San Valentín: Spanish Love Words

Love kissYes, also in Spain (and many other Spanish speaking countries), February 14th is the día de San Valentín (St. Valentine’s Day). Looking for some inspiration for a Spanish Valentine Card, maybe? So, it is the perfect occasion for a review of some “Spanish love vocabulary”, isn’t it?

Spanish word for love

as a noun:

as a verb:

  • Amar, querer.

How to Say “I Love You” in Spanish?

There are basically two ways to say “I love you” in Spanish:

  • Te quiero: This is the most common way, not only for romantic love, but also to express affection for a loved one. Note that it is an irregular verb. Alejandro, te queremos (Alejandro, we love you).
  • Te amo: Also means “I love you”, but it is perhaps a more “intense” way of expressing it. It is somewhat less colloquial and more, say, poetic. It is more frequently used in a romantic way, but not exclusively. Amarás a Dios sobre todas las cosas y al prójimo como a ti mismo (You shall love the Lord your God above all things and your neighbor as yourself).

Spanish Love Words and Phrases

Here are some Spanish words and phrases related to love, relationships, etc.

  • St. ValentineSan Valentín.

  • St. Valentine’s Daydía de San Valentín, or also día de los enamorados (lovers’ day).
  • Valentine (card)Tarjeta de San Valentín.
  • CupidCupido.
  • Love: (elAmor. I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You: No puedo devolver el amor que siento por ti.
  • Love at first sightAmor a primera vista. Also, flechazo (literally, arrow shot).
  • HeartCorazón. I love you with all my heart: Te quiero con todo mi corazónTo beatLatir.
  • Love letterCarta de amor.
  • Complimentcumplido, or, more coloquially, piropo. To pay compliments: hacer cumplidosechar piropospiropear.
  • Kissbeso. To kiss: besar. French kiss: beso en la boca (in the mouth), or beso con lengua (with tongue). Kiss me: bésame.
  • Caresscaricia. To caress: acariciar.
  • Hugabrazo. To hug: abrazar.
  • Passionpasión.
  • Couplepareja.
  • Boyfriendnovio (also means groom).
  • Girlfriendnovia (also means bride).
  • Loveramante.
  • Marriagematrimonio (matrimonio can also mean “married couple”).
  • Husbandmarido, or esposo.
  • Wifemujer, or esposa. I pronounce you man and wife: Yo os declaro marido y mujer.
  • Until death parts youHasta que la muerte os separe.
  • WeddingBoda.
  • Darling, honey, my love…cariñomi amormi vida (my life),vida míacielo (heaven), tesoro (treasure), querido/a (mío/a)…
  • To fall in loveenamorarse (de). I’m in love with you. Estoy enamorado/a de tí.
  • To lovequereramar.
  • To blush, to turn redruborizarseponerse colorado/a.
  • To seduceseducir.
  • To flirtflirtearcoquetear.
  • To courtcortejar.
  • To marrycasarse (con), contraer matrimonio (very formal).
  • Beautifulbonitobello/hermoso (more “poetic”), precioso (waaay beautiful).
  • Handsomeprettyguapo/a.
  • Attractiveatractivo.
  • Seductiveseductor.
  • Tendercariñoso, tierno.

Finally, some other ways to say “I love you” can be: te adoro (I adore you),estoy loco/a por tí (I’m crazy about you), te quiero con locura (I love you madly).

Happy (and successful) Valentine’s Day!

I want to thank a reader (Lanzaa) who suggested this subject for an article. As always, any comments or suggestions will be very welcome. Drop them, either in the comments section below or privately using the contact form.

25 thoughts on “San Valentín: Spanish Love Words

  1. terry

    I have met and I am going to marry a cuban women, she lives in florida, I love her, she can speak english, her whole family does, except her mother, so I want to learn some words to talk to my wife in spanish, plus would like to communicate with her mother. I printed some of the words in your introduction, I will start with those, thanks very much, oh it is not young love I just turned 65 but with the cuban beauty feel like I am 45, so very excited, will be married soon. thanks

  2. Edu


    You are very welcome. I’m very glad that this little article helped you. I wish you and your lover a very happy marriage. Good luck!

  3. K

    I love this website my husband is mexican an is living in mexico right now while i am in the US working and finishing school so Ilove being able to tell him ilove him in his native language

  4. Drue

    Great job with this site. I like it. I’m seeing a Columbian woman right now and she always says my love in Spanish. :) I love the language it’s sexy lol. Thanks.

  5. Michelle. O

    Thank-you for this website. My boyfriend is Mexican and he doesn’t speak English a lot in am fallen in love with him everyday more and more. Just to learn Spanish for him is amazing.

  6. Secretlover

    This is wonderful! I’m in love with someone and wanted a special way to tell him that. Now i will tell him in Spanish and he will be amazed! Great work. Keep it up!

  7. Sreejith k attingal

    I am from India. A movie producer. Right now i am working on an Englis-Spanish music album. Your article. Helped me so much. Gracias amigo.


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