I think we can all agree that love is the most beautiful feeling we humans are capable of. To fall in love makes you feel elevated and to love and feel loved gives us the utmost satisfaction. So today it is time to explore some romantic Spanish phrases.
This article will explain the many routes you can take to speak love in Spanish. The amount of romantic terms they have tells us that the Spanish people are very passionate. If you want to show the same enthusiasm to a loved one, using romantic phrases in Spanish will help you out a lot.
Table of Contents
- Spanish Terms of Endearment
- Basic Romantic Spanish Phrases
- Very Romantic Spanish Phrases
- 1. Mi corazón es perfecto porque tú estás dentro de él
- 2. Yo soy un soñador y tu eres el sueño
- 3. Quédate con quien te bese el alma. La piel te la puede besar cualquiera.
- 4. Tu amor vale más que mil milliones de estrellas
- 5. Te quiero hasta el infinito y más alla
- 6. Te quiero como la trucha al trucho
- 7. Te quiero con toda mi alma
- 8. Quiero estar contigo para siempre
- Romantic Spanish Phrases and Compliments
- 1. ¡Qué guapo/guapa estás!
- 2. Estás muy hermoso/hermosa esta noche
- 3. Tienes una sonrisa hermosa
- 4. Pareces un príncipe/princesa
- 5. Eres tan linda como una flor
- 6. Eres mi media naranja
- 7. Todo es más bonito si estás conmigo
- 8. En tus días malos te voy a querer el triple
- 9. Estás como un tren
- 10. He estado pensando en ti
- 11. Si el agua fuese belleza, tú serías el océano entero
- 12. ¿Ace calor aqui, o eres tù?
- 13. Me haces feliz
- 14. Te quiero un huevo
- Romantic Spanish Phrases for her
- Romantic Spanish Phrases for him
- Romantic Phrases in Spanish by famous Writers
Spanish Terms of Endearment
Spanish is a beautiful language that articulates romance in a myriad of words and phrases. Lovers can express their feelings in a variety of ways because of the language’s lexical richness. But before you learn entire love sentences, let us start with the basics of being romantic in Spanish — endearments.
Here are the most common Spanish terms of endearments and their English translations.
- (Mi) amor – My love
- (Mi) cariño – My darling
- (Mi) corazón – My heart
- (Mi) rey / reina – My king / queen
- (Mi) vida / vida mia – My life
- (Mi) cielo – My sky / My sweetheart / My love
- novio / novia – Boyfriend / Girlfriend
- Esposo / Esposa – Husband / Wife
- Pareja – Partner
It’s not necessary to use the possessive pronoun “mi.” In Spain, it is more normal to refer to your loved one by only the noun rather than the whole expression. Using “mi” makes a phrase’s connotation slightly stronger.
“Mi amor” is a term used in Spain to refer to both partners and loved ones, especially children. In several Latin American countries, it is often used to address family and friends.
Basic Romantic Spanish Phrases
There are numerous levels of love. “I love you” can mean different things to different people. What makes Spanish the perfect language of romance is its specific phrases for each of those varying levels.
1. Te amo
When you wish to express your affection for someone, you say, “Te amo.” It’s the version of “I love you” in Spanish that has significant romantic implications in Spain. It’s a phrase you’d say in serious romantic moments, such as weddings, and it always has a passionate connotation.
2. Me encantas
If you are not sure yet if it is really love, you can say “Me encantas.” It translates to “I really like you.” It doesn’t have to imply a romantic desire, although it’s usually used before all the “I love yous.”
3. Me gustas (mucho)
“Me gustas (mucho)” is another way of implying that you’re still in the process of falling. It means “I like you (a lot).” Use it to express that affective state you’re in when you’re getting to know someone who you think could be the one. It’s a cute way to show how special someone is becoming.
