Flirting in French: 25 Head-Turning Phrases You Need To Know

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French is known to be beautiful, romantic, and poetic. Because French is such a romantic language, flirting might be something that pops into your mind when thinking of the many reasons to speak French.

However, before I teach you some flirtatious phrases you should know a little bit about the French culture – especially if you’re thinking of saying these phrases when you visit France.

In France, flirting is like a way of life – it is an art form. It is in their culture and in their nature. Flirting is very innocent, sweet, and never negative (like it’s sometimes perceived in American culture).

You should also keep in mind that in France, dates don’t really exist. French people don’t date the way Americans do. And most importantly, a kiss in France means you two are now exclusive. But enough about culture, let’s get to flirting!

25 Phrases for Flirting in French

1. Tu as de beaux yeux.

You have beautiful eyes.

A pretty good first compliment to let them know you’re interested.

2. Puis-je vous offrir à boire?

Can I buy you a drink?

Not a bad pick up line if at a bar or restaurant.

3. Si je t’aide à apprendre l’anglais, est-ce que tu m’apprendras comment embrasser à la française?

If I help you learn English, will you teach me how to French kiss?

It’s pretty corny and cheesy, but nonetheless still sweet and cute. It could be a clever pick up line.

4. Tu es drôle.

You’re funny.

Letting them know you share their sense of humor also lets them know you’re interested.

5. Tu es mignon.

You are cute.

A simple compliment can go a long way.

6. Ou as-tu été toute ma vie?

Where have you been all my life?

Albeit, a bit of a cliché, but still quite sweet.

7. J’aimerais mieux te connaître.

I would like to get to know you better.

This is simple, straightforward, and right to the point.

8. Allons quelque part moins bruyant.

Let’s go somewhere less noisy.

This can be a helpful nudge to allow things to get more intimate.

9. Allons chez moi.

Let’s go back to my place.

Can’t get any more straightforward than this – just make sure they actually like you before saying this.

10. Chez moi ou chez toi?

My place or your place?

This is more polite than the previous one – less pressure since they can choose.

11. Je t’aime.

I love you.

No explanation needed – just don’t say it on the first date.

12. Tu es très jolie.

You are very pretty (to a woman).

A compliment is never a bad thing to say.

13. Tu es très beau.

You are very handsome (to a man).

Just like women, men also love receiving compliments.

14. Je pense à toi.

I am thinking about you.

A sweet thing to say after a nice first date or just to let them know you’re thinking of them.

15. Je ne peux pas vivre sans toi.

I cannot live without you.

Another cliché but still sweet – just don’t say it too soon or else you might scare them away.

16. Tu es l’homme de mes rêves.

You are the man of my dreams.

This is a lovely, romantic thing to tell your boyfriend, fiancé, or husband.

17. Tu es la fille de mes rêves.

You are the girl of my dreams.

This is a lovely, romantic thing to tell your girlfriend, fiancée, or wife.

18. Tu es l’amour de ma vie.

You are the love of my life.

Though this is another cliché it’s still very sweet and well-received.

19. Embrasse-moi.

Kiss me.

What’s better than kissing?

20. Est-ce que tu es aussi doux que tes yeux?

Are you as sweet as your eyes are?

A cute, albeit a cliché, pick up line that could make them smile.

21. Mon chéri/Ma chérie.

My darling (masculine/feminine).

This a common pet name you might give to your significant other.

22. Je veux être avec toi.

I want to be with you.

A classic phrase said around the world.

23. Est-ce que tu as un plan? Je me suis perdu dans tes yeux.

Do you have a map? I’m lost in your eyes.

It’s quite cheesy and corny but this line is sure to make your someone smile if done with the right amount of charm.

24. Qu’est-ce que tu manges pour être très beau?

What are you eating to be so beautiful?

Yet another pickup line that is cheesy and corny, but ends with a compliment.

25. Miaou!

French catcall.

Yes, “meow” is correct. In France, it is quite normal for a man to say this to a girl/woman he finds attractive. It is the French catcall – and unlike in America, women typically find this flattering.

Do you know any other great phrases for flirting in French? Share them with us in the comments below! To work on your French accent so you can really nail these phrases like a native, check out the group French classes online at TakeLessons Live. These live classes are the perfect way to improve your French conversational skills.

Emmanuel Noriega
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  1. amol joshi
    amol joshi says:

    Setting standards around flirting and communicating on the subject is key—especially if you or your partner is a flirt. Do you consider smiling and complimenting strangers flirting? Or does flirting usually involve touching and being sexually suggestive to friends, coworkers, or acquaintances? The boundaries around flirting outside of a monogamous relationship need to be discussed and decided by the people in the relationship, because some may see their partner’s kindness and charm as flirtation, whereas others may be totally fine with that stuff.


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