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Essay Like And Dislike In Spanish

I like the sounds and the rythm of the language, the way word are bouncing. I understand why Eminem is not French...Also, It s very easy to convey an idea with a minimum of words.

My native language, many different sounds.
As most of the sounds are "flat", not stressed, to my mind, it is easy to learn orally, (written French is tricky and has been created to torture foreigners!!!), also it is very flexible to play with the tone. Thus you can pronunce a same sentence, according to the sound you say it, the meaning change.

sounds sexy and familiar

idem (sexy), but the sound of "j" isn't nice to my ear.I guess it is the same for English native speaker who hear the French "r".

Sounds weird.

Sometime I like the melody of the language. Sometime I think it sounds ridiculous. very long sentence, take your breath...

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How do you say “I like _____” in Spanish?

Me gusta is one of the most useful basic expressions. We’re constantly talking about things we do and don’t like, and it’s no different in Spanish.

But, this can be a tricky verb, as in some cases it doesn’t follow the normal rules. Fear not, by the end of this post you will get it.

We’ll also cover how to say you love something, want something, or hate something.

“I like” in Spanish: Me gusta

  • Me gusta el helado (I like ice cream).
  • A Manuel le gusta leer. (Manuel likes to read)
  • A Ana le gusta el chocolate. (Ana likes chocolate)

“I don’t like”: No me gusta

  • No me gusta el brócoli (I don’tlike broccoli).
  • A Camila no le gusta madrugar. (Camila doesn’t like waking up early)
  • No me gusta trabajar los domingos. (I don’t like working on sundays)


Notice, this is different from how things “usually” are for conjugations. The verb isn’t changing, we’re just changing the object in front. While confusing in relation to other Spanish verbs, if you look at it from an English standpoint – it’s pretty simple.

Instead of “I like” it’s “me gusta”. “You like” is “te gusta”. See how we’re just making the I/you/she/etc change the part in front, and then leaving the “like” as “gusta”?

I likeMe gusta
You likeTe gusta
He likesLe gusta
She likesLe gusta
It likesLe gusta
You like (plural)Les gusta
We likeNos gusta
They likeLes gusta

“Love” verb in Spanish: Amar

  • Yo amo a mi familia (I love my family).
  • Gustavo ama a su país. (Gustavo loves his country)
  • Daniel ama a su esposa. (Daniel loves his wife)


Now, we’re back to normal conjugations ?

I loveYo amo
You loveTú amas
You love (formal)Usted ama
He lovesÉl ama
She lovesElla ama
It lovesEso ama
You love (plural)Ustedes aman
We loveNosotros amamos
They loveEllos aman

To make it negative (I don’t like), just add “no” in front of the verb. For instance “yo no amo” (I don’t love). If you are talking about loving someone, for instance “les amo” (I love them), to negate it, the “no” goes before all of that, “no les amo” (I don’t love them).

“Hate” verb in Spanish: Odiar

  • Él odia las mentiras (He hates the lies).
  • Gabriel odia llegar tarde. (Gabriel hates arriving late)
  • Luz odia a su jefe. (Luz hates her boss)


Again, standard conjugation. Easy peasy!

I hateYo odio
You hateTú odias
You hate (formal)Usted odia
He hatesEl odia
She hatesElla odia
It hatesEso odia
You love (plural)Ustedes odian
We love/td>Nosotros odiamos
They hateEllos odian

“Want” verb in Spanish: Querer

  • Ella quiere un perro (She wants a dog).
  • Carlos quiere ver a su familia. (Carlos wants to see his family)
  • Valentine quiere dulces. (Valentine wants sweets)

Negative Examples

  • Yo no quiero verte más (I don’t want to see you anymore).
  • Él no quiere ir a clase. (He doesn’t want to go to class)
  • Los niños no quieren comer vegetales. (The kids don’t want to eat vegetables)


There are a few irregular conjugations for this verb, but we use it so often that you’ll want to memorize it cold. Get our flashcards to do that for free here.

I wantYo quiero
You wantTú quieres
You want (formal)Usted quiere
He wantsEl quiere
She wantsElla quiere
It wantsEso quiere
You want (plural)Ustedes quieren
We wantNosotros queremos
They wantEllos quieren

Note: Quiero also means “I love”, depending on the context (but it’s usually I want). For instance, “te quiero” means “I love you”, but it’s much less serious than “te amo”. For instance, girls will tell their girlfriends “te quiero” all the time, but not “te amo”. If you’re dating someone, “te quiero” is when you’re dating after awhile, and “te amo” is when things get really serious. “Te amo” is very strong.

“Do you like?” in Spanish: ¿Te gusta?

To ask for preferences in Spanish we follow this structure:

¿Nosotros queremos comer más?
Conjugation + complement

Both have the same meaning. Here are more examples:

  • ¿Te gusta ir de fiesta? (Do you like to party?)
  • ¿Te gustan los animales? (Do you like animals?)
  • ¿Te gusta aprender con BaseLang? (Do you like learning with BaseLang?)

Me Gusta Practice

Now, complete this according to your likes and dislikes.

There’s no answer key for this since it’s just your personal opinion.

  1. Me gusta _________________________________________________
  2. No me gusta _____________________________________________
  3. Yo amo ___________________________________________________
  4. Odio ______________________________________________________
  5. Yo quiero ________________________________________________
  6. Yo no quiero _____________________________________________

For more free practice, click here to get our private flashcards.

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