z‿ ɛme nɛ pa pʁɔpʁəmɑ̃ vivʁVee-vruh sans eh-meh neh pah pro-pruh-mah vee-vruh
There is no need for words between two hearts that love each otherEntre deux cœurs qui s’aiment, nul besoin de parolesɑ̃tʁə dø kœʁ ki sɛm | nyl bəzwɛ̃ də paʁɔlEn-truh duh kurr kee sem, nool beh-soo-ah duh pah-rol
There is but one happiness in life, and it’s to love and to be lovedIl n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aiméil nj‿ a kɛ̃ bɔnœʁ dɑ̃ la vi | sɛ dɛme e dɛtʁ‿ emeEel nee ah koon bon-hur dah la vee, seh deh-mer eh deh-truh eh-meh
If you could look inside my heart, you’d see the place where I’ve put youSi tu pouvais lire dans mon cœur, tu verrais la place où je t’ai mise !si ty puvɛ liʁ dɑ̃ mɔ̃ kœʁ | ty vɛʁɛ la plas‿ u ʒə te miz |See too poo-veh leer dah moh kurr, too vuh-reh la plass oo zhe teh mees
Love is like the wind, we don’t know where it comes fromL’amour est comme le vent, nous ne savons pas d’où il vientlamuʁ‿ ɛ kɔm lə vɑ̃ | nu nə savɔ̃ pa du il vjɛ̃Lah-moor eh come luh vah, noo nuh sah-voh pah doo eel vee-ah
When we are loved, we don’t doubt at all. When we love, we doubt everythingQuand on est aimé on ne doute de rien. Quand on aime, on doute de toutkɑ̃ ɔ̃n‿ ɛt‿ eme ɔ̃ nə dut də ʁjɛ̃ ‖ kɑ̃ ɔ̃n‿ ɛm | ɔ̃ dut də tuKahnd on eht eh-meh on neh doot ree-uh. Kahnd oh ehm, oh doot duh toot
Love makes the sweetest pleasures and the most hurtful misfortunes of lifeL’amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunes de la vielamuʁ fɛ le ply ɡʁɑ̃d dusœʁ‿ e le ply sɑ̃sibl‿ ɛ̃fɔʁtyn də la viLah-moor feh leh ploos grand doo-soor eh leh ploos sah-seebl ah-for-toon duh la vee
I have loved until becoming mad. That which some call madness is to me the only reason to loveJ’ai aimé jusqu’à atteindre la folie. Ce que certains appellent la folie, mais ce qui pour moi, est la seule façon d’aimerʒe eme ʒyska atɛ̃dʁə la fɔli ‖ sə kə sɛʁtɛ̃z‿ apɛl la fɔli | mɛ sə ki puʁ mwa | ɛ la sœl fasɔ̃ dɛmeZhe tem zhus-kah ah-tandr la foh-lee. Say kuh ser-tah ah-pel la foh-lee, meh say kuh poor moo-ah eh la sool fah-soh deh-mer
I wish you to be loved madlyJe vous souhaite d’être follement aiméeʒə vu swɛt dɛtʁə fɔlmɑ̃ emeZhe voo soo-eht deh-truh foll-meh eh-meh
But what love has bound together, even time cannot unbindMais ce qu’a lié l’amour même, le temps ne peut le déliermɛ sə ka lje lamuʁ mɛm | lə tɑ̃ nə pø lə deljeMeh say kah lee-eh lah-moor mem, luh teh neh puh luh day-lee-eh
To live off of love and cold waterVivre d’amour et d’eau fraîchevivʁə damuʁ‿ e do fʁɛʃVeevr dah-moor eh doh fresh
Love is blindL’amour rend aveuglelamuʁ ʁɑ̃ avœɡlLah-moor rah ah-vuhgl
Nothing is small in love. Those who wait for the big occasions to prove their tenderness do not know how to love.Rien n’est petit dans l’amour. Ceux qui attendent les grandes occasions pour prouver leur tendresse ne savent pas aimerʁjɛ̃ nɛ pəti dɑ̃ lamuʁ ‖ sø ki atɑ̃d le ɡʁɑ̃dz‿ ɔkazjɔ̃ puʁ pʁuve lœʁ tɑ̃dʁɛs nə sav pa ɛmeRee-ah neh puh-tee dah lah-moor. Suh kee ah-tah leh grand oh-kah-see-oh poor proo-veh lur tahn-dress nuh sav pah eh-mer

French love songs

One of the best things you can do to improve your language skills is listen to music. Listening to songs in your target language will train your brain to digest the language naturally without having to translate things in your head.

