How to say I am hungry in Thai: Hio Khao

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How to say I am hungry in Thai: Hio Khao

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

To say I am hungry in Thai: Hio Khao
Say it out loud: “hee-ew KAO

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

...some (of) – … Bang  (… bahng)
...this/that – Ni/Nan  (NEE/NAHN)
all done – Set Laeo  (set lay-oh)
another – Ik  (eek)
Bon appétit! – Gin Khao!  (geen KAO!)
can I have…? – Ao … Dai Mai?  (ao ... dai mai?)
can I see…? – Du … Dai Mai?  (doo … dai mai?)
Cheers! – Chai Yo!  (chai yo!)
Eat! Eat! – Gin Loei!  (geen loi!)
I am hungry – Hio Khao  (hee-ew KAO)
I am thirsty – Hio Nam  (hee-ew nahm)
I ate – Gin Laeo  (geen lay-oh)
I would like… – Ao …  (ao …)
we ate well! – Gin Di Laeo  (geen dee lay-oh)

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" (Hio Khao) in Thai, or you did not know how to ask for a bite. Learn all about the basics of dining through our instant access to the Thai Language Set.

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Ross in Thailand
Biography: Ross has been a photographer and designer in Chiang Mai, Thailand for over three years, working on development issues and with refugees from Myanmar. He's traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia, enjoying the food, languages, people and breathtaking landscapes.
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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