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20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

Let’s talk about feelings in French! 20 French adjectives to describe feelings! Do you know how to say that you are feeling tired, angry, or worried? 

In this French lesson, we will learn 20 French adjectives to describe feelings. All adjectives are translated into English, of course, and they all include an example and audio.

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    French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

    Gender of French Adjectives 

    French adjectives agree in gender and number with what they describe, which can be an object, a subject, or a person, …

    Adjectives are either masculine or feminine when talking about gender and singular or plural when talking about numbers.

    Here are how gender and number affect the endings of French adjectives, especially the ones we are going to see in this lesson:

    Masculine Adjectives
    Singular - Plural

    eux – eux

    t – ts 

    e – es

    I – is

    u – us 

    é – és

    Feminine Adjectives
    Singular - Plural

    euse – euses

    te – tes 

    e – es

    Ie – ies

    ue – ues 

    ée – ées

    French verbs to Talk about Feelings

    We can use a lot of different verbs to talk about feelings, but we will mostly use the verbs être to be and se sentir to feel.

    Note: Sometimes, the adjectives will be followed by DE / D’.

    Let’s review the conjugation of the two verbs in the present tense.


    Être - To be

    Je suis – I am

    Tu es – You are

    Il est – He is

    Elle est – She is

    On est – We are

    Nous sommes – We are

    Vous êtes – You are

    Ils sont – They are

    Elles sont – They are

    Se sentir - To feel

    Je me sens – I feel. I am feeling

    Tu te sens – You feel, You are feeling

    Il se sent – He feels, He is feeling

    Elle se sent – She feels, She is feeling

    On se sent – We feel, We are feeling

    Nous nous sentons – We feel, We are feeling

    Vous vous sentez – You feel, You are feeling

    Ils se sentent – They feel, They are feeling

    Elles se sentent – They feel, They are feeling

    20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

    List of 20 Common French Adjectives Below

    The first adjective is masculine/singular, the second one is feminine/singular.

    1. Heureux - Heureuse


    Elle est heureuse de te voir. – She is happy to see you.

    2. Content - Contente


    Est-ce que tu es content ? – Are you happy?

    3. Optimiste


    Il faut rester optimiste. – We have to stay optimistic.

    4. Ravi - Ravie


    Nous sommes ravis du résultat. – We are delighted with the result.

    5. Détendu - Détendue


    Je me sens détendue. – I am feeling relaxed.

    6. Triste


    Elle est toujours triste. – She is always sad.

    7. Pessimiste


    Elle essaye d’être moins pessimiste– She is trying to be less pessimistic.

    8. Malheureux - Malheureuse

    Unhappy - Sad

    Pourquoi es-tu malheureux ? – Why are you unhappy?

    9. Déprimé - Déprimée


    Il est déprimé depuis quelques mois. – He has been depressed for a few months.

    10. Fâché - Fâchée


    Ne sois pas fâchée– Don’t be angry!

    11. Furieux - Furieuse


    Elle était furieuse d’apprendre la nouvelle. – She was furious to learn the news.

    12. Fatigué - Fatiguée


    Je suis fatigué(e) de cette histoire. – I am tired of this story.

    13. Exténué - Exténuée


    Nous étions exténuées après la randonnée. – We were exhausted after the hike.

    14. Cassé - Cassée

    Broken - Exhausted

    Je dois aller dormir. Je suis cassé. – I have to go to sleep. I am “broken” / exhausted.

    15. Anxieux - Anxieuse


    Ils sont anxieux quand ils sont seuls. – They are anxious when they are alone.

    16. Nerveux - Nerveuse


    Aller chez le dentiste me rend nerveuse. – Going to the dentist makes me nervous.

    17. Inquiet - Inquiète


    Il est inquiet de recevoir ses résultats. – He is worried to get his results.

    18. Choqué - Choquée


    Elles étaient choquées de découvrir la vérité. – They were shocked to discover the truth.

    19. Horrifié - Horrifiée


    Le juge était horrifié après avoir vu la vidéo. – The judge was horrified after seeing the video.

    20. Impatient - Impatiente


    Je suis impatiente de voir mon chien. I am impatient to see my dog – I can’t wait to see my dog.

    20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

    20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

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