“I love you” in Portuguese

Do you want to learn how to say I love you in portuguese? If your answer is YES, this article is for you!

Love, love! After surfing the internet for some interesting topic ideas, I noticed that many people are looking for information on “how to say I love you in Portuguese”! In fact, the motivation of Portuguese students to learn the language is often related to their Portuguese partner.

There are 3 major reasons for studying Portuguese:

1. Professional reasons (business).

2. Change of residence to Portugal.

3. And, of course, love! Let’s talk a little bit about love in Portuguese and ways of expressing that love

Impress your love in Portuguese!

Surprise your partner with a declaration of love in Portuguese! Think about the reaction and face of your love when you hear him talk about his passion in Portuguese. Do you feel ready to learn? So let’s start!

The Portuguese and Brazilians are not afraid to show their emotions to their partner. Often, in the first encounter, the Latin blood that flows in the veins of the Portuguese makes them demonstrate the passion they feel.  And if we think about it, why not? Life is very short and should be lived with maximum intensity.


1. “Amo-te”.

The most common form of saying “I love you” in Portuguese. It is used only between couples. It is not very common among friends or family. It is usually not used on a first date. If someone says,  “Amo-te / I love you” you can respond “também te amo / I love you too” or … “EU não te amo / I do not love you.”

2. “Gosto muito de ti”.

It’s a less intense way of saying, “I love you!” Widely used among couples and also among friends and family. Some people feel more comfortable and less committed with this phrase. Very often used in the early stages of a love relationship.

3. “Adoro-te”.

It is an intermediate solution. Stronger than “I like you” and less intense than “I love you”. Used by couples, friends and family. It is a very commonly used option in the early stages of relationships, such as “I really like you.”

4. “Queres namorar comigo”?

In English the equivalent is: ‘will you go out with me?’. If the answer is “yes,” then it means that these two people are starting a loving relationship. If the answer is no, maybe the other person wants only a relationship without commitment.

5. “Estou apaixonado por ti”.

In the initial phase of the relationship comes the passion!  This is a phrase used by lovers in these first days (or weeks … or months …) where we feel butterflies in the belly. In English the translation is: “I am in love with you!”


6. “Tu completas-me”

This phraseconveys the idea of ​​unity: the two people together form one unit and the two parts are necessary to create one. It’s a phrase that characterizes the passion phase! “You make me feel complete” is a good translation for this Portuguese phrase.

7. “És o meu Mundo”!

It is a phrase that conveys the idea of ​​unconditional love and passion. Whoever says this sentence assumes that her partner is the most important person in his life. It is a Portuguese phrase of great intensity! “you are my world” is the translation of this sentence.

8. “Tu és o amor da minha vida”

When the Portuguese feel that their partner is the right person and is a unique and irreplaceable person, then this is the phrase they often use. The phrase gives the idea of ​​a unique and irreducible event in life. It is a very strong phrase that very clearly conveys the feeling of pure love.

SHORT portuguese love sayings

Eu amo-te — I love you

Eu adoro-te — I adore you

Eu quero-te –— I want you

Tu fazes-me feliz — you make me happy

Eu quero ver-te feliz! — I want to see you happy

Eu preciso de ti – I need you

Eu amo-te todos os dias – I love you every day

Tu completas-me — You make me feel complete

Eu só quero amar-te —I just want to love you

Tu és tudo para mim — you are everthing to me

Quando estou contigo estou nos braços da paz – When I am with you, I am at the peace’s arms.

Tu iluminas a minha vida — you light up my life

Ao teu lado, ando de olhos fechados — Beside you I can walk with my eyes closed

Gosto muito de ti — I like you very much

eu amo-te tanto — I love you so much

Eu não consigo de parar de pensar em ti — I can’t stop thinking of you

hoje já te disse que te amo muito? — Have I told you that I love you today?

Vou amar-te para sempre! — I will love you forever

Estou apaixonado por ti – I am in love with you

Roubaste o meu coração! — you have stolen my heart

Tu és a razão da minha vida — You are the reason I live for

Sem ti não sou nada! — I am nothing without you.

Vou amar-te até ao fim da minha vida — I will love you until the end of my life.

Não posso viver sem ti! — I can’t live without you

Amar como eu te amo, só uma vez na vida! — Loving as I love you, just once in a lifetime!

Quero que faças parte da minha vida — I want you to be part of my life!

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How To Call Your Partner in Portuguese

Let’s now tell you the words or phrases we use to call our special one.

“Fofinho ou fofinha”

It is a very affectionate expression and widely used by Portuguese couples.


The word sweet means “sweet”. It is equivalent to the English expression “sweetie” in English. Use the expression often with your love and you will see that the relationship will improve even more!


I personally I find this word very cute. It literally means “heart” and it is an expression that expresses great affection.


A “slang” solution to express your love. A very cute way of calling your loved one. If you use it, you will obtain smiles and laughs in return. “Xuxu” is more Brazilian Portuguese than European Portuguese. It is used in a caring and funny way.


As you probably already know, “bebé” means “baby”. We use much less than English speakers do. In Portuguese it sounds, in my opinion, a bit ridiculous… However, it sounds sweet too!

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How to say "I love you" in European Portuguese
The Portuguese and Brazilians are not afraid to show their emotions to their partner.