by Micaela Segal de la Garza
How do you say I Love you in Spanish? Te amo. Yes, that’s it. Do you want to know more? If you’re smart…
…then, yes you do! Well, this “Spanish love guide” gives you 13 ways to say I love you in Spanish. All include examples. All include explanations. Ready?
13 Fluent Ways to Say I Love You in Spanish
Short and sweet ways to say I love You
1. Te amo
- Pronunciation: teh ah-moh
- Meaning: I love you
Those three little words in English, “I love you” are only two little words in Spanish. “Teh ah-moh” is the strongest and most direct declaration of love. The best way to say I love you in Spanish.
When you are deeply in love with a romantic partner, you’re safe to say this as an intention of continued commitment.
- Te amo hoy y para siempre.
- I love you today and forever.
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2. Te quiero
- Pronunciation: teh kee-ero
- Meaning: love ya, I like you, I feel affection for you
How do you say I like you in Spanish?
This is how.
“Teh kee-ero” is the right amount of affection, even though it literally means “I want you.” It has a lot of range, from, “I love you, bro!” to “I really like you, too.” When written in a text, it can be spelled phonetically as “te kiero,” and is often seen in graffiti. In text messages, millennials sometimes shorten “te quiero mucho” or “love ya lots” to “tqm” when ending a conversation.
- Te quiero un montón, mamá.
- I love you a ton, Mom.
3. Te adoro
- Pronunciation: teh ah-door-oh
- Meaning: I adore you
While gazing admiringly into someone’s eyes, you can tell them “I adore you” and get all the feels. “Teh ah-door-oh” also works when you want to explain how darling they are to you, but you don’t want to use any loaded l-words yet.
- Te adoro tanto.
- I adore you so much.
4. Te admiro
- Pronunciation: teh ad-meer-oh
- Meaning: I admire you
When the apple of your eye has done something that impresses you, the phrase “I admire you” is meaningful and keeps a pinch of romantic interest, too. So go ahead, find what great qualities you appreciate about your partner and say, “teh ad-meer-oh.”
- Te admiro muchísimo.
- I admire you so much.
5. Me encantas
- Pronunciation: meh en-cahn-tahs
- Meaning: You enchant me
When a relationship is new, or you’re rekindling the magic, “meh en-cahn-tahs” says you find the person charming. Literally, “you enchant me” this phrase can also translate to “I love you.”
- Me encantan tus ojos, y me encantas tú.
- I love your eyes, and I love you.
6. Me fascinas
- Pronunciation: meh fah-seen-ahs
- Meaning: You fascinate me
Another phrase to tell someone how captivating they are, is “meh fah-seen-ahs.” Frequently followed by a sigh or batting eyelashes, “you fascinate me” is a deeply admiring way to show your love.
- Me fascinas con todo tu misterio.
- You and your mystery fascinate me.
7. Te deseo
- Pronunciation: teh deh-say-oh
- Meaning: I want you (I desire you)
This is one of my favorite ways to say I love you in Spanish.
When you’re really into someone, “I want you” or “I desire you” could be an exciting way to remind them. But careful! Don’t lead with “teh deh-say-oh,” unless you’ve got previous physical history with someone or you are certain you recognize the reciprocal feeling from them.
- Te deseo, y pienso en ti todo el día.
- I want you, and I think about you all day.
8. Te necesito
- Pronunciation: teh neh-seh-see-toe
- Meaning: I need you
“I need you” can be a precious insight to share with your partner when not overly dependent. “Teh neh-seh-see-toe” works wonderfully in poetry, lyrics, and lists of reasons why you like someone.
- Aprecio todo lo que me das, y te necesito.
- I appreciate all that you give me, and I need you.
9. Te tengo mucho cariño
- Pronunciation: teh tango moo-cho cah-ree-nyo
- Meaning: I care a lot about you
To add “I care a lot about you” to other lovey-dovey phrases works well, but be careful because it may sound like there’s a “but” coming after it.
- Sabes que te tengo mucho cariño.
- You know how much I care about you.
Deep, advanced ways to say I love you in Spanish. For advanced Spanish learners.
10. Me enamoré de ti
- I’ve fallen in love with you
Sweet and meaningful, “I’ve fallen in love with you” tells the one you adore how deep your affection runs. If you’d rather say “I’m in love with you” in the present tense, make sure to match your gender using “estoy enamorado/a de ti.”
- Me enamoré de ti a primera vista.
- I fell in love with you at first sight.
11. Estoy loco de amor por ti
- I am head over heels in love with you.
There are lots of variations for “I am head over heels in love with you.” Other expressions include:
- “estoy perdidamente enamorado de ti”
- “estoy enamorado hasta la médula”
- “yo bebo los vientos por ti”
- “estoy locamente enamorado de ti”
Any of these will get across the idea that you are in deep.
Some good deep ways to say I love you in Spanish.
- No sé qué hacer. Estoy loco de amor por ti.
- I don’t know what to do. I’m head over heels for you.
12. Estás en mi corazón
- You are in my heart
To metaphorically carry one another like in an e.e. cummings poem, use “you are in my heart” or “me tienes en tus manos” which is “you have me in your hands.”
- Estás en mi corazón para siempre.
- You’re always in my heart.
13. Eres el amor de mi vida
- You are the love of my life
When you know, you know. “You are the love of my life” puts it into words. If you’re talking about this person to other people, you can explain “he encontrado el amor verdadero” or “I have found true love.”
- Eres el amor de mi vida, y quiero casarme contigo.
- You are the love of my life, and I want to marry you.
Here’s a review chart of all the ways to say I love You in Spanish.
|1||I love you||Te amo|
|2||love ya, I like you, I feel affection for you||Te quiero|
|3||I adore you||Te adoro|
|4||I admire you||Te admiro|
|5||You enchant me||Me encantas|
|6||You fascinate me||Me fascinas|
|7||I want you (I desire you)||Te deseo|
|8||I need you||Te necesito|
|9||I care a lot about you||
Te tengo mucho cariño
|10||I’ve fallen in love with you||
Me enamoré de ti
|11||I am head over heels in love with you.||
Estoy loco de amor por ti
|12||You are in my heart||
Estás en mi corazón
|13||You are the love of my life||
Eres el amor de mi vida
Now, you know a whole bunch of ways to say I love you in Spanish.
What are your favorite ways? Leave a comment.
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