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.


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Hà ThuA0Kwiziq community member

Question abt grammar

Is it correct? "J'ai faim parce que je ne mange pas le déjeuner"

Asked 1 week ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Hà Thu,

Chris is right your sentence doesn't make any sense unless 'avoir faim' is the result of something which happened in the past or happens on a regular basis like -

J'ai toujours faim parce que je ne mange jamais rien pour le déjeuner = I am always hungry because I never have any lunch 

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

If you want to say: I am hungry because I didn't have lunch, I would translate it like this:

J'ai faim parce que je n'ai rien mangé pour le déjeuner.

But there are several other options as well.

Question abt grammar

Is it correct? "J'ai faim parce que je ne mange pas le déjeuner"

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Ila RaeA0Kwiziq community member

As tu soif?

Asked 8 months ago
StefanA2Kwiziq community memberCorrect answer

Non, je n'ai pas soif

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

As-tu soif?

DaamonA1Kwiziq community member

Non, j'ai faim. 

LynneA1Kwiziq community member

Non, je n’ai pas soif. 

PeterA1Kwiziq community member

Oui j'ai soif

As tu soif?

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PaulA0Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Yes, it is silent.
TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
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.

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

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RyanA0Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Avez-vous faim/soif ?

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

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DanielA1Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Daniel !

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

Bonne journée !

DanielA1Kwiziq community member

Thank you very much Aurelie.

JeremiahA1Kwiziq community member
Sorry, i don't mean to bother. but when do we use J'ai and Je suis, since they both say "i am"
JeremiahA1Kwiziq community member
pleasee clarify
RichardA1Kwiziq community member

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... : )

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

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BrendaA1Kwiziq community member

Vous avez faim maintenant?

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

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Brenda,

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

Did you have a specific question?

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Vous avez faim maintenant?

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

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BayA0Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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!

BayA0Kwiziq community member
Never mind, i just saw the answer in the notes. In French they use "to have" to express hunger but not "to be". 
GruffKwiziq team member
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!
GraceliaA0Kwiziq community member

Yes. Because faim and soif are feminine nouns, so it may be more suitable to use avoir, instead of etre, that should be followed by an adjective to describe the subject

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

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CrystalMaidenC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

" 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.
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
If you mean the micro quizzes, I think it's 2 weeks.
CrystalMaidenC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
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. "
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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.

" 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.

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SukanyaA0Kwiziq community member

how do I say I am excited for something in french

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
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 !

how do I say I am excited for something in french

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RafaelA0Kwiziq community member

j'ai très faim et soif

j'ai très faim et soif

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Très bien Rafael: tu dois manger et boire quelque chose :)
RafaelA0Kwiziq community member
kkkkkkk thanks teacher!

j'ai très faim et soif

j'ai très faim et soif

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JoannaC1Kwiziq community member

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

J'ai lu
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
J'ai très faim.
JoannaC1Kwiziq community member
merci!
LixinA0Kwiziq community member

faim is a noun (hunger), très is adv (very), it should be used in front of adj (hungry), So here is an exception?

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

J'ai lu

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StanleyA2Kwiziq community member

avez-vous faim? j'aim faim aussi.

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
A little typo : j'aim --> j'ai.

avez-vous faim? j'aim faim aussi.

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SophiaA0Kwiziq community member

J'ai faim, je ne pas mange

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Sophia !

When using the negation ne ... pas, you need to remember the two words are going on each side of the conjugated verb, as such:

J'ai faim, je ne mange pas.

Have a look at the related lesson: https://french.kwiziq.com/my-languages/french/view/601

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

MichaelA0Kwiziq community member
Shouldn't there be a conjunction like 'mais' between the two clauses: j'ai faim, mais je ne mange pas'?

J'ai faim, je ne pas mange

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ElenaA1Kwiziq community member

J'ai faim, et je mange. J'ai soif, et je bois d'eau.

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Elena !

Bravo, most of your sentences are correct: you definitely nailed j'ai faim and j'ai soif ;)

However, you would say je bois de l'eau, and not je bois d'eau, as here you need the partitive article to express "some".
Please have a look at the related lesson for more explanation: 
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/du-de-la-de-l-are-used-to-express-some-or-any-partitive-articles

À bientôt !

J'ai faim, et je mange. J'ai soif, et je bois d'eau.

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LeahA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

J'ai faim. Je mange une pomme. Et tu?

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Très bien - juste une petite correction : "Et toi ?" Moi, j'ai déjà mangé un croissant pour le petit-déjeuner. Bonne journée !
LeahA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Merci, Laura! J'aime des croissants, aussi. Je parle francais un peu.
LeahA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Pourquoi, "Et toi?" Laura?
AmandaA0Kwiziq community member
Hope this helps, Leah! https://french.stackexchange.com/questions/11549/difference-between-tu-and-toi
LixinA0Kwiziq community member

J'ai la pépie, je veux boire un verre de bière. 

Qui a bu boira. 

J'ai faim. Je mange une pomme. Et tu?

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