If you鈥檝e ever felt like words just aren鈥檛 enough, maybe it鈥檚 just time to try them in another language! Whether you鈥檙e in search of some foreign romance to spice up a Valentine鈥檚 Day DIY gift for your sweetie or packing for an intercontinental solo travel adventure, you鈥檒l appreciate these multilingual expressions of that most universal language of all. We鈥檝e turned to the experts at language-learning app Babbel to get the lowdown on what pickup lines are most popular and culturally resonant around the globe. Read on for their top picks!


1. 鈥淓st-ce que tu crois au coup de foudre ou dois-je repasser?鈥 (French: Do you believe in love at first sight, or should I walk by again?) The French language is nothing if not romantic, and if this phrase is any indication, its pickup lines do a great job of staying on-brand. 鈥淧ickup lines are direct and full of confidence,鈥 Babbel鈥檚 French expert Pauline says of the language. 鈥淭hink romantic, sophisticated and cool.鈥

2. 鈥淰y minya prisleduyete? Net? Kak zhal`!鈥 (Russian: Are you chasing me? No? What a pity!) Babbel鈥檚 Russian expert Lars says that 鈥渢he chase鈥 is a key component to this culture鈥檚 flirting technique. Can鈥檛 get much clearer about it than with an intro like this!

3. 鈥淰e por la sombra鈥 Que los bombones al sol se derriten!鈥 (Spanish: Walk in the shadow鈥 Chocolates melt in the sun!) Giving someone a box of chocolates may be a romantic tradition no matter where you are 鈥 but isn鈥檛 it even sweeter to compare them to one?


4. 鈥淗ast du dir weh getan? 鈥 Na, als du vom Himmel gefallen bist.鈥 (German: Did it hurt? 鈥 Well, when you fell from heaven.) This pickup line may sound familiar, but Germans are actually known for their shy approach to flirting. 鈥淲e Germans are all about the practicality,鈥 Babbel expert Achim points out. 鈥淥ne thing to remember before you go on a date with a German: We really value punctuality, and 鈥榝ashionably鈥 late is just late to us.鈥

5. 鈥淓u gostei de voc锚. Se voc锚 tamb茅m gostou de mim, d锚 um sorriso. Se n茫o, d锚 um duplo mortal para tr谩s.鈥 (Portuguese: I like you a lot. If you like me too, smile. If not, please do a double backflip.) This Portuguese pickup line may sound a little like an invitation to get interested or get lost, but it actually speaks to the culture鈥檚 signature sense of humor. 鈥淏eing funny, even if in a childish way, is a way of gaining attention that鈥檚 typically used by Brazilians,鈥 Babbel expert Pedro says.

6. 鈥淭uo padre 猫 un ladro? 鈥 Ha rubato due stelle e le ha messe al posto dei tuoi occhi?鈥 (Italian: Is your father a thief? 鈥 I think he stole two stars and put them in place of your eyes.) You may recognize this classic from a black-and-white film, but according to Babbel鈥檚 Alessandra, it would still be effective in the old-fashioned world of Italian romance.


7. 鈥淜an jag f氓 en v盲gbeskrivning till ditt hj盲rta?鈥 (Swedish: Can you give me directions to your heart?) Asking for directions (of any kind) might feel like an overly practical way to flirt. But when you consider the straightforward and direct nature of Swedish culture, it makes sense! After this simple and endearing line, we鈥檇 be happy to share a map.

8. 鈥淗ey, kom jij hier vaker?鈥 (Dutch: Do you come here often?) This is considered a cheesy line in English, but if someone happens to approach you with it in Dutch, experts suggest that you show off your confidence 鈥 and language skills 鈥 as much as possible. 鈥淲e are always impressed when a foreigner starts speaking to us in our native language,鈥 confides Carlien, another Babbel expert.

9. 鈥淗vor har du vaeret hele mit liv?鈥 (Danish: Where have you been all my life?) This is another familiar pickup line, and while it may seem a little aggressive, dating in Denmark is actually characterized by an unhurried pace. 鈥淲e are quite relaxed, often taking our time before making a relationship 鈥榦fficial,'鈥 explains Babbel expert Birte. 鈥淭his comes from our laid-back lifestyle, which is why we are the happiest people in the world.鈥

What鈥檚 the craziest pickup line you鈥檝e ever heard or used in any language? Tweet it to us @BritandCo!

(Photos via Getty)