Translating this expression from English to French can be a little tricky, and demands some thinking at first, before it becomes automatic!
The tricky part is that the subject and the object of the action are inverted: As mentioned above "I miss you" is tu me manques in French. Literally this translates as "You are missing from me"
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In the same way, if you want to ask a woman or a man if she or he missed you, you will say: "Je t'ai manqué ?". Literally "I am missed from you?"
This can be confusing, because in French, the person missed is the subject of the sentence, whereas in English, the person missed is the object.
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Tu me manques
I miss you
Je t'ai manqué ?
You missed me ? / Did you miss me?
Elle me manque
I miss her
Il me manque
I miss him
"Tu me manques" is a very common romantic phrase, and will typically be followed by expressions such as:
Reviens vite !
Come back soon!
J'ai hâte de te revoir !
I can't wait to see you again!
…before the famous expression that is the highlight of every romantic exchange:
I love you
You will often come across "tu me manques" in letters or postcards, usually near the end. To conclude a letter to a close friend or a relative, you can use:
I kiss you (in a romantic relationship)
Kisses (only in a non romantic relationship)
Big kisses, (only in a non romantic relationship)
That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you enjoyed it, and that these new words and expressions will be useful to better your pronunciation and to actually communicate with French speaking people. If you want to learn more French phrases then have a look at these other popular lessons:
À bientôt !
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
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