141 weird and wonderful ways to say I love you in French

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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Couple enjoy a romantic coastal holiday to say I love you in French.

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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 French will 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.

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!

Woman makes heart shape with hands to say I love you in French.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
I love you Je t’aime ʒə tɛm Zhe tem
I love you (formal or plural) Je vous aime ʒə vuz‿ ɛm Zhe voos em
I love you too Je t’aime aussi ʒə tɛm‿ osi Zhe tem oh-see
I love you so much Je t’aime tellement ʒə tɛm tɛlmɑ̃ Zhe tem tel-muh
I love you so much Je t’aime tant ʒə tɛm tɑ̃ Zhe tem tah
I love you so much Je t’aime fort ʒə tɛm fɔʁ Zhe tem for
I love you more Je t’aime plus ʒə tɛm ply Zhe tem ploos
I love you most Je t’aime le plus ʒə tɛm lə ply Zhe tem luh ploos
I love you a lot Je t’aime beaucoup ʒə tɛm boku Zhe tem bo-coo
I love you very much Je t’aime très fort ʒə tɛm tʁɛ fɔʁ Zhe tem tray for
I love you deeply Je t’aime profondément ʒə tɛm pʁɔfɔ̃demɑ̃ Zhe tem pro-fon-duh-man
I love you to the moon and back Je t'aime plus que tout au monde ʒə tɛm ply kə tut‿ o mɔ̃d Zhe tem ploos kuh too oh mond
I love you more than the entire world Je t’aime plus que le monde entier ʒə tɛm ply kə lə mɔ̃d‿ ɑ̃tje Zhe tem ploos kuh luh mond an-tee-eh
I love you with all my heart Je t'aime de tout mon cœur ʒə tɛm də tu mɔ̃ kœʁ Zhe tem de too mon curr
I love you a hundred times a day Je t’aime cent fois par jour ʒə tɛm sɑ̃ fwa paʁ ʒuʁ Zhe tem sen foo-ahs par zhoor
I love you handsome Je t’aime, mon beau ʒə tɛm | mɔ̃ bo Zhe tem, mon boh
I love you beautiful Je t’aime, ma belle ʒə tɛm | ma bɛl Zhe tem, ma belle
I love you more than life itself Je t’aime plus que la vie ʒə tɛm ply kə la vi Zhe tem ploos kuh la vee
I love you more than anything Je t’aime plus que tout ʒə tɛm ply kə tu Zhe tem ploos que too
I still love you Je t’aime encore ʒə tɛm‿ ɑ̃kɔʁ Zhe tem an-core
I think I love you Je crois que je t’aime ʒə kʁwa kə ʒə tɛm Zhe croo-ah kuh zhe tem
I’m crazy about you Je suis fou de toi ʒə sɥi fu də twa Zhe soo-ee foo de too-ah
You’re driving me crazy (in a good way) Je t’aime à la folie ʒə tɛm‿ a la fɔli Zhe tem a la foh-lee
I’m head over heels for you Je suis fou de toi ʒə sɥi fu də twa Zhe soo-ee foo duh too-ah
I’ve fallen for you Je suis tombé(e) amoureux(amoureusse) de toi ʒə sɥi tɔ̃be amuʁø də twa Zhe soo-ee tom-beh ah-mo-ruh de too-ah
I’m yours Je suis à toi ʒə sɥiz‿ a twa Zhe soo-is a too-ah
Love of my life L’amour de ma vie lamuʁ də ma vi La-moor duh ma vee
I’m thinking about you Je pense à toi ʒə pɑ̃s‿ a twa Zhe pense a too-ah
I want to be with you Je veux être avec toi ʒə vø ɛtʁ‿ avɛk twa Zhe vuh ehtr ah-vec too-ah
I can't wait to see you Je suis impatient de te voir ʒə sɥiz‿ ɛ̃pasjɑ̃ də tə vwaʁ Zhe soo-is am-pa-see-an de te voo-are
I can’t live without you Je ne peux pas vivre sans toi ʒə nə pø pa vivʁə sɑ̃ twa Zhe ne puh pa vee-vruh san too-ah
I need you J’ai besoin de toi ʒe bəzwɛ̃ də twa Zhe beh-soo-ahn duh too-ah
I love you period Je t’aime tout court ʒə tɛm tu kuʁ Zhe tem too coor
You are my other half Tu es mon autre moitié ty ɛ mɔ̃n‿ otʁə mwatje Tu es mon ohtr moo-ah-tee-eh
Life would be empty without you Tu laisserais un grand vide dans ma vie ty lɛsʁɛ ɛ̃ ɡʁɑ̃ vid dɑ̃ ma vi Too leh-seh-reh ah gran veed dan ma vee
My heart is yours Mon cœur t'appartient mɔ̃ kœʁ tapaʁtjɛ̃ Moh curr ta-par-tee-ah
You are my everything Tu es tout pour moi ty ɛ tu puʁ mwa Too es too poor moo-ah
I love you with all my soul Je t’aime de toute mon âme ʒə tɛm də tut mɔ̃n‿ am Zhe tem de toot mon am
I love you from the bottom of my heart Je t'aime du fond de mon cœur ʒə tɛm dy fɔ̃ də mɔ̃ kœʁ Zhe tem doo fon duh moh curr
Every day I love you more and more Chaque jour je t’aime davantage ʃak ʒuʁ ʒə tɛm də ply ɑ̃ ply Shack zhoor zhe tem de ploos en ploos
You’re the best girlfriend in the world Tu es la meilleure petite copine du monde ty ɛ la mɛjœʁ pətit kɔpin dy mɔ̃d Too eh la may-yoor petite coh-peen doo mond
You’re the best boyfriend in the world Tu 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!

