Notes from ¿Qué tal? – Tener Idioms

  • tener miedo (de) – to be afraid of
  • tener prisa – to be in a hurry
  • tener razon – to be right
  • tener ganas de – to feel like
  • tener que – to have to
  • tener (mucho) calor – to be (very) warm
  • tener (mucho) frio – to be (very) cold
    These expressions are used to describe people or animals only. To be comfortable–neither hot nor cold–is expressed with estar bien.

  • tener sueño – to be sleepy
  • tengo un chavo – I’m broke
  • tener (mucho) hambre – to be (very) hungry
  • tener (mucha) sed – to be (very) thirsty
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