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“Sweet” English for Valentine’s Day Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in English Language, English Vocabulary

Valentine’s Day is a sweet and love-filled holiday, and it is right around the corner on February 14th!

Image "heart is in my hands" by Shimelle Laine on Flickr.com.

Image “heart is in my hands” by Shimelle Laine on Flickr.com.

So it is time to get in the spirit of the holiday with some sweetness of our own. Today we are going to look at some sweet-themed English love words. First, take a look at these lyrics from a popular song from the 1960s. You will find two new “sweet” love words in the second line of this song. You can also listen to this song being sung, via the YouTube link below.

Oooooooooooooooh!
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch
You know that I love you
I can’t help myself
I love you and nobody else

Lyrics from the song: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”

“Sugar Pie” and “Honey Bunch” are just two nicknames in English you can use to talk about a person you love. In fact there are many nicknames in English that are related to ‘sugar’ and ‘sweets’ that people use all the time to talk about their loved ones. This is part of the reason that chocolate, candy, and sugary treats are such big part of the Valentine’s Day holiday! The ideas of sweetness and love are very much connected in the English language!

Take a look at this list of sweet-themed nicknames you can use when talking to, or about, the person you love.

honey
honeybun or hon’ bun
honey bunch
sugar
sugar pie
sweetie
sweet cheeks
sweetheart

Here are some examples of how these synonyms for “my love” can be used.

Honey, I can’t wait to see you.”
“Come over here and give me a kiss sweet cheeks.”
“Have you met my sweetheart Carla yet?”
Sugar, I couldn’t live without you!”

This Valentine’s Day you might try using one of these vocabulary words with your significant other, maybe you will even get something sweet in return if you do.

You might also want to try saying “I love you” in a more original way this Valentine’s Day. “I love you” are words that we all like to hear, but did you know there are many, many more ways to express the same sentiment in English? I’ve listed 10 different ways you can say “I love you” in English below. Each of these phrases has its own unique emphasis, but they are all expressing the same sentiment, I love you.

Again, I would encourage you to try out one of these different phrases this Valentine’s Day, to broaden your vocabulary of course, but also to let your loved one know just how much they mean to you.

I adore you.
You complete me.
I’m addicted to you.
I’m crazy about you.
You’re my everything.
I’m mad about you.
You light up my life.
You’re all that I need.
You set my heart on fire.
You are simply irresistible.

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day everyone!

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About the Author:Gabriele

Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.


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