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.

Parents show their love by taking their children on a bike ride through the park.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
I love you (platonically) Je t’aime bien ʒə tɛm bjɛ̃ Zhe tem bee-ah
I love you mom Je t’aime, maman ʒə tɛm | mamɑ̃ Zhe tem ma-mah
I love you dad Je t’aime, papa ʒə tɛm | papa Zhe tem pa-pah
I love you grandma Je t’aime, grand-mère ʒə tɛm | ɡʁɑ̃mɛʁ Zhe tem grah-mer
I love you grandpa Je t’aime, grand-père ʒə tɛm | ɡʁɑ̃pɛʁ Zhe tem grah-per
I love you all Je vous aime ʒə vuz‿ ɛm Zhe voos em
I love you guys Je vous adore ʒə vuz‿ adɔʁ Zhe voos ah-dor
I love Taco Bell J’aime Taco Bell ʒɛm tako bɛl Zhem Taco Bell
I love you as a friend Je t’aime comme un ami ʒə tɛm kɔm‿ ɛ̃n‿ ami Zhe tem come oon ah-mee
I miss you Tu me manques ty mə mɑ̃k Too muh mank
You look beautiful Tu es très belle ty ɛ tʁɛ bɛl Too eh tray belle
You look handsome Tu es très beau ty ɛ tʁɛ bo Too eh tray boh
You’re my soulmate Tu es mon âme soeur ty ɛ mɔ̃n‿ am sɔœʁ Too eh moh ame sur
I like you just the way you are Je t’aime comme tu es ʒə tɛm kɔm ty ɛ Zhe tem come too eh
We get along very well On s’entend bien ɔ̃ sɑ̃tɑ̃ bjɛ̃ Oh san-tah bee-ah
I really like spending time with you J’aime passer du temps avec toi ʒɛm sa pase dy tɑ̃ avɛk twa Zhem sa pa-seh doo teh avec too-ah
Goodnight, I love you Bonne nuit, je t’aime bɔn nɥi | ʒə tɛm Bonn 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 puce—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 endearment and 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!

