Fifty shades of French: words of love and intimacy

Fifty shades of French: words of love and intimacy

French is known as the language of love, so what could be better than to learn a few key French words of love and intimacy to be whispered softly at the right moment? Here are some key French words and phrases related to love.

Saying “I love you”

Je t’aime: I love you
Je t’aime mon amour: same as above but just a little more emphasis
Je t’aime de tout mon coeur: I love you with all my heart
Je t’adore: I adore you

… and more

Pour toujours et à jamais: forever and always
Toujours dans mon cœur: always in my heart
À toi, pour toujours: yours forever
T’es l’amour de ma vie: you’re the love of my life
Je t’aimerai pour toujours: I will love you forever
Tomber amoureux/amoureuse de quelqu’un : to fall in love with someone
Le coup de foudre : love at first sight

A moment of conjugation:

The present tense of the verb aimer

J’aime – I love
Tu aimes – You love
Il/elle aime – He/she loves
Nous aimons – We love
Vous aimez – You love
Ils/elles aiment – They love


Sweet nothings

Mon amour:  my love
Mon chéri, ma chérie: my darling, my love (masculine/feminine)
Mon choux: my muffin (this is a “cute” expression, use sparingly)
Mon lapin: my rabbit (another cute one)
Mon ange: my angel

Working materials

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:  mari , époux
Wife: femme, épouse
My fiancé: mon fiancé (masc.), ma fiancée (fem.)
Partner: compagnon, compagne
Lover: amant, amante
Boyfriend: copain
Girlfriend: copine
Friend: ami,  amie

… and if all goes well, this you’ll need but once in a lifetime:

Marriage proposal: demande en mariage
Veux-tu m’épouser? Will you marry me?

by lamhao via wikimedia

“Le mur des je t’aime” in the square Jehan Rictus, Montmartre, Paris. The words ‘I love you’ are written 311 times in 250 languages.

Photos: Notre Dame by Damonnofar, I Love you Wall by Lamhao 
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Sylvia is a freelance journalist based in France, focusing on business and culture. A member of the France Media editorial team, Sylvia is a regular contributor and looks after social media across our publications.

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