We’ve heard it all before: German is a harsh language, German speakers sound angry all of the time and have no sense of humor. Certainly they could never be romantic. Well, believe it or not, German people fall in love just like everyone else. This post is all about the Romantic German Phrases to Impress your Crush – Valentine Day Special
Learn these lovely, romantic German phrases to win over that special someone in your life.
Romantic German Phrases to Impress your Crush – Valentine Day Special
1. Ich liebe dich. (I love you.)
This means, “I love you.” The “three little words.”, just like it is in English, so there’s not too much for you to remember. It’s short and sweet and to the point.
2. Ich hab’ dich lieb. (Love ya.) (I like you very much)
If you want to express affinity without the full impact of the “three little words,” here’s your alternative.
Phrase dictionaries may translate the phrase as “I love you,” but it’s less formal. I’d equate it to something like “love ya” based on the connotation. This sentence is fine to say to close friends, family members and romantic interests alike.
3. Willst du mein Freund/meine Freundin sein? (Do you want to be my boyfriend/ girlfriend?)
The word Freund can mean either a platonic male friend or a boyfriend, and Freundin can mean either a platonic female friend or a girlfriend. Context is everything.
However, if you’re directly asking someone to be your Freund/in, the context is clear. This is one of the most straightforward ways of asking someone to start a romantic relationship with you.
If you’re looking to make the context clear to distinguish your platonic friends, you can always refer to someone as “ein Freund/eine Freundin von mir” (a friend of mine) rather than “mein Freund/meine Freundin.” Just remember to keep the genders straight too!
4. Willst du mit mir gehen? (Do you want to go out with me?)
If you’re looking to avoid the context- and gender-specific pitfalls of “Willst du mein Freund sein?”, then this informal sentence is for you. This question refers to dating someone, either in the sense of simply going on a date or in the sense of having a relationship.
5. Schatz, Liebling, Kuschelbär (pet names/ nick names)
I have to admit that I don’t use these in my relationship and hear them very seldom from others. When I do hear any of them, it’s usually Schatz, which literally translates to “treasure.” Liebling translates to “favorite” or “beloved” or “darling”, while Kuschelbär means “cuddle bear.”
Some more name are as follows:
Maus (mouse), Hase (bunny), Bärchen (little bear), Mausebär (mouse bear), Schnecke (snail), Perle (pearl), Süsse or Süsser (sweetie)
Lastly, if you’re okay with Denglisch (mixing Deutsch and English), it’s increasingly okay to say “baby” and “honey” too.
6. Ich bin bis über beide Ohren verliebt. (I’m head over heels in love.)
Literally translated, this sentence means “I’m in love until over both ears,” but then the English version of being “head over heels” isn’t the most logical either. (When is your head ever under your heels?) As idioms without direct translations, their meaning is the same: you really, really, really like someone.
7. Ich steh’ auf dich. (I’m into you.)
This is another loosely translated idiom for what literally involves the verb stehen, to stand. Be careful to use the accusative dich in this sentence rather than the dative dir. The latter would literally mean you’re standing on top of someone!
This phrase has a slightly stronger sexual connotation than simply saying you like or love something or someone. As a result, you’d never say something like “Ich steh’ auf meine Oma” (I’m into my grandmother). Be careful with this phrase.
8. Du bist die Liebe meines Lebens. (You’re the love of my life.)
This is the most sentimental phrase on the list and, due to its intensity, it’s not one you’re likely to hear often. Its translation is literal and its meaning is strong. If you feel the need to get this feeling off your chest auf Deutsch, you now know how.
9. Du hast wunderschöne Augen. (You have beautiful eyes.)
This means, “You have beautiful eyes.” If you want to compliment your partner on something cliche, it’s best to do it in another language. That way, it won’t sound the same as it did all the other times when you gave him the same compliment.
10. Küss mich. (Kiss me.)
Here we see our only imperative or command form on the list: kiss me! Command forms in German are easy to use because the du-form usually just involves removing the –en from the verb, which here would be küssen (to kiss). If you’re looking to be a little less direct and demanding, “Kann ich einen Kuss haben?” (“Can I have a kiss?”) will get you the same result… if you’re lucky, that is.
11. Du Bist Mein Ein Und Alles (You are my everything.)
If you want to reassure your partner that you only have eyes for him, then utter these words. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.
12. Ich Möchte Den Rest Meines Lebens Mit Dir Verbringen (I want to spend the rest of my life with you.)
It’s a pretty serious statement, so make sure you mean it before you say it. Lying in another language is just as bad as lying in your native one.
13. Meine Liebe Wächst Von Tag Zu Tag (I love you more and more every day.)
This is a cute quote to use in an anniversary card. It’ll remind him that you haven’t grown bored of him. In fact, the more that time goes by, the more you love him.
14. Du Bist Der Mann Meiner Träume (You’re the man of my dreams.)
Use this phrase when your man gets jealous of your love of Chris Pratt. Even though the celebrity is a hottie, your man is the only man for you.
15. Ich Liebe Dein Lacheln (I love your smile.)
Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or are just crushing on a special someone, you can use this line. It’s sweet, but not too extreme.
16. Ich Habe Den Ganzen Tag an Dich Gedacht! (I have been thinking about you all day.)
It’s a nice thing to text your partner when you haven’t seen them in a while. It’ll let them know that they’re forever on your mind.
17. Ich Lasse Dich Nie Allein (I will never leave you.)
Use it after you have a fight and want to reassure your man you won’t be going anywhere. He’s stuck with you, whether he likes it or not.
18. Ich Will Dich Küssen (I want to kiss you.)
If you’re too shy to make the first move in your native tongue, it might help to say the words in another language. Try it to find out!
19. Ich Bin so Froh, Dass Es Dich Gibt (I’m so glad that you exist.)
It works well on a birthday, but you can use it on any other day of the year. I mean, is there really a better compliment out there?
Some More Romantic German Phrases to Impress your Crush – Valentine Day Special
- Du bist mein Schatz (You are my sweetheart)
- Du bedeutest alles fϋr mich (You mean everything to me)
- Du bist wunderschön (You are beautiful)
- Ich vermisse Dich so sehr (I miss you so much)
- Du siehst sehr gut aus (You look really good)
- Mein Herz gehört Dir (My heart belongs to you)
- Ohne Dich kann ich nicht leben (I can’t live without you)
- Du machst mich so glϋcklich (You make me so happy)
- Du siehst wunderschön aus (You look beautiful)
- Ich will mein Leben mit Dir gemeinsam verbringen (I want to share my life with you)
- Ich liebe Dich mit ganzem Herzen (I love you with all my heart)
- Du bist meine erste große Liebe (You are my first true love)
- Ich bin Hals ϋber Kopf in Dich verliebt (I am head over heels in love with you)
- Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick (It was love at first sight)
- Ich bin Dir verfallen (I have fallen for you)
Questions for lovers! – Romantic German Phrases to Impress your Crush – Valentine Day Special
- Wollen wir irgendwann zusammen ausgehen? (Shall we go out sometime together?)
- Wollen wir irgendwann zusammen Abendessen gehen? (Shall we go out to dinner sometime?)
- Wollen wir einen Abend ins Kino gehen? (Do you fancy going to the cinema one night?)
- Wollen wir mal gemeinsam etwas trinken gehen? (Would you like to come out for a drink with me?)
- Liebst Du mich? (Do you love me?)
- Willst Du mich heiraten? (Will you marry me?)
- Gibst Du mir die Ehre, meine Frau zu werden? (Would you do me the honour of being my wife?)
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