Why stick to English when there are so many diverse languages to convey your love for your partner? Here are 15 romantic foreign phrases.
Folk wisdom might say that actions speak louder than words. However, let’s admit it: we want to hear our significant others say those words meant for us, no matter how cheesy or overrated they may be. Maybe because words carry a certain weight and significance that gestures just cannot deliver.
Words can be written down, committed to memory, published, and said over and over again–to the dismay of your drinking buddies. Professing admiration requires something more succinct and meaningful, and that something is a small string of words that we’ll never get tired of hearing.
With over a million words in its vocabulary, the English language somehow still falls short when it comes to telling the girl at the other end of the bar that you would like to spend the rest of your life with her. We’ve come to a point in time where dropping the L word has become boring; there are intangible concepts of romance that you can describe but can’t find a word for… even if you spend the whole day rummaging through your Webster’s Dictionary.
Romantic phrases from around the globe
There are some foreign languages that possess the right words to help you articulate your affection and get lucky for the night. Check out these phrases, and polish your mysterious, cultured-intellectual persona for your next date. Who knows when you might need to impress the pretty foreign lady at the party with your superb language skills, right?
Romantic phrases in French
French has long been identified as the language of love; any mundane phrase, when spoken in French, instantly sounds romantic. French always sticks to its reputation. For most, upon the mention of the adjective “romantic,” the image of a Parisian cafe with accordion music playing in the background immediately pops up.
For English speakers, this nasally-challenging language *with a lot of extra unpronounced letters* can be tough to beat. But if you manage to familiarize yourself with some of these phrases, you just might increase your chances with lafemme of your dreams.
#1 Vous venez souvent ici?English: Do you come here often? One of the most overrated phrases of all time. However, saying it in French adds a romantic ring to it. This is perfect if you want to make an impression and start a conversation at the same time. [Read: 30 foolproof pickup lines and 10 you should never use]
#2 Tu as de beaux yeux.English: You have beautiful eyes. Keep the compliments coming, but take care not to reach the borders of flattery. Use this while staring lovingly into someone’s eyes. Of course, you might get asked what it means, so be prepared.
#3 Que mes baisers soient les mots d’amour que je ne te dis pas.English: Let my kisses be the words of love I don’t say. This could be quite a mouthful for one breath, but perfect if you want to escalate your conversation into something more physical. [Read: 25 sweetest, most romantic gestures for everyday life]
Romantic phrases in Italian
Now that you’ve learned a handful of Francais worthy of Pepe le Pew, let’s move on to French’s cousin languages.
If French takes the trophy for being the archetypal romantic language, nothing less could be said of Italian with its amorous and musical quality. Unlike French, this language is straightforward and far easier to pronounce, with only a slight look out for the Gs and Cs. Throw in a little of those hand gestures while you’re at it, for the added delight of your amore.
#4 Dove sei stato per tutta la mia vita?English: Where have you been all my life? This string of words uttered by many a poet will be appropriate during first meetings–especially if you’re the type who believes in destiny and love at first sight.
#5Sei amore della mia vita. English: You are the love of my life. Straightforward, but effective. This phrase is a straight-out confession.
#6Dammi la tua mano e corriamo uniti per tutta la vitaEnglish:Give me your hand, and we will run together our whole lives. For adventure lovers, or those who find themselves in a Romeo and Juliet scenario where they really need to flee from angry parents.
Romantic phrases in Spanish
Now, we’ll move on to French and Italian’s equally romantic cousin, Spanish. Spanish is known to be the language of passion, which is exemplified by the fiery lines delivered by jealous lovers in Telenovelas, which *usually* escalate into a steamy sex scene. If you’ve ever read Neruda, you’ll understand why any word of Spanish will be as sigh-evoking and panty-dropping as a glistening Channing Tatum, grinding the floor.
#7 Tienes los ojos mas bonitos del mundo. English: You have the prettiest eyes in the whole world. It’s always the eyes, isn’t it? It is said that Iberian girls have the prettiest eyes. Maybe that’s why. [Read: 10 subtle eye contact moves to use when flirting]
#8 Tu amor vale mas que millones de estrellas. English: Your love is worth more than a million stars. Because you are a hopeless romantic and struggle to describe how you love her, take it to the stars.
#9 Anoche soà±é contigo y esta manana no me quiero despertar.English:Last night, I dreamed of you, and this morning I did not want to wake up. This phrase could be worthy of an Enrique Iglesias song–and you know how that works on the ladies.
Romantic phrases in Japanese
Japanese can be romantic, too. Love has always been associated with youth and coming of age in Japan; that’s why most romantic literature and screenplays are set during the character’s teenage years. Love is thought of as something pure and innocent, hence the tender phrases:
#10 Watashi o dakishimete.English: Hold me and never let me go. Look at your lover straight in the eye, hold both hands, then embrace. Now, whisper these words in their ear.
#11 Anata wa tenshi no yo desu.English: You are an angel. If you think that your lover has the appearance of someone who fell out of the heavens, like Emmanuelle Beart, this line is yours.
#12 Donna mirai ni mo ai wa aru.English: Whatever future there is, there is love. If you want to seal your love as a promise for the future, give this phrase a spin. This is exchanged by lovers parting ways, like a childhood friend you promise to marry someday. [Read: 10 long distance relationship survival tips]
Romantic phrases in German
You must be thinking that German is far from being a romantic language. Well, you’re wrong. Deutsche also has a repertoire of romantic phrases used to flirt with the blonde frauleins. Take care, though; German ladies can be tough to woo and can’t be impressed by sweet talk alone. So you’d better do it right.
#13 Ich liebe dich in allen sprachen der welt. English: I love you in every language in the world. This is called saying “I love you” with style. Because Germans appreciate affection and intellect at the same time, there is no better way to impress your partner than by saying the “L” word in all of the world’s languages.
#14 Du bist mein wunder der natur.English: You are my wonder of nature. Tell your lover that they are unique with this phrase. With this, you can say that they are one of a kind and yours alone.
#15 Meine liebe wà¤chst von tag zu tag.English: I love you more and more every day. Use this to imply that you want to step up your relationship and make it official.
Words are a crucial part of romance, and there is no better way to start a relationship than with a tender exchange. People may not realize it, but we invest a lot in words to make a connection or show how we feel. Otherwise, Before Sunrise would not be able to spawn two sequels to give us a lengthy exchange of words. [Read: 10 ways to say “I love you” without saying a word]
Any language can be the language of love. But if you’re looking to use just a handful of sweet words on your lover, these romantic phrases from different languages are sure to have your partner swooning.
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Paul Timothy Mangay
Paul aka Morty is a keyboard-pounding cubicle-dweller based in Manila where he occasionally moonlights as a writer for anyone in need of his mediocre word-strin...