How to Say “I’m Hungry” in 10 Different Languages

We all have our quirks, right? If you don’t already know this about me, I am a total language nerd.

When I was in 7th grade, my big brother (in 8th grade) took a Spanish class for the first time. I used to help him do his Spanish homework (yes, that was fun for me) and quickly became hooked on the language.

I eventually went on to study abroad in Costa Rica and became fluent in Spanish, only to then set my sights on Italian and proceed on the endless quest to speak as many languages as possible.

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I’m currently up to three foreign languages that I can speak fluently. Those include Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese (just give me a week). I have also studied French and German and consider myself intermediate in both.

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Somewhere among my language studies and travels, I started collecting the phrase “I’m hungry” in many of the languages that I came across. If there is an answer to why – I don’t have it. My guess is that it is somehow related to my love for food, but beyond that, I can’t recall what prompted me to do this. It’s just one of my quirks.

How useful is it to know how to say “I’m hungry” in all these languages? Do I know how to say “Where is the bathroom?” or perhaps “How much does this cost?” in all these languages, too?


But you can bet I’ll always be equipped to find the nearest restaurant or grocery store with “I’m hungry.”

So here goes. Take notes, you never know when these might come in handy

How to Say “I’m Hungry” in 10 Different Languages

  1. Spanish: tengo hambre.
  2. Italian: ho famme.
  3. Portuguese: estou com fome.
  4. German: ich habe hunger.
  5. French: j’ai faim.
  6. Swedish: jag är hungrig.
  7. Finnish: mulla on nalka.
  8. Romanian: mea foame.
  9. Lithuanian: norriu valguité.
  10. Czech/Slovak: mám hlad.

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Now, if you know any of these languages and can correct me on any misspellings, please do! On the other hand, if you know how to say “I’m hungry” in a language not listed above, please share it in the comments. I would love to be able to update and grow my extremely useful list of how to say “I’m hungry” in so many languages.

One last thing. I can’t possibly be the only one who does this. Do you have a strange, unique, or possibly useless phrase that you collect in foreign languages? “I’m hungry” would love to know it’s in good company.

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16 replies on “How to Say “I’m Hungry” in 10 Different Languages”

In japanese there’re many ways to say “I’m hungry”, but the most neutral is “Onaka ga tsukimashita” お腹が空きました or “Onaka ga tsuita” お腹が空いた in a little informal way.

We say “mi-e foame” in Romanian … Mea means my…anyway nice job here…I’m a language nerd too 😉

In Irish, it would be “Tá ocras orm!” Which literally translates as “hunger is upon me”.

In french: j’ai faim rather than j’ai femme! you actually wrote I have woman if translated litterally

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