Building new relationships are some of life’s most exciting moments, whether it means making new friends or finding romance. It can be a little too exciting if you miscommunicate your feelings to the other person. What happens if your words get misinterpreted? This is actually really common when saying ‘I like you’ in Spanish.
So how do you say ‘I like you’ in Spanish, in the proper context? Me gustas and me caes bien are two ways to say I like you in Spanish. But they are not interchangeable. Me gustas has a flirting or romantic connotation. Me caes bien is how you would express affection to a friend.
When trying to say ‘I like you’, many new and novice Spanish speakers use me gustas in all the circumstances leading which can lead to a confusing, or worse, an awkward situation for the people involved.
What if your friend thinks you have feelings for her/him?
What if the person you want to date thinks that you just want to be friends?
Below you are going to learn how to say ‘I like you’ in Spanish correctly.
Me gustas vs Me caes bien
In Spanish to say ‘I like you’, you have two choices: me gustas or me caes bien. Both expressions are the direct translation for ‘I like you’. But in English, the context will help you to understand the meaning or intention of the phrase. While in Spanish, the context determines which verb to use.
The easiest way to choose between me gustas instead of me caes bien is to think about your intentions with the other person. Are you flirting and you want to let them know that you are interested in a relationship? Then, you want to say me gustas.
Me gustas is an expression that we use only with people we’re attracted to. Think about this phrase as the words you would say to express ‘Hey, you’re attractive. I like you’. Now you might understand why it can be awkward if saying it to your friend in Spanish.
Just as me gustas is meant for dating, me caes bien is the expression you want to use with a friend. No romantic feelings, just affection. Notice that if you like a girl or boy (for dating) and you say me caes bien, they’ll probably think you’re only interested in them as a friend. So to keep your intentions clear, don’t forget this difference.
- A phrase to use with a person you are dating.
- To let them know that you are interested in them.
- It expresses physical or romantic attraction.
Me caes bien
- A phrase to use with a friend.
- To let them know you find them personable.
- A way to let them know you enjoy their company.
Examples: Saying I like you in Spanish
|Phrase||When to use||English Example||Spanish|
|1. To tell a person that you are interested in her / him|
2. To tell somebody else that you’re interested in one person.
|a) You are so pretty. I like you very much.|
b) I like him very much.
|a) Eres muy bonita. Me gustas.|
b) Él me gusta mucho.
|Me caes bien|
Me cae bien
|1. To tell a friend you think he/she is nice. |
2. To tell somebody else that you like a person in a friendly manner or context.
|a) Andrea, I like you. You’re very funny.|
b) Andrea is very funny, I like her / she is cool.
|a) Me caes muy bien, Andrea. Eres muy divertida|
b) Andrea es muy divertida. Me cae muy bien.
Building your phrase: the structure
Now that you understand when to use each expression, it’s time for you to see how to use these verbs. By learning this you would be able to use your Spanish verbs with more confidence.
Me gustas + adverb of quantity (optional)
Me caes + adverb of quantity (optional) + bien
|Me caes muy bien||I like you very much|
|Me gustas un poco||I like you a little bit|
|Me gustas muchísimo||I like you very much|
|Me gustas mucho||I like you a lot|
Take Note: When using Adverbs of Quantity to describe how much you like a person in Spanish, me caes bien can only work with muy. Me gustas has more flexibility and can be used with adverbs such as mucho, poco, bastante.
Telling a person that you like somebody else
Él / ella + me gusta + adverb of quantity (optional)
Tu hermano me gusta mucho, es muy guapo I like your brother very much, he is very funny
Me gusta Carolina, es muy bonita I like Carolina, she’s so pretty
Él / ella + me cae + adverb of quantity (optional) + bien“
Tu hermano me cae muy bien, es muy divertido I like your brother very much, he is very funny”
Me cae bien Carolina, siempre es muy amable I like Carolina. She’s always so nice.
Take Note: In this case you can put the name of the person you like (or the pronoun) before or after the verb gustar.
You probably notice something different: when you are directly addressing the person you like, you are going to use me gustas / me caes. But if you are telling a person (like a friend) that you like somebody else, then you need to use me gusta / me cae. This is due to conjugation.
What about ‘I don’t like you’?
Just as you need to know how to say ‘I like you’ in Spanish, you should also learn how to say ‘I don’t like you’, if you wish to make your feelings or intentions clear. The idea is the same: me gustas for dating and romantic intentions, and me caes bien for acquaintances or friends. And when you’re building your phrase, you just need to add one element:
No + me gustas/caes bien
No me caes bien/No me gustas I don’t like you
Here some common examples using this structure
Él / Ella + no + Me + Gusta + Adverb of Quantity (optional)
Ella no me cae muy bien I don’t like her very much
¿Conoces a Andrés? La verdad no me cae bien. Do you know Andres? I really don’t like him
Another way to say ‘I don’t like you’ is me caes mal. If you notice, it’s very similar to me caes bien. That means that you will only use this phrase for non-romantic purposes.
Me caes mal porque eres grosero I don’t like you because you’re rude
”Me caes mal’ means ‘I don’t like you’ and it already has a negative connotation so when using you don’t need to add no.
In this article, we learn that to say ‘I like you’ in Spanish, the context will determine which expression you use. This means that you have you think about the context before you say one or the other. Now you’re a little better prepared to talk to friends and your new romantic crushes with me caes bien and me gustas, respectively.
- Me gustas is how you tell a person you are interested in her or him romantically. It expresses attraction. For a person you are dating.
- Me caes bien expresses friendly affection. It’s a phrase that you would use with a friend or an acquaintance.
- Me caes mal is the negative form of me caes bien. You don’t need to add ‘no’, otherwise, the meaning would change.
- To express how much you like a person use:
- Me gustas mucho
- Me caes muy bien / mal
What does me agradas mean? This phrase also means I like you. It’s a more formal version of me caes bien and you use it when you want to express affection. It can also be used to express that you are attracted to someone, but me gustas is more direct.