How can I say “I’m hungry” in Japanese ?

I think you often say “I’m hungry.” to your friends or family in daily conversation. You can translate it into “Onakagasukimashita”/「おなかきました」in Japanese with google translator. We have other ways to say it in Japanese. I will introduce not only how you can say but also their nuance.

1. Onakagasuita/お腹なかが空すいた

This is a casual and natural expression, so I often say it to my friends or family. If you say it to someone whom you don’t know, that is impolite. It’s better that you say “Onakagasukimashita”/「おなかきました」to him instead of “Onakagasuita”/「おなかいた」. This is a polite expression.

2. Onakagahetta/お腹なかがへった

Also this is a casual and natural expression like “Onakagasuita”/「おなかいた」. The nuance is also almost the same as it. It’s better that you don’t say “Onakagahetta”/「おなかがへった」to someone whom you don’t know or elderly people. You can also say “Onakagaherimashita”/「おなかがへりました」as a polite expression.

3. Harahetta/腹はらへった

This is a very casual expression. I often say it to my friends or family. Men often say it, but people feel something strange if women say it to the people. You can also say “Haraherimashita”/「はらへりました」as a politer expression. It’s common that you say it to someone close. It’s better that you don’t say it to someone whom you don’t know.

4. Onakapekopeko/お腹なかぺこぺこ

Also this is a very casual expression. I don’t say it to even my family. It’s a little bit of a childish or girly expression, so if I say it to someone he would feel something strange. My daughter who is 4 years old says it to me sometimes. It’s better that adults use other expressions.

Summary

You can say “Onakagasuita”/「おなかいた」or “Onakagahetta”/「おなかがへった」as a casual expression and say “Onakagasukimashita”/「おなかきました」or “Onakagaherimashita”/「おなかがへりました」as a polite expression. When you say “Harahetta”/「はらへった」, you would give people a manly impression. And when you say “Onakapekopeko”/「おなかぺこぺこ」, you would give a childish or girly impression.

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  1. Satomi says:

    Good luck and I’ll come check again‼︎
    えいえいおー!😊

  2. View says:

    Thank you for your useful content! Keep on good job 🙂

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