So you got a new pen pal? That’s awesome! Getting the conversation started may seem like a hard task to do at first, but once you get to know each other well enough, words just flow as smoothly as a river. Your friendship starts growing letter by letter and soon enough, you realize – wait, could I have a small crush on my pen pal? Don’t panic! This is quite common, and it could be a very sweet story to tell your kids of how you both met. 

Making the first step can be tricky, but if you can’t find the words to say to that special someone… we’ve got you! And if you’re just looking for platonic conversation starters, check out this article

These cheesy pickup lines may be corny, but we guarantee it will make your long distance crush laugh (or at least feel appreciated) 

Wait, I don’t have a pen pal yet! Check out the PenPal platform to get matched with pen pals across the world!

Before you go ahead and send these to someone, please remember: No one likes unwanted attention. Our cheesy pickup lines should only be used with pen pals who you know personally or who you have consensually established a romantic / jokey relationship with.


We know we’re far from being preschoolers, but that is no reason why you can’t use your ABCs to make your way into that special someone’s heart! You may have heard of these before, but what can we say? They’re absolute classics and will never get old! 

A quote for your flirty pen pal relationship
If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put ‘U’ and ‘I’ together.
An alphabet themed pick up line
If you were two letters of the alphabet you would be Q and T.

Funny ‘n charming

If you’d rather use full words instead of just letters to express your admiration towards that person, but at the same time you don’t want to sound boring, then these pickup lines are great to use as compliments! You will for sure make them blush (or giggle!).

A funny pick up line
Are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got FINE written all over you.
Aside from being sexy, what do you do for a living
Aside from being sexy, what do you do for a living?
A pun as a cute flirty catch phrase
If you were a vegetable, you’d be a ‘cute-cumber.

Intergalactic flirting 

Now these are a bit more unusual and if your pen pal is a geek for outer space, planets and astronomy, then you will surely make their day with the next pickup lines. Good luck or should we say… May the force be with you!

A funny space pick up line
Are your parents aliens? Because on planet Earth, there’s no one else like you!
Intergelatic pick up lines
NASA called, they said that you’re out of this world.

The IT nerd

Is your pen pal crush internet or tech-savvy? Yes? Great! Because these next ones are for sure going to fit with their personality while at the same time bringing a smile to their face.

A flirty quote for your penpal
Is your name Wi-Fi? Because I’m feeling a connection.
A cheesy pick up line for a pen pal
Is your name Google? Because you have everything I’ve been searching for.

Need more inspiration?

If you haven’t gotten to this point in your pen pal journey yet and need some good inspiration for icebreakers and conversation starters, then give the PenPal Instagram account a follow! They share weekly icebreaker ideas in our story for you to keep the conversation going effortlessly.

We hope these corny pickup lines inspired you to make the first move in a fun way. Good luck with your pen pal crush, and don’t forget to invite us to the wedding if it works out!


Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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