Plus, it can be a great way to memorize specific vocab. If you learn how to sing along to a couple of love songs, you’ll have memorized quite a bit of French love vocab!

Here are some of our favorite French love songs.

La vie en rose by Edith Piaf

Of course, no blog about French love would be complete without mentioning the quintessential French romantic song: la vie en rose. You must have heard of this song before, but now that you have some love vocabulary under your belt, you should be able to make out some of the lyrics.

With enough practice, you’ll be able to sing along to the song like a pro! Singing skills aside, this is a very fun song to belt out, even if you don’t have a perfect pitch.

Tout s’efface by Patrick Bruel

If you still have trouble fully understanding the difference between je t’aime and je t’aime bien, all you need to do is listen to Tout s’efface by Patrick Bruel. In the chorus, he solemnly sings:

Tu m’aimes bien, je t’aime tout court. La différence, s'appelle l’amour.

So, the difference between je t’aime bien and je t’aime is simply called: love.

Pour que tu m’aimes encore by Céline Dion

French-Canadian ballad powerhouse Céline Dion has an excellent discography all around. Pour que tu m’aimes encore, however, is a great song for those looking to reinforce vocabulary through music.

If you find that you like this song, check out the rest of Céline Dion’s French discography! You will definitely level up your French if you memorize a few of her songs.

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Romantic sayings in French

If you’re already well-versed in talking about love in French, you'll want to know some additional ways to express love that don’t actually include the word amour or the verb aimer.

There’s so much more to love that goes beyond the word itself, so learning a few of these fabulously romantic phrases in French will take you far if you’re trying to win someone over. Many of these compliment specific body parts, so if you’re not super confident in your ability to talk about body parts in French, give our handy blog post a quick review.

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
I have fallen for your charmJe suis tombé sous ton charmeʒə sɥi tɔ̃be su tɔ̃ ʃaʁmZhe soo-ee toh-beh soo toh sharm
I care for youJe tiens à toiʒə tjɛ̃ a twaZhe tee-ah ah too-ah
I belong to you, body and soulJe t’appartiens corps et âmeʒə tapaʁtjɛ̃ kɔʁ‿ e amZhe tah-par-tee-eh cor eh am
You have beautiful eyesTu as de beaux yeuxty a də boz‿ jøToo ah duh boz yuh
You are very cuteTu es très joliety ɛ tʁɛ ʒɔliToo eh tray yo-lee
I love your smileJ’adore ton sourireʒadɔʁ tɔ̃ suʁiʁZha-dor toh soo-reer
You are cuteTu es mignonty ɛ miɲɔ̃Too eh mee-nioh
I am burning (of love) for youJe brûle pour toiʒə bʁyl puʁ twaZhe brook poor too-ah
Your eyes, I dream about them day and nightTes yeux, j’en rêve jour et nuittez‿ jø | ʒɑ̃ ʁɛv ʒuʁ‿ e nɥiTes yuh, zheh rev zhoor eh noo-ee
The spirit is enriched by what it receives, the heart by what it givesL’esprit s’enrichit de ce qu’il reçoit, le cœur de ce qu’il donnelɛspʁi sɑ̃ʁiʃi də sə kil ʁəswa | lə kœʁ də sə kil dɔnLes-pree sah-rish-ee duh suh kill ruh-soo-ah, luh kurr duh suh kill don
The heart has its reasons that reason itself does not knowLe cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît pointlə kœʁ‿ a se ʁɛzɔ̃ kə la ʁɛzɔ̃ nə kɔnɛ pwɛ̃Luh kurr ah seh reh-soh kuh la reh-son nuh co-neh pah
We don’t see well except for when we see through our heartOn ne voit bien qu’avec le cœurɔ̃ nə vwa bjɛ̃ kavɛk lə kœʁOh nuh voo-ah bee-ah kah-vec luh kurr
The only beautiful eyes are those that look at you with tendernessLes seuls beaux yeux sont ceux qui vous regardent avec tendressele sœl boz‿ jø sɔ̃ sø ki vu ʁəɡaʁd‿ avɛk tɑ̃dʁɛsLeh sol boz yuh soh suh kee voo reh-gard ah-vec tah-dress
She had the force of her heart in her eyesElle avait dans les yeux, la force de son cœurɛl‿ avɛ dɑ̃ lez‿ jø | la fɔʁsə də sɔ̃ kœʁElle ah-veh dah les yuh, la fors duh soh kurr
Who loves best forgets slowlyQue bien aime, tard oubliekə bjɛ̃ ɛm | taʁ‿ ubliKuh bee-ah em, tar oo-blee

