Your quest for Spanish fluency won’t be complete until you’ve mastered the art of saying I love you in Spanish.
French might have the reputation of being the most romantic language in the world, but who says Spanish can’t be romantic? Spanish happens to be a Romance language as well, so it can be just as romantic as any other language.
In fact, Spanish is the national language of over 20 countries, most of which have very passionate cultures. If you’ve ever spent time in Latin America or Spain, you may know how fervent Spanish-speakers can be.
This makes Spanish an excellent language for love and romance, as there are many ways (we’ve detailed 140+ of them!) to express love and affection in this beautiful language. Spanish, just like Arabic, is rich in ways for speakers to show affection and often uses beautiful similes and metaphors. The two languages are similar in another way too: the fondness for using love quotes to portray emotions.
So, whether you’re looking to impress a new señorita or simply want to show platonic affection to your in-laws or host family, this article will cover everything you need to know. Keep reading to learn well over a hundred ways to show your love in Spanish!
You might be the kind of person who reserves the famous three words for their significant other, or maybe you wear your heart on your sleeve and say I love you multiple times a day to all kinds of people in your life. Either way, learning how to say I love you in Spanish will definitely boost your language skills tremendously. And while you may learn these sayings in online Spanish classes, or face-to-face Spanish courses in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, there's no reason why you shouldn't get a head start.
Here are three reasons why learning all about love in Spanish will help you.
Find a Spanish-speaking significant other
One of the best ways to learn a new language is to communicate with your significant other in their native language. If you happen to be in a relationship with a Spanish speaker, then learning how to express love in Spanish is certainly one of the best things you could do.
There are countless ways to say I love you beyond a simple “te amo.” Spanish is spoken by over 400 million speakers, so the language is as diverse as it is romantic. Keep reading to learn how to say things like “I love you very much” and “I love you handsome” in Spanish.
Express your appreciation for loved ones
If you live in a Spanish-speaking country or interact with Spanish speakers regularly, you’ll want to know a few words to show your love and appreciation. The UAE is home to numerous expatriates from Spanish-speaking countries, so there's a great chance that you already know someone who will appreciate you expressing your love to them in their mother tongue.
Even if you’re not looking to get involved romantically with anyone, in particular, knowing how to tell people that you care about them can get you far. Spanish has countless ways to demonstrate platonic love to others.
Understand romantic movies and TV shows
Without a doubt, one of the best parts about learning Spanish is consuming Spanish media.
When it comes to movies, Spain is a powerhouse of Spanish-language movie productions. There are tons of great romantic movies from Spain that you’ll be able to fully enjoy once you’re fully versed in the love side of Spanish.
And when it comes to television, few things in this world can compare to Latin American telenovelas. If you’re not familiar with Mexican, Colombian, and Peruvian soap operas, you are in for a wild ride. These over-the-top TV shows will have you hooked as the characters go through unlikely events of grief and joy, all while maintaining convoluted romantic relationships.
We’ll include a few recommendations of romantic movies and telenovelas at the end of the article, so stay with us!
How to say I love you in Spanish
If you’re a hopeless romantic, you’ve probably been meaning to ask your Spanish teacher “how do you say I love you in Spanish?” since day one. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s start with the basics. I love you in Spanish is te amo. This is the most direct translation of “I love you” there is. However, Spanish is not a language that you can just translate into English word by word.
Spanish-speaking cultures have integrated the concept of love into daily life, resulting in hundreds of different ways to show love and appreciation in Spanish.
We’ve broken down all the ways of conveying adoration into different sections so you know when and where to use each one. We’ve also included the IPA spelling and a pronunciation guide in case you’re in love and need to shout it from the rooftops right away!
To a boyfriend, girlfriend and/or romantic love
The most obvious person you would say I love you to is your romantic partner. Whether you’re trying to flirt in a Spanish-speaking country or already are in a committed relationship and want to profess your love to your partner, we’ve got your back.
Check out these wonderfully romantic ways to say I love you in Spanish to your boyfriend, girlfriend, or partner. Learn expressions like I love you with all my heart and I love you more in Spanish.