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation Context
My love Mon amour mɔ̃n‿ amuʁ Mon ah-moor Used with lovers
My angel Mon ange mɔ̃n‿ ɑ̃ʒ Mon anzh Used with lovers
My heart Mon coeur mɔ̃ kɔœʁ Moh kurr Used with lovers
My duck Mon canard mɔ̃ kanaʁ Moh kah-nar Used with lovers
My sweetie Mon doudou mɔ̃ dudu Moh doo-doo Used with lovers
My sweet bun Mon chou mɔ̃ ʃu Moh shoo Used with lovers
My rabbit Mon lapin mɔ̃ lapɛ̃ Moh lah-pah Used with lovers
My baby Mon bébé mɔ̃ bebe Moh beh-beh Used with lovers
My darling Mon chéri /Ma chérie ma ʃeʁi Ma sheh-ree Can be used with lovers, friends, and family
My kitten Mon chaton mɔ̃ ʃatɔ̃ Moh sha-toh Can be used with lovers, friends, and family
My treasure Mon trésore mɔ̃ tʁezɔʁ Moh treh-sore Can be used with lovers, friends, and family
My flea Ma puce ma pus Ma poos Can be used with lovers, friends, and family
My little wolf Mon petit loup mɔ̃ lu Moh loop Used for men and boys
My chicken Mon poulet mɔ̃ pulɛ Moh poo-lay Used for men and boys
My man Mon homme mɔ̃n‿ ɔm Mon om Used for men and boys
My pomeranian Mon loulou mɔ̃ lulu Moh loo-loo Used for men and boys
My dove Ma colombe ma kɔlɔ̃b Ma co-lomb Used for women and little girls
My shrimp Ma crevette ma kʁəvɛt Ma creh-vet Used for women and little girls
My butterfly Mon papillon mɔ̃ papijɔ̃ Moh pa-pee-yo Used for women and little girls
My doe Ma bichette ma biʃɛt Ma bi-shet Used for women and little girls
My reason for living Ma raison de vivre ma ʁɛzɔ̃ də vivʁ Ma reh-soh duh veevr Can be used affectionately with children
My starry sky Mon ciel étoilé mɔ̃ sjɛl‿ etwale Moh see-el eh-too-ah-leh Can be used affectionately with children
My favorite Mon préféré mɔ̃ pʁefeʁe Moh preh-feh-reh Can be used affectionately with children
My love apple Ma pomme d’amour ma pɔm damuʁ Ma pom dah-moor Can 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.

Man asks woman on another date to show his love in French.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
I like you (as a friend) Je t’aime bien ʒə tɛm bjɛ̃ Zhe tem
I like you Tu me plais ty mə plɛ Too muh pleh
I like you Je suis amoureux de toi ʒə sɥiz‿ amuʁø də twa Zhe soo-is ah-mo-ruh duh too-ah
I adore you Je t’adore ʒə tadɔʁ Zhe tah-dor
I think I’m falling for you Je crois que je suis en train de tomber amoureux de toi ʒə kʁwa kə ʒə sɥiz‿ ɑ̃ tʁɛ̃ də tɔ̃be amuʁø də twa Zhe 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 you Je te kiffe ʒə tə kif Zhe tuh keef
I really like you a lot Je te kiffe grave ʒə tə kif ɡʁav Zhe tuh keef grav
I like you too Je te kiffe aussi ʒə tə kif‿ osi Zhe tuh keef oh-see
I like you too much Je te kiffe trop ʒə tə kif tʁo Zhe tuh keef troh
I want to see you Je veux te voir ʒə vø tə vwaʁ Zhe vuh tuh voo-ar
I like everything about you J’aime tout de toi ʒɛm tu də twa Zhem too duh too-ah
You are very pretty Tu es très belle ty ɛ tʁɛ bɛl Too eh treh bell
You are divine Tu es divine ty ɛ divin Too eh dee-veen
You are spectacular Tu es spectaculaire ty ɛ spɛktakylɛʁ Too eh spec-ta-coo-ler
I want you Je te veux ʒə tɑ̃ vø Zhe ten vuh
I want you J’ai envie de toi ʒe ɑ̃vi də twa Zhé 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.

