How to say I am hungry in French: J'ai faim

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J’ai faim

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To say I am hungry in French: J'ai faim
Say it out loud: “zhay fah

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Some more helpful words in our French More Dining Basics category:

...some (of) – …un peu de  (…oon puh doo)
...this/that – …cette  (…set)
all done – ça suffit  (seh soo fee)
another – un autre  (ah no truh)
Bon appétit! – Bon appétit!  (boan ah pay tee)
can I have…? – puis-je avoir...?  (pee jhay vwah…?)
can I see…? – puis-je voir…?  (peej vwah…?)
can we have...? – pouvons-nous avoir...?  (poo vahn noo suh vwah...?)
can we see ...? – peut-on voir…?  (peh tahn vwah…?)
Cheers! – À votre santé  (ah' voe tray sahn tray)
Eat! Eat! – manger!  (mahn jhay!)
I am hungry – J'ai faim  (zhay fah)
I am thirsty – J'ai soif  (zhay swahf)
I ate – j'ai mangé  (jhay mahn jhay)
I would like… – je voudrais…  (jhay voo draw…)
we ate – nous avons mangé  (noo zuh vahn mahn jhay)
we ate well! – nous avons bien mangé  (noo zuh vahn bee ahn mahn jhay)
we would like… – nous aimerions…  (noo zay mehr ee ohn…)

And here’s how to say I am hungry in other languages!

Arabic–Ana Ja'e'  (ana ja heh)
Chinese–Wǒ Èle  (Wo Uh Luh)
Croatian–Ja sam gladan  (ya sahm glah dun)
Czech–Mám hlad  (mahm hlahd)
Finnish–Minulla on nälkä  (Mi null lah on nahl kah)
French–J'ai faim  (zhay fah)
German–Ich bin hungrig  (iHk bin hun grayH)
Italian–ho fame  (ōh fah may)
Japanese–Onaka Ga Sukimashita  (Oh Nah Kah Gah Soo Kee Mah Shee Tah)
Korean–Baegopayo.  (Bae Go Pa Yo.)
Polish–Jestem głodny  (Ye'stem glo'dny)
Portuguese–Estou Com Fome  (ehs tow kohm fo mee)
Russian–Ya goloden/na  (Ya goh lah dyen/nah)
Spanish–tengo hambre  (tango ahm bray)
Swahili–nahisi njaa  (nah hee see n’jah)
Thai–Hio Khao  (hee-ew KAO)
Turkish–i açım  (ee ah chim)
Vietnamese–Tôi Đói Bụng  (Toy Dawy Boong)

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