Vocabulary lists: Lexicon for Valentine's day
Hello there! Bonjour !
Valentines' day is just around the corner ans as you may know, French are rather famous for being romantic. La Saint-Valentin, is quite popular among French, though contrary to Americans, it is "reserved" to couples. Indeed, French children do not exchange Valentines' cards with anyone but their little boyfriend / girlfriend.
In itself, the French Valentine's day is really typical, flowers, chocolates, jewelry, a movie, a nice table at a restaurant...
Here' a list of 10 sentence to know on Valentine's day:
1) Veux-tu m'épouser ?
=> Do you want to marry me? / Will you marry me?
Because you didn't know when to pop the question, or how to set the ambiance... Well, Valentine's day will provide it for you!
2) Je t'aime
=> I love you
Sometimes, finding the right time and place to say it for the first time can be tricky. If you have been with your significant other for a while, a little reminder doesn't hurt!
=> to kiss
Embrasser is a strange word. It use to mean "hold someone in your arms" (bras = arms) but as slowly transformed into "kiss".
4) Mon chéri / ma chérie
=> my darling
Probably the most common nickname for two love birds, chéri(e) literally means "my dear" though it has a strong "couple" connotation.
5) Le fiancé, la fiancée
Les Fiancés are two people engaged to each other. Sometimes, families gather to celebrate "les fiançailles", the engagement.
6) Une alliance
=> a wedding ring. The engagement ring is la bague de fiançailles, and l'alliance is the ring exchanged during the wedding ceremony. While the first one is supposed to be impressive, the later is usually a more sober golden ring for both husband and wife.
7) La compagne, le compagnon
=> the partner
These are mainly used by non married couples, but serious enough not to call each other boyfriend / girlfriend.
8) Un coup de foudre
=> Love at first sight
Literally "a thunder strike", le coup de foudre is a common expression to refers to two persons simultaneously falling in love as they meet. But better than being hit by lightning.
9) être fou / folle de ...
=> to be madly in love with
Je suis fou de toi = I'm crazy for you! Because being in love is a bit like being crazy, after all, we can't think straight!
10) Bonne Saint-Valentin !
=> Happy Valentine's day!
Don't forget your actual friends called Valentin (boys) or Valentine! Wish a bonne Saint-Valentin to your loved one and enjoy a warm, loving Sunday!