Italian love phrases :
your Italian language guide to romance

Learn to speak Italian bit by bit : your personal Italian language dictionary and guide to the commonest Italian love phrases.

Italian love phrases
Italian love phrases

There is a very good reason why Italian is called a 'Romance' language.  If you've ever listened to it or tried to learn to speak Italian you'll know it's the most romantic language in the world. The words, the sounds, the tone all come together in a beautiful melody.

Think of the love songs of Enrico Caruso, Andrea Bocelli, and the greatest tenor of them all, Luciano Pavarotti. 

Think of the lovely melodic voices of the great Italian actors - Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni (think 'La Dolce Vita').

Remember Italian love phrases of those wonderful films set in the romance of Italy - 'Summertime', 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'La Dolce Vita'.

How to use these Italian love phrases

If you're thinking of giving homemade Valentine gifts this year, you won't necessarily need to learn to speak Italian but this basic Italian language guide will help you write a  card, or even a letter.

If you'd like to learn to speak Italian love phrases, whether for Valentine's Day itself, for a romantic night out or just to use to your Valentine every day, here's our basic Italian language guide to help you get started.

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Learn to speak Italian - basic Italian love phrases

How it's pronounced
My love
Amore mio
Ah-more-ay mee-oh
My darling / sweetheart
Tesoro mio Tay-saw-roh mee-oh
I love you (NB only used between partners, never with family or friends). Ti amo
Tee ah-moh
I adore you Ti adoro Tee a-door-oh
Hello, gorgeous! (to a woman)
Ciao, bella!
Chow, bell-a
Hello, handsome! (to a man)
Ciao, bello!
Chow, bell-oh
Kiss me!
I'd like to kiss you
Voglio baciarti
Vol-yo batch-yar-tee
Shall we dance?

I'll always love you
Ti amerò per sempre
Tee amer-oh pair sem-pray
A hundred years! (of happiness - a toast)
Cent'anni! Chen-tanny
I miss you
Ti manchi
Tee man-key

Learn to speak Italian - advanced Italian love phrases

How it's pronounced
You are my life Sei la mia vita Say-ee la mee-a vee-ta
You are the love of my life
Sei l'amore della mia vita
Say-ee la-more-ay day-la mee-a veeta
You are always in my heart
Sei sempre nel mio cuore
Say-ee sem-pray nel mee-oh quor-ay
My one true love Il mio unico vero amore Eel mee-oh vay-roh oon-ee-coh ah-more-ay
She / he loves me, she / he loves me not
M'ama, non m'ama
Mamma, non mamma
I'd like to kiss you by the light of the moon
Voglio baciarti al chiaro di luna
Vol-yo batch-yar-tee al key-a-row dee loona

You are more beautiful than an angel
Sei più bella di un angelo
Say-ee pee-oo bell-a dee oon anjel-oh
We're made for each other Siamo fatti l'uno all'altra
See-arm-oh fatty loono a laltra
Your smile is the sunshine of my life
Il tuo sorriso è'il sole della mia vita
Eel too-oh sor-rees-oh ay eel sol-ay dela mee-a vee-ta
I want to spend the rest of my life with you
Voglio passare il resto della mia vita con te
Vol-yo passare-eh eel resto-oh day-la mee-a vee-ta con tay.
Italian love phrases
Italian love phrases

And finally, get your Italian language dictionary out to translate the best known Italian love phrase of them all:

Le rose sono rosse
Le viole sono blu
Lo zucchero è dolce
E così
sei tu.

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