Italian Words and Phrases: Love Phrases in Italian
How do you say "I love you" in Italian?
If you have even the slightest romantic propensity, you have surely wondered what it would be like to express your deepest feelings in Italian - the globally ordained 'language of love'. As English speakers, we may often feel that the rough-and-gruff inflection of our language is too harsh on the ears to adequately express the sentiments we entertain within. Whether this be true or not, the fact remains that many English speakers are fascinated by the Italian language, and would feel just slightly more prepared for a romantic encounter if they knew they had one or two Italian love phrases up their sleeve.
It is on this note that I warmly welcome you to Italian Words and Phrases: Love Phrases in Italian, an article which will guide you through some of the most romantic Italian words and phrases I have come across during my three years in Italy. And yes, you can rest assured that these expressions are in current use. Thanks to my other half, I get to hear them on a daily basis!
Happy Reading (or Buona Lettura!)
Why does Italian sound so darn romantic?
A Linguist's Perspective
There is a saying I once came across that goes: "You spit English, you gargle French, you vomit German, but you sing Italian." Though this is an obvious exaggeration, the idea of Italian as a musical and romantic language is shared by many, even the Italians themselves!
Linguistically speaking, our preference for the sound of Italian over other languages such as German most likely stems from the phonemic pattern of the Italian language. A high percentage of words in Italian are lined with and end in vowels, with the exception of imported foreign words, and some articles and prepositions. Vowels are phonemes that are clear, sonorous, and musical. This is because we produce them without restricting the air flow with our lips, teeth, tongue or throat. Consonants, on the other hand, are produced when we restrict the flow of air. They generally have a weak musical quality as they do not resonate as vowels do. As you may have already guessed, Germanic languages have a higher proportion of consonants and consonant clusters than Italian, giving them a harsh sound.
Interestingly, vowels are emphasized and lengthened when one sings. Just imagine the last opera song you listened to. The song was probably made up of "aaahs" and "ooohs" (vowels), not "chhhhs" and "brrrrs" (consonants)! This correlation between vowels and singing is probably why many people consider Italian a musical language.
A final aspect of Italian which makes it more appealing is the length of its words. While many words in English and German are short, blunt and teaming with consonants, Italian consists of many lengthy words overflowing with the aforementioned vowels. Wouldn't you rather use a mattone (ma-to-nay) to build your house than a "brick"? Doesn't eating formaggio (for-ma-joe) sound much more appealing than chowing down on some "cheese"?
For all the above reasons, coupled with the easy-going Italian lifestyle and the stereotype of smooth-talking seniores, Italian is regarded as language of love and romance.
How to Say "I Love You" in Italian
Don Giovanni will appear an amateur after you master these beautiful Italian words and phrases for "I love you"!
Ti amo = I love you (To be used with your other half)
Ti voglio bene = I love you/I like you very much (To be used with family and friends)
Mi piaci = I like you
Mi piaci tanto = I really like you
Ti adoro = I adore you
Sono pazzo/a di te = I'm crazy for you
Italian Love Phrases that Italians actually use!
If you end up in a relationship with an Italian, you'll be hearing these often!
Tu sei il piu' bello/la piu' bella del mondo.
You are the most handsome/beautiful person in the world.
Facciamo le coccole!
Mi dai un bacio?
Can I have a kiss?
Can I have a hug?
Mi manchi tanto...
I miss you a lot...
Ho bisogno di te!
I need you!
Tu sei il mio bello/la mia bella.
You are my handsome/beautiful one.
Italian Romantic Phrases for the True Romeo
Warning: These Italian love phrases may unintentionally cause nausea!
To hear the correct pronunciation of the Italian love phrases below, just click on the phrase that interests you!
Sei la luce dei miei occhi!
You are the light of my eyes!
Non posso immaginare vivere senza di te!
I can't imagine living without you!
Tu sei la mia vita.
You are my life.
Sei la donna più bella che io abbia mai visto.
You're the prettiest girl I've ever seen.
Ti amo da morire!
I love you to death!
Sei l'amore della mia vita.
You are the love of my life.