FAQs about love in French

Do French people not say “I love you”?

Of course they do. Only very rarely. The French are known for being physically affectionate with their spouses in public, so why are they shy to profess their love for each other in words?

French culture can be very direct for many things. However, it can also be very roundabout for many others. Saying “I love you” to your spouse, partner, and even children is something that doesn’t happen nearly as often as you’d expect it to if you grew up in the United States.

Part of the reason why they have to take a circuitous route to arrive at the famous three words is because they don’t have a verb that strictly means “love.” Of course, as you know, the verb aimer can mean ‘love.’ But it can also mean ‘like.’

So, when you hear a French person say something like “J’aime le sport”, they’re not exaggerating by saying that they love sports. They simply mean that they like sports, which is the other meaning of the verb aimer.

So, French people tend to express love in alternative ways, like with small gestures and by using cute pet names to refer to their loved ones.

What does “J’adore” mean in French?

J’adore translates literally to “I adore.” However, in French, it’s really used more as a slight step-down from j’aime when you want to say that you like something.

For example, let’s say you really enjoy going to the movies, but you wouldn’t go as far as saying that you love cinema. In this case, you can say j’adore le cinéma. It’s sort of an intermediate level between j’aime bien le cinéma and j’aime le cinéma.

How do you reply to “Je t’aime” in French?

If the love is requited, you can respond with je t’aime aussi or moi aussi, je t’aime.

However, if you don’t love the person back, or are simply not ready to utter those words, we got you. Here are some ways you can respond when someone says je t’aime to you:

EnglishFrenchIPA SpellingPronunciation
I like hearing you say thatJ’adore t’entendre dire ça ʒadɔʁ tɑ̃tɑ̃dʁə diʁ saZha-door tahn-tahn-druh deer sa
Are you serious?Vraiment ?vʁɛmɑ̃ |vreh-meh
You’re driving me crazyTu me rends follety mə ʁɑ̃ fɔlToo muh rahn foll
I am touched, but I don’t feel that wayJe suis touché(e), mais je ne me sens pas comme çaʒə sɥi tuʃe | mɛ ʒə nə mə sɑ̃s pa kɔm saZhe soo-ees too-sheh, meh zhe nuh muh sah pah come sah
I would have loved for things to be different, but I don’t love you backJ'aurais aimé que les choses soient autrement, mais je ne t’aime pas en retourʒoʁɛ eme kə le ʃoz swa otʁəmɑ̃ | mɛ ʒə nə tɛm pa ɑ̃ ʁətuʁZho-ree-eh eh-may kuh leh shos swa oh-tray-meh, meh zhe nuh tem pah eh ruh-toor

Now you’re ready to conquer love, in French!

And that’s a wrap! Now you’re familiar with well over a hundred ways to declare affection and adorationin French (141, to be exact!). From things like I love you very much in French, to more risky phrases like asking someone to marry you in French, you’re now ready to conquer all romantic endeavors!

We hope you found this blog helpful! If you’re a hopeless romantic, now you won’t be stuck wondering “how do you say I love you too in French?” Now you’ve got all the tools you need to navigate any romantic endeavors in French.

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Thanks for reading through to the end! Berlitz vous aime!


What is the other way to say I love you in French? ›

Je t'aime – I love you. This can be used with your lover, as well as with friends and family. Je suis amoureux/amoureuse de toi – I am in love with you. This should only be used with your lover.

What is French word I love you very much? ›

Je t'aime tant. I love you very, very much. Je t'aime beaucoup, beaucoup.

How do you respond to I love you in French? ›

If you love the person back, the most common way of replying to “je t'aime” is “moi aussi, je t'aime,” which means, “I love you, too.”

