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How do you say “I love you” in Spanish?

So, how do you say “I love you” in Spanish? You’ll learn it in this post. Keep reading!

Firstly, hi, how are you? Welcome to another post from Wanderlust Spanish. We are committed to teaching you the best way to learn Spanish. To achieve this, you have to know how to express your feelings in the right way. Otherwise, you might look a little weird …

The funny thing about Spanish is that we have many ways to express affection.
Actually, if you want to translate “I love you”, you will have to think about what kind of “I love you” you mean. To a friend? To a couple? To your grandmother?

The two possible translations of “I love you”

Surely you have heard or seen movies in Spanish at some time. So, you’ve probably heard the words “Te amo”. “Te amo, Ricardo”. “Te amo, Susana”.
This translation of “I love you” is the most used when we talk about romantic love, sentimental love, couple love.
But, this does not mean that you cannot use “I love you” with friends or with your family. On the contrary, precisely because in Latin America we are very affectionate, it is very normal to say “I love you” to different kinds of social ties.

Difference between “te quiero” & “te amo”

Since nothing in life is easy, you also have to know that there is another way to express “I love you”. This is “Te quiero”. “Te quiero” is the most used way to express affection with friends, family, and also with couples. So what is the difference between “Te quiero” and “Te amo”?
Socially, “Te amo” implies a greater commitment to this love. Whatever kind of bond it is. “Te quiero” is below “Te amo”.

Usually, it is very common to express “Te quiero” after a time of dating a person. But, “Te amo” is an expression that connotes more commitment. “She/He/They said ‘Te amo'” is a great topic of conversation between friends after a few months of dating someone.

Avoid this common mistake!

In conclusion, never, never ever, say “Te amo” on the first date. Nor would it be the most common thing to say “Te quiero” on the first date, except in the case that you have known that person for a while.

If you want to know more about ways to express affection or love in Spanish, get in touch with us to have your trial class!

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