French Love Language - L'amour et l'amitié

Express yourself in the language of love

Romance in Paris
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If French is the language of love, what better language is there with which to express your love? Here are some key French words and phrases related to love, friendship, and special occasions. Click on the link to hear the word or phrase pronounced.

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love     amour
love at first sight     le coup de foudre
friendship     amitié

I love you     Je t'aime
I love you too     Moi aussi, je t'aime
How to say I love you in French - step by step

I adore you     Je t'adore
Will you marry me?

     Veux-tu m'épouser ?

to kiss     embrasser
to French kiss     galocher (learn more)
to date     sortir avec
to fall in love (with)     tomber amoureux (de)
   (not "tomber en amour")
to get engaged     se fiancer à (or avec)
to get married     se marier avec

engagement     les fiançailles
marriage     le mariage
wedding     les noces, le mariage
wedding anniversary     l'anniversaire de mariage
honeymoon     la lune de miel (learn more)

St. Valentine's Day (card)
   (une carte de) la Saint-Valentin

present     un cadeau
flowers     des fleurs
candy     des bonbons
clothes     des vêtements
perfume     du parfum
jewelry     des bijoux
engagement ring     une bague de fiançailles
wedding ring     une alliance

husband     un mari, un époux
wife     une femme, une épouse

fiance     un fiancé, une fiancée*

lover     un amant, une amante

boyfriend     un copain
girlfriend     une copine

friend     un ami, une amie*

dear, sweetheart     chéri, chérie*

* Same pronunciation for masculine and feminine version.




Quiz: French love language
How well do you speak the language of love? Find out with this quiz on French love language.

French terms of endearment
French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial).



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French has all kinds of interesting terms of endearment, including a rather odd assortment of barnyard animals. Check out this list of French terms of endearment to use with your loved ones (both romantic and familial). For the most part, these all mean something along the lines of "sweetie," "darling," or "poppet," so I've provided the literal translations as well as a few notes (in parentheses).



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mon amour    my love

mon ange    my angel

mon bébé    my baby

ma belle    my beautiful (informal)

ma biche    my doe

ma bichette    my little doe

ma caille    my quail (informal)

mon canard    my duck

mon chaton    my kitten

ma chatte    my cat (familiar)

mon cher, ma chère    my dear

mon chéri, ma chérie    my dearie

mon chou    my cabbage, my pastry (informal)

mon chouchou    my favorite, blue-eyed boy/girl, pet* (informal)
*as in "teacher's pet"

mon cochon    my pig

mon coco    my egg

ma cocotte    my hen (informal)

mon cœur    my heart

ma crotte    my dropping (also refers to a small, round goat cheese)

ma fifille    my little girl (informal, old-fashioned)

mon grand / ma grande    my big guy / girl

mon jésus    my Jesus (when talking to a child)

mon lapin    my rabbit

ma loutre    my otter

mon loup    my wolf

ma mie    literally "my female friend," but used to mean "my dear/love." (This is a somewhat old-fashioned term contracted from mon amie > m'amie > ma mie.

Note that mie also refers to the soft part of bread - the opposite of the crust.)

mon mignon    my cutie

mon mimi    my pussycat (informal)

mon minet / ma minette    my pussycat

mon minou    my kitty

ma moitié    my half

mon petit / ma petite    my little guy / girl

ma poule    my hen

mon poulet    my chicken

ma poulette    my pullet (informal)

ma poupée    my doll

mon poussin    my chick (informal)

ma puce    my flea (informal)

mon sucre d'orge    my barley sugar

mon trésor    my treasure

mon trognon    my (fruit) core (when talking to a child)

You can also hear many of these in this video: Terms of endearment.



Modifiers

  • The word petit (little) can be added in front of most of these: mon petit chou, ma petite chatte, etc.
     
