How to say I LIKE in Spanish: Me gusta (A1)

To say ¬ęI like in Spanish or I don’ like¬Ľ we use the verb GUSTAR and can be a little bit tricky for English speakers because GUSTAR is used with a special construction that is the reverse to the English one, but don’t worry, because you are going to learn how GUSTAR works with very easy grammar explanations,¬†many examples, and a v√≠deo to make a general revision. Along with many quizzes to practice.

Like and dislike in Spanish

1. Gustar literally means to please and the thing that is liked is the subject of the verb. So if that thing is singular, you use gusta; if it is plural, you use gustan. The pronoun before the verb indicates the person  or animal that does the liking:

Me gusta el gazpacho                 I like gazpacho

Nos gusta el vino tinto              We like red wine

Te gustan las naranjas              You like oranges

2. Gustar can also be followed by a verb, in which case you use gusta + infinitive

Me gusta comer marisco             I like to eat seafood

Le gusta beber sangría                 He likes drinking sangría  

3. To express dislikes, just put no in front:

No me gusta el café     I don’t like coffee

No te gustan las galletas  You don’t like biscuits  

4. Gustar works like to please, so the subject of the sentence is what you like, while ‚Äúthe person‚ÄĚ is the indirect object (Chocolat is pleasing to me: Me gusta el chocolate), notice that in Spanish the sentence is written backward. So in these sentences, we have to use obligatory an indirect object pronoun.

Verb GUSTAR conjugation

Gustar like in Spanish, how to use it

(*) ¬ęVosotros¬Ľ is used only in Spain, in America, it is preferred ¬ęles gusta/gustan¬ę.

5. When you love doing something, you say Me encanta… or  Me encantanEncantar follows the same rules as gustar, so the verbs agree with the thing you love:

Me encanta la comida espa√Īola¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I love Spanish food

Me encantan los vinos de Rioja                 I love Rioja wines

6. There are many other verbs like gustar and encantar. (Click  to discover some of them).

7. You can use gustar in other theses in Spanish:

Les gustó la fiesta (the liked the party).

Te va a gustar la película (You will like the film).

Les han gustado mucho los cuadros (They really liked the painting).

Me gustaría comprar una casa (I would like to buy a house).


I Like you in Spanish

We can use the verb GUSTAR in a different way to talk about romantic feelings. Watch out! You don’t want to create a misunderstanding, do you?

Me gustas (I like you).

¬ŅYo te gusto? (Do you like me?

Creo que le gustas (I think he likes you).

Learn to say I like in Spanish

I like in Spanish: video revision

Verb GUSTAR exercises and practice

You can also see how gustar works in context by listening to the¬†podcast ¬ę¬ŅQu√© le¬†gusta?

Now you can practice everything you have learned about GUSTAR ¬ęto like in Spanish¬Ľ with the quiz below, click on the link if you want more quizzes to practice,¬†and remember¬†you can contact your tutor for any question you have. Don’t you have a personal online tutor yet? or you can ask for one of our Spanish one-to-one tutorings online.

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