Saying I love you in German

Ready or not, it’s time for a German lesson of the more romantic kind. How do you say “I love you” in German? How do you say you’re not interested in someone?

Whether you’re dating or just making some friendly German conversation, this lesson could come in very handy… Listen to the audio and practice the German words and phrases aloud. You never know when you might find yourself in that special – or not-so-special – moment!

I Love You!

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Ich liebe dich.
I love you.

More Romantic German phrases

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Nichts zu danken.
You're welcome.
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Ich möchte gerne…
I would like to...
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Ich möchte so gerne…
I would love to...
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Gerne
Certainly
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Möchtest du...?
Would you like...? (casual)
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Möchten Sie...?
Would you like...? (formal)
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Das ist sehr nett.
This is very nice.
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Das ist sehr freundlich.
That is very friendly.
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Das gefällt mir sehr gut.
I like that very much.
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Das gefällt mir nicht sehr gut.
I don't like that very much.
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Das macht Spaß.
That's fun.
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Das macht keinen Spaß.
That's no fun.
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Alles in Ordnung?
Everything alright?
  • I love you in German
What do you do when you meet someone and you realize that you are falling in love? Here are some phrases you might want to use…

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Ich liebe dich über alles.
I love you more than anything.
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Ich liebe dich.
I love you.
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Ich habe dich lieb.
I like you very much.
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Ich mag dich sehr gerne.
I like you lots.
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Ich mag dich.
I'm fond of you.
There is no equivalent in English for “Ich habe dich lieb”, it’s kind of between “I like you” and “I love you”. It basically means that you like someone very, very much. For example a mother might use “ich habe dich lieb” to tell her child how fond she is of him or her. If you want to confess your love to someone, just say

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Ich liebe dich.
I love you.
And you will hopefully hear the following reply...

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Ich liebe dich auch.
I love you, too.

You can ask someone out for a date by saying one of the following phrases…

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Wollen wir ein bisschen spazieren gehen?
Shall we go for a little walk together?
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Ich möchte dich gerne zum essen einladen...
I would like to take you out for dinner...
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Ich möchte gerne mehr Zeit mit dir verbringen
I would like to spend more time with you...
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Möchtest du mit mir ausgehen?
Would you like to go out with me?
If the date went successful you might want to say…

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Das war ein sehr schöner Abend.
That was a lovely evening...
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Das war ein sehr schöner Tag.
That was a lovely day...
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Some more useful phrases when dating the man or woman of your dreams…

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Du bist unglaublich!
You are incredible!
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Du bist die Frau meiner Träume.
You are the woman of my dreams.
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Du bist der Mann meiner Träume.
You are the man of my dreams.
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Möchtest du mich heiraten?
Do you want to marry me?
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Ich möchte mit dir zusammen sein.
I want to be with you.
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Ist es dir ernst mit uns?
Are you serious about us?
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Du bist so süß.
You are so sweet.
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Du siehst toll aus.
You look great!
If you are going out with someone who is not exactly what you were hoping for you could say…

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Hau ab!
Go away!
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Du bist nicht mein Typ.
You are not my type.
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Laß mich in Ruhe.
Leave me alone.
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Ich habe kein Interesse.
I'm not interested.
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Ich will nur befreundet sein.
I just want to be friends.

Bis bald!

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