How do you say I love you without actually saying it? ›

Romantic alternatives to saying I love you

Think of how they make you feel, and the effect that being around them has on you. You light up my life. Every time I think of you, my heart jumps and my tummy cartwheels. Your laugh is my favorite sound.

What is the most romantic word in French? ›

10 Most Common French Terms of Endearment
  • Mon amour. Native. Translation. ...
  • Mon beau / Ma belle / Ma beauté Native. Translation. ...
  • Ma chérie / Mon chéri. Native. Translation. ...
  • Mon bébé Native. Translation. ...
  • Ma poupée. Native. Translation. ...
  • Mon bijou. Native. Translation. ...
  • Mon cœur. Native. Translation. ...
  • Mon trésor. Native. Translation. Mon trésor.

Do the French say I love you easily? ›

The French don't say, "I love you" because they don't have a verb to express heartfelt sentiments for the people they care about. There is only the verb ", which means both "to like" and "to love".

What are some cute French love phrases? ›

10 romantic French phrases to charm your crush
  • Tu as de beaux yeux. Translation: You have beautiful eyes. ...
  • J'adore ton sourire. Translation: I love your smile. ...
  • Tu es charmante. Translation: You are charming. ...
  • Tu me manques. Translation: I miss you. ...
  • Je veux être avec toi. ...
  • Tu es ma joie de vivre. ...
  • Tu es l'amour de ma vie. ...
  • Je t'adore.

How do you respond to I love you in a romantic way? ›

Alternative Responses To I Love You
  1. I love you way more.
  2. Thank you for loving me.
  3. I am so obsessed with you.
  4. There is nothing better than hearing you say that.
  5. You make the world a better place. ...
  6. No, I love you!
  7. You are the only person who can make me smile constantly.
Jan 10, 2023

How do you say I love you differently? ›

How to Say “I Love You”
  1. I love you to the moon and back again.
  2. We fit together like puzzle pieces.
  3. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.
  4. You complete me.
  5. I can't believe you're mine.
  6. You are a beautiful person inside and out.
  7. I am here for you… always.
  8. I'm yours.
Feb 10, 2014

What are 3 words better than I love you? ›

Here is a list of 8 phrases that express something more powerful than love.
  • "I need you." ...
  • "I'll sacrifice for you." ...
  • "I like you." ...
  • "I forgive you." ...
  • "Let me help you." ...
  • "I am committed to you." ...
  • "I think about you all the time." ...
  • "I'd pick you all over again."
Apr 16, 2016

What is 143 in love? ›

What does 143 mean? 143 is code for I love you, especially used on pagers back in the 1990s.

How do you say I love you in secret code? ›

2. 143: I Love You. This one is easy. I (1) Love (4) You (3).

What is the secret language of love? ›

Throughout history, there are no other items as versatile as a handkerchief. The handkerchief had been used for many different purposes such as drying face and communicating secretly between lovers.

What's the rarest love language? ›

The two least preferred love languages are acts of service (ranked first by 13% of people) and receiving gifts (7%). Younger men and women were more likely to prefer gifts than older men and women.

How do you say I love you in 14 languages? ›

  1. French: Je t'aime.
  2. Spanish: Te amo.
  3. German: Ich liebe Dich.
  4. Chinese: 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ)
  5. Japanese: 愛してる (aishi teru)
  6. Korean: 사랑해 (saranghae)
  7. Arabic: ٲنَا بحِبَّك (ana bahebak)
  8. Hindi: मैं तुमसे प्यार करता हुँ (main tumse pyar karta hoon)
Dec 28, 2022

How do you express deep love in words? ›

Deep Expressions and Words for Love
  1. I cherish you.
  2. I want a lifetime with you.
  3. I adore you.
  4. I am better because of you.
  5. I need you by my side.
  6. I cannot stop thinking about you.
  7. My love for you is unconditional and eternal.
  8. All of the good in my life is because of you.

Who says I love you first? ›

A 2011 study published in the Journal of Sociology Psychology found that, while both male and female college students believe women tend to say “I love you” first, it's actually men who fall in love faster and say the L-word earlier. In fact, they think about saying it about six weeks earlier than women do.

How do I tell a guy I love him? ›

Say the words.

