Humor Being Hungry in Spanish

Humor Being Hungry in Spanish is a true story.

Young Barbara Dillon was on a trip around the world for a year by herself.

She was looking forward to meeting new people along the way, especially young men.

When she arrived in South America, she planned to spend three months there.

As a vegetarian in predominately meat-eating South America, she was reduced to eating veggie pizzas three meals a day.

(See her story: “Humor Ordering Pizza in Portuguese.”)

As a result, she was often hungry, and would sometimes tell others (in Spanish),

“I have hunger.”

which is how you say you are hungry in Spanish:

“Yo tengo HAMBRE” -- [AHM-breh, the h is silent] -- “I have hunger.”

But she was somewhat unsure in her pronunciation of Spanish.

And she kept getting hungrier.

After two months in South America, she still hadn’t met many young men.

She mentioned this to a Spanish-speaking girl she met, who replied,

“But you are always telling people you have a man.”

“No -- I don’t have a boyfriend!”

“Then why do you keep saying,

‘Yo tengo HOMBRE -- [OHM-breh] -- I have a man.’”


Humor Ordering Pizza in Portuguese.

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