10 Phrases to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish!

Learning how to say “I miss you” in Spanish is a great start to learning the language, as it can help you partake in real-life conversations in Spanish! It is especially useful for when you miss someone a lot and just want to express how much you miss them.

This article will teach you just that, how to say “I miss you” in Spanish, alongside how to respond to someone saying they miss you, including some terms of endearment to help make your “I miss you” even more special!

Popular Ways to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish

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Missing someone you can’t see anytime soon really sucks. Especially a loved one… maybe after telling them you miss them in Spanish, why not tell them you love them in Spanish too?

Below we have listed 10 ways to say I miss you in Spanish with different pronouns, the respective verb, and examples:

1. Te extraño, “I miss you”.

Teh ex-tran-yo

The most common way to say “I miss you” in Spanish and is mainly used in Latin American countries, is “te extraño”. Te means “you” and extraño means “miss you”, putting these words together literally means “I miss you”.

Extraño conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoextraño
tuextrañas
él/ellaextraña
nosotrosextrañamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesextrañan

Example Sentences:

  • Te extraño mi amigo

    “I miss you, my friend”

  • Te extrañamos mucho

    “We miss you a lot”

  • ellos me extrañan

    “They miss me”

2. Te echo de menos, “I miss you”.

teh eh-tjo deh men-ohs

Another way of saying “I miss you” is te echo de menos, this phrase is more commonly used in Spain. You can still use it in Latin America, but it might come off as cheesy.

Echo conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoecho
tuechas
él/ellaecha
nosotrosechamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesechan

Example Sentences:

  • Te he echado mucho de menos

    “I have missed you so much”

  • La echamos de menos

    “We miss her”

  • Mis hermanas y yo los echamos de menos

    “My sisters and I miss them”

3. Me haces falta, “I need you/I miss you a lot”.

Meh hah-sis fal-ta

A more intense and intimate way of saying you miss someone. This should mainly be used on your significant other, but you can also use it to express how much you miss your family and friends. It is used in the same way as Te extraño. The past tense of this phrase is “me hiciste falta”, which means “I missed you”.

Example Sentences:

  • ¡Me haces mucha falta!

    “I miss you a lot!”

  • Espero que me visites pronto porque me haces falta

    “I hope you visit soon because I miss you”

  • Me hiciste falta, mi amor.

    I missed you, my love.

4. Te voy a extrañar, “I will miss you”

Teh voy eh ex-tra-nahr (voy as in voyage)

A phrase that says “you will miss this person when/if they leave”, is usually used before someone departs. You use this phrase the same as “I’m going to..” in English.

Voy conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yovoy
tuvas
él/ellava
nosotrosvamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesvan

Example Sentences:

  • Te voy a extrañar si te vas

    “I will miss you if you go”

  • Voy a extrañar a los niños

    “I will miss the children”

  • Ella te va a extrañar

    “She will miss you”

5. Ojalá nunca te hubieras ido, “I wish you hadn’t gone”

Oh-gah-la nun-cah teh who-be-eras e-dough (the G is pronounced like a exhaled snoring sound)

While ojalá is directly translated as “hopefully” the phrase essentially means “I wish you hadn’t gone”. A phrase that uses subjunctive to show the emotion behind missing someone, when you wish someone didn’t leave so you could see them.

Hubieras conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yohubiera
tuhubieras
él/ellahubiera
nosotroshubieramos
ellos/ ellas / ustedeshubieran

Example Sentences:

  • Ojalá nunca te hubieras ido lejos de mí.

    “I wish you hadn’t gone away from me”

  • Ojalá mi familia nunca se hubieran

    “I wish my family had never left”

  • Ojalá nunca se hubieran ido de mi

    “I wish they had never left me”

6. No puedo estar sin ti, “I can’t be without you”

No pweh-dough es-star sin tee

A romantic or dramatic way of saying you will miss someone, imagine someone screaming this in an airport as their loved one departs.

Puedo conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yopuedo
tupuedes
él/ellapuede
nosotrospodemos
ellos/ ellas / ustedespueden

Example Sentences:

  • No puedo estar sin ti, Sierra!

    “I can’t be without you, Sierra!”

  • No puedo estar otro segundo sin ti

    “I can’t be another second without you”

  • Ellas no pueden estar sin ti

    “They can’t be without you” (like a group of friends can’t be whole without this person.)

7. Estoy pensando en ti, “I’m thinking of you”

Es-toy pen-san-do ehn tee

A phrase that is used when you haven’t seen someone in a long time, another way to say that you miss this person. This phrase involves not one, but two verbs. However, pensar is always conjugated as a gerund **which is an **invariable form of the verb that will always end with -ndo. As such we only have to pay attention to how estoy is conjugated in different tenses.

