How to Say ‘I’m Hungry’ in Korean

Is your stomach grumbling? Did you skip lunch?

Then you’re going to need to know how to say ‘I’m hungry’ in Korean!

Let’s jump right into it.

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‘Hungry’ vs. ‘Full’ in Korean

When talking about whether you are hungry or not, two different adjectives are used.

In front of each adjective is the word 배 (bae), which means ‘stomach’. To say that you are hungry, you add the adjective 고프다 (go-puh-da) to make 배 고프다.

Strictly speaking, the particle ‘가’ (ga) should come after ‘배’ to make ‘배가 고프다’. However, when speaking, people drop this particle.

If you want to say that you are full, then you need to use a different adjective completely. This adjective is 부르다 (boo-ruh-da), so to say ‘I am full’ in Korean, you would use 배 부르다.


Hungry Exclamations in Korean

1. 배 고프다! (bae go-puh-da) – I’m hungry!

2. 배 부르다! (bae boo-ruh-da) – I’m full!

When talking to themselves or making expressions, Koreans sometimes use a special form of the language which ends in 다. Although it looks like the dictionary form of the word, it is actually slightly different.

If you are using an adjective (like ‘hungry’) then you don’t need to change the word.

If you are making an exclamation that uses a verb, then the verb changes (for example 비가 온다 – It’s raining).


Formal ‘I’m Hungry’ in Korean

1. 배 고픕니다 (bae go-puhm-ni-da) – I’m hungry

2. 배 부릅니다 (bae boo-ruhm-ni-da) – I’m full

In very formal situations, you can use these two expressions. However, in reality you are unlikely to say them often.


Standard ‘I’m Hungry’ in Korean

1. 배 고파요 (bae go-pa-yo) – I’m hungry

2. 배 불러요 (bae bul-leo-yo) – I’m full

You can use these expressions to say that you are hungry or that you are full. They can be used in most situations.

If you want to ask somebody if they are hungry or full then just change the intonation to make a question. For example, you could ask: ‘배 고파요?’


Informal ‘I’m Hungry’ in Korean

1. 배 고파 (bae go-pah) – I’m hungry

2. 배 불러 (bae bul-leo) – I’m full

These expressions can be used when talking to close friends of a similar age.

They can also be used instead of exclamations when you are talking to yourself.

To ask them as a question, just change to an updward intonation at the end of the expression.


Other ‘Hungry’ Korean Phrases

If you are really hungry then you can use the following expression. It’s meaning in Korean and English is basically the same, so it should be easy to remember.

1. 배가 고파서 죽을 것 같다 (bae-ga go-pa-so juk-eul kot katda)

I’m so hungry that I could die


If you want to sound cute then you can use this aegyo expression.

2. 배고팡 (bae-go-pang)

I’m hungry (aegyo)


Now you know how to say ‘I’m hungry’ in Korean, it is time to find a 맛집 (delicious restaurant) and chow down.

What is your favorite Korean food to eat when you’re hungry? Let us know in the comments below!

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