There are numerous ways to say I love you in Spanish.  There are a number of terms of endearment that can be used to express affection, but which one you choose will depend on the circumstance and the degree of your relationship with the other person.


In Spanish, there are essentially two ways to express your love.

  • Te quiero (which is used to say “I love you” but literally means “I want you”)
  • Te amo

There are only two ways to say this, so picking one should be easy, right? You’d think so, but it’s not quite as simple as you might think.

The main thing to keep in mind is that these words shouldn’t be used interchangeably. Meaning, not everyone on your love list would be a good match for them. There are numerous other ways to express your love, even though there are only two main ways to say “I love you.” Which expression is appropriate?

The level of familiarity or affection determines how you express love in the Spanish-speaking world.

Among friends and family, the phrase “te quiero” is used. When you are just dating someone, you can use this less “serious” expression. It is ideal for casual relationships. Te quiero is occasionally used in private between the lovers.

Te amo, which is expressed between spouses and engaged couples, includes romantic love. It’s the forceful, emphatic way to declare your love for someone. Te amo definitely isn’t for siblings or friends.

If you want to learn basic Spanish conversation, you can check out Spanish online content. For example, Spanish media, audio, and Spanish series, etc. In fact, you can learn more dramatic ways to say I love you in Spanish while watching Spanish media.

Adding more emphasis to I love you in Spanish

Add mucho (very or a lot) to either “I love you” or “I love you lots” to make it more powerful.

However, keep mucho at the end of the sentence if you’re heating up, and keep in mind Spanish sentence structure. That holds true for both expressions as well as the singular and plural forms.

  • Te amo → Te amo mucho (I love you → I love you very much)
  • Los amo → Los amo mucho (I love them → I love them very much)
  • Te quiero → Te quiero mucho (I love you → I love you very much)
  • Los quiero → Los quiero mucho (I love them → I love them very much)

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Other ways to say I love you in Spanish

Te amo más hoy que ayer pero menos que mañana. (I love you more today than yesterday but less than tomorrow.)

This is super romantic, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you just melt if someone special murmured this expression to you? This is the best expression to express your love interest to your other half.

Eres mi media naranja. (You are my half orange.)

Even though the literal translation of this phrase doesn’t sound particularly romantic, the actual meaning is “You are my other half.” In other words, this expression means that you are whole or that the other person makes you whole.

This phase is normally used by couples on daily basis. It is a great way to tell your partner that they are important to you and they make you feel complete.

Te quiero tanto. (I love you so.)

This is a variation of te quiero mucho (I love you very much) that’s tender and loving. A popular song by Carlos Vives and Shakira called “La Bicicleta” (“The Bicycle”) makes good use of the expression.

Consider this bit of the song to see just how beautiful te quiero tanto (I love you so) can be:

“Que te sueño y que te quiero tanto

Que hace rato está mi corazón

Latiendo por ti, latiendo por ti…”

(“That I dream of you and that I love you so much

That for a while my heart has been

Beating for you, beating for you…”)

You need to become fluent in Spanish if you want to express your feelings in the best possible way. Expressing your feelings with deep confidence is essential to win the love back.

Te adoro. (I adore you.)

Parents also use this declaration of love when speaking to their children, in addition to lovers. It is commonly used by a lot of madres (mothers) as they pick up their young ones and sing, “Te adoro.”

Te necesito. (I need you.)

Popular Mexican singer Luis Miguel’s song “Te necesito” is widely recognized. It is hot and muggy—exactly how you’d imagine this claim to be described.

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Me vuelves loco. (You drive me crazy.)

One of the more playful and lighthearted Spanish love expressions is me vuelves loco! Have you ever witnessed someone become enraged by the peculiar behaviors or silly antics of another person? That kind of relationship is described by this expression.

Another, slightly steamier meaning of this expression exists. The expression makes a gorgeously intimate declaration when whispered in private.

Eres mi alma gemela. (You are my soul mate.)

The idea of being someone’s soul mate? That is way too special and romantic.

Mi corazón late por ti. (My heart beats for you.)

One of the purest expressions of love in Spanish, it acknowledges that the heart of one person beats because they love another so deeply.

Este corazón es tuyo. (This heart is yours.)

This is another very sweet way to tell someone how much they mean to you.

La vida estaría vacía sin ti. (Life would be empty without you.)

This may be one of the most definitive expressions of love, not only in Spanish but in any language.

Frequently asked questions about expressing love in Spanish

Q. What is the most romantic thing to say in Spanish?

A. Te amo más que nada en el mundo! – I love you more than anything in the world!

Q. How do you sound romantic in Spanish?

A. Spanish allows you to be a lot more romantic with the following expressions:

  • Mi amor – my love.
  • Cariño mío – my darling.
  • Mi cielo – my sky
  • Mi vida / vida mía – my life.
  • Corazón mío – my heart.
  • Mi rey / mi reina – my king / my queen.

Q. Is Te amo or Te Quiero more intimate?

A.Te amo is a deeper, more intense declaration of love than te quiero, but it’s not reserved only for romantic relationships. When referring to a person, both amar and querer are Spanish verbs that mean “to love.” Still, there are certain nuances to using amar and querer with different people and in different situations.


These were our list of the ways to say I love you in Spanish. You can learn Spanish for free and look out for more terms by watching Spanish movies, videos, podcasts, and other media sources.

Express your love to the people you truly value because this world needs more love and affection than ever before.

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