Compliments In Spanish


So there are loads of compliments in Spanish just like English. Probably the first thing to get straight is whether the compliment is temporary or permanent. Since Spanish has two forms of “to be”, ser and estar, it’s common for people new to Spanish not to know which verb to use or when to use one or the other when complimenting someone on their looks or personality.

Since estar is more for temporary situations use it when complimenting someone at that particular time. If you want to tell a woman that she looks beautiful right now or today or this evening you can say:

You look beautiful. (You look beautiful right now)
Estás hermosa.
eh-STAHS ehr-moh-sah.

To compliment a guy:

You look handsome. (You look handsome right now)
Estás guapo.
eh-STAHS gwah-poh.

If you want to tell someone they are a beautiful woman or a handsome man, use ser since it has permanent instead of temporary connotations:

You are beautiful.
Eres hermosa.
eh-rehs ehr-moh-sah.

You are handsome.
Eres guapo.
eh-rehs gwah-poh.

I go into more detail about saying compliments like beautiful, handsome, cute and pretty in this post about beautiful in Spanish.

There are a couple of exceptions to the temporary estar and permanent ser formula with bueno/a and rico/a. When you use bueno/a with ser it means a good person. When you use it with estar it means “hot” (sexy).

She is a good person.
Ella es buena.
eh-yah ehs bweh-nah.

She is hot. (sexy)
Ella está buena.
eh-yah es-TAH bweh-nah.

He is a good person.
Él es bueno.
EHL ehs bweh-noh.

He is hot. (sexy)
Él está bueno.
EHL es-TAH bweh-noh.

Rico/a with ser means “rich” (wealthy). Rico/a with estar means “cute” or “sexy.”

She is rich.
Ella es rica.
eh-yah ehs ree-kah.

She is cute or sexy.
Ella está rica.
eh-yah ehs-TAH ree-kah.

He is rich.
Él es rico.
EHL ehs ree-koh.

He is cute or sexy.
Él está rico.
EHL ehs-TAH ree-koh.

Here is how you can give compliments directly to someone or indirectly through a third person. Take one of the phrases below and plug in a word from below the phrases. Use muy (it means “very”) if you want to emphasize the compliment.

You are (very) _____.
Eres (muy) _____.
eh-rehs (mwee) _____.
[He/She] is (very) _____.
(Él/Ella) es (muy) _____.
( ) ehs (mwee) _____.

Go to this post if you want details about these six words to describe attractiveness.

hermoso/a
ehr-moh-soh/sah

guapo/a
gwah-poh/ah

bello/a
beh-yoh/ah

bonito/a
boh-nee-toh/ah

precioso/a
preh-see-oh-soh/sah

lindo/a
leen-doh/ah

Here are a few other translations to compliment people’s appearance:

attractive
atractivo/a
ah-trahk-tee-voh/ah

sexy
sexy
seh-ksy

elegant
elegante
eh-leh-gahn-teh

in good shape
en buena forma
ehn bweh-nah fohr-mah

Here are some translations to compliment someone’s personality:

adventurous
aventurero/a
ah-vehn-too-reh-roh/ah

affectionate
cariñoso/a
kah-ree-nyoh-soh/ah

cheerful
alegre
ah-leh-greh

confident
seguro/a
seh-goo-roh/ah

laid back
tranquilo/a
trahn-kee-loh/ah

flirtatious
coqueto/a
koh-keh-toh/ah

friendly
simpático/a
seem-pAH-tee-koh/ah

fun
divertido/a
dee-vehr-tee-doh/ah

funny
gracioso/a
grah-see-oh-soh/ah

a good person
buena gente
bweh-nah hehn-teh

independent
independiente
een-deh-pehn-dee-ehn-teh

interesting
interesante
een-teh-reh-sahn-teh

intelligent
inteligente
een-teh-lee-hehn-teh

nice
amable
ah-mahb-leh

open
abierto/a
ah-bee-ehr-toh/ah

romantic
romántico/a
roh-mAHn-tee-koh/ah

sensual
sensual
sehn-swahl

smart
listo/a
lees-toh/ah

sweet
dulce
dool-seh

a hard worker
un/a trabajador/a
oon/ah trah-bah-hah-dohr/ah

Responding to compliments:

(Thanks), you too.
(Gracias), tú también.
(Grah-see-ahs), tOO tahm-bee-EHn.

