The Best Pickup Lines to Try Around the World
If you’ve ever felt like words just aren’t enough, maybe it’s just time to try them in another language! Whether you’re in search of some foreign romance to spice up a Valentine’s Day DIY gift for your sweetie or packing for an intercontinental solo travel adventure, you’ll appreciate these multilingual expressions of that most universal language of all. We’ve 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!
“Est-ce que tu crois au coup de foudre ou dois-je repasser?”nothing if not romantic, and if this phrase is any indication, its pickup lines do a great job of staying on-brand. “Pickup lines are direct and full of confidence,” Babbel’s French expert Pauline says of the language. “Think romantic, sophisticated and cool.”
2. “Vy minya prisleduyete? Net? Kak zhal`!” (Russian: Are you chasing me? No? What a pity!) Babbel’s Russian expert Lars says that “the chase” is a key component to this culture’s flirting technique. Can’t get much clearer about it than with an intro like this!
3. “Ve por la sombra… Que los bombones al sol se derriten!” (Spanish: Walk in the shadow… Chocolates melt in the sun!) Giving someone a box of chocolates may be a romantic tradition no matter where you are — but isn’t it even sweeter to compare them to one?
4. “Hast du dir weh getan? … Na, als du vom Himmel gefallen bist.” (German: Did it hurt? … Well, when you fell from heaven.) This pickup line may sound familiar, but Germans are actually known for their shy approach to flirting. “We Germans are all about the practicality,” Babbel expert Achim points out. “One thing to remember before you go on a date with a German: We really value punctuality, and ‘fashionably’ late is just late to us.”