I love you
I love you too
Yo también te amo
ˈɟʝo tãmˈbjɛ̃n te ˈamo
Yo tahm-bee-en tay ah-mo
I love you so much
Te amo demasiado
te ˈamo ðemaˈsjaðo
Tay ah-mo day-ma-see-ah-doh
I love you more
Te amo más
te ˈamo ˈmas
Tay ah-mo mas
I love you most
Te amo más que nadie
te ˈamo ˈmas ˈke ˈnaðje
Tay ah-mo mas kay nah-dee-eh
I love you a lot
Te amo mucho
te ˈamo ˈmuʧo
Tay ah-mo moo-cho
I love you very much
Te amo muchísimo
te ˈamo muˈʧisimo
Tay ah-mo moo-chee-see-mo
I love you to the moon and back
Te amo hasta la luna y más allá
te ˈamo ˈasta la ˈluna i̯ ˈmas aˈʝa
Tay ah-mo ahs-tah la loo-na
I love you with all my heart
Te amo con todo mi corazón
te ˈamo kõn ˈtoðo mi koɾaˈsõn
Tay ah-mo con toh-doh mee co-rah-son
I love you, my love
Te amo, mi amor
te ˈamo | mj aˈmoɾ
Tay ah-mo mee ah-more
I love you handsome
Te amo, guapo
te ˈamo | ˈɡwapo
Tay ah-mo, goo-ah-po
I love you beautiful
Te amo, hermosa
te ˈamo | ɛɾˈmosa
Tay ah-mo, air-mo-sa
I love you more than life itself
Te amo más que a la vida en sí
te ˈamo ˈmas ˈke a la ˈβiða ɛ̃n ˈsi
Tay ah-mo mas kay ah la vee-dah en see
I love you more than anything
Te amo más que a nada
te ˈamo ˈmas ˈke a ˈnaða
Tay ah-mo mas kay ah nah-da
I still love you
Aún te amo
aˈũn te ˈamo
Ah-oon tay ah-mo
I think I love you
Creo que te amo
ˈkɾeo ˈke te ˈamo
Cray-oh kay tay ah-mo
I’m crazy about you
Estoy enloquecido por ti
ɛsˈtoj ɛ̃nlokeˈsiðo poɾ ˈti
Es-toy en-loh-kay-see-do por tee
You’re driving me crazy (in a good way)
Me estás volviendo loco
mɛ ɛsˈtas̬ βolˈβjɛ̃ndo ˈloko
Meh es-tas vol-vee-en-do low-co
I’m head over heels for you
Estoy enloquecido por ti
ɛsˈtoj ɛ̃nlokeˈsiðo poɾ ˈti
Es-toy en-lo-kay-see-do por tee
I adore you
I’ve fallen for you
Me has conquistado
me ˈas kõnkisˈtaðo
Meh as con-kiss-ta-do
Love of my life
Amor de mi vida
aˈmoɾ ðe mi ˈβiða
Ah-more day me vee-da
I’m thinking about you
Estoy pensando en ti
ɛsˈtoi̯ pɛ̃nˈsãndo ɛ̃n ˈti
Es-toy pen-san-do en tee
I want to be with you
Quiero estar contigo
ˈkjɛɾo ɛsˈtaɾ kõnˈtiɣo
kee-eh-ro es-tar con-tee-go
I can’t wait to see you
Ya te quiero ver
ɟʝa te ˈkjɛɾo ˈβɛɾ
Ya tay kee-eh-ro ver
I can’t live without you
No puedo vivir sin ti
ˈno ˈpweðo βiˈβiɾ sĩn ˈti
No poo-ay-do vee-veer seen tee
I need you
You are my other half
Eres mi media naranja
ˈɛɾes̬ mi ˈmeðja naˈɾãnxa
Eh-res me meh-dee-ah nah-ran-ha
Life would be empty without you
La vida estaría vacía sin ti
la ˈβiða ɛstaˈɾia βaˈsia sĩn ˈti
La vee-dah es-ta-ree-ah va-see-ah seen tee
My heart is yours
Mi corazón es tuyo
mi koɾaˈson ˈɛs ˈtuʝo
Me co-rah-son es too-yo
You are my everything
Eres mi todo
ˈɛɾes̬ mi ˈtoðo
Eh-res me toh-doh
I love you with all my soul
Te amo con toda mi alma
te ˈamo kõn ˈtoða mj ˈalma
Tay ah-mo con toh-da me al-mah
I love you from the bottom of my heart
Te amo desde el fondo de mi corazón.
