Ich Liebe Dich, Schatzi!

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Ich Liebe Dich, Schatzi!

Okay, you learned how to introduce yourself, say where you come from and how old you are in German. But can you speak the language of love auf Deutsch? Is your sweetheart a treasure, a bear or a bunny?
by Caitlan Carroll

Every culture has its own way to say, “I love you.” In Germany, you say, “Ich liebe dich.” But that’s just the basics. If you want to refer to your special someone using an endearment, there are many different names to use.

According to the dating website Parship, more than 70% of couples use Kosenamen, or pet names, with each other.

Some of the most popular:

Schatz/Schatzi (treasure)

Süße/Süßer (sweetie)

Liebling (darling)

Animal names reign supreme:

The “i” and “chen” endings make animal names sound cuter.

Mausi (mouse)

Hasi (rabbit)

Bärchen (bear)

Spatzi (sparrow)

Try saying these out loud:

Schneckchen and Schnuckiputzi (roughly translated as “cutie pie”)

Less common but sometimes heard:

According to the survey, women refer to their partners as Papa, Papi or Papilein (like Daddy). And men call their partners Mama, Mutti or Muttchen (Mommy).

Try them out!

German may not be known as the language of love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t speak to your große Liebe (big love) in German.

by Caitlan Carroll