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How to Say I’m hungry in SpanishIf you’re in a Spanish speaking country, there are a few basic necessities that you must cover. Perhaps most importantly (or maybe second only to finding a bathroom), you need to know how to go about getting food. The first step is to tell someone that you are hungry!The most common Spanish translation for I’m hungry is Tengo hambreSpanish is a bit unique in the way you say that you are hungry. You don’t actually say you ARE hungry, you say “Tengo hambre”, or literally “I have hunger”. It may sound strange, but it’s really common to phrase things this way in Spanish. As a matter of fact, this is actually the sentence structure used to say the following:I’m thirsty = Tengo sedI’m cold = Tengo fríoI’m tired = Tengo sueño (literally translates to “I have dreams”)I’m in a hurry = Tengo prisa (literally translates to “I have a rush”)You CANNOT say “Estoy hambre” to mean “I’m hungry” in Spanish. Although this is a common mistake, it literally means “I am hunger.” This is a very difficult Spanish concept, and it’s not unusual for a new Spanish learner who has just begun to master the Spanish verbs “estar” and “tener” to mix these up. However, “Estoy hambre” is nonsense and doesn’t really mean anything. “Estoy hambriento” is technically correct, but is much less common in real-life, conversational Spanish. It would more be used to express a level of starvation bordering on malnutrition.
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Think of it like the English word “hunger” used in the context of “fighting world hunger”.
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There you have it – now you know how to say “I’m hungry” in Spanish – in a few different ways! Next up is learning how to order at a restaurant in Spanish. Enjoy!You may also enjoy these articles: Colors in SpanishGoodnight in SpanishAhora in Spanish
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