Take for example, ma crotte. Bébé is up on the “obvious” list with mon cœur, mon trésor, ma chérie and mon amour—typical. But for some reason, the more popular English version, “my better half,” felt the need to make our other halves more special by putting them up on a pedestal (even though some of our stubborn selves may not actually believe our other halves are better than us).

We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe. In English we use “my angel” as a favored term of affection. Frederic Bibard is the founder of Talk in French, a company that helps french learners to practice and improve their french. Je t’aime ma petit puce! In translation, the key is to find the exact feeling a word gives you, or the closest equivalent idiom for a phrase. Learn 20,000++ French words with our French Vocabulary Mastery Course. Je t’aime ma petite crevette! Which cookies and scripts are used and how they impact your visit is specified on the left. We also participate in other affiliate advertising programs for products and services we believe in. mon homme or my man).

I know I said that none of these were in any particular order regarding popularity, but as for personal experience, ma puce is pretty popular. Mon chaton—just like that, can be said to both sexes. Mon trésor reminds me of a “The Lord of the Rings” movie. Here are the classic and common terms of endearment you hear people use in France. (Lyrics from a song called “Elle” by Mélissa M).

There are endless ways to show admiration for someone other than saying “je t’aime” (I love you) in French.

Some of these terms may be old news, but others are likely new. 21 ways to kindly let someone you’re dearly fond of them in French. Of all the hundreds of funny, endearing pets names for a lover or friend in French, these 21 are the most popular amongst native speakers.

Vocabulary and grammar are important—yes, but so is cultural immersion. FluentU is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. By the way, you can learn even more French terms of endearment by checking out this YouTube video by FluentU: I consider mon cœur another overrated endearing term, but I couldn’t skip it due to its popularity, and especially not after already taking the spotlight away from mon amour. Mon caneton, “my duckling,” is the charming, cuter way to express love while still talking about ducks. Not only are French words considered by many to be the epitome of romance, it will also help you level up your game and steer you away from the tired and dull terms … (From Dunkin’ Donuts). It means something like “my poo” (or even worse, ‘turd’). FluentU has a wide variety of interesting videos like movie trailers, funny commercials and web series, as you can see here: FluentU brings native French content within reach.

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