How to Say "I Love You" in Spanish

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I love you. = Te quiero.or Te amo.

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Te quiero. vs. Te amo.

  • Te quiero (which can be literally translated as I want you) is the most common of these two phrases. You can use it with family members, pets, friends, or significant others.

  • Te amo is reserved for your media naranja(your other half or special someone). It is normally only used to profess romantic love.

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Other phrases that express love and affection include the following:

Te quiero mucho.
I love you a lot. / I really love you.This is just te quiero kicked up a notch.
xoxo or lylTQM stands for te quiero mucho. It's very common to see this in texts and emails.
Te adoro.
I adore you.This phrase is similar to te amo in that it is reserved for someone you have romantic feelings for.
Me gustas.
I like you. / I find you attractive.Commonly used to tell someone you have a crush on them.
Te extraño.
I miss you.
Estoy enamorado de ti.
I'm in love with you.Use this version if you're male.
Estoy enamorada de ti.
I'm in love with you.Use this version if you're female.
Besos y abrazos
xoxoAnother common way of ending a message when chatting with friends. You can also use besos(kisses), abrazos(hugs), un beso(literally, a kiss), or un abrazo(literally, a hug).
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