Looking for some inspiration for a Spanish Valentine Card, maybe? So, it is the perfect occasion for a review of some “Spanish love vocabulary”. How do you say my love in Spanish? What’s the Spanish word for love?
Spanish word for love
as a noun:
as a verb:
How to say I Love You in Spanish?
There are basically two ways to say “I love you” in Spanish:
- : 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, we love you).
- : 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. (You shall love the Lord your God above all things and your neighbor as yourself).
Hoy do you say My Love in Spanish?
Simply. In Spanish, “Mi Amor” is “My love”. For example, let’s use it in a typical sentence. The English sentence:
I love you so much, my love!
Would be typically translated to Spanish as:
¡Te quiero mucho, mi amor!
Spanish Love Words and Phrases
Here are some Spanish words and phrases related to love, relationships, etc.
- My love…:
- Darling, honey: , (my life),, (heaven), (treasure), ()…
- St. Valentine: .
- St. Valentine’s Day: , or also (lovers’ day).
- Valentine (card): .
- Cupid: .
- Love: () . I Can’t Give Back The Love I Feel For You: .
- Love at first sight: . Also, (literally, arrow shot).
- Heart: . I love you with all my heart: .
- To beat (heart): .
- Love letter: .
- Compliment: , or, more coloquially, . To pay compliments: , , .
- Kiss: . To kiss: . French kiss: (in the mouth), or (with tongue). Kiss me: .
- Caress: . To caress: .
- Hug: . To hug: .
- Passion: .
- Couple: .
- Boyfriend: (also means groom).
- Girlfriend: (also means bride).
- Lover: .
- Marriage: ( can also mean “married couple”).
- Husband: , or .
- Wife: , or . I pronounce you man and wife: .
- Until death parts us: .
- Wedding: .
- To fall in love: (). I’m in love with you. Estoy enamorado/a de tí.
- To love: , .
- To blush, to turn red: , .
- To seduce: .
- To flirt: , .
- To court: .
- To marry: (), (very formal).
- Beautiful: , / (more “poetic”), (waaay beautiful).
- Handsome, pretty: .
- Attractive: .
- Seductive: .
- Tender: .
Finally, some other ways to say “I love you” can be: (I adore you), (I’m crazy about you), (I love you madly).
Spanish love poems
Nothing can express love like some love poems. Here’s a short one, which is very well known in the Spanish culture:
¿Qué es poesía?, dices mientras clavas
en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¿Qué es poesía? ¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía… eres tú.
— Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
Here’s in English, translated by A.Z. Foreman:
“What’s poetry?” You ask me, as you rivet
Into my pupil your pupil of blue
“What’s poetry?” You of all people ask me?
Poetry is you.
But, of course, the indisputable master of Spanish love phrases was the Chilean Pablo Neruda. The book “Love Poems” contains some of the best Neruda’s poems, in the original Spanish and also translated into English (click on the image for more details and related books).
If you are serious about learning Spanish, poetry is a must.
Happy (and successful) Valentine’s Day!
The verb chingar is known throughout Latin America, but there is no other country that uses and abuses this word like Mexico. Chingar is the most important word in Mexico.
Here is the official dictionary definition by the Royal Spanish Academy versus the Mexican Spanish meaning of chingar.
Chingar according to the Royal Spanish Academy
According to the Royal Academy of Spanish Language the transitive verb chingar comes from the Caló language čingarár that means to fight. The first three meanings given by the Academy are:
1. to importune, disturb
2. to have sex (offensive)
3. to frequently have wine or drinks (colloquial)
The Mexican definition of chingar
The definition given by the Royal Academy of Spanish Language seems pretty lame compared to what Mexicans experienced in the formation of their country.
The most complete Mexican definition of chingar is given by the renowned writer Octavio Paz in the essay Hijos de la Malinche (Sons of the Malinche) where he wrote an in-depth study about La Chingada. These fragments that I have translated give the best explanation.
But the quantity of meanings doesn’t stop the idea of aggression in all its degrees, from a simple inconvenience, sting, hurt, to rape, rip up and kill… The verb denotes violence, removed from yourself and penetrate inside another by force. And also hurt, rip, rape bodies, souls, objects, destroy.
It is a cruel active masculine verb: itches, wound, rip, stains. And provokes a bitter, resentful satisfaction for the one who acts.
The “chingado” is the passive, inert, and open, opposed to the one who does the act of “chinga” that is active, aggressive and closed. The “chingón” is the male, the one who opens. The “chingada” is the female, the pure passive, unarmed…
For the Mexican, life is the possibility of “chingar” of being “chingado.” Meaning, to humiliate, punish, offend or the other way around.
– by Octavio Paz
From El laberinto de la soledad
Hijos de la Malinche is part of the book El laberinto de la soledad (The Labyrinth of Solitude) that is Paz’s most famous work.
Summarizing, the degree of the intensity of the meaning that the word chingar has, comes from the moment when Spanish conquerors raped the native women that became the first chingadas (or raped). That is why the Mexican people are considered to be los hijos de la chingada (the sons of the raped Indians) due to the mix of both cultures. (Please be careful when saying this statement: “Los Mexicanos son los hijos de la chingada” and not to be confuse with “Los Mexicanos son unos hijos de la chingada”, the second one could be considered an insult.)
Check out the next article A List of Spanish Slang Expressions Using CHINGAR: 22 Mexican Spanish Examples to learn the different usages of this popular Mexican Spanish word.
A List of Spanish Slang Expressions Using CHINGAR: 22 Mexican Spanish Examples
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