# How do I say 'It feels like' in Spanish?

How do I say 'It feels like' in Spanish? I'd like to say it in this context:

It's 4 in the afternoon over here, but it feels like 9 in the evening.

• -1. SLU is no translation service. (On the other hand, this question is identical to german.stackexchange.com/questions/8924/…. While it's not forbidden to cross-post, I'm not sure it is ethical to do that. Anyways…) – c.p. Dec 15 '13 at 16:24
• You're supposed to post an attempt at (Spanish) translation in your question, which would then differentiate it from the German version (which should have its own attempt). My own "try" at this one is "Me siento," which I posted as a comment rather than answer, because it may be wrong. We're here to correct "self learners," not translate from scratch. – Tom Au Dec 17 '13 at 20:10
• @JorgeCampos: Please see my meta question: meta.spanish.stackexchange.com/questions/321/… – Tom Au Dec 17 '13 at 23:39

Another way to say is

Pareciera que son las nueve de la noche, pero son solo las cuatro de la tarde.


The Spanish verb to feel is sentir. However, context is important, as there are two distinct senses of sentir in Spanish:

sentir → Speaks of what one feels
sentirse → Speaks of how one feels

Some examples in context:

I feel the air. → Siento el aire.

Speaking of what one feels.

I feel sad. → Me siento triste.

Speaking of how one feels.

Now, in your specific context, there's a good possibility that to feel isn't actually the right translation, although it depends on what you're trying to say.

The best translation, as @Envite already suggested, is probably parecer which means "to seem like" (related to the English word "appearance", if that helps you to remember).

Son las 4 de la tarde por acá, pero parecen las 9 de la noche.

It's 4 in the afternoon over here, but it seems like 9 in the evening.

However, if your goal is to convey a more emotional sense, that is, it truly feels like 9pm, on an emotional level, not simply due to viewing the position of the sun, etc, you could use the verb sentir:

Son las 4 de la tarde por acá, pero me siento como si fueran las 9 de la noche.

It's 4 in the afternoon over here, but I feel like it's 9 in the evening.

Lastly, you could probably use the other sense of sentir, and be understood, but it might seem a little bit odd and/or sloppy.

Son las 4 de la tarde por acá, pero se siente como las 9 de la noche.

It's 4 in the afternoon over here, but it feels like 9 in the evening.

Son las cuatro de la tarde aquí, pero parece que fueran las nueve de la noche.

• +1 An alternative, not very correct but quite used in very informal speak (at least in Argentina) is "es como que": es como que fueran las nueve de la noche. I don't recommend you to use this, ever, but for completeness I believe it's good to know what it means. – leonbloy Dec 12 '13 at 17:23
• Yes, you can hear it, but that union of two prepositions ("como que") is not correct. – Envite Dec 12 '13 at 17:34
• @Envite: "que" is not a preposition, please! – angus Dec 12 '13 at 20:53
• True, it is a copulative conjunction, but it still sounds horrible – Envite Dec 12 '13 at 22:55
• @Envite: The union of two prepositions can be correct indeed in some cases. Examples: para con, de entre, tras de, etc. – Gorpik Dec 13 '13 at 10:50

Es como si fueran las nueve de la noche, pero son sólo las cuatro de la tarde.

• @Flimzy "Son las 4 de la tarde por acá, pero me siento que son las 9 de la noche." No sense at all nor heard before, possible: Son las 4 de la tarde por acá, pero siento que son las 9 de la noche. – Diego Andrés Díaz Espinoza Dec 17 '13 at 17:45

Son las cuatro de la tarde, pero se siente como si fueran las nueve de la noche.