Feelings and Emotions / Los sentimientos y las emociones
Languages function as vehicles of expression and, consequently, many of their words are dedicated to expressing feelings and emotions which come from within. The amount of emotions which we can name in Spanish is extremely extensive and some of them have particular meanings which only make sense in Spanish, so it is important to learn a lot about them in order to be able to use them properly.
There are a lot of occasions in which you may wish to talk about your feelings or those of someone else, and this is something that you will soon discover as you try to make conversation. As you chat to those who you have met amongst the native speakers during your Spanish course, they may ask you whether you are feeling homesick or whether you have fallen in love with their country already; you might want to explain some feelings that you have to a doctor if you are perhaps experiencing symptoms such as restlessness or feeling uncomfortable. If you have just watched a film with your Spanish class as part of an extra activity then you may wish to discuss how the main character must have felt during the action; or you may even wish to say how you felt while you were watching it! Expressing how we feel about something comes very natural in many cases, and you may just wish to say that you are excited about going out later on.
This list will provide you with some of the most commonly used words in Spanish when referring to emotions. As you can see, it is extensive and, in the majority of cases, it includes the feminine form of the word in the hope that you will find the most precise word for the emotion you are looking for. Remember that you have to change the form according to the person that you are talking about: just because you are a woman, for example, does not mean that you should only learn the feminine form, as you may have to discuss the feelings of a man at some point.
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