Maybe you're looking for just the right words to tell your Spanish-speaking crush how you feel, or perhaps you're trying to understand what is going on in your favorite telenovela. They say that love is a universal language, but it definitely helps to know some romantic words and expressions in Spanish.
The following words and phrases will help you express your love in Spanish and, if you're lucky, they might also help you understand someone's feelings for you!
Let's start with the basics: how do you tell someone you love them in Spanish? It looks like a straightforward question, but the answer is not as simple as it may seem. Spanish has two words for "love":
Of course, there are more words you can use to describe how you feel. For instance, you may use the verb gustar to tell someone you like them, or the verb enamorarse to say you are in love.
Let's see how these four verbs might be used:
Now that you know how to tell someone how you feel, you might want to know what to call that person. Here is some useful vocabulary:
Mi compañero/a (usually reserved for couples who have been together for a while and might even live together)
When you've been in a relationship for some time, you might start using nicknames or terms of endearment to refer to your loved one. Here are some common ones:
Querido/a (literally, "loved one")
There are other terms of endearment often used in Spanish that don't necessarily translate too well into English, even though they are quite common. Here are some examples:
Some of these expressions might sound a bit cheesy, so make sure you choose the right moment to use them!
You know how to express your feelings, and you also know how to address that special someone, but there are other relationship-related words you will need if things start to get serious. Let's take a look!
Whether you are just getting to know someone new, or you've been together for a while, these expressions might come in handy:
If you want to ask someone on a date, here are some phrases that may be helpful.
Keep in mind that these four phrases use tú, the informal form of "you". In some countries, like Colombia, it might be expected to use the more formal usted form (¿Le gustaría salir a cenar? ¿Quiere salir conmigo?).
If things are going well, you will probably want to show your affection, so pay attention to the following expressions:
Armed with all this new knowledge, language should be no barrier to declare your love, watch a telenovela, or write a love letter.