When you think of love, France seems to be the place people associate it with. I mean, Paris is known as the city of love! From the French kiss to holding hands down the Champs-Élysée, the French language is certainly one of the best languages to express endearment towards the one you care about. Its fluidity and beautiful melodic rhythm can sooth anyone in the right situation.
To help out those who are learning French or those who want to get a taste of French, this article was designed to go over important vocabulary words, phrases, and terms related to love. At the very bottom, there are terms of endearment. Don’t be shy, keep reading.
French Love Terms / Words / Phrases
Keep in mind that some of the verbs need to be conjugated, and some adjectives need to agree with the gender of the speaker: (m) = a masculine noun and (f) = a feminine one. So, some parts of the list may require a certain level of French understanding.
If there was one term you would need to know, it would be je t’aime, I love you.
Love (noun): l’amour (if said incorrectly, it may be misunderstood for la mort, “death”)
Mon amour: my love (m/f)
An extra Lover: un amant (m), une maîtresse (France), une amante (Canada)
To have a date with… : avoir un rendez-vous avec…
Do you want to go out with me? (be my boyfriend / girlfriend): veux-tu sortir avec moi ?
Note** The terms mon copain and ma copine are also used to signify boyfriend or girlfriend even though those words are traditionally taught to only mean “friend”
To fall in love with… : tomber amoureux de…
My first time (having sex): ma première fois (there’s a funny song about this)
My ex-lover: mon ex
A love triangle: triangle amoureux
Brotherly love: amour fraternel
A love affair: une aventure
A love affair (activity): une passion
To marry… : epouser; se marier
Do you want to marry me? : veux-tu m’epouser ?
My Fiance: mon fiancé (for a guy); ma fiancée (for a girl)
Engagement ring: une bague de fiançailles
Wedding ring: une bague / un anneau
A Marriage: un mariage
Honeymoon: lune de miel
Honeymoon trip: voyage de noces
My husband: mon mari, mon époux
My wife: ma femme, ma marie, mon épouse
French Terms of Endearment
Just as in English, there are many cute nicknames you can come up with to address your love. Here’s just a few of them I decided to share. Make sure that the gender of the word agrees with the gender of the person you’re talking to.
These terms can be used with any gender:
Mon chou: my cream puff (sweetie or sweetheart)
Ma puce: my flea
Mon cœur: my love
Mon trésor: my treasure
Mon cher / ma chère: my dear
Mon ange: my angel
Mon canard: my duck
Mon chouchou: my pet
Mon lapin: my rabbit
Mon bébé: my baby
Ma chérie: my dear
Mon amour: my love
Mon chéri: my dear
Mon chou: my sweetheart
Ma biche: my doe
Ma bichette: my little doe
Ma belle: my beautiful
Ma petite: my little love
We covered a lot of ground. I hope you can now better express your loving sentiments to one another, or understand key love terms in the French language.
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