I Love You in English: 180+ Romantic and Platonic Phrases to Express Your Love

If you love someone… tell them!

In this post you’ll find over 180 ways to say “I love you” in English.

Learn how to express your love in any situation, from the cutest and most romantic ways to tell your significant other how you feel about them, to the best ways to tell your friends that you appreciate them.

Plus, read some dreamy quotes about love from famous books and movies, find the words to get flirty and more.

Let’s dive right in and explore how to share your love with the world!


Romantic Ways to Say “I Love You”

You already know this basic phrase:

I love you.

This is the most direct way of expressing your love for someone. You might also recognize this as a general expression that’s often used with family and friends, which is okay, too.

But English is a beautiful language and there are so many other romantic ways to say “I love you” beyond these three words.

Here are more ways to tell your significant other that you love them:

Cute Ways to Say “I Love You”

If the mushy romantic stuff isn’t for you, you might prefer these adorable expressions, instead.

Flirty Love Expressions in English

When you’re not ready for declarations of love, but you want to show your interest in someone, it’s time to pull out some flirty phrases.

These phrases are great for situations where you’re trying to get closer to someone. And who knows, maybe someday you’ll be ready to say those three important little words.

For now, let’s get flirty!

How to Tell Your Family and Friends “I Love You”

You don’t have to be in love with someone to love them. We love our friends and family, too, but you wouldn’t want to use a romantic phrase to avoid an awkward family reunion!

Instead, use these phrases to tell your loved ones that you love them… in a friendly, platonic (non-romantic) way.

How to Say “I Like You” in English

Telling someone that you like them is a step toward love. It might seem easier but it can be just as difficult to say!

Here are some sweet expressions to tell someone that you really enjoy their company. These phrases might be a stepping stone toward more serious love, or they can even be shared between friends.

How to Tell Someone You Miss Them

Have you ever loved someone so much that being away from them almost hurt? These expressions are for those moments when you wish you could be closer to your loved one.

Love Quotes from Books and Movies

Love is a universal topic that exists in every generation and age. Of course, that means you can find meaningful quotes about love in many different forms of art.

Here are our favorite beautiful quotes about love from books:

And here are some from movies:

How and Why Learn How to Say “I Love You” in English?

As you saw in the last section, English is a language rich with sayings, quotes, books, songs and movies about love and romance. If you want to understand the many romantic references you come across, you’ll need to expand your vocabulary.

As you well know, love itself is a universal language spoken everywhere in the world. This means you simply can’t learn the English language without learning how to say “I love you.”

Of course, if you keep using only these three words to express your love, it could get boring very quickly. The good news is that there are lots of creative and indirect ways to express love.

The video below shows you scenes from different romantic movies to illustrate the many, many different ways of saying “I love you.” 

Be sure to look out for more expressions like these in the books you’re reading, the songs you’re listening to or the movies you’re watching.

Another way of hearing these words in action is by using a language learning program such as FluentU.

FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

You can try FluentU for free for 2 weeks. Click here to check out the website or download the iOS app or Android app.

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The different ways to say the same thing make English a challenging yet exciting language to learn, and knowing them makes you sound more fluent.


You’re ready to go out there and tell your loved ones how you feel! Take your pick from over 180 sweet ways to say “I love you” in English and you’ll be all set to share your love in any form that it takes.

And One More Thing...

If you like learning English through movies and online media, you should also check out FluentU. FluentU lets you learn English from popular talk shows, catchy music videos and funny commercials, as you can see here:


If you want to watch it, the FluentU app has probably got it.

The FluentU app and website makes it really easy to watch English videos. There are captions that are interactive. That means you can tap on any word to see an image, definition, and useful examples.


FluentU lets you learn engaging content with world famous celebrities.

For example, when you tap on the word "searching," you see this:


FluentU lets you tap to look up any word.

Learn all the vocabulary in any video with quizzes. Swipe left or right to see more examples for the word you’re learning.


FluentU helps you learn fast with useful questions and multiple examples. Learn more.

The best part? FluentU remembers the vocabulary that you’re learning. It gives you extra practice with difficult words—and reminds you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned. You have a truly personalized experience.

Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or from the Google Play store.

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