47 Romantic Spanish Words and Phrases for Your Next Date (2023)

47 Romantic Spanish Words and Phrases for Your Next Date (1)

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They say there’s no better way to learn a language than sleeping with a dictionary.

Dating will give you a real insider’s view of your travel destination!

Hitting the streets of a new city, meeting locals, and striking up a spark with someone is a fantastic introduction to life and love in a foreign country. Your social life abroad will be an important part of your Spanish language immersion. Sure, it can be fun to use movies, podcasts, and social mediato learn Spanish, but non of that can beat real conversations with native speakers. While you’re out on the town, take these words and phrases for a spin to improve your language skills and impress your date with your fluency!

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Basic Spanish phrases for first encounters

When someone catches your eye, you’ll want to introduce yourself and break the ice. Start off with some basic phrases like:

What’s your name?–¿Cómo te llamas? (coh-moh teh yah-mahs)

Nice to meet you – Mucho gusto (moo-choh goos-toh)

What’s up?–¿Qué tal? (kay tahl)

How you doin’? –¿Cómo vas? (coh-moh bahs)

Can I buy you a drink? ¿Te invito a tomar algo? (teh een-bee-toh ah toh-mahr ahl-goh)

Would you like to go out with me? ¿Quisieras salir conmigo? (kee-see-eh-rahs sah-leer kohn-mee-goh)

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I’ll pay –Yo te invito.(yoh teh een-bee-toh)

In Spanish, you literally say, “I invite you” to whatever it is that you’re footing the bill for. It’s a much friendlier and less financially-focused way to offer, in my opinion. Throw in a “don’t worry about it,” “no te preocupes” (noh teh preh-oh-coo-pehs) for an added touch of coolness.

Spanish Love language

Okay, great, they accepted your invitation for a date! Now it’s time to do what everyone does before the first big date: study. You don’t do that? Maybe I’m just a huge nerd. Regardless, you’ll be thanking this nerd when your relationship progresses and you have this fantastic vocabulary at your disposal:

A date – Una cita (oo-nah see-tah)

Boyfriend, Girlfriend – Enamorado, Enamorada (eh-nah-moh-rah-doh/dah)
While it literally translates to “in love,” this term denotes a more casual level of affection. This can be used after dating exclusively for a couple of weeks or months. Remember that “a” endings are used when speaking about female subjects, and “o” is for male subjects.

Fiancé(e) or serious boyfriend/girlfriend – Novio/Novia (noh-bee-oh/ah)
This term indicates a far greater level of commitment than the previous one. Don’t use it unless you’re engaged or have been dating for a long time!

To hold hands – Cogerse la mano (coh-hehr-seh lah mah-noh)

Hug – Abrazo (ah-brah-zoh)

Kiss – Beso (beh-soh)

Going on a date with a Spanish speaker

Let’s imagine you’re out for a night of dancing at a local club, club (cloob), or discotheque, discoteca (dees-koh-teh-kah). I know that the cool kids don’t say discotheque anymore in English, but it’s the common term in Spanish. Beware the cantina (cahn-tee-nah)! I’ve heard that Spanish cantinas can be lovely spaces, but in Latin America a cantina is usually a dark, sleazy hole in the wall. Going out to dance is a great way to find new favorite Spanish songsto later use for listening practice.

Want to check in on your date and be sure they’re having a good time? No matter how nervous and tongue-tied you might feel, it doesn’t require much courage to simply ask:

Are you having a good time? – ¿Te estás disfrutando? (teh ehs-tahs dees-froo-tahn-doh)

Do you like this music? – ¿Te gusta esta música? (teh goos-tah ehs-tah moo-see-kah)

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Great, they’re digging the music and the atmosphere, all is well. The mood is right to invite them out onto the dance floor.

Do you want to dance? – ¿Te gustaría bailar? (teh goos-tah-ree-ah bai-lahr)

If there is too much noise to communicate well, just scream “Let’s dance!” “¡Bailemos! (bai-leh-mohs) into their ear as loudly as possible. If all else fails you can just do a wild charades-style imitation of a dance to get the message across.

