“I Love You” and More Expressions of Affection in Spanish

February 8, 2022
By Sarah Angela Almaden
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Spanish is a romance language. And it has about 90,000 words. So in this season of love, brush up your Spanish vocabulary and learn the many ways of saying “I love you” in Spanish.

“Te amo” is one way to say “I love you” in Spanish. And the other way is by saying “Te quiero.” But do you know the difference between the two? Find out with our handy guide and learn more ways on how to express your love and affection in Spanish.

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“Te amo” – I love you

The literal translation of “Te Amo” is “I love you” and this phrase is usually associated with a more romantic and affectionate mood, especially in more serious relationships.

“Te quiero” – I love you

( I want you or I care about you )

“Te quiero” is a lighter version of expressing love and care. The phrase is typically used when showing love to family, friends, a person you have feelings for, or to a significant other(s).

Looking for other ways to tell your Spanish-speaking partner how you feel? Or want a few phrases to try out on your next date with a Spanish-speaker? Check out even more ways to express your affection:

Te quiero tanto
English translation – I love you so much

Te adoro
English translation – I adore you

Te necesito
English translation – I need you

Me vuelves loco
English translation – You drive me crazy

Mi corazon late por ti
English translation – My heart beats for you

Te amo mucho
English translation – I love you very much

Te quiero mucho
English translation – I love you very much ( I want you very much)

Los amo
English translation – I love them

Los amo mucho
English translation – I love them very much

Estoy enamorada (Feminine)
English translation – I’m in love

Estoy enamorado (Masculine)
English translation – I’m in love

Me caes bien
English translation – I like you

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