te ˈamo ˈðɛs̬ðɛ ɛl ˈfõndo ðe mi koɾaˈsõn ‖
Tay ah-mo des-day el fon-do day me co-rah-son
I love you mommy
Te amo mamacita
te ˈamo mamaˈsita
Tay ah-mo ma-ma-see-ta
I love you daddy
Te amo papi
te ˈamo ˈpapi
Tay ah-mo pa-pee
You’re the best girlfriend in the world
Eres la mejor novia del mundo
ˈɛɾes̬ la meˈxoɾ ˈnoβja ðɛl ˈmũndo
Eh-res la may-hore noh-vee-ah del moon-do
You’re the best boyfriend in the world
Eres el mejor novio del mundo
ˈɛɾes ɛl meˈxoɾ ˈnoβjo ðɛl ˈmũndo
Eh-res el may-hore noh-vee-oh del moon-do
I love you in Spanish to a friend, family member or platonic love
Most Spanish-speaking cultures are very warm and fuzzy. Expressing your love for your friends, family, and close acquaintances is not only not uncommon, but almost expected. So, if you’ve made some Spanish speaking friends, don’t waste any time in learning ways to say I love you in Spanish to a friend.
Even in everyday situations it’s not unusual to tack on an “I love you” at the end, so don’t be surprised if you hear things like “Goodnight, I love you” in Spanish.
Here are a few dozen ways of showing your platonic love in Spanish.
I love you mom
Te amo, mamá
te ˈamo | maˈma
Tay ah-mo, ma-ma
I love you dad
Te amo, papá
te ˈamo | paˈpa
Tay ah-mo, pa-pa
I love you grandma
Te amo, abuela
te ˈamo | aˈβwela
Tay ah-mo, ah-boo-eh-la
I love you grandpa
Te amo, abuelo
te ˈamo | aˈβwelo
Tay ah-mo, ah-boo-eh-lo
I love you all
Los amo a todos
los ˈamo a ˈtoðos
Los ah-mo ah toh-dos
I love you guys
I love Taco Bell
Amo Taco Bell
ˈamo ˈtako ˈβɛʝ
Ah-mo Taco Bell
I love you as a friend
Te quiero como amigo
te ˈkjɛɾo ˈkomo aˈmiɣo
Tay kee-eh-ro co-mo ah-mee-go
I miss you
I miss you
Te echo de menos
te ˈeʧo ðe ˈmenos
Tay eh-cho day meh-nos
You look beautiful
Qué hermosa te ves
ˈke ɛɾˈmosa te ˈβes
Kay her-mo-sa tay ves
You look handsome
Qué guapo te ves
ˈke ˈɣwapo te ˈβes
Kay goo-ah-po te ves
You’re my soulmate
Eres mi alma gemela
ˈɛɾes̬ mj ˈalma xeˈmela
Eh-res me al-ma he-meh-la
I like you just the way you are
Te quiero tal cual y como eres
te ˈkjɛɾo ˈtal ˈkwal i ˈkomo ˈɛɾes
Tay kee-eh-ro tal koo-al e co-mo eh-res
Goodnight, I love you
Buenas noches, te amo
ˈbwenas̬ ˈnoʧes | te ˈamo
Boo-eh-nas noh-ches, tay ah-mo
How to say I like you in Spanish
If you’re looking to ask someone out, this section is for you. How you say I like you in Spanish will very likely have an impact on the outcome, so make sure to pay close attention to the phrases below!
I like you
In a romantic way
I like you
Me caes bien
me ˈkaes̬ ˈβjɛ̃n
May kah-is bee-en
In a friendly way
I like you a lot
Me gustas mucho
me ˈɣustas̬ ˈmuʧo
May goose-tas moo-cho
In a romantic way
I really like you
En verdad me gustas
ɛ̃m bɛɾˈðað me ˈɣustas
En ver-dad may goose-tas
In a romantic way
I really like you a lot
En verdad me gustas muchísimo
ɛ̃m bɛɾˈðað me ˈɣustas̬ muˈʧisimo
En ver-dad may goose-tas moo-chee-see-mo
In a romantic way
I like you too
Tú también me gustas
ˈtu tãmˈbjɛ̃m me ˈɣustas
Too tam-bee-en may goose-tas
Responding to someone who says they like you
I want to see you
When you want to make plans
I like everything about you
Me gusta todo sobre ti
me ˈɣusta ˈtoðo ˈsoβɾe ˈti
May goose-ta toh-do sow-bray tee
In a romantic way
Will you go out with me?