Thanks for the compliment.
Gracias por el cumplido.
grah-see-ahs pohr ehl koom-plee-doh.

If someone is giving flattering or flirtatious compliments they call it echando flores which translates to “tossing flowers.” Those type of compliments are called piropos. Piropos also include cheesy compliments like:

So many curves and me with no brakes.
Tantas curvas y yo sin frenos.
tahn-tahs koor-vahs ee yoh seen freh-nohs.

Related posts:

  1. Sexy Spanish Phrases


4 Responses to Compliments In Spanish
  1. Diana

    I lyk the fact that i can learn some few spanish words, thanx. Have a Spanish friend on facebook and its always a problem to chat

  2. sonia

    im currently trying to learn spainish,asfast as possible..long story.your site has helped me so much,[with the pronuciation underneatheach phrase}.just wanted to say thankyou. mucho gracias!

    • Jason

      con mucho gusto

  3. jacob

    Love your site!! i have latina co worker that i cannot get over. Ella tiena un novio pero no ea problemo!! ;)

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Compliments In Spanish


So there are loads of compliments in Spanish just like English. Probably the first thing to get straight is whether the compliment is temporary or permanent. Since Spanish has two forms of “to be”, ser and estar, it’s common for people new to Spanish not to know which verb to use or when to use one or the other when complimenting someone on their looks or personality.

Since estar is more for temporary situations use it when complimenting someone at that particular time. If you want to tell a woman that she looks beautiful right now or today or this evening you can say:

You look beautiful. (You look beautiful right now)
Estás hermosa.
eh-STAHS ehr-moh-sah.

To compliment a guy:

You look handsome. (You look handsome right now)
Estás guapo.
eh-STAHS gwah-poh.

If you want to tell someone they are a beautiful woman or a handsome man, use ser since it has permanent instead of temporary connotations:

You are beautiful.
Eres hermosa.
eh-rehs ehr-moh-sah.

You are handsome.
Eres guapo.
eh-rehs gwah-poh.

I go into more detail about saying compliments like beautiful, handsome, cute and pretty in this post about beautiful in Spanish.

There are a couple of exceptions to the temporary estar and permanent ser formula with bueno/a and rico/a. When you use bueno/a with ser it means a good person. When you use it with estar it means “hot” (sexy).

She is a good person.
Ella es buena.
eh-yah ehs bweh-nah.

She is hot. (sexy)
Ella está buena.
eh-yah es-TAH bweh-nah.

He is a good person.
Él es bueno.
EHL ehs bweh-noh.

He is hot. (sexy)
Él está bueno.
EHL es-TAH bweh-noh.

Rico/a with ser means “rich” (wealthy). Rico/a with estar means “cute” or “sexy.”

She is rich.
Ella es rica.
eh-yah ehs ree-kah.

She is cute or sexy.
Ella está rica.
eh-yah ehs-TAH ree-kah.

He is rich.
Él es rico.
EHL ehs ree-koh.

He is cute or sexy.
Él está rico.
EHL ehs-TAH ree-koh.

Here is how you can give compliments directly to someone or indirectly through a third person. Take one of the phrases below and plug in a word from below the phrases. Use muy (it means “very”) if you want to emphasize the compliment.

You are (very) _____.
Eres (muy) _____.
eh-rehs (mwee) _____.
[He/She] is (very) _____.
(Él/Ella) es (muy) _____.
( ) ehs (mwee) _____.

