How to say I am hungry in Swahili: nahisi njaa

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How to say I am hungry in Swahili: nahisi njaa

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

To say I am hungry in Swahili: nahisi njaa
Say it out loud: “nah hee see n’jah

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

...some (of) – baadhi ya  (baa dhi yah)
...this/that – hii/ile  (hee/eelé)
all done – tumemaliza  (too may mah lee zuh)
another – ingine  (eeng’ ee neh)
Bon appétit! – Bon appétit!  (Bon appétit!)
can I have…? – naweza pata  (nah weh zah pah tah)
can I see…? – naweza ona  (nah weh zah o’nah)
can we have...? – twaweza pata  (twah weh zah pah tah)
can we see ...? – twaweza ona  (twah weh zah o’ nah)
Cheers! – sawa!  (sah wah!)
Eat! Eat! – kula! kula!  (koo lah! koo lah!)
I am hungry – nahisi njaa  (nah hee see n’jah)
I am thirsty – nahisi kiu  (nah hee see kee uh)
I ate – nisha kula  (nee shah kuh lah)
I would like… – ningependa  (nee n’geh pen dah)
we ate – tusha kula  (too shah kuh lah)
we ate well! – tulikula vizuri  (too lee kuh lah vee zuh ree)
we would like… – tungependa  (too n’geh pen dah)

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)

Don't let your tummy rumble endlessly or your sugar level to drop to unacceptable levels, because you did not know how to say "I am hungry" (nahisi njaa) in Swahili, or you did not know how to ask for a bite. Learn all about the basics of dining through our instant access to the Swahili Language Set.

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