¿Te gustaría salir conmigo?
te ɣustaˈɾia saˈliɾ kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Tay goose-ta-ree-ah sah-leer con-mee-go
A formal way to ask someone out
You are very pretty
Eres muy lindo/a
ˈɛɾes̬ mwi lĩnˈdoa
Eh-res mooy leen-da/leen-do
A romantic or friendly compliment
You are divine
A romantic or very friendly compliment
You are spectacular
A romantic or very friendly compliment
I love you an egg
Te quiero un huevo
te ˈkjɛɾo u̯n ˈweβo
Tay kee-eh-ro oon oo-eh-voh
A casual way to tell someone you like them a lot, romantically or platonically
How to say “my love” in Spanish
If you’ve ever spent time around Spanish speakers, you’ve probably noticed that mi amor tends to be thrown around a lot. Although mi amor translates directly into “my love”, there are countless other terms of endearment that you can use with your loved ones.
Note that you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship with someone to use any of the terms below. Just be aware that they do show quite a bit of affection, so make sure you save them for your closest friends and family.
Will you marry me in Spanish
If you’re ready to pop the big question, this section’s for you. While you can be direct and just ask if they will marry you, there are many more interesting ways to ask someone to join you for the rest of your life.
Here are some of the ways to ask someone to marry you in Spanish, and congratulations!
Will you marry me?
¿Quieres casarte conmigo?
ˈkjɛɾes kaˈsaɾte kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Kee-eh-res ca-sar-tay con-me-go
Would you like to marry me?
¿Te gustaría casarte conmigo?
te ɣustaˈɾia kaˈsaɾte kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Tay goose-ta-ree-ah ca-sar-tay con-me-go
Will you be my wife?
¿Quieres ser mi esposa?
ˈkjɛɾes ˈsɛɾ mj ɛsˈposa ‖
Kee-eh-res ser me es-poh-sa
Will you be my husband?
¿Quieres ser mi esposo?
ˈkjɛɾes ˈsɛɾ mj ɛsˈposo ‖
Kee-eh-res ser me es-poh-so
Will you spend the rest of your life with me?
¿Te gustaría pasar el resto de tu vida conmigo?
te ɣustaˈɾia paˈsaɾ ɛl ˈrɛsto ðe tu ˈβiða kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Tay goose-tar-ee-ah pah-sar el res-to day too vee-da con-mee-go
Would you marry me?
¿Te casarías conmigo?
te kasaˈɾias kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Tay cah-sa-ree-as con-me-go
Do you accept to be my wife?
¿Aceptas ser mi esposa?
aˈsep̚tas ˈsɛɾ mj ɛsˈposa ‖
Ah-sep-tas ser me es-po-sa
Do you accept to be my husband?
¿Aceptas ser mi esposo?
aˈsep̚tas ˈsɛɾ mj ɛsˈposo ‖
Ah-sep-tas ser me es-po-so
¿Te casas conmigo?
te ˈkasas kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Tay cah-sas con-me-go
ˈkasate kõmˈmiɣo ‖
Let’s get married
Love quotes in Spanish
Spanish is an extremely romantic language, and if you don’t believe us, then these wonderfully-cheesy quotes about love in Spanish will surely change your mind.
After all, simply saying I love you very much in Spanish will only get you so far when there are so many beautiful love quotes to choose from!
Love has no age
El amor no tiene edad
ɛl aˈmoɾ ˈno ˈtjene eˈðað
Elle ah-more no tee-ay-nay ay-dad
I love you more than yesterday but less than tomorrow
No poo-ay-day ser boo-ay-no ah-kell kay noon-cah ah ah-ma-doh
Romantic Spanish songs
If you’re familiar with our learning philosophy, you know we are huge fans of using music to learn a new language. All you have to do is play the song and your brain will do the rest. It’s so easy!
If you want extra points, you can also sing along. But who are we kidding, Spanish love songs are so good it’s impossible not to sing along!
Si Nos Dejan by Luis Miguel
Few singers can claim the same romantic cred as Luis Miguel. The quintessential Mexican singer has been charming people’s hearts ever since his career started in 1981, even briefly dating Mariah Carey. If you’re looking for someone with a romantic discography, Luis Miguel is it.
As you can imagine, Luis Miguel’s music is a staple in any Spanish-speaking wedding. His song Si Nos Dejan is actually one of the most popular Spanish wedding first dance songs, as Luis Miguel sings about all the things he and his lover would do, si nos dejan (if they let us).
Como La Flor by Selena
Few Spanish love songs are more iconic than Selena Quintanilla’s Como La Flor. This timeless classic is as sad as it is inspiring, as Selena sings about how she knows the relationship is over and it’s time to move on.
Listen along to learn about how Selena’s love withered como la flor (like a flower).
