Culturally, you may not associate Russian with a language of love. It doesn’t have the romantic lilt of French or Italian, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t full of ways to express your affection!
What Russian does have is passion, so when you want to vehemently tell someone you love them, you need them and you can’t live without them, Russian is the perfect language to do so in.
So whether you’re in love with a Russian-speaker, you’re learning Russian or you just want another language to express yourself in, here are 10 romantic phrases you can use to help you speak those words from your heart.
1. Я тебя люблю
What it means: I love you
How it’s pronounced: Ya tebya lyublyu
That very important expression of love, the three little words we all want to hear.
2. Люблю тебя всем сердцем, всей душою
What it means: I love you with all my heart, with all my soul
How it’s pronounced: LyublyU tebyA vsem sErtsem, vsEy dushOyu
If a simple ‘I love you’ isn’t enough, this is what you need to say.
3. Ты такая восхитительная
What it means: You are so heavenly
How it’s pronounced: : Ti takAya voskhitItel’naya
If you’re feeling romantic, and perhaps a bit poetic, tell your lover this.
4. Я не могу жить без тебя
What it means: I can’t live without you
How it’s pronounced: Ya ne mogu zhit’ bez tebya
A saying that works well when you want to convey just how much you need your other half in your life.
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5. Я без ума от тебя
What it means: I am crazy about you
How it’s pronounced: ya bez uma ot tebya.
For when your crush is driving you crazy!
6. Ты нужна мне / Ты нужен мне
What it means: I need you
How it’s pronounced: Ty nuzhna mnye / Ty nuzhen mne
If you need to take it a little bit further, you can tell your love that you need them. The first phrase is to be used by women, the second by men.
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7. Радость моя
What it means: My joy
How it’s pronounced: RAdost’ moyA
For a pet name, don’t stick to something boring like “my love” or “dear.” Try “my joy” in Russian!
8. Я влюбилась в тебя с первого взгляда / Я влюбился в тебя с первого взгляда
What it means: I fell in love with you at first sight
How it’s pronounced: ya vlyubilas f tyebyas pyervava fsglyada / ya vlyubilsya f tyebya s pyervava fsglyada
The concept of love at first sight certainly exists in Russian as well. Again, the first phrase is to be said by women, the second by men.
9. Любимая / Любимый
What it means: My darling / sweetheart
How it’s pronounced: Lyubimaya / Lyubimyy
Another great pet name for your other half is my darling, or my sweetheart. The first is to be used by women, the second by men.
10. я хочу быть с тобой всегда
What it means: I want to be with you forever
How it’s pronounced: Ya khochu byt’ s toboy vsegda
What’s true love if it’s not eternal? Tell your better half that you want to be with them for eternity.