Quando ti guardo negli occhi, mi innamoro sempre di più di te.
When I look you in the eyes, my love for you grows stronger and stronger.
Siamo fatti uno per l'altro.
We were made for one another.
Ti Amo by Umberto Tozzi - One of the most popular love songs in Italian
Pet Names in Italian
Even potatoes are romantic in Italian!
Amore mio = My love
Tesoro = My treasure
Cucciolo/cucciola = Little one (literally: little cub)
Patatina = Little potato (Funny, I know!)
Piccolino/piccolina = Little one
Anima mia = My soul
Piccino/Piccina = Tiny one
Topolina = Little mouse (for girls)
Micino caro/Micina cara = Dear kitty
La mia principessa = My princess
Links to Pages About Italian Love Phrases - Approfondite la vostra conoscenza delle frasi romantici in italiano!
- Romantic Italian Love Phrases & Italian Love Quotes
A long list of romantic Italian phrases you may or may not use during your stay here. I hope, for your sake, that you have the chance!
- 100 Ways to Say "I Love You" in Italian
A fun page brought to you by About.com. All about the various ways you can express that burning feeling of love you have within!
- How to say "Love" in Italian
Learn all about the word "love" in Italian!
Italians and their Pet Names
In Italy, you will never use your beloved's real name again!
If there is one thing I have noticed since being in a relationship with an Italian man, it is that Italians hardly ever call you by your given name once they are dating you.
Where I was once simply Heather, I now instinctively answer to a variety of pet names: amore, amore mio, principessa, patata, and more!
Compliment your beloved in Italian
How to say "beautiful" in Italian and more...
Important: Italian adjectives end in o for males and a for females.
You're smokin', baby.
Italian Quotes about Love from Books and Films
Pluck your inspiration from these Italian love quotes with English translation!
Siamo angeli con un'ala sola, solo restando abbracciati possiamo volare.
(We are angels with a single wing, we embracing one another are we able to fly.)
by Luciano De Crescenzo from I pensieri di Bellavista
Tu sei tutto, Sylvia! Ma lo sai che sei tutto? You are everything, everything! Tu sei la prima donna del primo giorno della creazione, sei la madre, la sorella, l'amante, l'amica, l'angelo, il diavolo, la terra, la casa...
(You are everything, Sylvia! Do you know you are everything? You are everything, everything! You are the first woman on the first day of creation, you're the mother, the sister, the lover, the friend, the angel, the devil, the earth, the house...)
Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita
"Il tuo sorriso si espande come una farfalla sul tuo volto. Il tuo riso Ã¨ come una rosa, una lancia che si sfila, un'acqua che prorompe. Il tuo riso Ã¨ un'onda d'argento repentina.
(Your smile spreads like a butterfly across your face. Your laugh is like a rose, ---, water that gushes. Your laugh is a sudden silvery wave.)
Mario Ruoppolo in Il Postino
Ti amo ogni giorno di piu', molto di piu' di ieri, molto meno di domani.
I love you more each day, much more than yesterday, and much less than tomorrow.
La Dolce Vita - Marcello Mastroianni sure knows his romantic Italian love quotes!
How to finish a letter, SMS or e-mail to your sweetheart
Un bacione = a big kiss
Un bacione grosso = a big (wet, juicy) kiss
Un abbraccio = a hug
Un abbraccio forte = a big bear hug
Ti penso! = Thinking of you!
An Example of a Romantic Italian Letter
The modern day Romeo and Juliet share their feelings
Non e' giusto che le nostre famiglie non ci facciano stare insieme. Per me sei tutto, e senza di the la mia vita non ha nessun senso. Cerchero' in qualsiasi modo di convincere la mia famiglia che noi due siamo fatti l'uno per l'altro. Ti amo con tutto il mio cuore e non vedo l'ora di rivederti.
Un bacione grosso dal tuo amore, Romeo
It isn't fair that our families will not let us be together. You are everything to me, and without you my life doesn't make sense. I will try in every way possible to convince my family that we are meant for one another. I love you with all my heart and I cannot wait to see you.
A big kiss from your love, Romeo