Estoy conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoestoy
tuestas
él/ellaesta
nosotrosestamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesestan

Example Sentences:

  • Todavía estoy pensando en ti

    “I’m still thinking of you”

  • He estado pensando mucho en ti últimamente

    “I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately”

  • Nosotras hemos estado pensando en ti

    “We’ve been thinking about you”

8. Te extraño tanto, “I miss you so much”

Teh ex-tran-yo tahn-toe

When saying te extraño just doesn’t capture how much you miss someone. It means the same thing except adding tanto, which means “so much”, just makes the phrase more intense.

Extraño conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoextraño
tuextrañas
él/ellaextraña
nosotrosextrañamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesextrañan

Example Sentences:

  • Te extraño tanto. No puedo esperar a verte pronto.

    “I miss you so much. I can’t wait to see you soon”

  • ¿Me extrañas tanto?

    “Do you miss me that much?”

  • La familia te extraña tanto!

    “The family misses you so much!”

9. Te añoro, “I long for you”

Teh ahn-yor-oh

This phrase isn’t really popular to use as it sounds too formal. It can be used to show your deep longing for a significant other though!

Añoro conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoañoro
tuañoras
él/ellaañora
nosotrosañoramos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesañoran

Example Sentences:

  • Te añoro y quiero verte

    “I long for you and want to see you”

  • Sabes que te añoro, mi amor

    “You know that I long for you, my love”

  • Dile que lo añoro

    “Tell him that I long for him”

10. ¡Cuánto te extraño! “how I miss you!”

Coo-uan-toe teh ex-tran-yo

A phrase to use when expressing how intensely you miss someone, it holds a lot of enthusiasm! 

Extraño conjugation:

PronounPresent Tense
yoextraño
tuextrañas
él/ellaextraña
nosotrosextrañamos
ellos/ ellas / ustedesextrañan

Example Sentences:

  • ¡Solo ha pasado un día, pero cuánto te extraño!

    “it’s only been a day, but how I miss you!”

  • ¡Oh cuánto te extraño hijo mio!

    “Oh how I miss you my son!”

  • ¡Es increíble cuánto te extraño!

    “It’s amazing how much I miss you!”

How to Respond to “I Miss You” in Spanish

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Now that you know how to tell someone you miss them, the next step would be to know how to respond to someone saying how much they miss you! There are many ways to respond, here are three of the most common ways to do so

1. Yo también, “Me too”

The most common way to respond to someone saying te extrano or te echo de menos to you. Sharing the same definition as its English definition, it means that you miss them too.

Example sentences:

  • Mother: ¡Te echo de menos!

               “I miss you!”
    

    You: Yo también te extraño

        “I miss you too”
    
  • Friend: Extrañaré a mi familia

            “I will miss my family”
    

    You: También extrañaré a mi familia.

         “I will miss my family too”
    

2. Y, yo a ti! “And I, you!”

A rather formal way to respond to someone saying they miss you.

Example Sentences:

  • Spouse: ¡Te echo de menos mi amor!

                “I miss you my love!”
    

    You: Y, yo a ti, mi amor!

        “And I, you, my love!”
    
  • Father: ¡Oh cuánto te extraño hijo mio!

             “Oh how I miss you my son!”
    

    You: Y, yo a ti, papa

         “And I, you, father.
    

3. Yo mas, “Me more”

The English equivalent to “me more!”, as in, you say you miss someone more than they miss you.

Example Sentences:

  • Sibling: ¡Te echo de menos!

        “I miss you!”
    

    You: Y*o te extraño mas*

    “I miss you more”

  • La familia te extraña tanto!

    “The family misses you so much!”

    You: Los extraño mas.

         “I miss them more”
    

Additional Terms of Endearment

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Just like how you would address your Family in Spanish, people would often give their significant other or best friend a nickname to show how important they are. Below is a list of Spanish nicknames and their English meaning:

SpanishEnglish
AmorLove
Bonito/BonitaPretty
BebéBaby
CariñoDear
CorazonSweetheart
HermosaBeautiful
Lindo/LindaPretty, cute
Mi cieloMy sweet
Nene / NenaBaby
Precioso/PreciosaPrecious

Audio clips for the terms above:

Amor

Bonito/bonita

Bebe

Carino

Corazon

Hermosa

Lindo/linda

mi cielo

Nene/nena

Precioso/preciosa

¡Te extrañaré! (I will miss you!)

With this guide, you will easily be able to express how much you miss someone in Spanish. You might even be able to sweep your significant other off their feet. How romantic!

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