How to Say I Miss You in Spanish: 12 Slang & Standard Ways

Are you wondering how to say I miss you in Spanish? If you’re, in this article, we’re going to learn the most common phrases Spanish speakers use to express this feeling. 

On top of standard expressions, you’ll also learn to say ‘I miss you’ in slang Spanish. That way, you’ll have different vocabulary options for all occasions. Let’s do this! 

Different Ways to Say I Miss You in Spanish

1. Te extraño – I miss you

Te extraño is the most common way to say I miss you in Latin American Spanish. Below are some popular variations you can also use. All of these variations mean ‘I miss you so much’ or ‘I miss you a lot’. 

  • Te extraño mucho (standard)
  • Te extraño muchísimo (standard)
  • Te extraño un montón (slang)
  • Te extraño un chorro (Mexican slang)
  • Te extraño un chingo (Mexican slang)
  • Te extraño demasiado (standard)
  • Te extraño tanto (standard)

Here are some examples of how to use these phrases: 

[Direct object pronoun] + [extrañar conjugated]

¡Ya te extraño!
I miss you already!

Lo extrañé mucho, ¿cómo ha estado?
I’ve missed you so much, how have you been?

Take Note: Notice two things. First, you can conjugate extrañar to different verb tenses to discuss your feelings over time. Second, you can use the direct object pronoun lo instead of ‘te’ when you want to say “I miss you” in formal Spanish

2. Te echo de menos – I miss you

Te echo de menos is the most common expression people in Spain use to say I miss you. You can use ‘te echo mucho de menos’ to intensify this phrase. 

[Direct object pronoun] + [echar conjugated] 

Yo también te echo de menos, tía.
I miss you too, dude.

Los echaremos mucho de menos, chicos.
We’ll miss you a lot, guys.

Take Note: In Castilian Spanish, it’s common to replace the direct object pronouns lo, la, los, and las with the indirect object pronouns ‘le’ and ‘les’. This pattern only occurs in Spain, and it’s called “leísimo”. 

3. Me haces falta – I miss you

Me haces falta is an expression we use to say I miss you in Spanish to a boyfriend or close friend. ‘Echar en falta’ is a variation you can use in Spain. Both expressions can also be translated as ‘I need you’. 

[Te/Le] + [hacer conjugated] + falta

¿Cuándo nos vemos? Me haces mucha falta.
When will we meet?? I miss you so much.

Ya quiero verlos, me hacen falta.
I want to see you guys, I miss you both.

If you’re talking to your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can customize this expression to talk about the things you miss about them:

Me + [hacer conjugated] + falta + [determiner] + [noun]

Me hacen falta tus risas y tu cariño.
I miss your laugh and love.

Take Note: When talking about missing something, the expression hacer falta follows the same conjugation as verbs that behave like gustar

4. Te extraño más – I miss you more

In Spanish, te extraño más means ‘I miss you more’, which is a common response we use when someone tells us that they miss us. This answer is more appropriate for casual conversations.

: Te extraño un montón.You: I miss you a lot.
Tu amiga: Yo te extraño más, amiga. Your friend: I miss you more, pal.

Take Note: Spanish subject pronouns, such as yo, are often omitted. However, as shown in the example above, they can be used to intensify a sentence. 

5. Te añoro – I long for you

Te añoro is a formal way to say I miss you in Spanish. This expression conveys romantic feelings, and it can also be translated as ‘I long for you’. 

Te añoro y quiero verte.
I miss you and want to see you.

No sabes cuánto te añoro.
You can’t imagine how much I miss you.

Take Note: Añorar is commonly used in written form to communicate that someone misses a place, thing, or another person. It can be used with direct object pronouns or the preposition a to introduce the thing or person to which you’re referring. 

6. Te voy a extrañar – I’ll miss you

You can use the expressions te voy a extrañar or te voy a echar de menos when someone is leaving, and you want to tell them that you’ll miss them. 

Te voy a extrañar, amor. Cuídate mucho.
I’ll miss you, baby. Take care.

Tu papá y yo te vamos a extrañar mucho.
Your dad and I are going to miss you so much.

7. No sabes cuánto te extraño – You have no idea how much I miss you

Cuánto te extraño expresses an intense feeling of missing something or someone. This expression can be translated as ‘you have no idea how much I miss you’ or ‘you can’t imagine how much I miss you’. 

Cuánto + [direct object pronoun] 

No sabes cuánto te extraño y te amo, amor.
You have no idea how much I miss and love you, baby.

Ay, no saben cuánto las extraño.
You can’t imagine how much I miss you, guys.

Tip: No sabes is conjugated to address a person. If you want to use this phrase to address a group of people, you must change the conjugation of the verb saber

8. Ojalá estuvieras aquí – I wish you were here

Ojalá estuvieras aquí means ‘I wish you were here’. This phrase is frequently used in Spanish to say ‘I miss you’ or to let someone know that you’re thinking of them. 

Ojalá estuvieras aquí, te extraño tanto.
I wish you were here. I miss you like crazy.

Este lugar es increíble, ojalá estuvieras aquí.
This place is unbelievable, I wish you were here.

9. Ya quiero verte – I can’t wait to see you

Ya quiero verte is an informal way to let people know you miss them. This expression is the direct translation of “I can’t wait to see you”. 

Ya + [querer conjugated] + [ver + direct object pronoun]

¡Amiga, ya quiero verte!
I can’t wait to see you, girl!

¿A qué hora llegan? Ya quiero verlas.
What time do you guys arrive? I can’t wait to see you.

Take Note: With this expression, you can attach the direct object pronoun to the infinitive verb (ver). 

10. No puedo estar sin ti – I can’t be without you

If you’re looking for a more romantic way to say I miss you in Spanish to your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can use the expression no puedo estar sin ti. 

Ya regresa, no puedo estar sin ti.
Come back, I can’t be without you.

11. Extrañar tu… – I miss your

When it comes to relationships, “extrañar tu… is a structure couples and friends use to talk about the things they miss about each other. Here are some examples: 

[Extrañar conjugated] + tu / tus + [noun]

Extraño tu sonrisa.
I miss your smile.

Extraño tus bromas.
I miss your jokes.

Extraño todo de ti (I miss everything about you) is a romantic variation you can also use. 

12. No puedo dejar de pensar en ti – I can’t stop thinking about you

No puedo dejar de pensar en ti is the equivalent of “I can’t stop thinking about you”. As a result, many couples use it to say ‘I miss you’ in Spanish. 

Te amo mucho, no puedo dejar de pensar en ti.
I love you so much. I can’t stop thinking about you.

How to Respond to I Miss You in Spanish

Here are some answers you can use to respond to I miss you: 

  • Yo también: Me too 
  • Yo también te extraño mucho / te echo de menos: I miss you too 
  • Te voy a extrañar también: I’ll miss you too
  • Yo te extraño más: I miss you more
  • Yo ya no te extraño: I don’t miss you anymore
  • Tú también me haces mucha falta I miss you too

Wrapping Up

Now you know the most common ways to say I miss you in Spanish and how to respond if anyone says this to you. You’re ready to start using these expressions 😉 buena suerte.

Daniela Sanchez

¡Hola! Soy Daniela Sanchez, I've been studying Spanish professionally as well as teaching it in Mexico and online for over 10 years. I’ve taught Spanish to a wide array of foreigners from many backgrounds. Over the years, I've made it my mission to work hard on refining many challenging to understand grammar topics to make my students' learning experiences easier, faster and more enjoyable. Read More About Me

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