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Literally means "I want you" in spanish, but doesn't always mean that one wants you. While in English one can change from "I like you" to "I love you", Spanish speakers usually has three transitions:

1. "Me gustas" (I like you)

2. "Te quiero!" (I love you in a soft and general way like "Luv ya")

3. "Te amo" (I love you, very strong and intimate)
1. During class, Tom whispered "Me gusta esta nina" to his best friend while glancing at the girl in front of the class. (I like that girl)

2. Ligia shrieked "Julia! Gracias! Te quierooo!" hugging her friend hard. Julia gave her a CD of her favorite artist.

3. John nervously looked deeply into Alicia's eyes, who he was dating for one year already, and said "Alicia... Te amo..." and then kissed her tenderly after seeing her shocked but happy face.
by Techmaga October 28, 2006
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Native Spanish speaker here.

Directly translated as “I want you” but it is often used as a casual “I love you” among Spanish speakers. Usually used with parents, siblings, friends, etc.

Meanwhile “Te Amo” is considered very intimate and usually only used with a partner. Even then it may only be said sparingly or during intimate moments such as the first time someone says I love you. Spanish speakers usually revert back to using “te quiero” or even saying “i love you” if both parties speak mostly English
I’m leaving for work now, te quiero!
vs
Te Amo, will you marry me?
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People that speak english oftenly confuse this as 'I love you' thats becuse has no specifically meaning, is something that you can translate, but you can interpretate. Its like saying a friendly I love you, you can say that to a friend or someone that you just are talking with that can evolve into something. its to demostrate that you care for them and appreciate them.
john: Hey, just got you the tickets for the concert
sara: OMG!!! You are the best, te quiero mucho
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Literally means "I want you" in spanish, but doesn't always mean that one wants you. While in English one can change from "I like you" to "I love you", Spanish speakers usually has three transitions:

1. "Me gustas" (I like you)

2. "Te quiero!" (I love you in a soft and general way like "Luv ya")

3. "Te amo" (I love you, very strong and intimate)
1. During class, Tom whispered "Me gusta esta nina" to his best friend while glancing at the girl in front of the class. (I like that girl)

2. Ligia shrieked "Julia! Gracias! Te quierooo!" hugging her friend hard. Julia gave her a CD of her favorite artist.

3. John nervously looked deeply into Alicia's eyes, who he was dating for one year already, and said "Alicia... Te amo mucho!" and then kissed her tenderly after seeing her shocked but happy face.
by Techmaga October 27, 2006
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I’m adding a definition as a Spanish Speaker.

Te quIero is I love you but is something you would say to your mom , dad, son, daughter or anyone you wouldn’t be sexually intimate With while Te amo is romantic and sexual love you would say to a spouse or love interests.
Te quiero mama!
Te quiero papa!
Te quiero hijo (son)!

Versus
Te amo my wife
Te amo let’s get married
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Spanish texted frase meaning "I like you like a friend" the absence of the space between "te" and "quiero" makes the difference between the common frase "te quiero" meaning "I like or love you like a g/f or b/f". This difference is only made by texting, and is commonly used between friends when they are saying good bye.
Example 1:
Person 1: See you tomorrow
Person 2: Yes
Person 1: Bye
Person 2: Bye
Person 1: tequiero

Example 2:
You are a great friend, I can always trust on you tequiero.
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