What better feeling is there than being able to tell someone that you love them? For many, love is one of the biggest reasons why they started learning French in the first place.
There are so many different ways in French to express your affection for someone or tell them you love them, and in this article we’re going to go over as many of them as possible.
Let’s get right into it…
Using Je t'aime to say i love you in French
Je t’aime – I love you
Je t’aime is no doubt the most popular and commonly-used way to say to say “I love you” in French. You’ll hear this one used the most as well as use it yourself the most. It’s pretty easy to understand as it literally means “I love you” (Je = I, t’= you, aime = love.) This one is quite versatile as it can be used in romantic situations as well as with family and friends.
If for some reason you only want to learn one way to say “I love you” in French then this is definitely the one you should learn.
Tu m’aimes – You love me
On l’aime – We love him/her
Il l’aime – He loves her/him
Nous vous aimons – We love you (pl)
Using Je t’aime pour toujours to Say I Love You in French
Je t’aime pour toujours – I’ll love you forever
If you really want to emphasize that you love someone you can say Je t’aime pour toujours which means “I’ll love you forever”. There’s not a lot of explanation that’s needed with this one as it’s pretty self explanatory.
Tu m’aimes pour toujours – You’ll love me forever
Il l’aime pour toujours – He’ll love her/him forever
Vous les aimez pour toujours – You (pl) will love them forever
Nous t’aimons pour toujours – We will love you forever
Using Je t’adore to Say I Love You in French
Je t’adore – I love you (I adore you
Love is a complicated emotion that has slightly different meanings depending on who you are speaking to. Je t’adore is a great example of this.
Although it’s definitely used to tell someone “I love you” it doesn’t carry any intimate or romantic meaning. This is something that you would say about a close friend or someone else that you feel close to.
Having that said if you are using the verb adorer for an object or just something that isn’t a person, it is stronger than the verb aimer.
Il l’adore – He loves him/her (He adores him/her)
Michel adore la pizza – Michel loves pizza
Using Je suis fou de toi to Say I Love You in French
Je suis fou / folle de toi – I am crazy about you
Sometimes you are just crazy about someone and want a way to say it to them. In these types of cases you want to say Je suis fou de toi (literally “I am crazy about you”) if you are male and Je suis folle de toi if you are female.
It may go without saying, but this is one that you should only use if you feel very very strongly about someone in a romantic way.
Tu es fou d’elle – You are crazy about her
Elle est folle de lui – She is crazy about him
Using Tu me Rends Gaga to Say I Love You in French
Tu me rends gaga – You make me crazy/stupid
This one is a little silly and you probably won’t hear it that often. It’s always a good idea to be prepared however. The word gaga is a little difficult to translate into English with its best translation being a mixture between “crazy” and “stupid”. Nevertheless the phrase here isn’t that difficult to understand.
Je la rends gaga – I make her crazy/stupid
Tu le rends gaga – You make him crazy/stupid
Using Je t’ai Dans La Peau to say I love you in French
Je t’ai dans la peau – I’ve got you under my skin
The closest English translation for this one is “I’ve got you under my skin” which, although isn’t used that often, just means that you have strong feelings for someone. Think of it like you feel so strongly for someone that it’s as if they are a part of you.
This is another one that you probably won’t hear too much, but you never know what you may come across in daily life.
If you’re into old French music Édith Piaf has a song by the same name that you should check out.
Tu l’as dans la peau – You have her/him under your skin
Il l’a dans la peau – He has her/him under his skin
expressing you love someone with tu me rends tellement heureux
Tu me rends tellement heureux / heureuse – You make me so happy
This is an easy one that you can use without an issue. Translated literally it means “You make me so happy”. Although this may not be a direct way to tell someone that you love them, it’s definitely a great way to express your feelings.
It also can be used in combination with Je t’aime or one of the others on this list.
