Te Quiero, Mi Amor: Express Your Love in Spanish

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When it comes to the most romantic languages in the world, Spanish is definitely part of that list because of its passionate sound that is often full of emotions. With longer vowels and softer consonants (compared to most Slavic and Germanic languages), it’s easier to make words flow together in Spanish. Plus, the language makes it easier to create rhymes, which is ideal for romantic poetry and music.

Spanish is one of the best languages to express your affection. But how do you call someone ‘My love’ in Spanish? How do you address love in this language? How do you even say “I love you!” with the same passion as the Spanish do?

How Do You Say “My Love” in Spanish?

There are many ways to address your beloved partner using this language of romance. When it comes to calling them ‘my love’ in Spanish, here are some ways to do so.

Mi Amor – My Love

Unlike what some people think, this phrase doesn’t translate to ‘I love you.’ ‘Mi amor’ is the direct translation of ‘my love’ in Spanish. You can use this term to call your partner in the most affectionate way possible (in Spanish). Even though ‘mi amor’ is a term of endearment common among couples, this Spanish term can also be used among family members.

In Mexico, people often use ‘mi amor’ in a non-romantic setting to express affection for their loved ones. Depending on the context, ‘mi amor’ can be close in meaning to ‘sweetie’ or ‘honey.

Amor – Babe/Love

‘Amor’ is another way to say ‘my love’ in Spanish. This expression has a more romantic connotation, which makes it a popular term of endearment for lovers. In this context, ‘amor’ can be translated as ‘sweetie,’ ‘babe’ or ‘love.’

If you want to change ‘amor’ a bit, feel free to use these variations:

  • Amorcito. Sweetie/babe/my love
  • Amor mío. Lover of mine/my love
  • Amorchis. Babe (this might sound weird if you use it with English sentences, but it sounds very natural in Spanish).

Mi Cielo – My Love/Darling

The term ‘cielo’ directly translates to ‘heaven.’ But many use this term to call their loved ones ‘darling’ or ‘my love’ in Spanish.

‘Mi cielo’ is often used among couples or with parents and their kids. But don’t be surprised when a sweet person refers to you as ‘mi cielo’ in the streets or in a store. Also, apart from functioning as a nickname, ‘cielo’ can also be used to describe a person who is kind and sweet.

Cariño – Honey/Love

‘Cariño’ is a popular way to call someone ‘my love’ in Castilian Spanish. People use this term to affectionately call their loved ones ‘darling,’ ‘dear,’ ‘my love’ or ‘honey.’ However, ‘cariño’ is also a feeling in standard Spanish. So, instead of just using this term as a term of endearment, you can also use ‘cariño’ to talk about feelings of affection and love.

Bebé – Baby/Babe

‘Bebé’ is a direct translation of ‘baby’ or ‘babe.’ If you feel ‘mi amor’ is too passionate for the day, this term is for you. This Spanish term of endearment is common among young couples. Young girls also use it as a nickname to call their friends.

Mi vida – My life/Honey

If you don’t feel like using ‘mi amor’ or ‘bebé’ is too basic for your significant other, why not use ‘mi vida?’ It is an affectionate term that translates to ‘sweetheart’ or ‘my life.’ Apart from being used by couples, parents also use this term to call their kids.

Querida – Darling

‘Querida’ is the feminine counterpart of ‘querido,’ both of which are terms of endearment used on loved ones. Unlike the other nicknames listed above, these terms are more formal and they are often used in books, movies or other formal situations.

Since ‘querida’ or ‘querido’ is a direct translation of ‘dear,’ it can be used as an affectionate greeting in emails or letters.


There are many ways to call someone ‘my love’ in Spanish. However, if you’re not a big fan of too many nicknames, ‘mi amor’ is always a good choice!

Other Ways to Express Love in Spanish

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Apart from calling your significant other ‘my love’ in Spanish, there are other ways to express your affection using this romantic language. One of the best things about the Spanish language is you can easily express your love (or even adoration) in a variety of ways.

How to Say “I Love You” in Spanish

Saying “I love you” in Spanish depends on the situation, context and the person you’re talking to/talking about. ‘Te amo’ is the term often associated with ‘I love you’ in Spanish and it is THE phrase of love in this language. However, ‘te amo’ is an expression of very serious and deep love. It is often used by people during their proposals or when talking with their spouses.

Another way to say ‘I love you’ is ‘te quiero.’ If you use this term, know that there are degrees of affection involved. A poor translation of ‘te quiero is ‘I want you.’ It’s a poor translation because ‘te quiero’ doesn’t translate at all in English. If you say ‘I want you’ in English, it sounds lusty. But in Spanish, it could mean ‘I want you in my life.’

‘Te quiero’ is a lighter version of ’te amo.’ This term can be used by people who are in a relationship but aren’t married.

How To Call Someone Your Other Half in Spanish

To tell someone “You’re my other half,” say “Eres mi media naranja.’ A direct translation of this phrase is “You’re the other half of my orange.” It’s a funny and cute way to tell someone that they complete you.

Since this term is used to tell someone that they are your perfect match, it can also be used to refer to someone as your soul mate. But if you want to call someone your soul mate, use ‘alma gamela,’ which is a heavier way to do so.

How to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish

Let a loved one how much you miss them in Spanish! Saying “I miss you” is another way to express your affection and love for someone. Here are some ways to tell someone you miss them in Spanish.

  1. Te echo de menos (“I miss you” used in Spain)
  2. Te extraño (“I miss you” used in Latin America)
  3. Te extraño tanto (“I miss you so much!”)


With the Spanish language, you’ll never run out of ways to tell someone how much you love them or to simply call them “my love.”

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