Sympathetic is a “false friend” for speakers of certain languages, including Spanish. It does not usually mean the same as, for example, sympathiquesympathischsympatisk or simpático.
  • The people in my class are all very nice/pleasant/easy to get on with. (NOT… are all very sympathetic.)
Sympathetic usually means “sharing somebody’s feelings” or “sorry for somebody who is in trouble.”
  • I’m sympathetic towards the strikers.
  • She’s always very sympathetic when people feel ill.