When the packed room, body heat and booming speakers become insufferable, invite your date outside:

Let’s go outside for some fresh air – Vamos afuera a tomar aire fresco (bah-mohs ah-fweh-rah ah toh-mahr ay-reh frehs-coh)

A few minutes alone outside gives you both a chance to catch your breath, chat, flirt – coquetear (coh-keh-teh-ahr) – and decide the fate of the evening. When you’re both ready to move on to the next venue, you can suggest:

Let’s go somewhere else – Vamos a otro lado (bah-mohs ah oh-troh lah-doh)

If you need to excuse yourself for a moment to answer your phone, use the bathroom, or question your decisions in life, let them know:

I’m coming right back – Ya vengo (yah behn-goh)

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Spanish questions to get to know each other

While chatting at a restaurant or outside the club, use some of these classic questions to get to know your date a little better:

Do you work or study? ¿Trabajas o estudias? (trah-bah-hahs oh ehs-too-dee-ahs)

How many brothers and sisters do you have? ¿Cuántos hermanos tienes? (koo-ahn-tohs ehr-mah-nohs tee-eh-nehs).
The way Spanish gender agreement works, we lump male and female siblings together underneath the male ending. Bonus advice: the first date is not a good place to jump into a feminist rant on the complex politics and prejudice of language.

What type of food do you like to eat? – ¿Qué tipo de comida te gusta comer? (keh tee-poh deh koh-mee-dah teh goos-tah koh-mehr)

What type of music do you listen to? ¿Qué tipo de música escuchas? (keh tee-poh deh moo-see-kah ehs-koo-chas)

Do you know how to dance? ¿Sabes bailar? (sah-behs bai-lahr)

Flirting in Spanish

The mood is right and you want to let your date know you’re feeling the good vibes. Use some of these nice compliments to boost their date-satisfaction levels off the charts!

You’re cute – Eres lindo/linda (eh-rehs leen-doh/leen-dah)

You look beautiful / handsome tonight –Te ves hermosa / guapo esta noche (teh behs ehr-moh-sah/wah-poh ehs-tah noh-che)

I like your smile – Me gusta tu sonrisa(meh goohs-tah too sohn-ree-sah)

You’re funny!–¡Tú eres chistoso! (tu eh-rehs chee-stoh-soh)

I’ve been thinking about you – He estado pensando en ti (eh eh-stah-doh pen-sahn-doh ehn tee)

I can’t wait to see you¡No puedo esperar para volver a verte! (noh pwey-doh ehs-peh-rahr pah-rah bohl-behr ah vehr teh)

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Rejecting suitors in Spanish

You’ll need to know these phrases to politely reject an interested suitor from the get-go, or to slow things down – lots of us don’t catch the hint even in our native language:

I have a boyfriend/girlfriend – Tengo un novio / una novia(tehn-goh oon noh-bee-oh / oo-nah noh-bee-ah)

I want to take things slow –Quiero tomar las cosas con calma(kyeh-roh toh-mahr lahs koh-sahs kohn kahl-mah).

I’m not looking for a relationship –No quiero nada serio(noh kyeh-roh nah-dah seh-ree-oh)

I think we should take some time (read: time apart) – Deberíamos darnos un tiempo(deh-beh-ree-ah-mohs dahr-nohs oon tee-ehm-poh)

Romantic Spanish phrases to turn it up a notch

I know that last section was a bit negative, but I’m honestly rooting for you here! Here are some phrases to help you take things to the next level:

Where do you live? – ¿Dónde vives? (dohn-deh vee-vehs)

Would you like to come in? – ¿Quieres pasar? (kyeh-rehs pah-sahr)

Would you like me to walk you home? – ¿Quieres que te acompañe a la casa? (kyeh-rehs keh teh ah-kohm-pahn-yeh ah lah kah-sah) This phrase is only suggestive if you really want it to be. Otherwise, it’s a polite gesture.

Want to see the roof? – ¿Quieres ver la terraza? (Kyeh-rehs behr lah teh-rah-zah) Because who can resist the romance of a moonlit rooftop?

