How to Say “I Love You” in Spanish

Two Methods:Saying “I Love You” in a Caring MannerSaying “I Love You” in a Romantic Manner

There are two different ways to say “I love you” in Spanish, depending on how you feel about the person to whom you’re saying it. You can either use an expression reserved for your family and friends, or a more serious expression reserved for your spouse or lover.

Method 1
Saying “I Love You” in a Caring Manner

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    Say “Te quiero,” which is pronounced “tay kee-air-oh,” with a gentle rolling of the “r” in “air. “Te quiero” literally means “I want you,” but is conveyed as “I love you.” Saying “I love you” in this manner is the acceptable way to convey caring love to parents, siblings, and friends, as well as spouses and lovers in a casual setting.[1]

Method 2
Saying “I Love You” in a Romantic Manner

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    Say “Te amo,” which is pronounced “tay yah-moh. “Te amo” literally means “I love you,” and is often reserved for those for whom you love in an intense, romantic way. Due to the seriousness and intimacy of the expression “te amo,” this saying is often used far less frequently than “te quiero.”[2]

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