Go to this post if you want details about these six words to describe attractiveness.

hermoso/a
ehr-moh-soh/sah

guapo/a
gwah-poh/ah

bello/a
beh-yoh/ah

bonito/a
boh-nee-toh/ah

precioso/a
preh-see-oh-soh/sah

lindo/a
leen-doh/ah

Here are a few other translations to compliment people’s appearance:

attractive
atractivo/a
ah-trahk-tee-voh/ah

sexy
sexy
seh-ksy

elegant
elegante
eh-leh-gahn-teh

in good shape
en buena forma
ehn bweh-nah fohr-mah

Here are some translations to compliment someone’s personality:

adventurous
aventurero/a
ah-vehn-too-reh-roh/ah

affectionate
cariñoso/a
kah-ree-nyoh-soh/ah

cheerful
alegre
ah-leh-greh

confident
seguro/a
seh-goo-roh/ah

laid back
tranquilo/a
trahn-kee-loh/ah

flirtatious
coqueto/a
koh-keh-toh/ah

friendly
simpático/a
seem-pAH-tee-koh/ah

fun
divertido/a
dee-vehr-tee-doh/ah

funny
gracioso/a
grah-see-oh-soh/ah

a good person
buena gente
bweh-nah hehn-teh

independent
independiente
een-deh-pehn-dee-ehn-teh

interesting
interesante
een-teh-reh-sahn-teh

intelligent
inteligente
een-teh-lee-hehn-teh

nice
amable
ah-mahb-leh

open
abierto/a
ah-bee-ehr-toh/ah

romantic
romántico/a
roh-mAHn-tee-koh/ah

sensual
sensual
sehn-swahl

smart
listo/a
lees-toh/ah

sweet
dulce
dool-seh

a hard worker
un/a trabajador/a
oon/ah trah-bah-hah-dohr/ah

Responding to compliments:

(Thanks), you too.
(Gracias), tú también.
(Grah-see-ahs), tOO tahm-bee-EHn.

Thanks for the compliment.
Gracias por el cumplido.
grah-see-ahs pohr ehl koom-plee-doh.

If someone is giving flattering or flirtatious compliments they call it echando flores which translates to “tossing flowers.” Those type of compliments are called piropos. Piropos also include cheesy compliments like:

So many curves and me with no brakes.
Tantas curvas y yo sin frenos.
tahn-tahs koor-vahs ee yoh seen freh-nohs.

Related posts:

  1. Sexy Spanish Phrases


4 Responses to Compliments In Spanish
  1. Diana

    I lyk the fact that i can learn some few spanish words, thanx. Have a Spanish friend on facebook and its always a problem to chat

  2. sonia

    im currently trying to learn spainish,asfast as possible..long story.your site has helped me so much,[with the pronuciation underneatheach phrase}.just wanted to say thankyou. mucho gracias!

    • Jason

      con mucho gusto

  3. jacob

    Love your site!! i have latina co worker that i cannot get over. Ella tiena un novio pero no ea problemo!! ;)

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Compliments In Spanish


So there are loads of compliments in Spanish just like English. Probably the first thing to get straight is whether the compliment is temporary or permanent. Since Spanish has two forms of “to be”, ser and estar, it’s common for people new to Spanish not to know which verb to use or when to use one or the other when complimenting someone on their looks or personality.

Since estar is more for temporary situations use it when complimenting someone at that particular time. If you want to tell a woman that she looks beautiful right now or today or this evening you can say:

You look beautiful. (You look beautiful right now)
Estás hermosa.
eh-STAHS ehr-moh-sah.

To compliment a guy:

You look handsome. (You look handsome right now)
Estás guapo.
eh-STAHS gwah-poh.

If you want to tell someone they are a beautiful woman or a handsome man, use ser since it has permanent instead of temporary connotations:

You are beautiful.
Eres hermosa.
eh-rehs ehr-moh-sah.

You are handsome.
Eres guapo.
eh-rehs gwah-poh.

I go into more detail about saying compliments like beautiful, handsome, cute and pretty in this post about beautiful in Spanish.

There are a couple of exceptions to the temporary estar and permanent ser formula with bueno/a and rico/a. When you use bueno/a with ser it means a good person. When you use it with estar it means “hot” (sexy).

She is a good person.
Ella es buena.
eh-yah ehs bweh-nah.