When can I see you again? –¿Cuándo te vuelvo a ver? (Kwahn-doh the vwehl-voh ah behr)

Hopefully they’ll hit you back with a suave “I like your style” “Me gusta tu estilo” (meh goos-tah too ehs-tee-loh) or “eres buena onda” (eh-rehs bweh-nah ohn-dah).

Good luck out there!

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FAQs

What is a romantic thing to say in Spanish? ›

To a boyfriend, girlfriend and/or romantic love
EnglishSpanish
I love you to the moon and backTe amo hasta la luna y más allá
I love you with all my heartTe amo con todo mi corazón
I love you, my loveTe amo, mi amor
I love you handsomeTe amo, guapo
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10 Mar 2022

What to say to a Spanish girl to turn her on? ›

16 Romantic Spanish phrases to say to your lover:
  • 1.Te quiero. I love you.
  • Te amo. I love you.
  • Estoy enamorado(a) de ti. I am in love with you.
  • Te quiero con toda mi alma. I love you with all of my soul.
  • Eres el amor de mi vida. ...
  • Cada día te quiero más. ...
  • Eres mi todo. ...
  • 13.Quiero estar contigo para siempre.

What are some pretty Spanish words? ›

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  • Bello / Bella – “Beautiful” ...
  • Bonito / Bonita – “Pretty” or “Nice” ...
  • Guapo / Guapa – “Handsome” ...
  • Lindo / Linda – “Lovely” ...
  • Bueno/Buena – “Good Looking” ...
  • Hermoso/Hermosa – “Gorgeous” ...
  • Atractivo/Atractiva – “Attractive” ...
  • Radiante – “Radiant”

What is the most romantic phrase? ›

The 8 most romantic phrases in English
  • “It was love at first sight”
  • “You are too good to be true”
  • “You're my soul mate”
  • “Let's go steady”
  • “You're my significant other”
  • “You rock my world”
  • “You make the world go round”
  • “I'm falling in love with you”
15 Jul 2022

How can I impress a Spanish person? ›

Eight Harmless Yet Flirty Spanish Phrases To Compliment And Impress Someone
  1. Eres lindo/linda. ...
  2. Me gusta tu sonrisa. ...
  3. Te ves hermosa / guapo esta noche. ...
  4. ¡Tú eres chistoso! ...
  5. Perdí mi número. ...
  6. ¡Te pareces mucho a mi próximo/a novio/a! ...
  7. Si Cristóbal Colón te viera, diría: ¡Santa María, qué Pinta tiene esta Niña!

What are popular Spanish sayings? ›

Popular Spanish Sayings
  • No hay dos sin tres. Literal: There is no two without three. ...
  • Nuevo rey, nueva ley. Literal: New king, new law. ...
  • Más vale maña que fuerza. Literal: Better skill than strength. ...
  • Más se consigue lamiendo que mordiendo. ...
  • Favor con favor se paga. ...
  • Dar gato por liebre. ...
  • El que tiene boca se equivoca. ...
  • Gastar saliva.

Can I say mi amor to a guy? ›

One can use mi amor as a romantic nickname, similar to the English words honey, sweetheart, or darling. Mi amor is used to address both men and women. Unlike some Spanish nouns which have a masculine and feminine version, one should use “mi amor” for both men and women.

How do you say confess to your crush in Spanish? ›

Te amo con todo mi corazón.

Similar to the past two phrases, te amo con todo mi corazón tells your partner that you love them with all of your heart. This expression is a strong declaration of love for your significant other, and saying it is quite a bit stronger than just saying te amo.

How do you tell a Spanish girl she is beautiful? ›

Say "estás bella" or "eres bella." This also means "you're beautiful" in Spanish. Another way to say this is "estás hermosa." If you want to really emphasize it, say "you are so beautiful" by saying "eres muy hermosa" or "estás muy hermosa."

What are the coolest Spanish words? ›

20 Coolest Spanish Words
  • tranquilo – Cool, quiet, composed, laid back, chilled out. ...
  • escuincle – Kid, brat.
  • chamba – A Mexican word that means “work”. ...
  • órale – Mexican word that means “OK”, “alright” or “go for it!”
  • dale – Argentine version of órale.
  • escopeta – A shotgun.
  • genio – Literally means “genius”.