Look him in his eyes and say, "I love you." You do not have to make it dramatic or awkward, just speak from the heart. You can choose the ideal situation when you tell him, but try not to think about it too much. If the two of you are alone and having a good time, let him know.

What is the most romantic word ever? ›

- “Amour”, the French word for love, has been voted the most romantic word in the world in a pre-Valentine's Day survey of language experts.

What is a cute French nickname? ›

10 French Love Nicknames

Note that these terms are also used to lovingly call a child, boy or girl. Mon amour – my love. Mon ange – my angel. Mon trésor – my treasure. Mon coeur – my heart.

How do you flirt in French text? ›

Here are some typical phrases used to flirt in French:
  1. Excuse-moi, tu as l'heure ? ...
  2. Pardon, tu aurais du feu/une cigarette ? ...
  3. Tu es avec quelqu'un ? ...
  4. Tu veux (aller) boire un verre ? ...
  5. Je peux t'offrir un verre ? ...
  6. Tu viens souvent ici ? ...
  7. Tu veux aller faire un tour ? ...
  8. On pourrait peut être aller…
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Does I miss you mean I love you? ›

While “I love you's” are often joyous moments, “I miss you's” come from a different place. They come from a place of reflection and recognition that something didn't go as planned. The hope that you once had in that relationship, that person, isn't there anymore.

What do French men like in bed? ›

What are French guys attracted to? “French men pay attention to things like women wearing make-up, perfume, dressing well, and they enjoy a woman's sensuality.” This doesn't mean they expect women to be mere 'eye candy,' though.

What is the easiest love language? ›

Physical touch is the easiest love language to speak because it's free, and there is just no excuse not to touch your own kids. ALL children need physical contact with their parents or caregivers throughout childhood and adolescence, even though its not their primary love language.

How do you say baby in French for boyfriend? ›

Mon bébé – it's the French version of 'baby' or 'babe'. Its most frequent users are lovers and girlfriends.

Why is it Je T Aime and not je t adore? ›

Aimer means to love, to be in love in an affectionate way while adorer originally refers to a kind of worship. We generally say je t'aime to someone and j'adore for something (for example j'adore le chocolat). You can also say je t'adore to a close friend but je t'aime is the one to use with the love of your life.

What is Je T Aime short? ›

Phrase. je t'aime. (informal) I love you.

What is the best love saying? ›

Short Love Quotes
  • “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – ...
  • “You call it madness, but I call it love.” – ...
  • “We can only learn to love by loving.” – ...
  • “A life lived in love will never be dull.” – ...
  • “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – ...
  • “All you need is love.” – ...
  • “True love stories never have endings.” –
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How do French show their love? ›

PDA is Acceptable in French Dating Culture

Public displays of affection (PDA) aren't a taboo in France. Couples hold hands, hug, and kiss regularly. Perhaps this is the reason why the reputation for French romantic freedom is so widespread.

What is most beautiful love quote? ›

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." "We are most alive when we are in love." "The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we never give enough of is love." "There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved."

How do you respond to a seductive text? ›

How to Respond to a Flirty Text from a Guy
  1. 1 Tease him to get him interested.
  2. 2 Respond with a funny one-liner.
  3. 3 Try a sassy, short response.
  4. 4 Send a flirty compliment.
  5. 5 Hint at exciting backstories when he compliments you.
  6. 6 Give a genuine response.
  7. 7 Send a cute text to tell him you care.

How do you respond to I love you text without saying it back? ›

10 Ways to Respond to 'I Love You' Without Saying It Back
  1. "Oh, that is so cute. ...
  2. "Who me? ...
  3. "I think you're pretty awesome too." ...
  4. "I love U2, but Bono's kind of an ass." ...
  5. "Since when? ...
  6. Look into his eyes, hug him and wriggle your fingers through his hair. ...
  7. Kiss the hell out of him. ...
  8. "I'm glad this is how you feel about me."
Dec 17, 2015

How do you say I love you in 100 languages? ›

(Judith Viorst, Author)
  1. Bambara: M'bi fe. Bengali: Ami tomake bhalobashi. (pronounced: Amee toe-ma-kee bhalo-bashee) ...
  2. Danish: Jeg Elsker Dig. Dutch: Ik hou van jou.
  3. Gaelic: Ta gra agam ort. Georgian: Mikvarhar. German: Ich liebe dich. ...
  4. Icelandic: Eg elska tig. Ilonggo: Palangga ko ikaw. Indonesian: Saya cinta padamu.

