Here are 13 romantic ways to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese.
When people ask me how to say I love you in Portuguese, I usually joke, “vamos comer comida japonesa, eu pago.” (English: let’s eat Japanese food. I pay the bill. Just kidding.)
Whether you are in a romantic relationship with a native speaker or trying to get into one, here are some romantic ways to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese.
Remember that the official language of Brazil is Brazilian Portuguese, which is very similar to the one spoken in Portugal. So chances are you can also use these romantic expressions when talking to a Portuguese.
13 Ways To Say I Love You In Brazilian Portuguese
Te amo – I love you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: teh ah-moe
(To the tune of Te Amo from Rihanna…)
The most literal way to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese is te amo or eu te amo.
In the Portuguese language, you don’t necessarily need the subject in the sentence, in this case, eu. You can simply write/say the verb and object, and this is true for all examples in this article.
Anyway, we say te amo to express familiar, affectionate, and romantic love in Portuguese. So you can literally say this to everyone you love as long as you know each other well.
I mean, it would be really awkward if you said I love you to a Brazilian friend you’ve met a couple of times. We are warm and affectionate people, but not that much. Lol.
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Amo você – I love you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: ah-moe voh-ceh
Amo você is just another way of saying eu te amo, or I love you.
It literally means (I) love you, but similarly to the previous phrase, you can leave the subject out and write or say only the verb and object.
Still, if you want to use the subject, the sentence would be eu amo você. This expression is one of the most used to say you love someone. It’s short and powerful.
Eu gosto muito de você – I really like you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: eh-oo gohs-tu muin-tu deh voh-ceh
(To the tune of I Really Like You from Carly Rae Jepsen…)
Some people find it difficult to get the word amor (English translation: love) out of their mouths. In that case, you can use a softened way to say I love you in Portuguese.
Many Brazilian Portuguese speakers say this romantic sentence in the weeks following a te amo. It’s almost as if we were finding the courage to say the words, and we say I really like you to get used to the idea of expressing feelings.
You can use this expression for romantic partners or friends when wishing them a happy birthday or Merry Christmas.
Eu te amo is Portuguese for I love you.
Te adoro – I adore you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: teh ah-doh-ru
Te adoro is a Portuguese phrase used to express both romantic feelings and affection to friends and family.
Like the first Portuguese expression in this article, you can use or not use the subject eu as in eu te adoro.
This romantic phrase is not as strong as saying te amo so it’s something you would use in the early stages of a relationship.
Você é o meu amor – You’re my love in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: voh-ceh eh o meh-uh ah-moer
Portuguese has endless terms of endearment to express affection, and você é o meu amor is one of them.
You can use this beautiful expression to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese without actually saying it.
It has a strong meaning, and should be used with someone you’re very intimate with.
Estou apaixonado(a) por você – I’m in love with you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: ess-toh-uh a-paj-sho-na-du por voh-ceh
In Portuguese, we only have two grammatical genders at the time being. In general, the feminine form ends in -a, and the masculine form ends in -o.
So, if you identify yourself as a woman, you should say apaixonada. Likewise, if you identify yourself as a man, you should say apaixonado.
If you have a different gender identity, you can obviously use the form you’re most comfortable with, but in writing, many are using an -x instead of -a or -o, which would make it apaixonadx.
Saying you’re in love with someone in Portuguese is definitely a strong way to express yourself.
Você me completa – You make me feel complete in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: voh-ceh meh com-pleh-tah
Você me completa is the perfect expression to declare your love to someone in Portuguese.
Brazilian culture is very social and not so individualistic, so when we are in a romantic relationship, it is not unusual to make the other person an important part of our lives—our other half.
That’s why when you say você me completa, you’re expressing such a strong meaning.
Você é o mundo para mim – You are the world to me in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: voh-ceh eh o moon-du pah-rah min
Similar to the previous Portuguese expression, this phrase is used to say your partner is everything to you.
As hopeless romantic people, we dive head first into relationships and make our significant other an essential part of our lives.
By saying you’re the world to me, you are letting others know you’re deeply in love with them.
Eu sou doido(a) por você – I’m crazy for you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: eh-oo sow doh-ee-doh por voh-ceh
When you say you’re crazy for someone, you’re expressing your deep love and passion for that person.
Eu sou doidx por você has a strong meaning, and it can be used when you fall head over heels for someone, and the butterflies in the tummy become a daily part of life.
Eu tenho saudade de você – I miss you in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: eh-oo ten-io sau-dah-dee dee voh-ceh
Saudade is perhaps one of the most important words in Portuguese.
There is no literal English translation for saudade, but in general terms, it means you miss someone.
You can also say only saudades or saudades de você. No need to complicate it. These expressions mean the same and are a beautiful way to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese.
Você é tudo para mim – You are everything to me in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: voh-ceh eh too-du pah-rah min
If you’re looking for the perfect expression to say someone is very important to you, você é tudo para mim will do the trick.
It’s a strong phrase to say you love someone, and it is perfect for Valentine’s Day (February 14) or Dia dos Namorados (June 12).
It expresses a passionate love and how you deeply care about that person. It’s a very romantic way to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese.
Você é o amor da minha vida – You are the love of my life in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: voh-ceh eh o ah-moer da min-niah vee-dah
Mostly used in long-term relationships because of its strong significance, this Portuguese expression is incredibly romantic and expresses deep love.
While you can use many of the phrases above when talking to friends, this one is suited only for a romantic relationship.
By saying it, you show intense feelings and intentions. It means you’ve found true love and can’t think of your future with anyone else.
Te amo do fundo do meu coração – I love you from the bottom of my heart in Brazilian Portuguese
- Pronunciation: teh ah-moe douh foon-doh douh meh-uh co-rah-saw
We, Brazilians, are very expressive, and when we love, we are intense. So it’s not unusual to show love by using intensifiers in a sentence.
Te amo do fundo do meu coração is a beautiful way to say I love you in Brazilian Portuguese, and it is best used with romantic partners or someone you’re sincerely, deeply in love with.
Final Thoughts On How To Say I Love You In Portuguese
While Brazilian Portuguese isn’t a known romantic language, these heart-related expressions above are sure to bring you close to your dear ones.
You can use them with both Brazilian and Portuguese people (and probably with people from most Portuguese-speaking countries, too).
Long live the love. Cheers!
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