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

Couple get married and show their love in French.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
Will you marry me? Veux-tu m'épouser? 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? Me ferais-tu 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? Me ferais-tu 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 married Marions-nous maʁjɔ̃ nu Ma-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.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
To love is not to look at each other, it’s to look in the same direction together Aimer, ce n'est pas se regarder l'un l'autre, c'est regarder ensemble dans la même direction ɛme | sə nɛ pa sə ʁəɡaʁde lɛ̃ lotʁ | sɛ ʁəɡaʁde ɑ̃sɑ̃blə dɑ̃ la mɛm diʁɛksjɔ̃ Eh-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 honey La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel la vi ɛt‿ yn flœʁ dɔ̃ lamuʁ‿ ɛ lə mjɛl La vee eht oon fluhr doh lah-moor eh luh mee-elle
Living without loving isn’t living properly Vivre sans aimer n’est pas proprement vivre vivʁə sɑ̃z‿ ɛme nɛ pa pʁɔpʁəmɑ̃ vivʁ Vee-vruh sans eh-meh neh pah pro-pruh-mah vee-vruh
There is no need for words between two hearts that love each other Entre deux cœurs qui s’aiment, nul besoin de paroles ɑ̃tʁə dø kœʁ ki sɛm | nyl bəzwɛ̃ də paʁɔl En-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 loved Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé il nj‿ a kɛ̃ bɔnœʁ dɑ̃ la vi | sɛ dɛme e dɛtʁ‿ eme Eel 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 you Si 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 from L’amour est comme le vent, nous ne savons pas d’où il vient lamuʁ‿ ɛ kɔm lə vɑ̃ | nu nə savɔ̃ pa du il vjɛ̃ Lah-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 everything Quand on est aimé on ne doute de rien. Quand on aime, on doute de tout kɑ̃ ɔ̃n‿ ɛt‿ eme ɔ̃ nə dut də ʁjɛ̃ ‖ kɑ̃ ɔ̃n‿ ɛm | ɔ̃ dut də tu Kahnd 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 life L’amour fait les plus grandes douceurs et les plus sensibles infortunes de la vie lamuʁ fɛ le ply ɡʁɑ̃d dusœʁ‿ e le ply sɑ̃sibl‿ ɛ̃fɔʁtyn də la vi Lah-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 love J’ai aimé jusqu’à atteindre la folie. Ce que certains appellent la folie, mais ce qui pour moi, est la seule façon d’aimer ʒe eme ʒyska atɛ̃dʁə la fɔli ‖ sə kə sɛʁtɛ̃z‿ apɛl la fɔli | mɛ sə ki puʁ mwa | ɛ la sœl fasɔ̃ dɛme Zhe 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 madly Je vous souhaite d’être follement aimée ʒə vu swɛt dɛtʁə fɔlmɑ̃ eme Zhe voo soo-eht deh-truh foll-meh eh-meh
But what love has bound together, even time cannot unbind Mais ce qu’a lié l’amour même, le temps ne peut le délier mɛ sə ka lje lamuʁ mɛm | lə tɑ̃ nə pø lə delje Meh say kah lee-eh lah-moor mem, luh teh neh puh luh day-lee-eh
To live off of love and cold water Vivre d’amour et d’eau fraîche vivʁə damuʁ‿ e do fʁɛʃ Veevr dah-moor eh doh fresh
Love is blind L’amour rend aveugle lamuʁ ʁɑ̃ avœɡl Lah-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 aimer ʁjɛ̃ nɛ pəti dɑ̃ lamuʁ ‖ sø ki atɑ̃d le ɡʁɑ̃dz‿ ɔkazjɔ̃ puʁ pʁuve lœʁ tɑ̃dʁɛs nə sav pa ɛme Ree-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.

