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[Guest Post] Expressing Feelings in Chinese

One of the most important parts of learning a new language is learning to express your feelings. If your native language is English then you will find that there are tons of words you can use to express your emotions. Many of these may translate fairly well if you’re trying to learn some other Indo-European language. However, the situation is entirely different when you’re trying to learn Chinese because a lot of words simply won’t translate. It’s also the same for Chinese words that express emotions. The best place to start is to get some Common Chinese words for common emotions and learn them. You can grow more sophisticated from there.

Chinese Words for Common Positive Emotions

Word in Chinese Word in Pinyin Word in English
畅快 chànɡ kuài Carefree
放心 fànɡ xīn never mind
感动 ɡǎn dònɡ Moved
高兴 ɡāo xìnɡ happy/exciting
哈哈 hā hā Haha
激动 jī dònɡ Excited
开心 kāi xīn Honeyful
快乐 kuài lè Happy
冷静 lěnɡ jìnɡ Cool
满意 mǎn yì Satisfied
平和 pínɡ hé Mild
轻松 qīnɡ sōnɡ Relaxed
热情 rè qínɡ passion/enthusiasm
舒服 shū fu Comfortable
希望 xī wànɡ Hope
喜欢 xǐ huɑn Like
喜悦 xǐ yuè Joy
幸福 xìnɡ fú Happy
愉快 yú kuài Pleasant
愿意 yuàn yì willing to do

Chinese Phrases for Common Positive Emotions

Phrase in Chinese Phrase in Pinyin Phrase for English
保持冷静 bǎo chí lěnɡ jìnɡ keep calm
对音乐感兴趣 duì yīn yuè ɡǎn xìnɡ qù be interested in music
非常激动 fēi chánɡ jī dònɡ very excited
非常快乐 fēi chánɡ kuài lè very joyful
非常兴奋 fēi chánɡ xīnɡ fèn very excited
感到高兴 ɡǎn dào ɡāo xìnɡ be happy
共同爱好 ɡònɡ tónɡ ài hào common interests
合作愉快 hé zuò yú kuài pleasant cooperation
快乐极了 kuài lè jí le extremely happy
冷静一下 lěnɡ jìnɡ yí xià calm down
让人感动 rànɡ rén ɡǎn dònɡ Moving
让人开心 rànɡ rén kāi xīn make someone feel happy
生日快乐 shēnɡ rì kuài lè happy birthday
太好了 tài hǎo le It’s wonderful
太谢谢你了 tài xiè xiè nǐ le thank you very much
态度很好 tài dù hěn hǎo with a good attitude
玩得开心 wán de kāi xīn have fun
喜悦的表情 xǐ yuè de biǎo qínɡ joy expression
心情畅快 xīn qínɡ chànɡ kuài carefree mood
心态平和 xīn tài pínɡ hé mind of peace
有意思 yǒu yì si it’s very interesting
真舒服 zhēn shū fu really comfortable

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Words for Common Negative Emotions

Word in Chinese Word in Pinyin Word in English
悲观 bēi ɡuān pessimistic
不好 bù hǎo not good
沉默 chén mò silent
担心 dān xīn be worry about
害怕 hài pà afraid/frightened
怀疑 huái yí suspicious
简单 jiǎn dān simple
可怜 kě lián pitiful
可惜 kě xī feel sorry for
恐怕 kǒnɡ pà perhaps
cry
lèi tired
马虎 mǎ hu careless
nán hard/difficult
难过 nán ɡuò sad
批评 pī pínɡ criticism
生气 shēnɡ qì angry
头疼 tóu ténɡ headache
忘记 wànɡ jì forget
抑郁 yì yù depressed
着急 zháo jí anxious

Chinese Phrases for Common Negative Emotions

Phrase in Chinese Phrase in Pinyin Phrase in English
不开心 bù kāi xīn unhappy
对不起 duì bù qǐ feel sorry for
别着急 bié zháo jí don’t worry
很头疼 hěn tóu ténɡ have a terrible headache
有点儿难过 yóu dián ér nán ɡuò feel a little sad
越来越疼 yuè lái yuè ténɡ more and more painful
不放心 bú fànɡ xīn feel worried about
不愿意 bú yuàn yì unwilling to do
对什么都没兴趣 duì shén me dōu méi xìnɡ qù have interest in nothing
很担心 hěn dān xīn feel very worried
太难过了 tài nán ɡuò le too sad
不喜欢 bù xǐ huɑn dislike
不满意 bù mǎn yì unsatisfied

This is a great place to start if you want to be more expressive when speaking to your Chinese friends and family. You will be better able to sympathize and empathize with them and your Chinese will improve too!

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