4. Te quiero
After a decent amount of time, a “Me gustas” can become a “Te quiero.” This is the phrase for saying “I love you” in Spanish without shocking anyone. It’s not as strong as “Te amo,” but it’s the ideal thing to say if you want to start a serious relationship with someone.
And if that special someone wants to respond in Spanish, he or she can do so with a “Y yo” – meaning “And I (love you too).”
5. Te quiero cariño
You can vary the basic phrase by adding some pet name to it, such as cariño, nene (baby, male form) or nena (babe, female form). So “te quiero cariño” means “I love you sweetheart!”
6. Te deseo
Now, the literal translation of “Te quiero” is “I want you,” which can sound sensual when you think about it. However, the expression is only PG-rated. If you really want to declare physical desire, “Te deseo” is the correct phrase.
7. Te adoro
Back to the lighter side of romantic phrases in Spanish, where we have “Te adoro.” Its literal meaning is “I adore you.” And it indicates not just loving someone but also acknowledging their positive traits. It’s a wholesome way to tell dear ones that they are awesome.
8. Te echo de menos
This is the Spanish way of saying, “I miss you.” In many Latin American countries, “Te extraño” is a more common phrase than “Te echo de menos”. But if you want to emphasize the feeling of longing physically for your lover, “Te necesito” is more appropriate.
9. Tengo mono de ti
Another way to say “I miss you” is with “Tengo mono de ti.” However, this has more depth to it. That’s because Its significance is enhanced by the fact that “mono” is the Spanish word for the feeling you get when you stop using drugs.
10. Pienso en ti siempre
Instead of saying “I miss you”, you can also use these romantic words. They mean “I’m thinking of you all the time!”
11. Estoy enamorado de ti
“Enamorado” is a common Spanish love word that means “in love.” “Estoy enamorado de ti” is a straightforward way of saying, “I’m in love with you.” You can use this if you don’t want to voice out long and complicated love declarations.
12. Muero de amor
The literal translation of this phrase is “I’m dying of love.” It’s a less common phrase compared to the others on this list, but “Muero de amor” is a lovely thing to say. You say this one when you are being overwhelmed by someone making you feel very special.
12. No puedo vivir sin ti
If you the above “dying of love” isn’t your idea of romance, try this instead. It translates as “I cannot live without you.” No direct reference to death, but basically the same idea behind it.
13. Eres el amor de mi vida
Your soulmate is the one for you? Let him or her know with this romantic Spanish phrase. “Eres el amor de mi vida!” translates as “You’re the love of my life!”
Very Romantic Spanish Phrases
1. Mi corazón es perfecto porque tú estás dentro de él
Translates as “My heart is complete because you are in it.”
2. Yo soy un soñador y tu eres el sueño
Translates literally as “I am a dreamer and you are the dream.”
You have a feeling your love is almost too good to be true, and you wonder whether it’s all just a dream? This would be the appropriate Spanish love phrase for you then.
3. Quédate con quien te bese el alma. La piel te la puede besar cualquiera.
Translation: “Stay with the one who kisses your soul. Anyone can kiss your skin.”
A reminder that true love is more than just physical attraction. While there is nothing wrong with a little holiday flirt, real love goes much deeper.
4. Tu amor vale más que mil milliones de estrellas
Translation: “Your love is worth more than a billion stars.”
5. Te quiero hasta el infinito y más alla
Translation: “I love you to infinity and beyond.”
6. Te quiero como la trucha al trucho
Translation: “I love you like a female trout loves a male trout.”
Ok, this is a rather unusual phrase for non-native speakers. This curious declaration of love is based on a Spanish story in which a trout risks her life to save her dearly beloved male partner.
7. Te quiero con toda mi alma
Literal translation: “I love you with all my soul.”
These words are so beautiful that they should bring tears to anyone’s eyes!
8. Quiero estar contigo para siempre
This means “I want to be with you forever.”
