Today I’ve got some Spanish relationship vocabulary to share with you.
Quick note, in case you haven’t been around lately…
I’m teaching a bit of Spanish these days, over on YouTube.
It’s just a fun project I’m doing, to distract myself from my real (online) job – and possibly grow my influence on the interwebs.
At the time of writing, Valentine’s Day is coming up. And you might be thinking about your relationship status with your crush, spouse or significant other.
If said crush, etc is Spanish (or generally Spanish-speaking), you just might need some vocabulary to talk about the situation and its implications.
So, let’s do this…
Spanish vocabulary to talk about relationships
Here’s the video, if you want to check out the list of words you’ll find that underneath…
Okay, so, here’s the list of vocabulary. There’s a bit more explanation and context in the video, so you should definitely watch that. Also, head by my channel to like and subscribe… thanks!
Types of relationships in Spanish
These words will give you some idea of how to talk about the different relationship statuses.
amigos = friends
novio = boyfriend
novia = girlfriend
mi pareja = my partner / significant other (gender neutral)
mi chico / mi chica = my boyfriend / my girlfriend (more casually)
amigos con derecho a roce = friends with benefits
follamigos = fuckbuddies
marido = husband
mujer = wife (and also, woman)
esposo / esposa = husband / wife (but not very common these days, at least in Spain)
amante = lover
media naranja / alma gemela = soul mate
crush / amor platónico = crush (the person)
Relationship verbs in Spanish
Here are some verbs to talk about moving your relationship forward, or ending it.
I guess one day I’ll get around to explaining reflexive verbs and how they work. Just know, for now, that the “se” at the end means they’re reflexive.
casarse = to get married
separarse = to split up (a married couple)
divorciarse = to get divorced
estar saliendo con alguien = to be going out with someone
dejarse con alguien = to break up with someone
acostarse con alguien = sleep with someone
Of course, there are a few other ways to talk about sleeping with someone in Spanish, but we’ll do them another time. Mirando pa’ Cuenca, anyone?
Adjectives to talk about relationships in Spanish
We use these adjectives with “ser” or “estar”, which is a long story in itself. Apparently they’re somewhat interchangeable, so this is just how I’ve heard them most often.
estar soltero = to be single
estar casado = to be married
estar divorciado = to be divorced
ser viudo = to be a widower
ser viuda = to be a widow
The ser / estar thing is probably a bit complicated, because in theory it’s “estar” for temporary things, but then “Pepe está muerto” is about as permanent as a situation can be… and it’s with “estar”.
Anyway, I haven’t looked at the rules for a proper use of ser and estar since I was a teenager. Maybe I’ll get to that in a future lesson.
Anyway, that’s about all I’ve got for today…
Wanna learn more Spanish?
And maybe you could check out my podcast as well. It’s called Spain to Go, and it’s pretty good.
Nada más por hoy.
I hope you have a great day out there, whatever it is you’re doing.
Daniel AKA Mr Chorizo.
P.S. The other day a woman came up to me in a café and said “MR CHORIZO!” First time that’s happened to me out in the wild. Anyway, it’s an honor to meet people who have enjoyed the blog. So if you see me out there, say hi. ¡Hasta la próxima!