Romantic French Phrases

Rachel Hanson
romance in France

The French language abounds with romantic phrases that are perfect for expressing affection. Whether you want to flirt a little or express eternal love, the French language can help you do it with finesse.

French Phrases for Flirting

Before you can get to the romance part, you need to do a little flirting! The subtle art of flirting in France is actually very common and is a trademark of daily conversation. Some have described it as an obligation to appreciate all things in life that are pleasing. If you visit, you should expect to hone your flirting skills, but you can't be too obvious if you want to fit in with the French. In most cases, casual flirting leads nowhere. If you'd like to be more straightforward, and would like the flirting to go somewhere, try your hand with some of these phrases:

  • Qu'est-ce que je ferais sans toi?

Pronounced: kess kuh zhuh fur ay sohn twah?
Translated: What would I do without you? The subtlety is there and if your friend is interested, he/she will get the message loud and clear!

  • Est-ce que tu es aussi doux que tes yeux?

Pronounced: ess kuh too ay see doo ku tayz yuh?
Translated: Are you as sweet as your eyes are? Perhaps this is the right phrase just before a kiss?

  • Tu as de très beaux yeux.

Pronounced: too ah duh tray bo zyeh
Translated: You have beautiful eyes. Not so subtle flirting or a genuine compliment--it's all in how you say it.

Common French Phrases for Romance

While subtle flirting is common place in France, getting to the next step is not. In fact, you will find that French men who are happily married engage in flirtatious banter from time to time. Flirting in France requires quick wit and while you won't find that there is any one line that's used all the time, use any of these and you may just sweep her (or him) off of her feet.

  • Je ne peux pas vivre sans toi.

Pronounced: zhuh puh pah veevr sahn twah.
Translated: I can't live without you. A great way to lead up to a proposal for marriage. . .or just express your undying love!

  • Tu es la femme de mes rêves!

Pronounced: too ay lah femm duh mey rhev
Translated: You are the woman of my dreams. (Note: substitute 'l'homme' for 'la femme' if you're speaking to a man.)

  • Tu me rends fou.

Pronounced: too muh rhon foo
Translated: You drive me crazy! This is for that special person that you can't live with or without--again, it's all in how you say it.

  • Je vis d'amour et d'eau douce

Pronounced: zhuh vee dah moor ay doh doos
Translated: I live on love and fresh water. Although it doesn't translate well in English, it's a very common romantic French phrase.

French Terms of Affection

Just to round out your vocabulary on all things love, here is an assortment of words and phrases that you might hear:

Words of Love
French Pronunciation English
copain(-e) copeh (copehn) boyfriend/girlfriend
fiancé(e) fee ahn say fiance
époux (épouse) ay poo (ay pooz) spouse (male/female)
Nous nous marions! noo noo mah ree ohn We're getting married!
Nous sommes fiancés noo somz fee ahn say We're engaged!
tendres baisers tehn druh beh say hugs and kisses
draguer une femme drah gay oon fehmm to pick up a woman
Tu veux m'épouser? too veuh may poo say Do you want to marry me?
faire une demande de mariage fair oon duh mahnd duh mah ree azhe to propose

Romantic Expressions

Whether you are trying to pick up a date or express your everlasting love for that truly special, one-in-a-lifetime person in your life, the language of love has a smart and sophisticated way to do it. For more inspiration, consider quoting a famous French love song or romantic poem if you want to find the perfect way to express your feelings to the one you adore.

Romantic French Phrases