5 Heartfelt Ways to Say I Miss You in Spanish | Discover Discomfort (2022)

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



I miss you

I miss you

I miss you / I need you

I wish you were here

I can't wait to see you


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Most Common Ways to Say I Miss You in Spanish

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Te extraño

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 extrañoI miss you (singular)
Lo extrañoI miss him
La extrañoI miss her
Los extrañoI miss you (male group or mixed male and female group)
Las extrañoI miss you (female group of people)
Los extrañoI miss them (male group or mixed male and female group)
Las extrañoI 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 menosI miss you (singular)
Lo echo de menosI miss him
La echo de menosI miss her
Los echo de menosI miss you (male group or mixed male and female group)
Las echo de menosI miss you (female group of people)
Los echo de menosI miss them (male group or mixed male and female group)
Las echo de menosI 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.

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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 faltaI miss you / I need you (singular)
Me hace faltaI need him / her
Me hacen faltaI 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 aquíI wish you were here (singular)
Ojalá estuviera aquíI wish he / she was here
Ojalá estuvieran aquíI 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 verteI can’t wait to see you (singular)
Ya quiero verloI can’t wait to see him
Ya quiero verlaI can’t wait to see her
Ya quiero verlosI can’t wait to see them or I can’t wait to see you (plural – masc and fem)

How to Respondto 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”.

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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.

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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:


  1. Mi abuelo añora su infancia, cuando vivía en España.
  2. Añoro aquellas épocas en las que pasaba toda la noche de fiesta con mis amigos.


  1. My grandfather longs for his childhood, when he lived in Spain.
  2. I miss those times when I used to spend all night partying with my friends
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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.


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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.


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  6. I can't stop thinking about you.
  7. I can't wait to be with you again.
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Literally, "my treasure". In other contexts it can also be "honey", or other things.

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  2. Invite him to do something with you in the near future.
  3. Share an inside joke.
  4. Reminisce about a good time that you had together.
  5. Ask him how his day is going.
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Noun. bicho malo m (plural bichos malos) (idiomatic) nasty piece of work.

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(very informal) adjective (Mexico) naked ⧫ starkers (very informal)

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The OK

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“Darling” in Italian: Tesoro

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Amo a mi marido con todo mi corazón.

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  2. I long for you.
  3. I yearn for you.
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  5. You crossed my mind.
  6. I've been thinking of you.
  7. I feel sad without you.
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Joannes Est Nomen Ejus

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What does Chichi mean in Mexican? ›

chichi. 1 (vulva) fanny (vulgar); beaver (vulgar); (EEUU) 2 (México) (teta) tit (vulgar)

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  2. Compliment on her look.
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