Multilingualism opens doors in a variety of ways. But never is it been more useful than at this time of year when we all want to communicate in the language of love.
Perhaps you are living abroad over this Valentine’s Day, or perhaps there’s a special someone you’d like to seduce but you need the lingo to do so.
Either way, here is a guide to charming your foreign friends and enjoying a multicultural romance.
There is no doubt that we should begin this list with French.
So let’s start with introductions:
Bonjour ma belle / Bonjour beau gosse – Hello beautiful (fem.) / Hello handsome (masc.)
Je peux t’inviter à un verre ? – Can I get you a drink?
Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous:
Il fait chaud ici, ou c’est juste toi ? – Is it hot in here or is it just you? (a typical French pickup line, so it must work)
Who knew German could be romantic! (Just kidding Germans, your language is beautiful)
Hallo meine Schöne / Hallo Hübscher – Hello beautiful (fem.) / Hello handsome (masc.)
Kann ich dich zu einem Bier einladen? – Can I get you a beer? (Of course, you must offer a beer)
And for more forward people:
Du bist so schön, dass ich meine Anmache vergessen habe – You’re so beautiful that you made me forget my pick-up line (saves you thinking one up as well)
Just don’t use these chat up lines in Amsterdam.
Dag, schoonheid / Hey, lekker ding – Hello gorgeous (fem.) / Hey tasty thing (fem.)
For a man, you may just want to stick to a simple Hallo (hello). To the point.
Wil je iets drinken? – Would you like something to drink? (The Dutch are better than the English at keeping it short)
And if you like to take a more witty approach.
Geloof je in liefde op het eerste gezicht? Of moet ik nog een keer voorbij lopen? –
Do you believe in love at the first sight? Or do you want me to walk past you again?
¡Olé! All your Latino and Spanish friends will go loco for your new Hispanic skills.
Hola guapa / Hola guapo – Hello beautiful (fem.) / Hello handsome (masc.)
¿Te puedo invitar una copa? – Can I get you a drink?
More daring options include:
¡Quién fuera bizco para verte dos veces! – I wish I were cross-eyed so I could see you twice! (being drunk works just as well for double vision)
So what plans do you have for Valentine’s Day? We hope your new seductive language skills help you enjoy the event, or at least that they give you a reason to laugh!
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