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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Feelings and Emotions

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County and welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities and to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!   

This week, we’re going to learn some Spanish words to help us describe how we’re feeling. 

The following list is a great introduction to some of the most common words we use  

  1. Happy feliz (fehlees) 
  1. Madenojado(a) (ehnohhahdoh) 
  1. Scaredasustad(a) (ahsoostahdoh) 
  1. Nervous – nervioso(a) (nehrbyohsoh) 
  1. Sad – triste (treesteh) 
  1. Surprised – sorprendido(a) (sohrprehndeedoh) 
  1. Angry – enojado (ehnohhahdoh) 
  1. Bored – aburrido (ahboorreedoh) 
  1. Confused – confundido(a) (kohmfoondeedoh) 
  1. Hungryhambriento(a) (ahmbryehntoh) 
  1. Worried – preocupado(a) (prehohkoopahdoh) 
  1. Excited – emocionado(a) (ehmohsyohnahdoh) 
  1. Disappointeddecepcionado(a) (dehsehpsyohnahdoh) 
  1. Jealous – celoso(a) (sehlohsoh) 
  1. Thankful – agradecido(a) (ahgrahdehseedoh) 


Recommended Videos & Activities:

Watch a video with a very familiar song that incorporates the words for emotions in Spanish! Warning: Your kids will want to sing this song a lot! 

Suggested Reading:


  • Using pictures of baby faces that demonstrate the different emotions and their corresponding words, this bilingual board book will help you practice facial expressions with your toddler and teach them the words for them in English and Spanish. Available for Curbside Pickup.
    For Ages 0-5

¿Cómo dicen estoy enojado los dinosaurios? By Jane Yolen

  • This is the Spanish version of “How do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad” by Jane Yolen, a fun book to check out in both languages and learn new words.  Children will enjoy the humor and fun illustrations that perfectly explore how to deal with our emotions.  Available for Curbside Pickup.
    Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Marisol McDonald and the Monster/Marisol McDonald Y El Monstruo By Monica Brown 

  • A great bilingual title about how to deal with fear and uncertainty.  Young Marisol has a great imagination, but it makes her fear of monsters grow until she finally decides to face her fears. Includes author’s note and glossary.
    Available for Curbside Pickup
    Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

Feelings/Las Emociones by Mary Berendes, Kathleen Petelinsek

  • Help your kids learn common words for feelings and emotions in English and Spanish with visual cues and familiar situations.  A word list is provided at the end of the book.  Available from Hoopla. 
    Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

Little Pim: Feelings – Spanish For Kids

  • With more than 60 Spanish words and phrases, kids will enjoy this video as they join Little Pim and friends express every emotion they’re feeling. Available from Hoopla 


Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog and learning some Spanish words for feelings! We hope you’ll practice these new words and apply them throughout your day We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta Luego!  



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.