tener ganas de...
I heard this phrase on a CD I was listening to, and understand it to mean "to feel like (action)". It is in the phrasebook as well. I am just wondering if this is a European Spanish phrase or more universal.
I agree that it's used a lot and is very common.
Tengo ganas de beber algo = I feel like drinking something.
Another one, used in Spain, is "apetecer."
Me apetece salir = I feel like going out.
It is used all over South America as well. One point to remember in translating "feel like" to Spanish:
tengo ganas de hacer algo = I feel like doing something
algo me da ganas de hacer algo = something makes me feel like doing something