She is hot. (sexy)
Ella está buena.
eh-yah es-TAH bweh-nah.

He is a good person.
Él es bueno.
EHL ehs bweh-noh.

He is hot. (sexy)
Él está bueno.
EHL es-TAH bweh-noh.

Rico/a with ser means “rich” (wealthy). Rico/a with estar means “cute” or “sexy.”

She is rich.
Ella es rica.
eh-yah ehs ree-kah.

She is cute or sexy.
Ella está rica.
eh-yah ehs-TAH ree-kah.

He is rich.
Él es rico.
EHL ehs ree-koh.

He is cute or sexy.
Él está rico.
EHL ehs-TAH ree-koh.

Here is how you can give compliments directly to someone or indirectly through a third person. Take one of the phrases below and plug in a word from below the phrases. Use muy (it means “very”) if you want to emphasize the compliment.

You are (very) _____.
Eres (muy) _____.
eh-rehs (mwee) _____.
[He/She] is (very) _____.
(Él/Ella) es (muy) _____.
( ) ehs (mwee) _____.

Go to this post if you want details about these six words to describe attractiveness.

hermoso/a
ehr-moh-soh/sah

guapo/a
gwah-poh/ah

bello/a
beh-yoh/ah

bonito/a
boh-nee-toh/ah

precioso/a
preh-see-oh-soh/sah

lindo/a
leen-doh/ah

Here are a few other translations to compliment people’s appearance:

attractive
atractivo/a
ah-trahk-tee-voh/ah

sexy
sexy
seh-ksy

elegant
elegante
eh-leh-gahn-teh

in good shape
en buena forma
ehn bweh-nah fohr-mah

Here are some translations to compliment someone’s personality:

adventurous
aventurero/a
ah-vehn-too-reh-roh/ah

affectionate
cariñoso/a
kah-ree-nyoh-soh/ah

cheerful
alegre
ah-leh-greh

confident
seguro/a
seh-goo-roh/ah

laid back
tranquilo/a
trahn-kee-loh/ah

flirtatious
coqueto/a
koh-keh-toh/ah

friendly
simpático/a
seem-pAH-tee-koh/ah

fun
divertido/a
dee-vehr-tee-doh/ah

funny
gracioso/a
grah-see-oh-soh/ah

a good person
buena gente
bweh-nah hehn-teh

independent
independiente
een-deh-pehn-dee-ehn-teh

interesting
interesante
een-teh-reh-sahn-teh

intelligent
inteligente
een-teh-lee-hehn-teh

nice
amable
ah-mahb-leh

open
abierto/a
ah-bee-ehr-toh/ah

romantic
romántico/a
roh-mAHn-tee-koh/ah

sensual
sensual
sehn-swahl

smart
listo/a
lees-toh/ah

sweet
dulce
dool-seh

a hard worker
un/a trabajador/a
oon/ah trah-bah-hah-dohr/ah

Responding to compliments:

(Thanks), you too.
(Gracias), tú también.
(Grah-see-ahs), tOO tahm-bee-EHn.

Thanks for the compliment.
Gracias por el cumplido.
grah-see-ahs pohr ehl koom-plee-doh.

If someone is giving flattering or flirtatious compliments they call it echando flores which translates to “tossing flowers.” Those type of compliments are called piropos. Piropos also include cheesy compliments like:

So many curves and me with no brakes.
Tantas curvas y yo sin frenos.
tahn-tahs koor-vahs ee yoh seen freh-nohs.

Related posts:

  1. Sexy Spanish Phrases


4 Responses to Compliments In Spanish
  1. Diana

    I lyk the fact that i can learn some few spanish words, thanx. Have a Spanish friend on facebook and its always a problem to chat

  2. sonia

    im currently trying to learn spainish,asfast as possible..long story.your site has helped me so much,[with the pronuciation underneatheach phrase}.just wanted to say thankyou. mucho gracias!

    • Jason

      con mucho gusto

  3. jacob

    Love your site!! i have latina co worker that i cannot get over. Ella tiena un novio pero no ea problemo!! ;)

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