For many Spanish learners, Spanish is very romantic and passionate. As a result, many of them want to use their command of the language, to say ‘I love you’ and let their significant others or their family or friends know how much they mean to them.
In order to help you with this, in this list, we compiled 11 common phrases to say ‘I love you’ in Spanish. Although they have the same purpose, these phrases have different degrees of intensity or they may be more suitable for certain people and situations.
Read the descriptions carefully and choose the best options for you. By the end of this, you will be able to express your love for others in Spanish.
1.Te amo – I love you
Te amo is one of the direct translations of ‘I love you’. As a result, this is one of the most popular ways to say ‘I love you’ in Spanish. ‘Te amo’ expresses a strong and deep love. For that reason, this expression is special and it’s meant to be used with a few people closest to the person saying it. In fact, Spanish speakers use it most often with their couples.
It can also be used when showing your love to your family or close friends. However, since ‘te amo’ is very strong, doing this is a personal preference. Here is the phrase structure you need:
[Direct Object Pronoun] + amar [conjugated] + [adverb]
Te amo mucho, mi amor
I love you very much, my love
Dile a Diana que la amo
Tell Diana that I love her
Llevamos dos meses juntos y la verdad te amo demasiado
We’ve been together for two months and the truth is that I love you too much
Take Note: In order to adjust ‘te amo’ for other people (speaking in the 3rd person), you need to change the pronoun to match the person being loved and the verb to match the person doing the action or expressing their feelings. You can add an adverb to intensify your feelings.
2. Te quiero – I love you
In Spanish, te quiero is also a direct translation of ‘I love you’. This doesn’t mean that ‘te amo’ and ‘te quiero’ are the same. In fact, ‘te quiero’ is much less intense or strong than ‘te amo’.
For this reason, ‘te quiero’ is commonly used among friends, family, and couples that are just starting their relationship. If you want to express your feelings without scaring off your partner, ‘te quiero’ is a great expression to use.
[Direct Object Pronoun] + querer [conjugated] + [adverb]
Te quiero mucho, hijo
I love you very much, son
¡Feliz cumpleaños, Ernesto! ¡Te queremos mucho!
Happy birthday, Ernesto! We love you so much!
La verdad es que te he querido desde el primer momento en que te vi
The truth is that I have loved you since the first time I saw you
Take Note: Querer is the direct translation of to want. But when talking about feelings, querer is a softer version of ‘I love you’. Spanish speakers may rather use ‘te quiero’ with their family simply because ‘te amo’ is too strong and they may feel embarrassed.
3. Te adoro – I adore you
Just like in English, in Spanish, te adoro is a very strong phrase that expresses deep feelings for someone else. This expression can be used among couples, friends and family. However, if you choose to use it, don’t forget that it expresses a deep affection.
¿Qué dices? ¡Tus papás te adoran!
What are you talking about? Your parents adore you
Amor, ¡feliz aniversario! ¡Gracias por todo! ¡Te adoro!
Sweetie, happy anniversary! Thanks for everything! I adore you
Mi vida, sabes que te adoro y que soy muy feliz contigo
Honey, you know that I adore you and that I’m very happy with you
Take Note: Just like the previous expressions, you can customize ‘te adoro’ by changing the pronouns and the verb conjugation.
3. Te amo / Te quiero con locura – I love you like crazy
Te amo con locura or te quiero con locura is the Spanish translation for ‘I love you like crazy’ or ‘I love you madly’. Just like in English, these expressions are stronger than ‘te quiero’ or ‘te amo’ and since they’re quite romantic they’re meant to be used with your significant other.
On top of this, you can increase or decrease the intensity of your statement by choosing between ‘te amo con locura’ or ‘te quiero con locura’.
¡Qué feliz soy contigo! Te amo con locura
I’m so happy with you! I love you like crazy
La pasé muy bien hoy, te quiero con locura, corazón
I had a great time today, I love you like crazy, honey
¿Por qué me preguntas eso? Sabes que te amo con locura
Why do you ask me that? You know that I love you madly
4. Estoy enamorado de ti – I’m in love with you
Estoy enamorado de ti is the perfect phrase to declare your love for the first time. This expression is the direct translation of ‘I’m in love with you’. Even though it’s more commonly used when expressing your love for the first time, you can still use it once in a while to remind your significant other that you’re feelings haven’t changed.
[Estar conjugated] + (adverb) + enamorado de ti
¿No sabías? Siempre he estado enamorada de ti
Didn’t you know? I’ve always been in love with you
Vanessa, te quiero confesar que estoy enamorado de ti
Vanessa, I want to confess o you that I’m in love with you
Sandy, sigo estando enamorado de ti y quiero que estemos juntos
Sandy, I’m still in love with you and I want us to be together
Take Note: Enamorado is an adjective, as a result, it needs to match in gender with the person expressing their feelings.
5. Te quiero un chorro – I love you very much
In Mexico, te quiero un chorro is an informal and playful way to say ‘I love you’. This expression is very common among friends, but it can also be used by couples that are just starting their relationship and they don’t want to seem too intense. Since ‘chorro’ is a Mexican slang word, in other countries, you can replace it for:
- Un montón – Very much / A lot
- Mucho – Very much
- Mogollón – Very much (Only used in Spain)
Te quiero un chorro, bonita
I love you very much, cutie
¡Caro! Adrián me dijo que te quiero un chorro
Caro! Adrian told me that he loves you very much
Gracias por ayudarme, Alex, te quiero un chorro
Thank you for helping me, Alex, I love you very much
Take Note: ‘Chorro’ is a Mexican slang adverb that can be translated as ‘many’, ‘much’ or ‘a lot’. In standard Spanish, ‘chorro’ means ‘stream’.
