Avoir faim / soif = To be hungry / thirsty

Look at these examples:

J'ai faim.
I am hungry.

Tu as soif.
You are thirsty.

Vous avez faim, les enfants?
You are hungry, kids?

The verb avoir (to have) is used to express hunger and thirst (and not être to be - as in English).

In French, we literally say I have hunger / I have thirst.

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J'ai faim.
I am hungry.


Vous avez faim, les enfants?
You are hungry, kids?




Tu as soif.
You are thirsty.


J'ai très faim aujourd'hui.
I'm very hungry today.


Q&A

Paul

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

3 replies

Do you sound the m in faim. It sounds like it is silent?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 October 2018

5/10/18

Yes, it is silent.

Tom

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2018

7/10/18

This is not quite the whole picture. While it is true that the 'm' in 'faim' is not sounded as a classic 'm', it does have a determining effect on the pronunciation of the word.

Consider the following words: 'fait' & 'faim'. The 't' in 'fait' is truly silent and the word is pronounced¿[fɛ] If the 'm' in 'faim' were truly silent then both words would sound identical. In fact the 'm' in 'faim' causes a nasalisation of the sound and thus 'faim' is pronounced [fɛ̃].

Hope this helps.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

15 October 2018

15/10/18

Hi Tom, thanks for pointing this out. I interpret "silent" to mean that the letter in question is not sounded. In this sense the "m" in "faim" is silent. That it still influences the pronounciation of the word as a whole is, of course, true.

Ryan

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

1 reply

How do you say “Are you thirsty” and “Are you hungry” Formaly?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

Avez-vous faim/soif ?

Daniel

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2018

5 replies

INDEED A VERY INTERESTING LANGUAGE but why do we use avoir instead of etre

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

13 June 2018

13/06/18

Bonjour Daniel !

In French, the expression is literally "to have hunger / to have thirst", hence the use of "avoir" instead of "être"  :)

Bonne journée !

Daniel

Kwiziq community member

13 June 2018

13/06/18

Thank you very much Aurelie.

Jeremiah

Kwiziq community member

22 November 2018

22/11/18

Sorry, i don't mean to bother. but when do we use J'ai and Je suis, since they both say "i am"

Jeremiah

Kwiziq community member

22 November 2018

22/11/18

pleasee clarify

Richard

Kwiziq community member

8 December 2018

8/12/18

J'ai is from avoir and means "I have"

Je suis is from être and means "I am"

Of course, being French, there are excpetions to this... : )

Brenda

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2018

1 reply

Vous avez faim maintenant?

Non, Je n'ai faim pas j'ai soi

Chris

Kwiziq community member

28 May 2018

28/05/18

Hi Brenda,

Non, je n'ai pas faim, j'ai soif.

Did you have a specific question?

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

bay

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

3 replies

i'm confused here. why j'ai faim but not je suis faim?

bay

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Never mind, i just saw the answer in the notes. In French they use "to have" to express hunger but not "to be". 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Hi Bay,

Indeed in French we use 'avoir' for thirst and hunger and also for ages.

e.g.

Ils ont vingt ans, cette année. 

(They are twenty this year.)

Le chat a soif.

(The cat is thirsty)

Nous avons faim, quand est-ce qu'on mange?

( We are hungry when are we eating?)

Hope this helps!

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Hi Bay - the easiest way to 'get' this is that 'faim' actually means 'hunger' not 'hungry', so in French we say, in effect, "I have hunger". It's the same for thirst. Hope that helps!

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

1 April 2018

4 replies

" You took this Kwiz quite recently...soon! " When can I take Kwizs again?

How long does someone have to wait before they're arbitrarily allowed to take a Kwiz again? Also, I'm confused about how none of my questions in this site period seem to get answered, or maybe they are answered and I just don't get the answer sent to me or something.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

2 April 2018

2/04/18

Hi CrystalMaiden,

are you a paying subscriver to kwiziq? If so, you should be able to take unlimited quizzes. A free subscriber is limited to 10 quizzes a month, I believe.

-- Chris.

Alan

Kwiziq community member

2 April 2018

2/04/18

If you mean the micro quizzes, I think it's 2 weeks.

CrystalMaiden

Kwiziq community member

8 April 2018

8/04/18

2 weeks, okay, I guess I'll write that down. No reason they can't say that in the message, like, " You should be able to take it again in 2 weeks, " instead of the vague, " soon. "

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

20 April 2018

20/04/18

Hi CrystalMaiden - we're working a new version of the micro kwizzes that will immediately retakeable. They were not initially intended to be part of the user learning workflow but students really like them and the ability to focus on just one thing at a time, so we are going to improve them to make this possible.

In the meantime, I can suggest a workaround which is to use one or more Kwiziq notebooks to manage the topics you want to focus on. It does involve a few extra clicks but it's still quite fast to do. So, instead of taking the kwiz on the lesson page itself, click the add to notebook button (as a premium subscriber you can have as many notebooks as you like). Then go to that notebook and click test your knowledge to kwiz against that. You can keep them focussed to one or a few topics at a time - whether those suggested by kwizbot or anything you select from the whole library. Each kwiz will serve one question per topic, but they are repeatable and you'll go through the topics completely this way. KwizBot will also be smart about which questions he serves each time.

Regarding getting answers, I know people are answering your questions, so it may be that you're not seeing the email alerts. I'd check your spam folder as they can sometimes be mistaken for spam.

sukanya

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2016

1 reply

how do I say I am excited for something in french

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 November 2016

4/11/16

Bonjour Sukanya ! That's a trickier question than it looks :) Indeed, in French when you say "Je suis excité(e)", it immediately takes a sexual connotation. And you would NOT use it like that: "Je suis excité(e) de ..." You could however use the following expressions: "Je suis excité(e) à l'idée de " or "Je suis impatient(e) [à l'idée] de " If you have a specific sentence in mind, please let me know, and I'll give you the best equivalent possible ;) À bientôt !

Rafael

Kwiziq community member

1 November 2016

2 replies

j'ai très faim et soif

j'ai très faim et soif

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

2 November 2016

2/11/16

Très bien Rafael: tu dois manger et boire quelque chose :)

Rafael

Kwiziq community member

2 November 2016

2/11/16

kkkkkkk thanks teacher!

Joanna

Kwiziq community member

18 September 2016

2 replies

Est-ce qu'on dit j'ai beaucoup de faim ou j'ai très faim? (I'm very hungry)

J'ai lu

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

19 September 2016

19/09/16

J'ai très faim.

Joanna

Kwiziq community member

19 September 2016

19/09/16

merci!

Stanley

Kwiziq community member

27 July 2016

1 reply

avez-vous faim? j'aim faim aussi.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

27 July 2016

27/07/16

A little typo : j'aim --> j'ai.

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