¡Feliz Día de San Valentín!

Valentine’s Day in Hispanic countries

In Spain, Valentine’s Day (El Día de San Valentín or El Día de Enamorados) is celebrated on 14th February in much the same way as in the UK and America. Restaurants are fully booked, cards, flowers and chocolates are sent. In most of South America it is known as “El Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Love and Friendship Day). This day is not just for lovers but friends also go out for dinner.

Here are some romantic words and expressions related to love and relationships in Spanish:

Te quiero. I love you.
Te amo. I love you. (less colloquial, more poetic and intense.)
Te adoro. I adore you.
Estoy loco/a por ti. I am mad about you. (loco – if the speaker is male / loca – if the speaker is female)
Eres el amor de mi vida. You are the love of my life.
Quiero estar contigo para siempre. I want to be with you forever.
Te extraño. / Te echo de menos. I miss you.
Te quiero con todo mi corazón. I love you with all my heart.
Estoy enamorado/a por ti. I am in love with you.
La tarjeta de Valentín. Valentine’s Day card.
Amor a primera vista. Love at first sight.
novio: boyfriend / groom
novia: girlfriend / bride
amante: lover
pareja: couple
marido / esposo: husband
mujer / esposa: wife
matrimonio: marriage
boda: wedding
cariño: darling
enamorarse de: to fall in love with
flirtear / coquetear: to flirt
casarse: to get married
comprometerse: to get engaged
hermoso: beautiful (more poetic)
precioso: beautiful
guapo/a: good-looking
abrazo / abrazar: hug / to hug
beso / besar: a kiss / to kiss
caricia / acariciar: caress / to caress