How to say I am hungry in Italian: ho fame

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How to say I am hungry in Italian: ho fame

Learning Italian for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say I am hungry in Italian: ho fame
Say it out loud: “ōh fah may

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

...some (of) – un pó (di)  (oon poh dee)
...this/that – questo / quello  (kway sto / kwel loh)
all done – e' sufficiente  (eh sue fish en tay)
another – ... un'altra  (oon all tra)
Bon appétit! – buon appetito!  (bwoan app uh tee toe)
can I have…? – posso avere  (poh so ah veh ray)
can I see…? – posso ...vedere  (...veh dehr eh)
can we have...? – possiamo avere  (poh see ah mo ah veh ray)
can we see ...? – possiamo …vedere  (...veh dehr eh)
Cheers! – salute  (sah loo tay)
Eat! Eat! – mangi!  (Mahn gee)
I am hungry – ho fame  (ōh fah may)
I am thirsty – ho sete  (ōh say tay)
I ate – ho mangiato  (oh mahn jee ah toe)
I would like… – vorrei  (voar ray)
we ate – abbiamo mangiato  (ahb bee yah mo)
we ate well! – abbiamo mangiato bene  (ahb bee yah mo bay nay)
we would like… – vorremmo  (vor ray mo)

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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