Thanks to an e-newsletter I received today, I finally understand the difference between saying "Te quiero" and "Te amo" for "I love you." Read the following excerpt to find out what the difference is and how to say other love words in Spanish.El Amor - Palabras y Dichos (Love - Words and Sayings)
First things first, how do you say "to fall in love"? To fall in love is "enamorarse". Therefore, el "día de los enamorados" literally means the day of those who are in love. The verb is also used with the helper verb estar to say that you are in love. So depending on whether you are a man or a woman, you would say you are in love like this:
estoy enamorada I am in love (feminine)
estoy enamorado I am in love (masculine)
2 expressions you may have heard are "te amo" and "te quiero". You may wonder - do they mean the exact same thing? Essentially, yes. The verb "to love" is properly translated as "amar" but people throughout Spain and Latin American often prefer to use the verb "querer" ("to want"), to express feelings of love towards the loved one.
"Te amo" it is considered by many to be a bit too flowery; more to be used other than in romantic songs, poems and old movies or plays. So instead, you often hear "te quiero" instead.
How do lovers tell each other that they are in love? One way is "con una carta de amor" - a "love letter". May sound old fashioned but this is still practiced in some parts of
Is there a verb for fallng out of love? Actually there is: "desenamorarse".
Vocabulary for Types of Love in Spanish
amor a la antigua: old-fashioned love, old-fashioned affair
amor al prójimo: love toward your fellow man
amor a primera vista: love at first sight
amor ciego: blind love
amor de madre: mother´s love
amor eterno: everlasting love
amor libre: free love
amor no correspondido: unrequited love
amor platónico: platonic love
amor prohibido: forbidden love
amor propio: self love, self esteem
amor secreto: hidden love
(excerpt from Musical Spanish)
Even though these love words and sayings are geared towards adults, still, enjoy telling your little one "I love you" in Spanish. And "Te quiero a tí" means "I love you, too."