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"Estoy feliz" is a phrase which is often translated as "I'm happy", and "contento" is an adjective which is often translated as "happy". Learn more about the difference between "estoy feliz" and "contento" below.
estoy feliz(
ehs
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toy
 
feh
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lees
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. I'm happy
Estoy feliz de ver a todos mis hijos casados y bien situados en la vida.I'm happy to see that all my children are married and well placed in life.
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contento(
kohn
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tehn
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toh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (joyful)
a. happy
Me pone tan contenta que hayas vendido tu primer cuadro. ¡Felicitaciones!I'm so happy you've sold your first painting. Congratulations!
2. (glad)
a. pleased
El jefe debe de estar contento contigo. El mes pasado trabajaste muy duro.The boss must be pleased with you. You worked hard this past month.
3. (with satisfaction)
a. satisfied
Estoy contento con los resultados. La estrategia que aplicaste resultó ser la mejor.I'm satisfied with the results. The strategy you followed proved to be the best.
b. content
No contentos con ganar sueldos altísimos, quieren que les bajen los impuestos.Not content with earning high salaries, they want to have their taxes reduced.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (contentment)
a. happiness
Su anuncio produjo contento. La gente confía en ella y cree que va a ser una gran presidente.Her announcement gave cause for happiness. People trust her and believe she will be a great president.
5. (pleasure)
a. joy
Alicia no podía esconder su contento. Su solicitud para Harvard había sido aceptada.Alicia couldn't hide her joy. Harvard had accepted her application.
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