Everyone has different emotions and feelings over their lifetime. Some people will have more positive emotions than negative ones, while others will feel the opposite. Knowing how to express your moods and emotions in Vietnamese can help the locals understand more about you and avoid potential conflicts or misunderstandings.
In today's article, I will help you express your feelings in the Vietnamese language, as well as how to ask about someone's emotions.
Moods and emotions seem similar, but they are actually slightly different. Three elements distinguish moods and emotions.
The first thing is the duration. Moods tend to last for hours or days, which is longer than emotions that usually last for minutes. So, for example, you may be in a bad mood for a whole day while you may feel angry within a minute.
The second thing is the intensity. Emotions are usually more intense than moods. Do you remember when you felt anxious, excited, or depressed last time? The emotions were strong. They could make you see things around you very differently. Moods, on the other hand, are not that intense.
The last difference between moods and emotions is that we usually have emotions about specific objects, for example, a person or a situation. You feel impressed by a person you just met, or you feel scared of the situation. Moods can exist without a specific object. If you feel gloomy but don't know what caused the feeling, you might be just in a negative mood.
Moods and emotions relate to each other. For example, you usually feel happy, optimistic, and grateful when you are in a good mood. It is not easy to manage our moods and emotions, but it is already a good start if you can recognize and describe them.
If you are in a good mood right now, I feel happy for you. But, what feeling do you have exactly? Look at the list of the adjectives for positive feelings below to see if any of them describe what you feel now:
I personally don't like having a bad mood (or probably no one does). However, negative feelings help us appreciate the positive feelings more. Here are the phrases to describe some bad feelings:
For physical feelings such as you feel hungry and you need food, use the following Vietnamese words:
Asking how your friends feel can show that you care about them. Maybe a friend of yours doesn't have a good day and he or she needs a person to talk to. If you know how to ask your Vietnamese friends how they are in Vietnamese, it becomes even easier for them to be open to you. I've put some questions below for your reference:
Let's put the words you learned earlier into a complete sentence so that you can express your feelings better!
I hope that you have learned useful expressions and phrases to describe your feelings. Now is the time for you to practice. In the Ling app, you can learn vocabulary with sample sentences and play mini-games such as putting words in the correct order, quizzes, translating a sentence, and putting words to make a complete conversation. Especially, the chatbot in the Ling app is entertaining. You can try to describe your emotions and ask for the bot's feelings. This is an excellent way to practice the language before you talk to a native speaker. Give it a try!