Ils vécurent heureux et eurent beaucoup d’enfants


It’s Valentine’s Day, the day of romance. If you’d like to impress your chéri or chérie (sweetheart) with some murmured words in the language of love, you need look no further. Here’s a love story in ten words or phrases.

sortir avec (sorter ahvek) to date

tomber amoureux de (tombay am-oo-ruh duh) to fall in love with

Je t’aime (zjuh tem) I love you

embrasser (ahm-brass-ay) to kiss

Veux-tu m’épouser ? (vuh tew may-poo-zay) Will you marry me?

se fiancer avec (suh fee-ahn-say ahvek) to get engaged

les fiançailles (lay fee-ahns-eye) the engagement

se marier avec (suh mair-e-ay ahvek) to marry

les noces (lay noss) the wedding

la lune de miel (lah loon duh meel) the honeymoon

And now for an eleventh expression. Ils vécurent heureux et eurent beaucoup d’enfants. (eel vairkoor urruh ay oor bowkoo dahnfahn) which means “And they lived happily and had many children.” Ah, l’amour!

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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