Are you also really tired these days because of the pandemic? Today, you’ll learn 10 Spanish expressions to say “I’m tired”, both in physical and psychological way.
This fatigue has many translations in Spanish: cansancio, fatiga, agotamiento, molimiento, extenuación… You can find many synonyms to fatiga here, my favourite online dictionary.
Those words lead to many adjectives to express that you’re tired. Could you just say “cansado”? Yes, of course. It’s absolutately right.
But if you want to level up your Spanish, you’re in the right place to find all those expressions that make you sound natural and like a native.
Just remember that all these expressions contain the verb estar (forget ser today!)
Without further do (sin más dilación), let’s begin!
1. Estoy agotado (neutral)
Estar agotado is a neutral expression that you can use in formal and informal situations.
The word agotado comes from the noun agotamiento, which is another word for fatigue.
In general, we use estoy agotado to express that we’re really tired, not just tired.
It’s important to remember to change the verb estar according to the person who is carrying out the action (estoy, estás, está, estamos…).
But it’s also important to make sure to express gender at the end of the word: agotado / agotada.
Example: Estoy agotado; hoy no he dormido nada.
2. Estoy molido/a (coloquial)
The word molido comes from the verb moler, which means to grind/mill in English.
As you can see, this is a clear exaggeration. In fact, you’ll see many of these exaggerated expressions if you keep reading.
This Spanish expression to say you’re tired is very colloquial and common between native speakers.
Example: + María, ¿te vienes de compras conmigo? – No, ¡estoy molida! He trabajado 10 horas hoy.
3. Estoy exhausto (formal)
This Spanish expression to say you’re tired is very similar to English word exhausted. You won’t find it difficult to remember.
What should you do to avoid making mistakes with this word due to the influence of English?
Just get rid of –ed in the word exhausted and and –o or –a (depending on the gender in Spanish).
Example: ¡Estoy exhausta! Hoy he corrido 10 kilómetros.
4. Estoy hecho polvo (colloquial)
This expression to say you’re tired is very similar to estoy molido. It literally means to be made dust, which is the result of milling.
It is very colloquial, so I would avoid using it in formal contexts.
The only word that you should change to refer to your gender would be hecho (estoy hecho/hecha polvo). Polvo is the word that never changes in this context.
However, if you want to say that both your friend and you are really tired, you would say estamos hechos polvo. That is, you would have to change the verb and add an –s to the word hecho/a.
Example: Javier y yo estamos hechos polvo. No podremos ir a la fiesta esta noche. Hemos trabajado muchísimo.
5. Estoy reventado / destrozado (colloquial)
Reventar means to blow out, so estar reventado means to be blown out, like a tire.
Again, this expression to say you’re tired is an exaggeration. It’s also colloquial. You may not use this the first time you meet someone. But you may certainly use it in a informal conversation with a friend.
You could also estoy destrozado/a, which means to be destroyed. As you can see, Spanish speakers love exaggerations!
Example: ¡Estoy reventada! Hoy he tenido una clase de matemáticas de tres horas. Me duele la cabeza…
6. Estoy que me caigo (colloquial)
This Spanish expression to say you’re tired is only used by native speakers. It means (more or less) “to be about to fall” because of fatigue.
The word caigo comes from the verb caer. Yes, this is an irregular verb indeed.
So, if you wanted to say that your friend and you are exhausted, you could estamos que nos caemos.
Remember to change the verbs estar and caer in this expressionto suit the first, second or third person. The good thing about this is that you won’t have to add any gender!
Example:Lucía está que se cae. ¡Necesita una siesta urgentemente!
7. (Estoy que) no puedo más
This expression literally means that you can’t do anything else, that is, that you’re completely exhausted.
Again, you can use this expression for physical and emotional fatigue.
But, to be honest, I’ve heard this expression very often when people are overwhelmed with life and its problems.
Moreover, if you want to omit estoy que, you can do it in this case.
Example: Estoy que no puedo más. Tengo muchísimos deberes, muchas tareas que hacer en casa… No tengo tiempo para mí. Estoy estresado.
8. (Estoy que) No puedo con mi alma
No puedo con mi alma is another versión for the previous expression. This one means that you’re so tired that you can’t even carry your own soul.
I’ve personally heard this expression more when someone is physically tired but you can use it for emotional fatigue as well.
What’s important here is that you should change the verb to suit the right person (yo, tú, él, nosotros, vosotros…).
And, of course, you can omit estoy que.
Example: (Estamos que) no podemos con nuestra alma. Necesitamos descansar ya mismo.
9. Estoy hecho mierda (very colloquial)
This is one of the most colloquial Spanish expressions to say “I’m tired” of the list. It’s even a bit vulgar so try to avoid in neutral/formal contexts!
It means to be wiped out/knackered. The word mierda means shit, so you can imagine the literal translation!
Like in the expression estar hecho polvo, we have to change the verb to suit the person (yo, él, nosotros…) and change the gender and/or number of hecho.
Example: Estoy hecha mierda. No puedo trabajar 12 horas todos los días ¡Esto es inhumano!
10. Estoy para el arrastre
Estoy para el arrastre is another colloquial and exaggerated expression to say you’re tired in Spanish.
It literally means that you’re so tired you could be dragged.
In this case, you would only change the verb so it suits the first, second or the third person (estoy, estáis, estamos…).
You don’t have to add gender or number to the other words. Just change the verb and sound like a native.
Example: -¿Te gustaría ir a tomar un café ahora? + No, gracias. Estoy para el arrastre. He trabajado muchas horas y además fui al gimnasio esta mañana. Casi no puedo moverme.
BEING TIRED AND LEARNING SPANISH
Now you know 10 Spanish expressions to say “I’m tired” like a native speaker. But it’s your turn to use them in real life!
If you ever feel tired of learning Spanish, my suggestion is to give yourself a break! You’ll come back much more motivated.
Your break can take a week or a month. The important thing is that you never give up. Sometimes it’s impossible to be constant because life gets on the way.
But, please, don’t let that be an excuse to give up on learning Spanish.
And if you need help to keep your motivation up and boost your Spanish, you can always have a trial lesson with me.
So, tell me: What makes you really tired lately? How do you overcome that fatigue to keep going and achieve your goals?
Practice your Spanish with me in the comments!