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!
Love of All Kinds
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":
- Amar - To love: this is a strong, passionate type of love, often reserved for lovers in special occasions (although it may, sometimes, be used in other contexts, like a mother telling her child she loves him).
- Querer - To love: this is the more commonplace verb for "to love", it can be used for friends, family and lovers alike.
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:
- I love you (passionate love). - Te amo.
- I love you. - Te quiero.
- I love you too. - Yo también te amo/quiero
- I like you (too). - (También) me gustas.
- I'm in love. - Estoy enamorado/a.
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:
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:
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:
- Mi vida - My life
- Mi cielo - My sky/heaven
- Mi tesoro - My treasure
- Gordito/a - Literally translates as "fatty", but is actually used as a term of endearment between couples.
Some of these expressions might sound a bit cheesy, so make sure you choose the right moment to use them!
A Few More Romantic Terms
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!
Dating and Courtship
Whether you are just getting to know someone new, or you've been together for a while, these expressions might come in handy:
- Valentine's Day - Día de San Valentín
- Go out to eat. - Salir a comer.
- Go to the cinema - Ir al cine.
- Anniversary - El aniversario.
- Gift - El regalo.
- Chocolate - El chocolate
- Flowers - Las flores
- Romantic - Romántico/a
- Night - La noche
- Dinner - La cena
- Courtship - El cortejo
If you want to ask someone on a date, here are some phrases that may be helpful.
- Would you like to go out for a coffee? - ¿Te gustaría salir a tomar un café?
- Would you like to go out to dinner? - ¿Te gustaría salir a cenar?
- Do you want to go out with me? - ¿Quieres salir conmigo?
- Would you like to go out with me? - ¿Te gustaría salir conmigo?
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:
- Affection - Afecto
- To kiss - Besar
- Kiss - Beso
- To caress - Acariciar
- Caress - Caricia
- To hug/embrace - Abrazar
- Hug/Embrace - Abrazo
- (To have) sex - (Tener) sexo
- To make love - Hacer el amor
- Sweet - Dulce
- Passion - Pasión
- Passionate - Apasionado/a
- Lust - Lujuria
- Desire - Deseo
Armed with all this new knowledge, language should be no barrier to declare your love, watch a telenovela, or write a love letter.