Spanish Vocabulary: Feelings & Emotions in Spanish


No matter which language you speak, emotions will always be an important part of human interactions. This article will teach you how to express your feelings and emotions in Spanish.

Since Spanish is one of the romance languages originating from Latin, it’s considered to be a very “emotional” language. This means that you can’t really dive into the nitty-gritty of Spanish before expanding your emotional vocabulary. So, which words and phrases are important to know? Keep reading.

Showing Emotions & Feelings in Spanish

Here are some basic words to express emotions or feelings in Spanish. See the infographic below for a visual reminder.

Happiness – la felicidad

Fear – el miedo

Sadness – la tristeza

Anger – el enojo

Tiredness – el cansancio

Jealousy – los celos

Pride – el orgullo

Excitement – el entusiasmo

Pain – el dolor 

Confusion – la confusion

Value – el valor

Pleasure – el placer

feelings and emotions in Spanish vocabulary

Finally, remember that since emotions are usually temporary states, you’d generally use the verb estar instead of ser to express yourself.

Are there any other emotions in Spanish you can think of? Ask a Spanish tutor for more suggestions, and of course, continue practicing! To improve your vocabulary even more, learn about cognates and adjectives next.


Tilly Toggle

June 24, 2016 at 5:44pm

I keep seeing the unexplained /a after the emotion. It'd be helpful to kids and anyone else if things were not just arbitrarily tossed into a lesson and left unexplained. This goes for any subject matter.

Laura Corey

October 02, 2016 at 7:12pm

There is a typo: It's "irritado" not "iritado"

Suzy S.

October 04, 2016 at 9:37am

Yikes, thanks for pointing out that Laura! We'll get that fixed :)


December 24, 2016 at 10:52am

Hola, sólo alguna puntualización. Como han comentado ya, el que tiene valor o coraje es valiente o valeroso. Por otro lado no se utiliza habitualmente en castellano la estimulación como emoción ni se dice de alguien que «está estimulado». Se suele utilizar en contextos educativos cuando se habla del desarrollo infantil «un niño que recibe estimulación en su familia, es un niño estimulado» que recibe atención educativa por parte de su familia o de terapeutas.

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