101 French Love Words & Phrases with English Translations


You might know how to say 'I love you' in French, but do you know the meaning of 'un baiser' or 'un coup de foudre'? This article will teach you romantic French love words and phrases to heat things up with your new French crush!

Some say that French is the language of love. Words and sayings that inspire love are found in French songs known around the world. Serge Gainsbourg wrote a song called Je t'aime, Moi Non Plus. The English translation is I love you, me neither and the true meaning of those lyrics is anybody's guess.

A classic French song that everybody knows is Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir by Lady Marmalade. The meaning of that song seems to be universally understood. But in case you are the last to know the English translation is Do you want to sleep with me tonight 😍

We've compiled a list of the most romantic French love words and phrases to help you talk like a French lover. If you want to keep them in your pocket, you might want to try the app, French Translator Dictionary + by VidaLingua. You can download it for free on your iPhone or Android.

French Love Words & English Translations

une alliance - a wedding ring

l'âme sœur - soulmate

l'amour - love

un amour éternel - endless love

amoureux (boy) / amoureuse (girl) - boyfriend / girlfriend
As you can see from this example, French nouns have gender. They have different endings based on whether the words are masculine or feminine

avoir le cœur brisé - to be brokenhearted

une bague de fiançailles - an engagement ring

un baiser - a kiss
As a noun, un baiser is just a kiss in French. As a verb, it means to have sex and is quite vulgar. Use this French love word with precaution!

baratiner (slang) - to smooth-talk

bécoter (slang) - to smooch

un câlin - cuddle

célibataire - single

le cœur - the heart

un cœur à prendre - single, available

choper - to pick up
The French word choper is pécho in Verlan, a variety of French slang words for which the syllables are inverted.

un coup de foudre - love at first sight
In French, un coup de foudre is literally a lightning bolt. So love at first sight is like being struck by lighting for the French.

craquer pour quelqu'un - to fall for someone

un crush - crush
This love word is the same in French as in English.

déclarer sa flamme - to declare your love

demander en mariage - to propose

désirer - to desire

dévorer quelqu'un des yeux - to devour somebody with your eyes

un dîner aux chandelles - a candlelit dinner

draguer (slang) - to hit on

embrasser - to kiss

épouser - to marry

faire l'amour - to make love

faire un câlin - to hug

faire crac-crac - to get it on (US)
In French, faire crac-crac is a funny way to say make love.
les fiançailles - engagement

se fiancer - to get engaged

filer le parfait amour - to be the picture of love

flirter - to flirt

galocher - to French kiss
A galoche is an overshoe in French. Not exactly the first thing you associate with love.

une histoire d'amour - a love story

jaloux (boy) / jalouse (girl) - jealous

la lune de miel - honeymoon

se marier - to get married

des mots doux - sweet nothings
Literally, this means soft words in French.

murmurer des mots doux - to whisper sweet nothings

un nid d'amour - a love nest

se pacser - to enter in a civil partnership

la passion - passion

se prendre un râteau/une veste - to get rejected (US), a knock back (UK)

une preuve d'amour - a proof of love

roucouler - to coo

rouler un patin/une pelle - to French kiss
Literally, these love words means to roll a skate or to roll a shovel in French.

sortir avec quelqu'un - to date somebody

la tendresse - tenderness, affection

tenir une promesse - to keep a promise

se tenir la main - to hold hands

tomber amoureux/euse (boy/girl) or tomber en amour (Quebec) - to fall in love

tomber sous le charme de quelqu'un - to fall under the spell of somebody

des tourtereaux - lovebirds

un voyage de noces - honeymoon

French Love Phrases & English Translations

Je t'aime.
I love you.

Je suis raide dingue de toi.
I'm totes crazy about you.

Je suis fou/folle de toi.
I am mad about you.

Je t'aime de tout mon cœur.
I love you with all my heart.

Je t'aime pour toujours.
I love you forever.

Je t'aime à mourir.
I love you to death.

Je suis accro à toi.
I am addicted to you.

Je t'ai dans la peau.
I have you under my skin.

Tu fais battre mon cœur.
You set my heart racing.

L'amour donne des ailes.
Love gives you wings.

J'ai trouvé le grand amour.
I found true love.

Tu es l'amour de ma vie.
You are the love of my life.

Tu es le soleil de ma vie.
You are the sunshine of my life.

Il/Elle me fait les yeux doux.
He/She makes puppy dog eyes at me.

Je suis amoureux/amoureuse de toi.
I am in love with you.

Mon cœur bat la chamade.
My heart is pounding wildly.

Je veux te serrer contre toi.
I want to hold you close to me.

Je pense à toi tout le temps.
I think of you all the time.

Tu es un beau parleur !
You are a smooth-talker!

Tu es l'élu(e) de mon cœur.
You are the one chosen by my heart i.e. You are the one.

Je suis en couple.
I'm in a relationship.

Je suis en bail.
I'm in a casual relationship.
In French, bail means a lease instead of something permanent like love.

J'ai envie de toi.
I want you.

Je brûle de désir pour toi.
You make me burn with desire.

J'en pince pour toi.
I have a crush on you.

Prends-moi dans tes bras !
Give me a hug!

Tu m'as brisé le cœur.
You broke my heart.

Je veux vivre avec toi.
I want to live with you.

Je veux passer ma vie avec toi.
I want a lifetime with you.

Loin des yeux, loin du cœur.
Out of sight, out of mind.

Je ne supporte pas d'être séparé(e) de toi.
I cannot bear to be apart from you.

Je ne supporte pas d'être loin de toi.
I cannot bear to be far from you.

Tu me manques.
I miss you.

J'ai des sentiments pour toi.
I feel something for you.

Tu me fais tourner la tête.
You make my head spin.

Je t'appartiens.
I belong to you.

Je suis à toi.
I am yours.

Tu fais partie de moi.
You are a part of me.

Tu es tout pour moi.
You are my everything.

Nous sommes faits l'un pour l'autre.
We are meant for each other.

Quand te reverrai-je ?
When will I see you again?

Nous vivons d'amour et d'eau fraîche.
We live on love alone.

L'amour est plus fort que tout.
Love is stronger than anything.

L'amour est aveugle.
Love is blind.

Tu représentes tellement pour moi.
You mean so much to me.

Veux-tu m'épouser ?
Will you marry me?

Use these French phrases with precaution as they may cause your favorite person to fall madly in love with you 😀

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Christine Ducos-Restagno
Lead French Linguist

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