How To Talk About Feelings In Italian

You can’t just rely on hand gestures to express your emotions.
January 8, 2020
How To Talk About Feelings In Italian

Keeping your emotions bottled up can be pretty bad for your mental well-being, but we’ll leave that discussion for your next therapy session. However, if you do decide to express your feelings to an Italian-speaking friend or relative, or even to your barista in Rome, we’ve got a guide for that. Talking about your feelings in Italian is as simple as learning some vocabulary and a few key verbs.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common words and sentences related to emotions and sensations. Learn these and you’ll be ready to pour your heart out and talk about your feelings in Italian! Press the play button to hear each word or phrase pronounced by a native speaker.

Talking About Feelings In Italian

Italian Emotion Words

the emotion — l’emozione

the mood — l’umore

happy  — felice

sad — triste

excited — emozionato

the joy — la gioia

the love — l’amore

the hate — l’odio

angry — arrabbiato

to feel — sentirsi

the feeling — il sentimento

the hope — la speranza

depressed — depresso

the sympathy — la compassione

lonely — solo

satisfied — soddisfatto

proud — orgoglioso

disappointed — deluso

upset — indignato

to get over — passarci sopra

Italian Emotion Phrases

I like you. — Mi piaci.

I have a strange feeling. — Ho una strana sensazione.

I am in a good mood today. — Sono di buon umore oggi.

It is exasperating. — C’è da disperarsi.

I am afraid. — Ho paura.

He has the blues today. — Oggi lui è malinconico.

I love you. — Ti amo.

Why are you sad? — Perché sei triste?

Are you happy with her? — Sei felice con lei?

I am so unhappy. — Sono così infelice.

Italian Sensation Words

the sensation — la sensazione

the pleasure — il piacere

the hunger — la fame

the thirst — la sete

the pain — il dolore

the surprise — la sorpresa

nervous — nervoso

tired — stanco

the fear — la paura

to get bored — annoiarsi

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Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.

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