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Feelings and emotions in Spanish

23 Aug, 2017 Popular Articles
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In this lesson, we will learn common words related to feelings and emotions in Spanish. This vocabulary list will help you easily express how you feel about something.

Spanish vocabulary - Feelings and emotions

Negative feelings and emotions

  • sad - triste
  • unhappy - infelix
  • angry - enojado (masculine)/enojada (feminine)
  • bored - aburrido/aburrida
  • anxious - ansioso/ansiosa
  • depressed - deprimido/deprimida
  • desperate - desesperado/desesperada
  • worried - preocupado/preocupada
  • embarrassed - avergonzado/avergonzada
  • nervous - nervioso/nerviosa
  • ashamed - avergonzado/avergonzada
  • confused - confundido/confundida
  • frustrated - frustrado/frustrada
  • frightened - asustado/asustada
  • hurt - dolido/dolida
  • insecure - inseguro/insegura
  • impatient - impaciente
  • jealous - celoso/celosa
  • shy - tímido/tímida
  • terrible - fatal
  • furious - furioso/furiosa
  • uncomfortable - incómodo/incómoda
  • tired - cansado/cansada
  • lonely - solitario/solitaria
  • sleepy - soñoliento/soñolienta
  • disgusted - disgustado/disgustada

Positive feelings and emotions

  • happy - alegre, feliz
  • comfortable - cómodo/cómoda
  • delighted - encantado/encantada
  • excited - emocionado/emocionada
  • in love - enamorado/enamorada
  • pleased - contento/contenta
  • satisfied - satisfecho/ satisfecha
  • proud - orgulloso/orgullosa
  • relaxed - relajado/relajada
  • surprised - sorprendido/sorprendida
  • thankful - agradecido/agradecida
  • hopeful/optimistic - optimista
  • fabulous/fantastic - fabuloso/fabulosa
  • interested - interesado/interesada
  • relieved - aliviado/aliviada
  • lucky - dichoso/dichosa

Feelings and emotions in SpanishSpanish vocabulary - Feelings and emotions


  • Remember to change form of these words depending on the gender of the person that you are referring to. 

See also: Gender of nouns in Spanish

  • There are two main verbs that you can use to talk about how you are feeling, estar and sentirse.

Estar means "to be" in English. It can be used to describe temporary states. Sentirse means "to feel"

See also: Using estar in Spanish

For example:

Estoy nervioso/nerviosa - I'm nervous

Pedro está enojado - Pedro is angry

Me siento relajado/relajada - I feel relaxed

These two verbs are kind of interchangeable. For example, you can either "estar" or "sentirse" and it will mean exactly the same thing like "I feel angry" vs "I am angry."

However, "Anna feels sick" and "Anna is sick" might be a little bit different.

When you say Anna feels sick, she might have a horrible bout of gastro but she might also have a headache as she hasn't had her coffee this morning. So when you use "to feel", it's more about how she feels rather than whether she actually has some affliction. However, when you say "Anna is sick", it sounds like a proven fact. It's more definite.

  • To ask "how do you feel", say "¿Cómo te sientes?"
  • To say "a little" or "a tiny bit", use "un poco" or "un poquito". Use "muy" to say "very".

For example:

Andrés está un poco preocupado - Andrés is a little worried

Felipe está muy contento - Felipe is very happy

See also: Personality adjectives in Spanish

  • If you want to say you are felling like something, just add "como".

For example:

Me siento como una reina - I feel like a queen.

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