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"Ĉu vi ĝojas malĝojas?"

Translation:Are you glad or sad?

June 23, 2015



Obviously, this is the difference between happy and Glad.


Thanks so much for the help. :)


Ne malgxojigxu, tenu gxojon!


Can anyone make it explicit the difference between gxojas and felicxas?

  • feliĉo (lat. felix) — happy as in: lucky, being favoured by fortune, fortunate
  • ĝojo (en. joy, fr. joie, lat. gaudere) — feeling joyful, rejoice, take pleasure in, being delighted

Basically being happy vs. feeling happy. The obvious connection being, that one might lead to the other.


If anyone else likes Harry Potter as much as I do, just think about the name of the potion also known as "liquid luck"


It's basically the difference between "glad" and "happy".


That's good. But what is the difference between "glad" and "happy"? :D

They are almost synonyms, as far as I know.


I'm not a native English speaker but my understanding is that being glad is less intensive than being happy, e.g. I'm glad you made it. (it's good you are here, but it's no big deal) × I'm happy you made it. (it made my day that you arrived).

BTW feliĉa always trips me, because I go straight to lucky.


When "glad" is used in little conventional phrases, it doesn't mean much, you're right. But on its own, it's a strong, intense emotion -- it's what you feel when you see a favorite friend or relative, perhaps unexpectedly or when you didn't expect to see them for a long time, or when you get really good news when you expected bad news about someone or something you care about. Glad will make you feel happy all day, but you're happy because you keep remembering the thing you're glad about. You can be glad about smaller things, too but that's the gist. Happy is lower key and longer term. You're happy because your garden is growing well, or because life is just good, or because you're with someone you like, or because your cat is all warm and purring on your lap.


Oh, l forgot to say - I'm a native speaker of English, from New England.


Dankon.. the great thing about esperanto is ones manages to improve his english at the same time :D


Glad is feeling joy or pleasure, I have seen the word use in rather strong negative ways, bitter relief, revenge, justice. Happy is typically always positively. So while they can be the same, they are not always used in the same context.


I subscribe to the theory that we need a reason to be sad, and, as a consequence, we can be naturally happy. In a similar way, we can be happy about something because all of the possible reasons for being sad have been avoided or have not happened. Thus, we can be happy about our work, or happy about our family, or happy about the weather being nice enough for a picnic. On the other hand, joy is closer to being in a state of bliss. An intense feeling of love could be called joyous. As a meditator, when I reach a mental state where I am experiencing my sensory surroundings without naming or thinking about what and where my various sensory experiences are coming from, nor judging any of them good or bad, I can reach a state of joyous bliss that naturally arises from the raw experience of reality. That level of meditation is more than joy--it is a sublime natural bliss--but joy is similarly intense.


As a native English speaker from they midwest of the USA, I was always taught that happy and sad are opposites. So to me, ĝojas and malĝojas should also be opposites.


Well they are. Mal makes some words the opposite of the main word. So ĝoji and malĝoji are opposites, because one means to be glad and the other means to not be glad, or sad


This really makes one think about how weird the word "glad" is.


Is there any difference between ĝui and ĝoji? I've found they mean enjoy and rejoice, respectively, but I've always considered these two words as synonyms. Are ĝui and ĝoji interchangeable?


"ĝui" means "to delight in (something) / to enjoy (something)" and is a transitive verb (in that it takes something as an object to enjoy or delight in).

"ĝoji" is derived from the adjective "ĝoja" which means "happy / glad." This results in "ĝoji" meaning "to be happy or glad" (but not necessarily in relation to another object).


I do not think glad is the opposite of sad. If ĝojas means glad, the opposite must be closer to discontented than sad.


Why is there an s on the end of these adjectives?


They are being used as verbs "to be glad" "to not be glad" ... if the verb estas was used then they would end in a like adjectives. A previous module's hint page went into how you can change an adjective into a verb. eg "Li estas talenta" or "Li talentas"

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