  • The phrase en sucre (made of sugar) can be added to the end of some: mon trésor en sucre, mon cœur en sucre, etc.
Note that the possessive adjectives mon and ma (my) have to agree with the gender of the term of endearment - not your own gender nor necessarily that of the person you're talking to/about. Generally speaking, masculine terms of endearment can be used for men and women, while feminine terms of endearment can only be used for women.


Expressions with "love"
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They say that French is the language of love, so you'd better know how to say I love you! These step-by-step instructions will teach you how to say I love you in French.

Difficulty: Easy

Time required: Less than a minute


Here's how

  1. Find the person you love.
     
  2. Say his or her name.
     
  3. Say je t'aime:
    • j in je is pronounced [zh] like the g in mirage
    • e is pronounced like the oo in good
    • t'aime is pronounced [tem] to rhyme with them.
  1. Optional: Follow with "my darling":
    • To a woman = ma chérie, pronounced [ma shay ree].
    • To a man = mon chéri, pronounced [mo(n) shay ree]. The (n) is nasal.
    • You can also choose a different French term of endearment
  2. Optional: To respond to someone who says "I love you," say Moi aussi, je t'aime (I love you too).
    • moi is pronounced "mwa."
    • aussi is pronounced "oh see."
  3. You can listen to sound files of these terms on my page of French love language

What you need
  • A few minutes of practice
  • A romantic location
  • Your beloved
  • (optional) candles, flowers, bonbons, soft music, an engagement ring...

Expressions with "love"
The English word "love" is found in many different expressions - learn how to translate them into French.

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Hint: it's not "tomber en amour."

The English word "love" is found in many different expressions - learn how to translate them into French.

love affair (literal)une liaison
love affair (figurative)une passion
love at first sightle coup de foudre
love childun enfant d'amour
un enfant illégitime
un enfant naturel
love feastune agape
un banquet
love game (tennis)un jeu blanc
love handlespoignées d'amour
love-hate relationshipun rapport amour-haine
love-in-a-mist (plant)la nigelle de Damas
love-knotles lacs d'amour
love letterune lettre d'amour
un billet-doux
love-lies-bleeding (plant)amarante queue-de-renard
love lifela vie amoureuse
ses amours
love matchun mariage d'amour
love nestun nid d'amour
un nid d'amoureux
love of one's lifele grand amour
love potionun philtre d'amour
love sceneune scène d'amour
love seatune causeuse
love storyune histoire d'amour
love (in tennis)zéro, rien
love tokenun gage d'amour
love triangleun triangle amoureux
loved onesêtres chers
lovestrucképerdument amoureux
  
brotherly loveamour fraternel
casual love affairun amour de rencontre
courtly loveamour courtois
declaration of loveune déclaration d'amour
first loveson premier amour
free loveamour libre
in love (with)amoureux (de)
labor of loveune tâche accomplie pour le plaisir
madly in lovefou d'amour
my love (term of endearment)mon amour
physical loveamour physique
platonic loveamour platonique
puppy loveamour juvénile
true lovele grand amour
  
for the love of Godpour l'amour de Dieu
He loves me, he loves me notIl m'aime un peu, beaucoup, passionnément,
à la folie, pas du tout
How's your love life?Comment vont tes amours ?
I'd love to!Avec plaisir !
Volontiers !
It can't be had for love nor money.C'est introuvable.
On ne peut se le procurer à aucun prix.
Lucky at cards, unlucky in loveHeureux au jeu, malheureux en amour
not for love nor money
I wouldn't do it for love nor money.
pour rien au monde
Je ne le ferais pour rien au monde.
Someone up there loves me.C'est mon jour de veine.
There's no love lost between them.Entre eux, ce n'est pas le grand amour.
Ils ne peuvent pas se sentir.
to do something for the love of itfaire qqchose pour l'amour de l'art
to do something out of love forfaire qqchose par l'amour pour
to do something with loving carefaire qqchose avec amour
to fall in love (with)tomber amoureux (de)
to live on love alonevivre / se nourrir d'amour et d'eau fraîche
to loveaimer
to make lovefaire l'amour