How to Say I Miss You in Spanish

By | February 19, 2015

When someone has strong feelings for another person and they have not seen each other for a long time, they will start to remember the good times they had, and miss moments when they lived together.

To express this feeling in English, we say “I miss you”. If we want to say the same but in Spanish, the correct phrase is: “Te extraño”missing you

Not the same meaning, in Spain to that of Latin America.

There are several ways to say “I miss you” in Spanish, nevertheless, it will not have the same meaning, in Spain to that of Latin America.

The direct phrase for “I miss you” is different if you want to use it for someone who is in Europe in comparison to someone who live in Latin America.

In Spain, people often use this expression: “te echo de menos” to say “I miss you”, which is a cute thing to say in Spanish, however, if you are talking to someone from Latin America, the most common phrase used in this region is: “te extraño”. This has a more emotional and romantic sound.

A common phrase used in Spain is Te echo de meno

“Te echo de menos” is a phrase which is used commonly in Spain to express the feeling of missing special someone for us.


If we try to understand the sense of this phrase as a whole, “echar de menos” means the same thing as “to miss” in English. Looking at each word of this phrase, “te” is a direct object pronoun for the second person “tú”, which means “you” in English. As this word is the familiar form of “you”, we always must use it when we are talking about our family or friends.

“Echo” is a word that comes from the verb “estar”, which has a variety of meanings. If we want to translate the word “echar”, some direct translations can be “to send forth”, “to send away” and “to throw out”. lastly the term “de” is a preposition that means “of” in English and “menos” means “less”.

A common way to say I miss you in Latin America

textingBut if we want to make a more direct translation of the phrase “I miss you” into Spanish, the correct way is to say “te extraño”. It is very common in the region of Latin America. “Te”, like we have seen before, is an object pronoun used for the singular and familiar version of “you”, “tú” in Spanish. An important thing is that if you want to use this phrase with someone you do not know with, you should change the term “te” to “se”. “Se” is an object pronoun that is used like the formal version of “you”, “usted” in Spanish. “Extraño” is a verb that comes from the Spanish verb “extrañar”, which means “to miss” in English.

Finally another way to say “I miss you” in Spanish is the phrase “me haces falta”. “Me” is the direct object pronoun for “yo”, which is the first person singular pronoun meaning “I” in English. “Haces” is the conjugated form of the Spanish verb “hacer”, which means “to do”, “to make” or “to cause” in English. And the term “falta” is a noun which means “lack”, “absence” or “want”.
These are the most used ways to express “I miss you” in Spanish. aim to opt for the most accurate depending on the person and the region where he or she lives.