Ever realized that some words in the English language just don’t cut it when it comes to love? For instance, what if you’ve been dating your sweetie for only a couple of months, yet you are starting to have those intense infatuation butterflies? How do you let him know how you feel without making him run for the hills? Let’s face it. It’s way too early to use the “L” word!
You don't want to blurt out, “I care about you.” Too often, that phrase is followed by, “but I just want to be friends,” and NO ONE likes rejection. Nor can you say, “I like you.” That will make him question your sanity: Clearly you like him if you are dating him (or at least we hope so!) So how do you let him know that you are crazy about him, without sounding like a dud?
So, if English has you tongue-tied and you just can't find the words to express what's in your heart why not turn to other love languages to help you get the message across? We turned to some Romance Language experts who caught us up on the spiciest ways to let your sweetie pie know what he means to you!
The following fun phrases always work like a charm. Not only is this language known for its seduction qualities, but it is also recognized for its variety and salsa! When you are searching for the exact words, say:
“Te quiero" (TQ, if you're texting the emotion.)
For those of you who slept through your high school Spanish classes, this phrase directly translates to “I want you/I Care about you.” However, it has a far different oomph in it and means so much more.
If your feelings are stronger than this phrase, add “Mucho,” to the end of it:
“Te quiero mucho" (TQM—easier to text)
This phrase means you are fully committed to him and that you REALLY (x100) like him.
We all know Italy as the land of romance, good food, & beautiful people-- so the language must be even more romantic, right?
“Ti voglio bene”
Use this phrase in place of “Ti Amo,” which literally means “I Love You” and is usually reserved for engagements!
Let’s not forget the Italian pet names, which are favorites and so much sexier than “Honey” and “Dear”. Who uses those anymore? I feel old even writing them! Instead use:
Ciccio (chubby, but way cuter)
Amore (Love) or Amo’ (abbreviated)
Orsecchiotto (Teddy Bear)
Ah, Paris! The land of spontaneous proposals and the icon of love! If Spanish and Italian weren’t enough for you, French should do you in.
Tue s la prunelle de mes yeux (You are the apple of my eye)
J’adore ton sourire (I love the way you smile)
Tu es si drôle! (You’re so funny)
C’est vraiment sexy (It’s really sexy)
Je passe un très bon moment (I’m having a great time)
Tue s vraiment charmant or Tu es plein de charme (You’re so charming)
There you have it! When you’ve reached the limits of English, don’t be afraid to dive head first into the languages spoken by the people who invented Love.
Experts’ Corner:SPANISH: Brought to you by Yours Truly. Nicaraguan American, Spanish was my first language and continues to be the language I speak the most. ITALIAN: Peter Farina, Founder & CEO, and Filomena Napolitano, COO & CFO, of ItalyMONDO! LLC. This cultural heritage company is based out of NY & Southern Italy. Peter is an American who lives most of the year in Italy and Filomena is an Italian—born and raised! FRENCH: Emilie Villeneuve, Chief Operating Officer at Interpreting Services International, Inc in Los Angeles (http://www.isitrans.com/).