Feelings in Portuguese

Six students sad at the beach in Rio de Janeiro. Headline: "Eles estão tristes porque perderam o jogo."

What’s up, people? Today, you are going to learn how to express your feelings in Portuguese! Do you know how to say you feel tired, hungry, sick, or calm in Portuguese? What about expresssing joy, envy or even fear in Portuguese? In today’s Dica we will learn about feelings in Portuguese. If you want to express them, we usually use the verbs ser, estar, ter and sentir.

Vocabulary of Feelings in Portuguese

group of portuguese students hanging out during the nightlife of rio de janeiro. headline with an example of joy in portuguese: "os alunos são alegres!"

Let’s take a look at a list with the feelings and their adjectives in Portuguese. Listen to it:

FeelingTranslationPronunciationAdjectiveTranslationPronunciation
AlegriaJoyAlegreHappy
AmorLoveApaixonado
In love
AnsiedadeAnxietyAnsiosoAnxious
CalmaCalmCalmoCalm
CoragemCourageCorajosoCouragious
CovardiaCowardiceCovardeCoward
CuriosidadeCuriosityCuriosoCurious
DecepçãoDisappointmentDecepcionadoDisappointed
DorPainDoloridoPainful
InvejaEnvyInvejosoEnvious
MedoFearAssustadoScared
OrgulhoPrideOrgulhosoProud
PreocupaçãoConcernPreocupadoConcerned
RaivaAngerIrritadoAngry
SurpresaSurpriseSurpresoSurprised
PenaPityLamentávelPitiful
PressaHurryApressadoRushed
TédioBoredomEntediadoBored
TristezaSadnessTristeSad
Vergonha ShameEnvergonhadoAshamed

Examples with Feelings in Portuguese

group of portuguese students together at lapa, hanging out and having fun together while learning portuguese. headline for pride in portuguese: "eles têm orgulho de estudar na rio & learn."

Here we have many examples of phrases with feelings in Portuguese. Let’s take a look so we can understand feelings in Portuguese better:

Gosto muito de estudar na Rio & Learn. Os professores têm muita alegria.
I really like studying at Rio & Learn. The teachers are very joyful.

As mães têm muito amor pelos filhos.
Mothers have a lot of love for their children.

José está ansioso para saber o resultado do jogo.
José is very anxious to know the result of the game.

Precisamos ter calma.
We need to be calm.

Quando Joana vê o namorado falando com outra menina, ela sente ciúmes.
When Joana sees her boyfriend talking to another girl, she gets jealous.

Ele tem muita coragem.
He has a lot of courage.

Aquele homem é um covarde.
That man is a coward.

As crianças têm muita curiosidade.
Children have a lot of curiosity.

João está decepcionado com o amigo dele.
João is disappointed at his friend.

Estou sentindo muita dor.
I am feeling a lot of pain.

Ela sente inveja de todos.
He is envious of everyone.

Eu tenho medo do escuro.
He is afraid of the dark.

Ele tem orgulho de ser carioca.
He is proud to be carioca.

Ela está com raiva.
He is angry.

Ele está desistindo. Que pena!
He is giving up. What a pity!

Hoje não tenho nada para fazer. Que tédio!
I have nothing to do today. How boring!

Ela é muito tímida. Tem vergonha de falar com as pessoas.
She is very shy. She is too embarrassed to talk to people.

Preposition “com”

group of friends hanging out during dinner. headline for example of hungry in portuguese: "o grupo de amigos está com fome."

Now that you know how to express that you feel hungry, sick, happy, calm or even tired in Portuguese, why don’t we try another way to express ourselves? Well, we mostly use a preposition with adjectives of feelings: the word “com”. This word expresses what we are feeling temporarily! That is why we use the verb estar for it, because it’s a verb that expresses what we are feeling temporarily. If you don’t remember the verb estar well, you can read more about it here.

Check out the structure with com and feelings we have just learned:

As crianças estão com medo do escuro.
Sujeito + verbo estar + com + sentimento + complemento.

The children were afraid of the dark.
Subject + Verb estar + com + feeling + complement

Ready to read some examples you might find very useful?

Eu estou com muito sono!
I feel sleepy.

Joana estava com uma gripe muito forte.
Joana had a very strong flu.

Eles estavam com dor depois de andar tanto na trilha.
They were in pain after walking a lot of the trail.

Ele está com vergonha do que fez.
He’s ashamed of what he’s done.

Eles não estão com fome, estão com sede!
They’re not hungry, they’re thirsty!

Are we all good, people? We have just learned about all the different feelings in Portuguese: tired, hungry, calm, sick, joy, fear and even envy! Shall we practice a bit? We will leave a few questions ready for you to answer right below.

Vocês são pessoas sentimentais?
Como vocês se sentem hoje?
O que vocês sentiram quando chegaram ao Brasil?

Leave your answers below in our comments. We are anxious to know!
See you soon!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese Verb Conjugation
Eat in Portuguese
Feel in Portuguese
Saudade Meaning

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