Spanish Pick Up Lines You Should Try!
Whether you‘re on vacation in Guatemala or the new girl you’ve been crushing on is from Venezuela, it might be worth it to have a few Spanish pick up lines in your back pocket.
Spanish pick up lines, or piropos, run generally along the same lines as metaphors in a different language: they usually don‘t translate as well. Regardless of the lost-in-translation effect, most of these pick up lines play with Spanish jokes or puns and are a surefire way to get the girl, or at least break the ice.
There is some bad news: we’ll go over some grammar here! Let‘s work through it fast so we can get to the invaluable information.
Using the Past Subjunctive
The past subjunctive is used to express desires or, like in most pick up line situations, unlikely occurrences.
To quickly go through what you need to know about past subjunctives, let‘s give an example using the Spanish verb hablar, which means “to talk”.
To start the somewhat “complicated” process of conjugation, begin with the third-person plural of the preterite, which in this case is hablaron.
Once you‘ve done that, move on to snipping off the -ron part and then choose one of the two verb endings.
The past subjunctive is used in pick up lines when you‘re referring to these cases:
Speaking to someone about a desire, want or, um, need. You should use it when expressing emotion in the past.
Yo quería que bailaras conmigo. (I wanted you to dance with me.)
Speaking to someone about your current emotion or doubts about what has already happened.
Estaba nervioso porque te habías visto tan hermoso. (I was nervous because you looked so beautiful.)
Speaking and using the word ojalá, which is generally used to express an uncertainty.
Si solo ella dijera sí. (If only she said yes.)
Sometimes when you‘re flirting you will be talking about unlikely circumstances. In these cases, you are going to be including one verb in the past subjunctive and another in the conditional tense.
Si no tuviera tarea, podría llevarte a cenar. (If I didn‘t have homework, I could take you out to dinner.)
Okay, the grammar has been covered, now let‘s move on to the good stuff (warning: Some are extremely cheesy! However, they are efficient!).
Spanish Pick Up Lines to Win Him or Her Over
Si besarte fuera pecado, caminaría feliz por el infierno.
If kissing you was a sin, I’d happily walk through hell.
¿Te has perdido?. Porque el cielo está bien lejos de aquí.
Are you lost, because heaven is a long way from here.
Si el agua fuese belleza, tú serías el océano entero.
If water were beauty, you’d be the whole ocean.
Si yo fuera azafata, te llevaría en mi avión, pero como no lo soy, te llevo en mi corazón.
If I were a flight attendant, I’d carry you in my airplane, but since I’m not, I’ll carry you in my heart.
Si la belleza fuese delito, yo te hubiera sentenciado a cadena perpetua.
If beauty was a crime, I’d sentence you to life without parole.
Si tus ojos fueran el cielo y tu boca el mar, me gustaría ser el horizonte para poderte besar.
If your eyes were the sky and your mouth were the sea, I’d like to be the horizon to be able to kiss you.
Mami, si cocinas tal como te mueves, me comeré el menú completo.
Honey, if you cook as good as you move, I will eat the entire menu.
Quisiera ser joyero para poder apreciar todos los días un diamante como tú.
I’d like to be a jeweller to be able to appreciate every day a diamond like you.
Dios debe de estar distraído porque están cayendo ángeles del Cielo.
God must be distracted, for Angels are falling from Heaven.
Ojalá fueras bombero para apagar el fuego de mi deseo.
If only you were a firefighter to be able to put out the fire of my desire.
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Mami, tú con tantas curvas y yo sin frenos.
Baby, you have so many curves and I have no brakes.
Ojalá la mitad de las estrellas brillaran tanto como tus ojos.
If only half of the stars in the sky shine as brightly as your eyes.
No necesito que la noche caiga para poder ver las estrellas.
I don’t need it to be night to be able to see the stars.
Tú eres la estrella que guía mi corazón.
You are the star that guides my heart.
¿Qué hace una estrella volando tan bajo?
What’s a star doing flying so low?
Me gustaría ser lente de contacto para que no pudieras sacarme tu mirada.
I’d like to be a contact lens so you couldn’t take your eyes off me.
Mami, si tú eres el pecado, ¡estoy dispuesto a cumplir mi penitencia!
Honey, if you are the sin, I’m willing to serve my penance!
Disculpe, creo que me debe un trago.
Excuse me, I think you owe me a drink.
And when they ask you why, you can reply with:
Porque se me cayó el mío mirándole/mirandola a usted.
Because I dropped mine staring at you
Sus labios se ven solitos, ¿querrían conocerse con los míos?
Your lips look lonely, would they like to meet mine?
We hope that these Spanish pick up lines can help you get the girl or guy you want and of course, as always, practice a little bit of Spanish!
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Adriana Rodrigues is a Peruvian-American who has had experience playing professional soccer and working while speaking Spanish. In addition to Spanish, she knows German, Portuguese, and English.