What is a beautiful Spanish word? ›

Bello/a – Beautiful

Bello/a means “beautiful” or “lovely.” It's a bit formal, especially in Spain Spanish (Castellano). A closely related noun is la belleza, which means “beauty.” This is a romantic and common word to call a person “beautiful” in Spanish. ¡Te ves muy bella! You look very pretty!

What to say a guy to make him smile? ›

Sweet Things to Say to Your Boyfriend
  • I love you for everything you are.
  • I feel so safe with your arms around me.
  • I can't stop smiling around you. You make me so happy.
  • I crave you more than pizza.
  • I love your _____.
  • You're more than my boyfriend. ...
  • Every day is an adventure with you.
  • I'd do anything to see you smile.

What are the sweetest love messages? ›

Sweet love messages.

I have looked at you in a million ways and loved you in each. Thinking of you always, my dear. You lift me up and hold me down, you make me smile when I'm feeling down. You bring me peace, you bring me gifts, you're the person I'm most happy to share my life with.

What are romantic lines? ›

Short Love Quotes
  • “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” – ...
  • “You call it madness, but I call it love.” – ...
  • “We can only learn to love by loving.” – ...
  • “A life lived in love will never be dull.” – ...
  • “Life is the flower for which love is the honey.” – ...
  • “All you need is love.” – ...
  • “True love stories never have endings.” –
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How do you woo a Spanish woman? ›

How to Impress a Spanish Girl on a First Date?
  1. Do not think that you can buy a girl: you should respect her first of all.
  2. Compliment on her look.
  3. Take her for a short trip as local women enjoy traveling.
  4. Show that you can take care of her.
  5. Prove your serious intentions.

How do you say love quotes in Spanish? ›

Estoy enamorado/a de ti (roughly the same meaning as “te amo”) – I'm in love with you. Eres el amor de mi vida – You are the love of my life. Te quiero con todo mi corazón – I love you with all my heart. Estoy loco/a por ti – I'm crazy about you.

How do you reply to de nada? ›

Don't Say “De Nada” [15 Ways to Say You're Welcome in Spanish]

How do you express excitement in Spanish? ›

¡Toma! This expression, which is the command form of the verb tomar (to take), expresses excitement, happiness or triumph.

What are some slang words in Spanish? ›

General Spanish slang phrases
Spanish slang phraseSpanish pronunciationEnglish meaning
Echar una manoEh-chahr oo-nah mah-noTo help someone
Dejar plantadoDeh-har plahn-tah-dohTo stand someone up
Caer gordoKah-ehr gor-dohTo dislike someone
Mala pataMah-la Pah-tahBad luck
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6 Feb 2022

What is a popular Mexican saying? ›

Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr – Anonymous

Literal translation: Water that you must not drink, let it run. This Mexican proverb warns us not to get involved in something that we won't be able to face later. People normally say this to you so that you don't dar alas (give wings) to anyone.

What does Di Mi Vida mean? ›

Spanish. Learn this word. God of my life. oh my God (God of my life)

Is Cariño romantic? ›

In Spanish, cariño is a word that is directly linked to love and affection. In general terms, cariño refers to a feeling. However, it's also a term that Spaniards use as a way to call their loved ones.

What is mi vida? ›

Mi vida: “My life

How do u tell someone u like them in Spanish? ›

Me gustas is the literal way to tell someone you like them, and it carries the same weight as saying "I like you" in English does. Te Quiero is a bit more endearing, though.

How do you greet someone you love in Spanish? ›

Just tell your better half, “Te Amo.” This is a familiar phrase among couples and is often used in songs. Most people know its meaning. You can beef up your late-night pillow talk by saying “Te Amo” to your sweetheart. Make it more Spanish by saying, “Te Amo, mi Cario.”

