I miss you in Spanish

How to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish from the Bottom of Your Heart

Missing someone in your life?

While the best antidote for that is to see them, the next best thing you can do is to express these feelings to them.

And if you are longing for someone who is a native Spanish speaker or in a Spanish-speaking country, the most meaningful way to express these feelings is in their native language.

So, here is a quick lesson on how to do just that in both Latin American and Spain Spanish.


Why You Should Learn How to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish

To show someone you care

Whether it is a friend from Costa Rica, a long-distance lover in Chile or a study abroad family you bonded with while in Spain, it feels good to show people how important they are to you. Expressing our feelings is human nature, and doing so only strengthens our bonds and relationships with one another.

To be able to express your feelings toward someone in their native language

Even if the Spanish-speaking person you are missing also speaks English, expressing your feelings for them in their native language will definitely have a more profound effect. The fact that you took the time to learn how to say “I miss you” in Spanish will also go a long way!

To further advance your language level

Learning how to express your feelings is a big component of obtaining language fluency. Learning how to say “I miss you” in Spanish is another feeling you can check off your list of feelings you know how to express in Spanish.

Since we can miss a boyfriend, girlfriend, friend or relative, and this emotion is a common one, you will likely use “I miss you” in Spanish more regularly than you might think.

How to Say “I Miss You” in Spanish from the Bottom of Your Heart

“I Miss You” in Latin American Spanish

Te extraño

This is the most common way to say “I miss you” in Latin American Spanish.

The extended version of this phrase is te extraño a ti (I miss you to you).

A ti is an object pronoun and is not necessary to include in this phrase since it’s just used for emphasis on who you miss.

Te extraño (a ti/a vos)— I miss you.

Regresa a mi lado. ¡Te extraño tanto! — Return to my side. I miss you so much!

Lo extraño (a él). — I miss him.

¿Qué tal está tu hermano? ¡Lo extraño! — How is your brother? I miss him!

La extraño (a ella)— I miss her.

Veo que tu hermana se graduó de la secundaria. ¿Puedes decirle que la extraño? — I see that your sister graduated from high school. Can you tell her that I miss her?

Los extraño (a ellos)— I miss them.

Ellos son mis amigos de mi semestre en México. Los extraño mucho. — These are my friends from my semester in Mexico. I miss them a lot.

Los extraño (a ustedes/a todos)— I miss you all.

¡Feliz Navidad a la familia Hernández. ¡Los extraño a todos! — Merry Christmas to the Hernandez family. I miss everyone!

How to respond if someone says “I miss you” to you

You can either respond by saying:

Y yo, a ti. — And I, you.

Yo también te extraño. — I miss you too.

It should be noted that in Argentina and some regions in South America, it is more common to use vos.

Vos is used instead of  to say the word “you.”

In this case, you will hear te extraño a vos instead of te extraño a ti. 

With that in mind, you would need to respond this way instead:

Y yo, a vos. — And I, you.

Yo también te extraño (a vos). — I miss you too.

Me haces falta

This way of saying “I miss you” in Spanish is not as widely used, but it can be used the same way as te extraño.

Me haces falta roughly translates to “I am lacking you.”

As the Latin culture is traditionally very romantic, me haces falta is also at the forefront of many heartfelt ballads like this Jennifer Lopez song.

How to Say “I Miss You” in Spain Spanish

Te echo de menos

This is the most common way to say “I miss you” in Spain.

The extended version is te echo de menos a ti (I miss you to you).

As mentioned in the section above on “I miss you” in Latin American Spanish, a ti is the object pronoun and is not necessary to include in this phrase.

A ti is just used for emphasis on who you miss.

Te echo de menos (a ti). — I miss you.

¿Cuándo regresas, mi amor? Te echo de menos. — When are you coming back, my love? I miss you.

Le echo de menos (a él)— I miss him.

¿Vas a la fiesta de cumpleaños de Miguel? Lo echo de menos. Dile “feliz cumpleaños” de mi parte. — Are you going to Miguel’s birthday party? I miss him. Tell him “happy birthday” from me.

La echo de menos (a ella)— I miss her.

Tu hija está creciendo muy rápido. La echo de menos muchísimo. — Your daughter is growing very fast. I miss her so much.

Los echo de menos (a ellos). —I miss them.

¿Cómo van los niños en la escuela? Los echo de menos a todos. — How are the kids doing in school? I miss them all.

Los echo de menos (a ustedes/a todos). — I miss you all.

¡Feliz Día de Reyes, Cristina! ¡A tu familia, también! Os echo de menos. — Happy Three King’s Day, Christina! To your family, as well! I miss you all.

How to respond if someone says “I miss you” to you

You can either say:

Y yo, a ti. — And I, you.

Yo tambien te echo de menos. — I miss you too.

Two Other Phrases That Use “to Miss”

Be careful not to confuse the phrases te echo en falta and me falta with the above phrases for expressing that you miss a person that you care about.

Echo en falta translates to “I am missing.”

Me falta translates to “I am lacking.”

These two phrases are used to say that you are missing someone in a formal setting (such as in a meeting or a classroom) or that you have misplaced an object and are now missing it.

For example:

Me falta Cristina en la sala de reunión. — I am missing Christina in the meeting room.

Me falta mi chaqueta. ¿La ha visto? — I am missing my jacket. Have you seen it?

Learn More About “I Miss You” in Spanish

Although there are plenty of examples here on how to say “I miss you” in Spanish, it’s worth it doing some research on your own. After all, you want to sound as genuine and as natural as possible when expressing your nostalgia.

A quick search online and you can find a variety of references for Spanish conversations about missing a certain someone, such as movies and TV shows.

If you’re short on time, FluentU has short clips of authentic Spanish media that can offer insight on the above vocab in numerous contexts.

As a language learning app, FluentU also includes useful features for an engaging and immersive learning experience. Other than the interactive dual-language captions in videos, the app also has built-in grammar tools, such as a video-based dictionary and quizzes tailored to your progress.


Now do not waste another minute—tell the person or people you miss that you miss them!

Kaleena Stroud is a copywriter for B2B, eCommerce and online course creators. She has lived and worked as an Admissions Coordinator at a Spanish language school in both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Barcelona, Spain. She now lives in Barcelona and runs an online writing company found at KaleenaStroud.com.

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