Elle me rend tellement heureux/heureuse – She me so happy
Je la rends tellement heureuse – I make her so happy
Expressing You Love someone with Sans toi, Je ne suis rien
Sans toi, je ne suis rien – I’m nothing without you
This is another good one that, even if it isn’t a direct way to tell someone you love them, is still a great way to show your affection. Translated into English we get “I’m nothing without you” or “Without you, I’m nothing”.
Sans lui, elle n’est rien – She’s nothing without him
Sans elle, il n’est rien – He is nothing without her
Using Je suis amoureux de toi to say I love you in French
Je suis amoureux / amoureuse de toi – I am in love with you
This one doesn’t exactly mean “I love you”, but rather “I am in love with you”. This is no doubt a good way to tell your significant other that you have strong feelings for them. This one should be kept to just romantic relationships and not used with family or friends.
Il est amoureux d’elle – He is in love with her
Tu es amoureuse/amoureux de lui – You are in love with him
Using Je t’aime plus que tu ne peux l’imaginer to Say I Love You in French
Je t’aime plus que tu ne peux l’imaginer – I love you more than you can imagine
Je t’aime plus que tu ne peux l’imaginer when translated into English gives us “I love you more than you can imagine”. This is another very solid way to express to a romantic partner that you love them.
Je l’aime plus qu’elle ne peut l’imaginer – I love her more than she can imagine
Elle l’aime plus qu’il ne peut l’imaginer – She loves him more than he can imagine
Expressing love with coup de foudre
Coup de foudre – Love at first site
Sometimes love strikes at a random time and the French expression for this is coup de foudre. Literally translated as “lightning strike” it means that you experienced a sudden feeling of love, typically after you’ve met someone for the first time.
Think of this one as “love at first site”.
C’était le coup de foudre – It was love at first site
Entre ma femme et moi, c’était le coup de foudre – Between my wife and me, it was love at first site
Expressing love with tomber amoureux
Tomber amoureux / amoureuse – To fall in love
Although love can happen at a moments notice more often than not it takes time. For this type of situation you want to use tomber amoureux (m) or tomber amoureuse (f) which means “to fall in love”. You obviously wouldn’t use this to tell someone you love them, but rather to describe coming to love someone.
Je suis tombé amoureux d’elle – I fell in love with her
Elle est tombée amoureuse de lui – She fell in love with him
expressing love with tomber en amour (Canada only)
Tomber en amour – To fall in love
This one takes a little bit of explanation. In most parts of the French-speaking world saying tomber en amour is NOT a correct way to say “to fall in love”. If you’re in French class and say this you’ll likely be corrected by your teacher and told that the correct way is tomber amoureux.
However, having this said, tomber en amour is absolutely used in Québec. So if you’re looking to learn Québecois French or just want to take a trip to Québec, then by all means use this one. If you’re elsewhere in the French-speaking world then stick with tomber amoureux.
This is also the case for être en amour (to be in love). Only use it in Québec.
Il est tombé en amour avec elle – He fell in love with her
Ma mère est tombée en amour avec mon père – My mother fell in love with my father.
Expressing Love with Fou Amoureux
Fou amoureux / Folle amoureuse – Madly in love
There are times when you feel that you love someone so much it’s crazy, and in those instances this is a great one to use. In English it translates to “Madly in love” as in “I am madly in love with you”.
Je suis fou amoureux de toi – I am madly in love with you
Elle est folle amoureuse de lui – She’s madly in love with him
Using Je t’aime à la folie to say I love you in French
Je t’aime à la folie – I love you like crazy
Je t’aime à la folie is another way to say “I’m crazy about you”. The word folie translates in English to “craziness”, so Je t’aime à la folie has the best translation of “I love you like crazy”.
Il l’aime à la folie – He loves her/him like crazy
Elle aime son mari – She loves her husband like crazy
Hopefully by reading through this guide you have a better idea of how to express your love for someone in the French language. With an emotion so strong, isn’t is great to know how to express it in all possible situations?