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.

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
I have fallen for your charm Je suis tombé sous ton charme ʒə sɥi tɔ̃be su tɔ̃ ʃaʁm Zhe soo-ee toh-beh soo toh sharm
I care for you Je tiens à toi ʒə tjɛ̃ a twa Zhe tee-ah ah too-ah
I belong to you, body and soul Je t’appartiens corps et âme ʒə tapaʁtjɛ̃ kɔʁ‿ e am Zhe tah-par-tee-eh cor eh am
You have beautiful eyes Tu as de beaux yeux ty a də boz‿ jø Too ah duh boz yuh
You are very cute Tu es très jolie(e) ty ɛ tʁɛ ʒɔli Too eh tray yo-lee
I love your smile J’adore ton sourire ʒadɔʁ tɔ̃ suʁiʁ Zha-dor toh soo-reer
You are cute Tu es mignon/ Tu es mignonne ty ɛ miɲɔ̃ Too eh mee-nioh
I am burning (of love) for you Je brûle pour toi ʒə bʁyl puʁ twa Zhe brook poor too-ah
Your eyes, I dream about them day and night Tes yeux, j’en rêve jour et nuit tez‿ jø | ʒɑ̃ ʁɛv ʒuʁ‿ e nɥi Tes yuh, zheh rev zhoor eh noo-ee
The spirit is enriched by what it receives, the heart by what it gives L’esprit s’enrichit de ce qu’il reçoit, le cœur de ce qu’il donne lɛspʁi sɑ̃ʁiʃi də sə kil ʁəswa | lə kœʁ də sə kil dɔn Les-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 know Le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point lə kœʁ‿ a se ʁɛzɔ̃ kə la ʁɛzɔ̃ nə kɔnɛ pwɛ̃ Luh 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 heart On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur ɔ̃ nə vwa bjɛ̃ kavɛk lə kœʁ Oh nuh voo-ah bee-ah kah-vec luh kurr
The only beautiful eyes are those that look at you with tenderness Les seuls beaux yeux sont ceux qui vous regardent avec tendresse le sœl boz‿ jø sɔ̃ sø ki vu ʁəɡaʁd‿ avɛk tɑ̃dʁɛs Leh sol boz yuh soh suh kee voo reh-gard ah-vec tah-dress
She had the force of her heart in her eyes Elle avait dans les yeux, la force de son cœur ɛl‿ avɛ dɑ̃ lez‿ jø | la fɔʁsə də sɔ̃ kœʁ Elle ah-veh dah les yuh, la fors duh soh kurr
Who loves best forgets slowly Qui bien aime, tard oublie kə bjɛ̃ ɛm | taʁ‿ ubli Kuh 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:

English French IPA Spelling Pronunciation
I like hearing you say that J’adore t’entendre dire ça ʒadɔʁ tɑ̃tɑ̃dʁə diʁ sa Zha-door tahn-tahn-druh deer sa
Are you serious? Vraiment ? vʁɛmɑ̃ | vreh-meh
You’re driving me crazy Tu me rends fou/folle ty mə ʁɑ̃ fɔl Too muh rahn foll
I am touched, but I don’t feel that way Je suis touché(e), mais je ne me sens pas comme ça ʒə sɥi tuʃe | mɛ ʒə nə mə sɑ̃s pa kɔm sa Zhe 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 back J'aurais aimé que les choses soient autrement, mais je ne t’aime pas en retour ʒoʁɛ eme kə le ʃoz swa otʁəmɑ̃ | mɛ ʒə nə tɛm pa ɑ̃ ʁətuʁ Zho-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 adoration in 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.

As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about learning French or any other language. You can also check out our French blog for many more resources on learning French.

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