What is love in one word? ›

Affection a fondness or tender feeling toward another; love; emotion or feeling.

How quickly can I fall in love? ›

The average time for men to fall in love is 88 days, while those same feelings of true love take women 134 days. Another dating site, Elite Singles, did a poll in 2017 and found that 61 per cent of women believe in love at first sight, while 72 per cent of men do. These surveys focused on heterosexual relationships.

What is stronger than love? ›

Being enamored of something or with someone goes far beyond liking them, and it's even more flowery than love. Enamored means smitten with, or totally infatuated.

What is a better line than I love you? ›

You mean the world to me.” “I care for you.” “You are one of the most beautiful people in the world.” “I feel lucky to have you by my side.”

Does real love last forever? ›

Romantic love can last a lifetime and lead to happier, healthier relationships. Romance does not have to fizzle out in long-term relationships and progress into a companionship/friendship-type love, a new study has found. Romantic love can last a lifetime and lead to happier, healthier relationships.

What's the meaning of 831 😂 💕? ›

The number 831 224 means “I love you today, tomorrow, forever.” “I Love You” is the most common definition for 831 on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. The number 831 is a cyber term used to mean “I Love You.”

What does 831 mean love? ›

The number 831 is a cyber term used to mean "I Love You." Each individual number in 831 has a specific definition: 8 = The total number of letters in the phrase "I Love You." 3 = The total number of words in the phrase "I Love You." 1 = 831 has one meaning.

What does 5201314 mean? ›

520 is not the only way to communicate in Mandarin, you can also take note of another expression 5201314! 520 means love, whereas 1314 represents 一生一世 yīshēng yīshì (for a lifetime). So, if you say 5201314, you are saying “I love you for a lifetime”.

What is 459 mean? ›

Text message code for I love you, 459 corresponds to each of the first letters in "I love you," I=4, L=5, and Y=9 on a cell phone dial pad.

What does 1423 mean in code? ›

1423 – “I want to die” (one letter in “I,” four in “want,” 2=to, three letters in “die”)

Does 607 mean I miss you? ›

Example. The number 607 with the meaning of "I Miss You" is used as a secret code in text messages, you send this secret code when you have not seen someone you love for a while and you want to see them secretly.

How do French call their love? ›

Mon petit chou / Mon chou / Chouchou

Mon petit chou is a term of endearment that is used to refer to someone you love. It can be translated to mean "my little cabbage" or "my darling". Even if you've just started learning French, you might have already come across it.

What is the difference between J aime bien and J Aime? ›

In general, it is a matter of emphasis - J'aime being more emphatic than j'aime bien. For example "je t'aime" means "I love you" while "je t'aime bien" means "I like you".

What is the French language of love? ›

Around 45% of the English vocabulary is derived from French. In fact, French words have shaped the way we cook - blanching, sautéing, and julienne are perfect examples. French is often referred to as the language of love because it's considered to be rich and melodic.

What nickname can I call my boyfriend? ›

Generally cute nicknames for your boyfriend
  • Boo.
  • Booboo Bear.
  • Sweetheart.
  • Baby Boy.
  • Baby/Babe.
  • Baby Love.
  • Boo Thang.
  • Love Bug.
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How can I call my boyfriend in French? ›

The word “copain” means “boyfriend,” but you can also say “petit copain,” “petit ami,” and “cheri” to refer to him. Other slang terms of endearment in French include “mon mec,” “amoureux,” “Jules,” and “Flirt.”

How do you say soulmate in French? ›

c'est mon âme sœur.

What's the difference between Je t'adore and Je T Aime? ›

Aimer means to love, to be in love in an affectionate way while adorer originally refers to a kind of worship. We generally say je t'aime to someone and j'adore for something (for example j'adore le chocolat). You can also say je t'adore to a close friend but je t'aime is the one to use with the love of your life.

What does Je t'aime d'amour mean? ›

i love you my love.

What does J adore? ›

The meaning of “J'adore” is a complex mix between “I really like” and “I love“. We use it to express enjoyment about something or when we are asked about our preferences.


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