07-13-2010 08:39 AM
Saludos a todos - Hello all
Please bear in mind that Spanish offers two ways of saying 'I love you'
'Te quiero', which literally means 'I want you' but actually means 'I love you' in a general sense
and the all spiritual, deep and enduring 'Te Amo' which means that I love you from the very bottom of my soul.
The two verb infinitives involved here are: querer - to want and amar - to love
Enjoy - Que disfruten
07-15-2010 04:14 PM
I've studied Spanish for several years, and this one has always bothered me a little bit. Based on the fact that querer means to want, I've sort of always assumed that this is a phrase I would say to my spouse, but not say, my parents. Or could I actually say "Te quiero" to my parents without it being weird?
07-16-2010 07:43 AM
Buena pregunta - Good question
You may say 'Te quiero' to your parents, your friends, your children, boyfriend, significant other.
No problem. It is really the informal of 'I love you'.
'Te amo' would probably not be good to say to the folks. Stick with 'Te quiero'.
'Te amo' would be great with boyfriends and husbands though.
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¡Qué pases un lindo fin de semana! - I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
07-16-2010 02:17 PM
Many times I will say 'te amo' to mi nuera, because she is so wonderful. She accepts it fine, but now am wondering if I should only say 'te quiero'?
07-20-2010 11:00 AM
While it's not incorrect to say 'Te amo' to your nuera, most Spanish speakers would
probably say 'Te quiero'.
Ojalá que esto te ayude. (I hope this helps you)