wikiHow to Say Boyfriend in French

Two Methods:Talking About Romantic BoyfriendsUsing Boyfriend in Context

French is considered "the language of lovers." But it's hard to be endearing towards your partner if you don't know how to refer to him. Whether talking to someone else or coming up with cute expressions between the two of you, French offers plenty of ways to talk about your boyfriend.

Method 1
Talking About Romantic Boyfriends

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    Use "copain" to talk about your boyfriend. The most modern word for a boyfriend, someone who you are romantically involved with, is "copain." It is pronounced "co-pahn," where the "n" is almost silent. It sounds like the famous classical composer Frédéric Chopin.
    • You can put the word "petit" ("peh-teet") before copain to make it slightly more endearing.
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    Use "petit ami" to refer to your boyfriend in a slightly cutesier way.. While this translates literally as "little friend," it is commonly used to refer to your boyfriend in French. It is pronounced "peh-teet ah-me." If it helps, remember that "petit" rhymes with the English "repeat" and "ami" rhymes (though only slightly) with the English name "Tommy."[1]
    • The words are often said closely together so that they sound like one word.
    • You do pronounce the "t" at the end of "petit," because the next word starts with a vowel.
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    Use "cheri" to refer to your "darling" or boyfriend in an extra affectionate light. In general, the phrase "mon cheri" is a very affectionate, usually private term used for your boyfriend. It is pronounced "sherr-EE," much like the English drink "sherry." Note how your voice, however, should rise slightly on the last "ee" syllable.[2]
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    Mix and match a variety of slang terms to talk endearingly about your boyfriend. There are several other terms for your man that can be swapped around in informal context. Most of the following are not so familiar that they would gross out your friends, but not so loose that you should be using them all the time and in public:
    • Mec: Pronounced "meck," this translates best to "guy" or "bloke." "Mon mec" is used for boyfriends, as in "my guy."
    • Jules: Pronounced "jool." Another slang term for a guy or boyfriend.
    • Flirt: Pronounced similarly to English. While it means "flirting" directly, it can also be used colloquially for a boyfriend.
    • Amoureux: Pronounced "am-or-euh." Used in a variety of contexts, all generally colloquial. When used as an adjective, it means "loving" or "romantic."[3]
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    Use the slang "un chum" to talk about a boyfriend in Quebec. Quebecois French has evolved over the years in North America. While the other expressions will still make sense, you can use the slang "un chum," pronounced "tch-UH-m" when in eastern Canada.
    • The slang term for a girlfriend is not, "une chume," but rather "une blonde."[4]

Method 2
Using Boyfriend in Context

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    Tell someone "he is my boyfriend" with "il est mon copain." The translation is nearly perfect, word for word. You can, of course, substitute in any word or slang for "copain" that you want.
    • It is pronounced, "eel eht mon co-pahn."
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    Ask guys to be your boyfriend with "Veux-tu être mon petit-ami?" You can also substitute any of the other words, like "copain" for petit-ami. This translates literally as "Do you want to be my boyfriend?"
    • It is pronounced "Vuh-too eht-ra mon peh-teet ah-me."[5]
    • You can also use the simple, "will you go out with me, or "Veux-tu sortir avec moi?" The second half is pronounced "sor-teer a-veck moi."
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    Ask if someone is single with "Tu as un [petit] copain?" This is simply asking if they have a boyfriend. You could also ask "Est-tu libre?" which literally translates as "are you free?" "Libre" is pronounced "lee-bre."[6]
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    Tell your boyfriend you love him with "Je t'aime." This simple phrase simply means "I love you," though it could technically also translate into "I like you."
    • It is pronounced "Juh t-ehm," with the final syllable sounding somewhat like the letter "M."
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    Ask for marriage with "Veux-tu m'épouser?" "Epouser" is pronounced "eh-poos-eh." Switch to "fiancé" once you get engaged. Fiancé is actually a French word already, so no translation is needed[7]


  • The best way to keep up with slang is to read and watch modern French magazines, blogs, and shows.

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