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Basic Spanish Lesson 73

Dating - Review

English Spanish
Do you want to go out with me? ¿Quieres salir conmigo?
Would you like to… with me? ¿Te gustaría….. conmigo?
Have a coffee Tomar un café
Go have dinner Ir a cenar
Do you have a boyfriend / girlfriend? ¿Tienes novio / novia?
I like you Me gustas
You are beautiful (to a woman) Eres bonita
You are handsome (to a man) Eres guapo

Lesson objectives

1

Expressing Love

What’s in store today

We earlier went through some phrases to
help us expressing our liking for someone
and ask them out for a date

Today, we learn about expressing our love
for someone in Spanish and some key
vocabulary for relationships

Expressing love

In today’s world, people dating or marrying
each other across cultures is not longer an
alien concept

In any cross-cultural relationship, it is
extremely important to know each other’s
language and what better than knowing how
to express your love in your partner’s language!

Expressing love

Let’s start with

‘I love you’

Expressing love

There are two verbs which refer to
‘love’ in Spanish


To love = querer
To love =
amar

Expressing love

There are two verbs which refer to
‘love’ in Spanish

To love = amar
To love = querer (also used for ‘to want’)


Let us see when to use which

Amar vs. Querer

Usually ‘amar’ is used strictly for
girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband
- in a romantic context

While, ‘querer’ may be used for expressing
love for family members and friends also

You can always use ‘querer’ for your partner
as well, it is just a less intense form than ‘amar’

Saying ‘I love you’

I love you

I = subject
Love = verb
You = direct object (the one being loved)

Saying ‘I love you’

Since in ‘I love you’ - ‘you’ is an object
it translates to ‘te’

Remember that when ‘you’ is used as an
object it translates to ‘te’ and not ‘tú’
which is the subject form of ‘you’

Saying ‘I love you’

To love = amar
I love = (Yo) amo
You =
Te


Now, we know that direct objects always
come right before the conjugated verb

Saying ‘I love you’

I love you
(Yo) te amo

Saying ‘I love you’

I love you
Te amo

Form using ‘querer’

I love you
Te quiero

Asking if someone loves you

Let us now look at the phrase

‘Do you love me?’

Asking if someone loves you

Do you love me?

You = subject (performing the action)
love = verb (the action)
me = Direct object (receiving the ‘love’)

Do you love me?

The direct object comes
before the conjugated verb

You love Tú amas
You love me Tú me amas

Do you love me?

can be omitted as
it is obvious

Do you love me?

¿(Tú) Me amas?

I love you too

También = Also/too

I love you too
También te amo

Try yourself

She loves him

1

Ella lo ama

2

Ella él ama

3

Ella ama él

Solution

She loves him

1

Ella lo ama

2

Ella él ama

3

Ella ama él

I don’t love you

I don’t love you

Remember:
The indirect object always comes between
the negation and the conjugated verb

I don’t love you

I don’t love you
(Yo) No te amo

Using the personal ‘a’

What if you were to say

‘I love Lisa’

There are two important things to remember here

Lisa is a specific person
‘Lisa’ is a noun

Using the personal ‘a’

In Spanish, when the direct object is
a person (but not referred using a pronoun),
it is preceded by the preposition "a"

This word has no English translation in this form

Using the personal ‘a’

I love Lisa
Amo a Lisa

Expressing love

I love you = Te amo

I love Lisa = Amo a Lisa

Differences
When the direct object is a pronoun (‘te’),
it comes before the conjugated verb and there
is no personal ‘a’

When the direct object is a noun (Lisa), it
comes after the verb and is preceded by the
personal ‘a’

Try yourself

Marcos loves Lisa

1

Marcos ama
Lisa

2

Marcos ama
a Lisa

3

Marcos a
Lisa ama

Solution

Marcos loves Lisa

1

Marcos ama
Lisa

2

Marcos ama
a Lisa

3

Marcos a
Lisa ama

Saying ‘I miss you’

to miss = extrañar

I miss you
Te extraño

Saying ‘I miss you’

I miss you a lot
(literally: I miss you much)
Te extraño mucho

Grammar tip

Remember, we use ‘mucho’ (not ‘muy’)
with verbs

Other phrases to express love

You are the love of my life
Eres el amor de mi vida

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Credits

Content
Team CultureAlley, Aroa Rubio

Voice Over
Gonzalo Paoli

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