Related Resource: What does ‘chorro’ mean?
6. Eres el amor de mi vida – You’re the love of my life
Eres el amor de mi vida is a romantic and indirect way to say ‘I love you’ to your significant other. As you may imagine, unlike other phrases from this list, ‘eres el amor de mi vida’ is only used on very special occasions and with a very special person. So use it wisely 😉
Carmen, quiero que sepas que eres el amor de mi vida
Carmen, I want you to know that you’re the love of my life
Eres el amor de mi vida y siempre quiero estar contigo
You’re the love of my life and I always want to be with you
No importa qué pase entre nosotros, siempre serás el amor de mi vida
It doesn’t matter what happens between us, you’ll always be the love of my life
Take Note: You can conjugate the verb ‘ser’ to any tense that helps you express your feelings better.
7. Te amo con todo mi corazón – I love you with all my heart
Te amo con todo mi corazón is another romantic expression that you can use to say ‘I love you’ in Spanish. This phrase implies strong and deep feelings, as a result, it’s only used when saying ‘I love you’ to very special people. You can also use ‘te quiero con todo mi corazón’.
Even though both phrases mean ‘I love you with all my heart’, in Spanish, ‘te quiero con todo mi corazón’ may be perceived as slightly less intense.
Feliz aniversario, mi amor, te quiero con todo mi corazón
Happy anniversary, my love, I love you with all my heart
Hija, te amo con todo mi corazón y quiero que seas feliz
I love you with all my heart, daughter, and I want you to be happy
You can also use the following variations:
- Te amo con todas mis fuerzas – I love you with all my strength (literally)
- Te amo con toda mi alma – I love you with all my soul (literally)
8. Estoy loco por ti – I’m crazy about you
Estoy loco por ti is the Spanish translation for ‘I am crazy about you’. Just as in English, in Spanish, this is another way to express your love for someone else. ‘Estoy loco por ti’ doesn’t express the same degree of love as ‘I love you’, but it definitely expresses a lot of affection.
Yo también estoy loca por ti
I’m crazy about you too
¿Cómo puedo demostrarte que estoy loco por ti?
How can I show you that I’m crazy about you?
¡Estoy loco por ti, corazón, y quiero pasar el resto de mi vida contigo!
I’m crazy about you, honey, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you!
Take Note: As an adjective, loco needs to match the gender of the person expressing their feelings. On top of that, you can change ‘ti’ for another prepositional pronoun
9. Te amo más que a nada en el mundo – I love you more than anything in the world
In Spanish, you can also use te amo más que nada en el mundo to express your affection for someone. Since it expresses strong and deep feelings, this expression is mainly used among couples or parents and their children. You can decrease its intensity a little bit, by changing ‘amar’ for ‘querer’.
Te quiero más que nada en el mundo, guapo
I love you more than anything in the world, handsome
Tu mamá y yo te amamos más que nada en el mundo
Your mom and I love you more than anything in the world
Alicia, te amo más que nada en el mundo, ¿te casarías conmigo?
Alicia, I love you more than anything in the world, will you marry me?
If you like this phrase, you can also use this variation:
- Te amo más que a mi vida – I love you more than my life
10. Te quiero mil – I love you bunches
Among young Spanish speakers, te quiero mil is a popular, playful and informal way to say ‘I love you’. Due to its characteristics, this expression is mainly used among friends. ‘Te quiero mil’ can be translated either as ‘I love you lots’ or ‘I love you bunches’.
[Direct Object Pronoun] + querer [conjugated]
Ya sabes que te quiero mil, tonta
You know that I love you lots, silly
Gracias por ayudarme, los quiero mil a todos
Thanks for helping me, I love you all bunches
Clarissa, feliz día del amor y la amistad, te quiero mil
Clarissa, happy Valentine’s day, I love you lots
Take Note: In this context, you can also replace ‘te quiero’ for ‘te amo’. Since it’s a playful and informal situation, the meaning of the sentence won’t be affected by the intensity of the verb ‘amar’.
11. Te amo hasta la luna de ida y vuelta – I love you to the moon and back
Te amo hasta la luna de ida y vuelta is a very romantic and cutesy way to say ‘I love you’ in Spanish. This expression is the direct translation of ‘I love you the moon and back’ and it can have the following variations.
- Te amo hasta el infinito – I love you to infinity
- Te amo hasta la luna y más allá – I love you to the moon and beyond
Since this phrase is not as popular as the English version, this may be an original way to express your feelings in Spanish.
¡Eres lo mejor de mi vida, te amo hasta el infinito!
You’re the best thing in my life, I love you to the moon and back!
¡Claro que te quiero! Te amo hasta la luna de ida y vuelta
Of course I love you! I love you to the moon and back!
Even though te amo is the direct translation of ‘I love you’, there are other phrases that you can use to express your affection for someone. For that reason, in this list, we compiled 11 different and popular expressions that you can use for this purpose.
Remember that all these expressions have the same purpose; however, their intensity and depth vary, as a result, you need to make sure you use the best option. Now, you’re ready to go out there and use these phrases to express your love! 😉