Me Enamoré by Shakira
If you’re looking for something more upbeat and exciting, then look no further than Shakira’s Me Enamoré. This super fun and airy song will have you singing about falling in love, dancing, and enjoying some mojitos. What’s not to like about that?
Romantic phrases in Spanish
There are countless ways to be romantic in Spanish without actually using the word love. After all, being creative and not too direct is part of the charm of romance!
You make me happy as a worm.
Me haces feliz como una lombriz.
me ˈases feˈlis ˈkomo ˈuna lõmˈbɾis
May ah-ses fay-lees koh-mo oo-na lom-breeze
I want to be with you forever.
Quiero estar contigo para siempre.
ˈkjɛɾo ɛsˈtaɾ kõnˈtiɣo ˈpaɾa ˈsjɛ̃mpɾe
Kee-eh-ro es-tar con-tee-go pah-rah see-em-pray
I like your smile.
Me gusta tu sonrisa.
me ˈɣusta tu sõnˈrisa
May goose-tah too son-ree-sa
Your eyes are captivating.
Me cautivan tus ojos.
me kau̯ˈtiβãn tus ˈoxos
May cow-tee-van toos oh-hos
You make me laugh a lot.
Me haces reír mucho.
me ˈases̬ reˈiɾ ˈmuʧo
May ah-says ray-eere moo-cho
I can’t wait to see you again.
No veo la hora de verte otra vez.
ˈno ˈβeo la ˈoɾa ðe ˈβɛɾte ˈotɾa ˈβes
No vay-oh la oh-rah day ver-tay oh-trah vehs
I’m dying of love.
Muero de amor.
ˈmwɛɾo ðe aˈmoɾ
Moo-ay-row day ah-more
You are always in my heart.
Siempre estás en mi corazón.
ˈsjɛ̃mpɾɛ ɛsˈtas ɛ̃m mi koɾaˈsõn
See-em-pray es-tas en me coh-rah-son
Stay with whoever kisses your soul, because anyone could kiss your skin.
Quédate con quien te bese el alma. La piel te la puede besar cualquiera.
ˈkeðate kõn ˈkjɛ̃n te ˈβesɛ ɛl ˈalma ‖ la ˈpjɛl te la ˈpweðe βeˈsaɾ kwalˈkjɛɾa
Kay-da-tay con kee-ehn tay bay-say elle al-ma. La pee-elle tay-la poo-ay-day bay-sar coo-al-kee-eh-rah
I love you like the female trout loves the male trout.
Te quiero como la trucha al trucho.
te ˈkjɛɾo ˈkomo la ˈtɾuʧa al ˈtɾuʧo
Tay kee-eh-ro co-mo la true-cha al true-cho
You look like a princess.
Pareces una princesa.
paˈɾeses ˈuna pɾĩnˈsesa
Pah-ray-ses oo-na preen-say-sa
You’re as cute as a flower.
Eres tan linda como una flor.
ˈɛɾes ˈtãn ˈlĩnda ˈkomo ˈuna ˈfloɾ
Eh-res tan leen-da co-mo oo-na floor
My heart beats like a french fry.
Mi corazón palpita como una patata frita.
mi koɾaˈsõm palˈpita ˈkomo ˈuna paˈtata ˈfɾita
Me coh-rah-son pal-pee-tah co-mo oo-na pa-ta-ta free-ta
You’re the woman of my dreams.
Eres la mujer de mis sueños.
ˈɛɾes̬ la muˈxɛɾ ðe mis ˈsweɲos
Ay-res la moo-her day mees soo-ay-nios
I hope you’re in my dreams tonight.
Espero soñar contigo esta noche.
ɛsˈpɛɾo soˈɲaɾ kõnˈtiɣo ˈɛsta ˈnoʧe
Es-pear-oh sow-niar con-tee-go es-tah no-che
I think we look good together.
Creo que hacemos una buena pareja.
ˈkɾeo ˈke aˈsemos ˈuna ˈβwena paˈɾexa
Cray-oh kay ah-say-mos oo-na boo-ay-na pah-ray-ha
I like you more and more each day.
Cada día te quiero más.
ˈkaða ˈðia te ˈkjɛɾo ˈmas
Ca-dah dee-ah tay kee-eh-ro mas
You complete me.
Tú me complementas.
ˈtu me kõmpleˈmɛ̃ntas
Too may com-play-men-tahs
Text slang for showing love in Spanish
A lot of conversations happen via text messages these days. Or more likely WhatsApp, if you’re in Spain or Latin America. It’s important to keep up with your Spanish slang, and especially texting slang related to love.
