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"I love you" is a phrase which is often translated as "te quiero", and "sweetheart" is a noun which is often translated as "el cariño". Learn more about the difference between "I love you" and "sweetheart" below.
I love you(
ay
 
luhv
 
yu
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. te quiero
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
I love you no matter what.Te quiero pase lo que pase.
b. te amo
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Saying "I love you" is a big step in a relationship.Decir "te amo" es un momento importante en una relación.
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. los quiero (plural)
You're my parents and I love you but I have to live my own life.Son mis padres y los quiero pero tengo que vivir mi vida.
b. los amo (plural)
I love you with all my heart, my darlings!¡Los amo de todo corazón, queridos!
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sweetheart(
swit
-
hart
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (term of endearment)
a. el cariño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Sweetheart, can you pick up some milk on the way home?Cariño, ¿puedes comprar leche de camino a casa?
You have always been there for me. Thank you, sweetheart.Tú siempre has estado allí para mí. Gracias, cariño.
2. (romantic partner)
a. el novio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la novia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
They were sweethearts in high school.Fueron novios en la escuela secundaria.
b. el amor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She sent a letter to her sweetheart, a French soldier. Le mandó una carta a su amor, un soldado francés.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(nice person)
a. el cielo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Your grandma is a real sweetheart.Tu abuela es un cielo.
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