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Expressing your Emotions or Feelings in Hindi Posted by on Apr 22, 2018 in Hindi Language

Bhaavna: Emotions (Image created by Nitya Ramanan)

As we go about life, we humans are overcome by a variety of emotions every day. Some of them may be routine irritations like mild anger at a bad driver or traffic; sometimes it may be happiness or pleasure; at other times it could be something as strong fear. In Hindi, an emotion or feeling is called भावना bhaavna.

Here are some ways to express your emotions or feelings when you are speaking in Hindi.

खुशी khushi (noun)/ खुश khush (adj.) = happiness/happy
मुझे आपसे मिलकर ख़ुशी हुई। (Mujhe aapse milkar khushi hui.) Pleased/happy to meet you.
आज मैं बहुत खुश हूँ।  (Aaj main bahut khush hoon.) I am very happy today. 

उदास udaas (adj.) = dejected
देश में गरीबी देखकर पर्यटक बहुत उदास हो गए।
(Desh mein garibi dekhkar paryatak bahut udaas ho gaye.)
The tourists became dejected/sad after seeing the poverty in the country. 

नफरत  nafrat/ghrina (noun) = hatredप्यार  pyar (noun) = love
दुनिया में नफरत की नहीं, प्यार की ज़रुरत है।
(Duniya mein nafrat ki nahin, pyar ki zaroorat hai. )
The world needs love, not hate.

डर dar (noun) = fear
शेर को देखकर मैं डर के मारे कांपने लगी।
(Sher ko dekhkar main dar ke maare kaanpne lagi.) 
I started shaking with fear when I saw the lion.

गुस्सा  gussa (noun) = anger
मेरे नानाजी को गुस्सा कभी नहीं आता।
(Mere nanaji ko gussa kabhi nahin aata.)
My grandfather never gets angry.

चिढ़ chidh (noun) = irritation
मुझे आलसी कार्यकर्ताओंसे बहुत चिढ़ होती है।
(Mujhe aalsi karyakartaaon se bahut chidh hoti hai.)
I get irritated when I see lazy workers/employees/officials.

जलन jalan (noun) = jealousy ; ईर्षाeersha (noun) = envy
रमेश को अपने भाई की सफलता से बहुत जलन/ईर्षा हो रही थी।
(Ramesh ko apne bhai ki safalta se bahut jalan/eersha ho rahi thi.)
Ramesh was jealous/envious of his brother’s success.

गर्व garv (noun) = pride
अपने बच्चों की उदारता को देखकर माता-पिता को गर्व महसूस हुआ।
(Apne bacchon ki udaartaa ko dekhkar mata-pita ko garv mahsoos hua.)
The parents felt proud when they saw their children’s generosity.

महसूस हुआmehsoos hua ;

mehsoos hona (inf.)

to feel/experience
डर के मारे कांपने लगी/लगा

डर के मारे कांपना

dar ke maare kaanpne lagi/laga (fem./masc.)

dar ke maare kaanpna
started trembling/shaking in fear

to tremble/shake in fear
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Namaste, friends. My name is Nitya. I was born and raised in Mumbai (formerly Bombay). I'm a native Hindi speaker. However, as life took me through school, college, work, and waves of friends from different parts of India, my repertoire of Hindi flavors and dialects grew and added dimension to my native fluency. Casual, formal, colloquial, and regional ... Hindi is a language with incredible variety and localization. Through this blog, I will help you learn Hindi through conversations, vocabulary, colloquialisms, and glimpses of Indian culture. आओ, मिलकर हिंदी सीखते हैं। (Aao, milkar Hindi seekhte hain!) Come, let's learn Hindi together.


  1. Heather:

    Can you please do a blog post on the meaning of lagana? I am very confused by how this word is used.

  2. Subashni Kumar:

    Very useful for beginners Hindi learners. thank you.