Here are some of the most common text messages to know.
Te quiero mucho
I love you
Te kiero mucho
I love you
Te amo *cara de beso*
I love you *kissy face*
Te amo más
I love you more
I love you
Cuenta conmigo para todo
You can always count on me
3 tips for learning how to express love in Spanish
Latin American telenovelas are without a doubt some of the most dramatic TV shows on this planet. If you are looking for a TV show that will hook you from the start, you need to start watching telenovelas ASAP.
Since telenovelas usually revolve around a tragic love story, you can rest assured that you will learn a lot about expressing love in Spanish. With multiple story arches and plenty of escándalo, you will learn a lot about love as you watch these shows. One caveat: this is probably not a tip for learning Spanish for kids!
Luckily, you can find plenty of great telenovelas on Netflix now. Here are some of our favorites:
Pasión de gavilanes
El final del paraíso
La reina del Sur
Amar y vivir
Any of these will surely captivate you, and help you level up your Spanish while you have a great time!
Read romance novels
Learning Spanish online means that you will be able to enjoy all the wonderful Spanish-language literature. You’ll soon find out that there are countless ways to express love in Spanish, as any romance novel will show you.
Some of our favorite romantic novels in Spanish are:
Como agua para chocolate by Laura Esquivel
El amor en los tiempos de cólera by Gabriel García Márquez
En los zapatos de Valeria by Elísabet Benavent
Travesuras de la niña mala by Mario Vargas Llosa
If you love a good love story, you are sure to love any of these classics!
Find romantic playlists on Spotify
We already gave you a few great songs in a previous section, but did you really think that was it? There are thousands and thousands of great Spanish songs about love, so don’t give up until you find some that you like!
Luckily, you can browse Spotify to find awesome playlists about love in any genre that you want. Here are some possible search queries that can make your search easier, depending on the music that you like:
Canciones románticas en español (general)
Canciones pop románticas en español (pop music)
Canciones de reggaetón románticas en español (reggaetón)
Canciones de rap románticas en español (rap)
Baladas románticas en español (ballads)
Canciones de rock románticas en español (rock)
Canciones electrónicas románticas en español (techno)
No matter what kind of music you like, you can surely find something romantic to listen to.
FAQs about love in Spanish
What’s the difference between “te quiero” and “te amo”?
p>Both “te quiero” and “te amo” can translate into “I love you” under the right circumstances. Although “te amo” is the literal translation of “I love you” and “te quiero” translates directly into “I want you”, the line between them is a little blurry.
To know how to use them like a pro, you need to know that “te amo” is the more formal of the two. If you are about to profess your love to someone, you would absolutely want to say “te amo” instead of “te quiero” in order to not leave any room for interpretation.
However, “te quiero” can convey almost the exact same meaning and intensity as “te amo” in casual situations. For example, when texting, it’s far more common to use the acronym TQM (for Te Quiero Mucho) than TA (Te Amo).
So, when in doubt, think of how formal the situation is. The more formal, the more likely “te amo” is the way to go.
Is “Te quiero” platonic?
“Te quiero” is a completely acceptable way to show platonic love. Although its literal meaning is “I want you,” it really means something closer to “I love you” in everyday language.
“Te quiero” on its own does not necessarily have a romantic connotation, so don’t be alarmed if a friend or colleague says “te quiero” to you. It’s just a nice way to show that they care about you!
How do I respond to “Te amo”?
Whenever you say I love you to someone, you most likely expect to hear “I love you too” back. So, how do you say I love you too in Spanish? “Yo también te amo” is what you’ll want to say—if you do love them back, of course.
However, what do you do if you don’t love them back? Well, here are a few appropriate responses:
Gra-see-as, pay-ro pore ah-oh-rah no key-ay-ro oo-na ray-lah-see-on
Thanks, but I have a boyfriend/girlfriend.
Gracias, pero tengo novio/a.
ˈɡɾasjas | ˈpɛɾo ˈtɛ̃nɡo noˈβjoa ‖
Gra-see-as, pay-ro ten-go no-vee-ah/no-vee-oh
Thanks, but I am already seeing someone else.
Gracias, pero ya estoy saliendo con alguien más.
ˈɡɾasjas | ˈpɛɾo ʝa ɛsˈtoi̯ saˈljɛ̃ndo kon ˈalɣjɛ̃m ˈmas ‖
Gra-see-as, pay-ro ya es-toy sah-lee-en-do con al-gee-en mas
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