Romantic Spanish Phrases and Compliments
If you want to take your Spanish game to another level, impress your special someone with complete compliments, pick-up lines, and love phrases. Sure it might be slightly longer and harder to master, but more effort means a bigger payoff, right?
1. ¡Qué guapo/guapa estás!
You look so handsome/pretty.
2. Estás muy hermoso/hermosa esta noche
You look so handsome/beautiful tonight.
3. Tienes una sonrisa hermosa
You have a beautiful smile.
4. Pareces un príncipe/princesa
You look like a prince/princess.
5. Eres tan linda como una flor
You are as pretty as a flower
6. Eres mi media naranja
You are my other half. (Fun fact: the literal translation of this is “You are my half orange”).
7. Todo es más bonito si estás conmigo
Everything is more beautiful if you are with me.
8. En tus días malos te voy a querer el triple
On your bad days, I’m going to love you triple.
9. Estás como un tren
You are so hot (Literal translation: “You are like a train”).
10. He estado pensando en ti
I’ve been thinking of you.
11. Si el agua fuese belleza, tú serías el océano entero
If water were beauty, you would be the entire ocean.
12. ¿Ace calor aqui, o eres tù?
Is it hot in here or is it you?
13. Me haces feliz
You make me happy.
14. Te quiero un huevo
I love you an egg. Not only for fans of “sunny side up”, but a common romantic Spanish phrase. Also used between friends.
Romantic Spanish Phrases for her
1. Eres el tipo más guapo del mundo
You are the most handsome guy in the world.
2. Te ves muy apuesto
You are You are looking very handsome.
3. Eres el hombre de mi vida
You are the man of my life.
4. Me encantas tal y como eres
Women have a tendency to change their partners “to the better.” Which can make men rather nervous. So take away his fear with this phrase, which means “I love you just the way you are”.
Romantic Spanish Phrases for him
1. Eres la mujer más bonita del mundo
You are the most beautiful woman in the world.
2. Eres muy linda
You are very pretty.
3. Eres el mujer de mi vida
You are the woman of my life.
4. Mi corazón palpita como una patata frita
If you want to show you have a good sense of humor, you may use these words. They translate as “My heart beats like a potato fry up.” Such were the romantic words uttered by an excited participant in a Spanish dating show on TV and are quite popular with younger Spaniards.
Romantic Phrases in Spanish by famous Writers
Of course love is an all important subject for any author. So let us see what some famous Spanish writers had to say about love.
El amor es invisible y entra y sale por donde quiere, sin que nadie le pida cuenta de sus hechos.Miguel de Cervantes
Translation: “Love is invisible and comes and goes as it pleases, without anyone asking for an account of its actions.”
El amor abre todas las puertas; el rencor las cierra.Fasto Cayo
Translation: “Love opens all doors; resentment closes them.”
Por una mirada, un mundo;Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
por una sonrisa, un cielo;
por un beso… yo no sé.
¿Qué te diera por un beso?
For a look, a world;
for a smile, a heaven;
for a kiss… I don’t know
what I would give you for a kiss
Siempre que haya un hueco en tu vida, llénalo con amorAmado Nervo
Translation: “Whenever there is a void in your life, fill it with love.”
No puede ser bueno aquél que nunca ha amadoMiguel de Cervantes
Translation: “He who has never loved can never be good.”
El amor más fuerte y más puro no es el que sube desde la impresión, sino el que desciende desde la admiración.Santa Catalina de Siena
Translation: “The strongest and purest love is not the one that rises from impression, but the one that descends from admiration.”
El amor es el único tesoro que no se saca con pico y palaPedro Cruz López
Translation: “Love is the only treasure that is not gathered with a pickaxe and shovel.”
With the romantic words from these wise men and women, we conclude this article. Hopefully you learned a few new romantic Spanish phrases and put them to good use, meaning to show your partner how much you care about them. Because, apart from loving someone, feeling loved is an equally important and wonderful feeling. So go out there and tell your sweetheart how much you love her or him!