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8 French Expressions About Love From Around The World

This Valentine’s Day, try expressing your love in French with these romantic phrases from France, Cameroon, Canada, Haiti, Senegal and other French-speaking countries.
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8 French Expressions About Love From Around The World

In survey after survey, our own included, French is voted the sexiest language in the world (sorry Russian — most people just can’t handle your rugged beauty). But the credit can’t all go to France! The language that makes so many of us swoon is spoken by over 80 million people in 29 countries. While the French have the most well-known way to say “I love you,” Africans and North Americans have their fair share of sultry pillow talk too. Here are our favorite French expressions about love:

In France: Avoir un cœur d’artichaut

Literally: To have an artichoke’s heart

To fall in love easily and frequently

In Quebec: Tomber en amour

Literally: To fall into love

To fall in love

In Belgium: Être bleu de quelqu’un

Literally: To be blue about someone

To be crazy about someone

In Cameroon: Glisser pour quelqu’un

Literally: To slip for someone

To fall in love with someone

In Burkina Faso: Être kaoté

Literally: To be knock-outed

To fall madly in love

In Haiti: Avoir un coup de soleil

Literally: To get sunburnt

To have a crush on someone

In Congo and Senegal: être amouré

Literally: To be inloved

To be in love

In France: Être fleur bleue

Literally: To be blue flower

To be romantic and sensitive

In France: Avoir un coup de foudre

Literally: To have a thunder-clap

To fall in love at first sight

So which are your favorite French expressions about love? Are you knocked-out — or do you have an artichoke’s heart?

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Pauline Bénéat
Pauline Bénéat is from Brest, France. She studied Political Science at Sciences Po Rennes and European Studies at the University of Bath. After living in France, the US, the UK and Germany, she settled on Berlin and joined the Babbel team in 2013.
Pauline Bénéat is from Brest, France. She studied Political Science at Sciences Po Rennes and European Studies at the University of Bath. After living in France, the US, the UK and Germany, she settled on Berlin and joined the Babbel team in 2013.