Valentine's Day Vocabulary in Spanish - Vocabulario del Día de San Valentín

Valentine's Day

Spanish Vocabulary

How to say Valentine's Day in Spanish

There are three main ways of saying Valentine's Day in Spanish. The most common way, which is a direct translation, is el Día de San Valentín. Another way is el Día de los Enamorados (which means something like "Day of those who have fallen in love"), and in some countries el Día del amor y la amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) is used.

NOTE: In Colombia, instead of celebrating Valentine's Day in February, the Día del amor y la amistad is celebrated on the third Saturday of September. Some people celebrate it all weekend.

Spanish to English Valentine's Day Vocabulary

abrazo (noun - masc): hug

admirador (noun - masc): admirer

amiga (noun - fem): (female) friend

amigo (noun - masc): (male) friend

amistad (noun - fem): friendship

amor (noun - masc): love

anillo (noun - masc): ring

beso (noun - masc): kiss

catorce (adjective): fourteen

cena (noun - fem): dinner

chocolate (noun - masc): chocolate

cita (noun - fem): date

cinta (noun - fem): ribbon

comprometido (adjective): engaged

corazón (noun - masc): heart

cupido (noun - masc): cupid

dulce (adjective): sweet

dulces (noun - masc): sweets

enamorarse (verb): to fall in love

febrero (noun - masc): February

feliz (adjective): happy

flecha (noun - fem): arrow

flor (noun - fem): flower

globo (noun - masc): balloon

poema (noun - masc): poem

ramo (noun - masc): bunch (of flowers)

regalo (noun - masc): gift; present

restaurante (noun - masc): restaurant

romance (noun - masc): romance

romántico (adjective): romantic

rosa (noun - fem): rose

secreto (noun - masc): secret

sentimientos (noun - masc - plural): feelings

tarjeta (noun - fem): card

Other Valentine's Day Expressions in Spanish

amor a primera vista: love at first sight
te amo: I love you
te quiero: I love you; I like you a lot

Difference between Te Amo and Te Quiero

Te amo is I love you (with all the strength this indicates). It is usually used between husband and wife or serious relationships that have lasted a long time. Also Te Amo is normally used between Parents and their children (which is a different type of love all together). If someone says Te Amo after a relationship of only a few days or weeks then you know something is not right.

Te quiero is sometimes used as a "soft" I love you and is quite acceptable between boyfriends and girlfriends. You may even find long-time friends using this with each other.

Did you know...?

The most common words for boyfriend and girlfriend in the Spanish-speaking world are Novio and Novia.

HOWEVER, In Chile the word for boyfriend is pololo and girlfriend is polola. Novio/Novia are only used in Chile when they are officially engaged.

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