How do you say I love you so much in different ways? ›

Either way, here are a few ways to say “I love you” to your bae to help you express your feelings.
  • I love you.
  • I love so much.
  • I love you a lot.
  • I love you too.
  • I love you forever.
  • I love you unconditionally.
  • I love you to the moon and back.
  • I love you with all my heart.
20 Mar 2022

What is Chulo Papi? ›

A direct translation of papi chulo from Spanish is “pimp daddy,” with papi being a diminutive form of “father” (and used like “baby”) and chulo meaning “pimp” but also “attractive,” “cocky,” or “cool” in colloquial settings. Chulo alone has a storied history in American English.

Can I say mi amor to a guy? ›

One can use mi amor as a romantic nickname, similar to the English words honey, sweetheart, or darling. Mi amor is used to address both men and women. Unlike some Spanish nouns which have a masculine and feminine version, one should use “mi amor” for both men and women.

What are popular Spanish sayings? ›

Popular Spanish Sayings
  • No hay dos sin tres. Literal: There is no two without three. ...
  • Nuevo rey, nueva ley. Literal: New king, new law. ...
  • Más vale maña que fuerza. Literal: Better skill than strength. ...
  • Más se consigue lamiendo que mordiendo. ...
  • Favor con favor se paga. ...
  • Dar gato por liebre. ...
  • El que tiene boca se equivoca. ...
  • Gastar saliva.

What is te amor? ›

Te amo means “I love you” in Spanish and Portuguese.

What is a Mamacita? ›

The literal translation of mamacita is "little mother" but the figurative and more accurate translation is "hot momma." The moniker is never really used to describe an actual mother, a genuine mamá or mamita. Instead, the word is inextricably linked to a man's perception of a woman as an object of sexual desire.

What is a mami? ›

What does mami mean? Mami is a Spanish slang term variously used to refer to a mommy, attractive woman, female romantic partner, or close female friend.

What is Chula in Mexican? ›

chulo/chula

In Mexican Spanish, chulo/chula is the word you're looking to use if you find something (or someone, but in a kind, non-sexual nor romantic way) really pretty. Use it to compliment a part of someone's outfit or to tell someone you think they look cute today.

Is Cariño romantic? ›

In Spanish, cariño is a word that is directly linked to love and affection. In general terms, cariño refers to a feeling. However, it's also a term that Spaniards use as a way to call their loved ones.

What does the word Papi mean? ›

Papi is a colloquial term for “daddy” in Spanish, but in many Spanish-speaking cultures, particularly in the Caribbean, it is often used as a general term of affection for any man, whether it's a relative, friend, or lover.

What is difference between Te amo and Te Quiero? ›

So, Which Do You Say: te quiero or te amo? Te quiero is useful for all kinds of loving relationships, including friendship, marriage, and family. Te amo is a common way of saying “I love you” in strongly committed romantic relationships or within families.

How do you express excitement in Spanish? ›

¡Toma! This expression, which is the command form of the verb tomar (to take), expresses excitement, happiness or triumph.

What are some slang words in Spanish? ›

General Spanish slang phrases
Spanish slang phraseSpanish pronunciationEnglish meaning
Echar una manoEh-chahr oo-nah mah-noTo help someone
Dejar plantadoDeh-har plahn-tah-dohTo stand someone up
Caer gordoKah-ehr gor-dohTo dislike someone
Mala pataMah-la Pah-tahBad luck
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6 Feb 2022

What is a popular Mexican saying? ›

Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr – Anonymous

Literal translation: Water that you must not drink, let it run. This Mexican proverb warns us not to get involved in something that we won't be able to face later. People normally say this to you so that you don't dar alas (give wings) to anyone.

What is the reply of Te amo? ›

1 “¡Yo también!

How do you respond to te quiero? ›

the standard way to reciprocate this feeling would be “yo también te quiero” (lit I love / like you too). If you don't want to reciprocate that, just say “Gracias” (lit. thanks) or just smile and let the awkwardness wash over you both.

What does it mean when a guy tells you te amo? ›

“Te amo” or “te amo mucho” is closer to a literal translation of “I love you” in English. It can be used for family members and friends, but usually only where there is a very strong bond. But it is also used to signify romantic love.

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