How To Say 'I Love You' In French (Essential Guide)

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How To Say 'I Love You' In French (Essential Guide)

Looking for the most endearing ways to express how much you love someone in French?

You’ve come to the right place – this is where you’ll find them.

We know that love can sometimes be a sensitive topic, particularly if you’re telling you love someone for the first time in French – and you’re a beginner. So, there’s nothing better than being prepared.

If you’re studying a French course, you might already be aware of the standard way to say those three little English words ‘I love you’ in French, which is je t’aime.

But stick around because we’ve got plenty more ways to help you express your love to those close to you.

What are the most common ways to say ‘I love you’ in French?

There are many ways to say ‘I love you’ in French, some of the most common of which include:

Le FrançaisEnglish
Je t’aimeI love you
Je t’adoreI adore you
Tu me complètesYou complete me
Je t’aime de tout mon coeurI love you with all my heart
Je t’aimerai toujoursI’ll love you forever
Je t’aime tellementI love you so much
Je t’aime plus chaque jourI love you more each day
Je suis tombé amoureux de toiI’ve fallen in love with you

How to pluralise je t’aime for addressing many people

Say you want to say you love all your family members and you’re addressing various people – for this you’ll need to pluralise the phrase je t’aime by using the word vous instead of te.

Here’s our example:

Je vous aime tous tellement. Merci de me soutenir.

I love you all so much. Thanks for supporting me.

Notice where the plural phrase vous appears in the sentence – in this case it’s in the same place as the word te.

Using tu me completès and je t’adore to emphasise your love for your partner

To really emphasise how much you love someone in French, the phrases tu me completès and je t’adore are common variations of the expression je t’aime.

Tu me completès translates to English as ‘you complete me’, where as je t’adore means ‘I adore you’.

These two expressions of love are typically used between partners and are not appropriate for family members.

How gender affects certain expressions of love in French

Depending on who is speaking – (a man or a woman) – the way we express certain sentences related to love can differ.

One example is the phrase je suis tombé amoureux de toi (‘I’ve fallen in love with you. In this case, this phrase has been spoken by a man.

We can tell because the sentence uses the masculine adjective amoureux and the participle tombé also takes the masculine form.

It follows that if a woman were to say the phrase ‘I’ve fallen in love with you’, they should use the feminine form. The adjective amoureux would change to the feminine word amoureuse, and the participle tombé would also take the feminine form tombée.

To simplify this, take a look at how a woman would say ‘I’ve fallen in love with you’ in French:

Je suis tombée amoureuse de toi.

I’ve fallen in love with you.

More French vocabulary related to love

To round out your knowledge of how to say ‘I love you’ in French, here’s some more vocabulary that you’ll hear used related to love:

Le FrançaisEnglish
Le grand amourTrue love
L’amour de ma vieThe love of my life
Le premier amourFirst love
L’amour-propreSelf-respect/self-love
AmanteLover

Common French idioms related to love to be aware of

We’ve included this list of common French idioms that you might hear a lot in French-speaking countries, in movies, in podcasts or spoken by French natives.

One thing to bear in mind before you take a look at these idioms, is that they cannot be interpreted with a literal translation. They tend to have metaphorical meanings and use parallel images to emphasise their definition.

Take a look:

French IdiomLiteral TranslationActual Meaning
Être fleur bleueTo be a blue flowerTo be sentimental
Poser un lapinTo put a rabbitTo get stood up
Se prendre un râteauTo take a rakeTo be rejected
Avoir un coup de foudreTo have a strike of lightningTo fall in love at first sight
Se faire larguerTo lose a guyTo get dumped

Reinforce your knowledge of French phrases for ‘I love you’ with two tips

So, you’ve got the knowledge and we’ll leave you to practice using these French phrases for ‘I love you’.

We’ve got two quick tips before we go that will help you remember the key expressions included in this list:

  1. Watching French movies with a love theme can also help you reinforce your knowledge. Sometimes, seeing the image on screen can help you understand the context in which these French phrases for ‘I love you’.
  2. When you’ve gained more confidence, listening to French love songs on YouTube channels can be a great help that will significantly reinforce your knowledge. Listen carefully and see which phrases you recognise. Then consider the contexts in which they’re used in the song, which will help you identify the meaning behind the expressions.

You’ll get there.

Remember to keep practicing and before you know it, you’ll confidently be able to tell that special someone how much you love them in French.


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