Do you feel confident talking about what you like in Spanish? I’m sure you’ve managed to use “me gusta(n) correctly. But, do you know at least 5 or 10 ways to say “I like” or do you stick to just one?
Everyone is saying “me gusta” like a parrot. To be honest, we all seem to get fixed on epressions that we finally grasp. I’ve been there too.
However, if you want to develop your oral Spanish, you should get out of the comfort zone ALL THE TIME. That’s how you level up, basically.
In today’s post, I’ll show you 10 expressions to say “I like” in Spanish. Just like a native speaker would do. You’ll replace “me gusta”, I swear.
These expressions will help you improve your vocabulary, understand native speakers better, sound more natural and, generally, impress Spanish-speaking friends.
Bear in mind though, most expressions, except 6 and 7, are exactly used like “me gusta” / “me gustan”.
That is, we use “me gusta” for singular nouns or verbs (me gusta el cine / ver películas) and “me gustan” for plural nouns (me gustan las películas).
And this is very important: verb coincides in number with the item or activity that the person like, not with the person.
1) ME ENCANTA(N)
This is probably the most common way to say “I like” in Spanish after “me gusta”.
“Encantar” means to love something, not necessarily in a romantic way. You could say to your partner “me encantas”, though.
It’s definitely more intense than simply “me gusta”. This means we DON’T need the word “mucho” next to the verb. It doesn’t sound right. If you want to put some emphasis, focus on intonation of the verb and gestures.
What is tricky about this expression? You should be comfortable using indirect object pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les) if you want to say what others like. If not, just stick to “me”.
Examples: Me encanta el cine de terror (a mí) / Les encantan las películas de terror (a ellos/as).
2) ME APASIONA(N)
“Apasionar” means to make someone passionate about something.
Similarly, this is an intense verb in terms of meaning. Therefore, you should leave “mucho” out if you want to sound natural.
This expression is used like the previous one: “me apasiona” for singular nouns or verbs and “me apasionan” for plural nouns.
Examples: Me apasiona el deporte / practicar deporte (a mí). Les apasionan los deportes de riesgo (a ellos/as).
3) ME ENTUSIASMA(N)
A less common way to say “I like” in Spanish is “me entusiasma” o “me entusiasman”.
“Entusiasmar” means to make someone enthusiastic about something. We also have words “entusiasmo” (enthusiasm) and “entusiasta” or “entusiasmado/a” (enthusiastic). If you want to learn how to use these two adjectives, make sure to click here.
And if you want to use this expression properly: avoid “mucho”, use it like “me gusta(n)”, and be careful with indirect object pronouns.
Examples: Te entusiasma leer (a ti) / Me entusiasman los libros (a mí).
4) ME FASCINA(N)
“Fascinar” means to fascinate someone. That’s why we also have the adjective “fascinante” (fascinating).
Luckily, it’s also used like the previous expression. In other words, it’s an intense verb that doesn’t requiere “mucho”, is used like “me gusta”, and also includes indirect object pronouns.
As you can see, mastering indirect object pronouns can make your life much easier when speaking Spanish.
Examples: Nos fascina la moda (a nosotros) / Os fascinan los diseños exclusivos (a vosotros/as).
5) ME AGRADA(N)
Unlike the previous expressions, this one isn’t as intense. You could actually use “mucho”.
In fact, it could be a very accurate synonym to “me gusta”, since the previous expressions are a bit more intense in meaning, perhaps closer to “I love”.
“Agradar” means to be pleasing (“agradable” in Spanish) to someone or to please someone.
Regardless of the slighly toned down meaning, it’s exactly used like the previous expressions.
Examples: Me agrada bailar (a mí) / Nos agradan los bailes tradicionales (a nosotros).
This way to say “I like” in Spanish is very different to the previous expressions.
“Adorar” obviously means to adore, that’s why we have the adjective “adorable” (with Spanish pronunciation, please).
Moreover, it’s only used with singular/plural nouns or verbs after “adoro”. Exactly, you don’t need indirect object pronouns (me, te, le, nos, os, les).
You just need to conjugate the verb to suit the subject or subjects, that is, the person or people adoring something.
Examples: (Yo) Adoro ver la televisión / (Nosotros) Adoramos las series de televisión.
7) SOY (MUY) FAN DE…
This expression is certainly colloquial, mainly used in oral contexts. It literally means to “be a huge fan of something or someone”.
If you want to intensity the meaning even more, you can use “muy” before the word “fan”. If not, just leave it out to mean that you really like something.
This expression is usually followed by nouns (and articles) or verbs. Besides, you should only conjugate the verb “ser” to refer to your passions or someone else’s.
Examples: Yo soy (muy) fan de leer los libros antes de ver las películas. Ellos son muy fans de las películas de ciencia-ficción.
8) ME CHIFLA(N)
“Chiflar” is a very colloquial way to say “be nuts about” in Spanish. In fact, it’s mostly used by young native speakers. This applies to the following expressions as well.
To use it correctly, you just need to forget “mucho”, choose the right indirect object pronoun, and make the verb coincide with the thing that the person likes in terms of number.
Example: Me chifla ir de fiesta (a mí) / Les chiflan las fiestas (a ellos).
9) ME FLIPA(N)
“Flipar” is a colloquial verb to say “go crazy for” or “go mental for”. As you can see, the meaning is pretty much intense. So, what’s the result? You shoud leave out “mucho” again.
Similarly, this expression is exactly used like “me gusta” or “ me gustan”. If you want to give it a colloquial twist to your speech, make sure to remember the last expressions.
Examples: Me flipan las excursiones a la montaña / Le flipa ir a la montaña (a él/ella).
10) ME MOLA(N)
This final way to say “I like” in Spanish means to “be cool to someone” or, in a more old-fashioned way, “to be the bees’ knees”.
“Me mola” could be considered the accurate and colloquial version of “I like”, without any intensity in its nuances. Therefore, you could use “mucho” with it.
If you want to use this expression right, just remember to use the relevant indirect object pronoun (me, te, le, nos, os, les) and make the verb coincide in number with the thing or activity that you or others like.
Examples: Me mola tocar la guitarra / Le molan las guitarras eléctricas.
USE THE EXPRESSION THAT DESCRIBES YOU THE BEST
Are you very vocal about your preferences? Make sure to use those “intense” expressions. If not, you can always stick to “me agrada” o “me mola”.
Bear in mind, though. you can use expressions 1-6 in pretty much every context, but try to use expressions 7-10 only in informal contexts.
Moreover, you should use “mucho” carefully, depending on the intensity of meaning of each verb. And don’t forget to use the appropiate indirect object pronouns!
I hope you found this blog post useful and start sounding like a native speaker little by little! If you have any difficulties, make sure to leave a comment below or send a message here.
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Finally, let’s practice: what 5 things do you really like? Use 5 of these expressions in different ways to practice! I’ll correct you.