If you travel around Latin America and Spain, you will most definitely make lots of friends. But what happens when you go back home? You’ll miss them, for sure.
So how do you say I miss you in Spanish? Te extraño is the one that’s used the most in most Latin American countries, but there are other options, such as te echo de menos, me haces falta, ojalá estuvieras aquí and ya quiero verte which have slightly different meanings, but are all related to the feeling of missing someone.
Let’s see when and how to say I miss you in Spanish!
I Miss You in Spanish at a Glance
Most Common Ways to Say I Miss You in Spanish
Te extraño is the basic word in Spanish for “I miss you”. It is derived from the verb extrañar, which means “to miss”. It is used in most Latin American countries and its literal translation would be, precisely, “I miss you.”
However using te extraño in this case only applies if you’re talking about missing one person. If you’re missing multiple people, the correct way to say I miss you would be los extraño, meaning “I miss you guys”.
Take a look at the table below to see all of the different forms I miss you in Spanish using the verb extrañar.
|Te extraño||I miss you (singular)|
|Lo extraño||I miss him|
|La extraño||I miss her|
|Los extraño||I miss you (male group or mixed male and female group)|
|Las extraño||I miss you (female group of people)|
|Los extraño||I miss them (male group or mixed male and female group)|
|Las extraño||I miss them (female group of people)|
Luckily, if you want say you miss someone a lot or not very much, it’s very simple. I miss you a lot is te extraño mucho and I miss you a little is te extraño un poco.
Te echo de menos
In Spain, te extraño is not very common. Instead, they use te echo de menos , which has a lovely literal meaning. It means “I feel sadness because of your absence” but is used in day-to-day life to mean “I miss you”.
The conjugations for using te echo de menos is identical to te extraño. We have just replaced the extraño with echo de menos. Take a look below.
|Te echo de menos||I miss you (singular)|
|Lo echo de menos||I miss him|
|La echo de menos||I miss her|
|Los echo de menos||I miss you (male group or mixed male and female group)|
|Las echo de menos||I miss you (female group of people)|
|Los echo de menos||I miss them (male group or mixed male and female group)|
|Las echo de menos||I miss them (female group of people)|
Me haces falta
Me haces falta is another way of saying I miss you but its literal translation would be something more similar to “I need you”. So it conveys a bit more passion and has a romantic context compared to te extraño.
The structure and conjugations for me haces falta is different to that of te extraño. In this situation, the verb “hacer” is conjugated.
|Me haces falta||I miss you / I need you (singular)|
|Me hace falta||I need him / her|
|Me hacen falta||I need you (plural – fem and masc) / I need them (fem and masc)|
Ojalá estuvieras aquí
Ojalá estuvieras aquí is another option for saying “I miss you” in Spanish, but it actually means “I wish you were here”. Just like with me haces falta, the verb needs to be conjugated.
|Ojalá estuvieras aquí||I wish you were here (singular)|
|Ojalá estuviera aquí||I wish he / she was here|
|Ojalá estuvieran aquí||I wish you were here (plural – masc and fem)|
Ya quiero verte
Ya quiero verte means “I can’t wait to see you” but it is used in the same situations as “I miss you”. With ya quiero verte, you need to change the ending depending on who you’re referring to. See below.
|Ya quiero verte||I can’t wait to see you (singular)|
|Ya quiero verlo||I can’t wait to see him|
|Ya quiero verla||I can’t wait to see her|
|Ya quiero verlos||I can’t wait to see them or I can’t wait to see you (plural – masc and fem)|
How to Respond to I Miss You in Spanish
So how should we respond when someone has said I miss you? What should we say back? Well, it depends on which phrase the other person says.
Y yo a ti
If you are told te extraño or te echo de menos, you could answer y yo a ti, which means “and I, you”, or you could also respond saying yo también, which means “me too.” The same two answers could also be used for ya quiero verte but y yo a ti would have the meaning of “and I want to see you.”
Y tú a mí
If you are told me haces falta (I need you), however, you could answer y tú a mí, which means “and you to me”. You could even add a también at the end to make y tú a mí también, which means “and I need you too.”
If you are told Ojalá estuvieras aquí (I wish you were here), you could answer with ojalá, which means “I wish”, or you could also say me encantaría, which means “I would love that”.
Say I Miss You Back
You could also answer all of these phrases with another way to say “I miss you.” For example, if someone says te extraño, you could say ojalá estuvieras aquí or me haces falta, or even y yo te echo de menos a ti. And if someone told us ojalá estuvieras aquí (I wish you were here) we could answer with I miss you.
How to Say Miss (Nostalgic) in Spanish
Finally, there’s a verb you should learn if you want to talk about missing things in Spanish. The verb añorar means to yearn for something or to long for something.
Just as with these verbs in English, añorar can be used for both things and people. The difference between extrañar and añorar is that añorar sounds a bit more poetic, that it implies some level of sadness or nostalgia regarding those memories. It is used for things or people with whom we lost touch a long time ago.
For example, you can añorar your childhood, your youth, or a long-lost friend.
These are some example sentences:
- Mi abuelo añora su infancia, cuando vivía en España.
- Añoro aquellas épocas en las que pasaba toda la noche de fiesta con mis amigos.
- My grandfather longs for his childhood, when he lived in Spain.
- I miss those times when I used to spend all night partying with my friends
If you want to transform añorar into a noun, then it becomes añoranza, which means longing or yearning.
En domingos grises como este, siento mucha añoranza.
During grey Sundays like this, I feel a lot of nostalgia.
There are many ways to say “I miss you” in Spanish, and though they don’t all have exactly the same meaning, they can all be used to express your feelings. It is also just as important to be able to respond when someone says “I miss you”, so that you can reciprocate someone’s feelings.