"Ik ben hongerig" of "Ik heb honger"?

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"Ik ben hongerig" of "Ik heb honger"?

Post by Quantum Toast » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:29 pm

I've seen both of these given as translations for "I'm hungry" - I was wondering which one is more usual/correct.

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Post by LiefNederland » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:23 pm

I always use "Ik heb honger". I've never seen in my Dutch book expressions like "Ik ben hongerig" for "I'm hungry". To my opinion, the last one is very uncommon , but maybe I'm wrong...
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Post by Bieneke » Fri Nov 03, 2006 1:30 pm

We normally say "Ik heb honger".

When you say: "Ik ben hongerig", it sounds more like an enduring state. I would never use it to express that temporary hollow feeling in my stomach when I skipped breakfast.
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Post by Vicky » Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:23 pm

And what about "Ik heb trek"?

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Post by Tom » Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:36 pm

I found this excerpt in the internet -

For our Dutch readers
Europa
Jongetje: ‘Ma, ik heb honger!’
Moeder: ‘Nee, schat. Je hebt trek. Kindertjes in Afrika hebben honger!’
Afrika
Jongetje: ‘Ma, ik heb trek!’
Moeder: ‘Nee, schat. Je hebt honger. Kindertjes in Europa hebben trek!’
For our English readers
Europe
Boy: ‘Mum, I’m hungry!’
Mother: ‘No darling. You have appetite. Children in Africa are hungry!’
Africa
Boy: ‘Mum, I have appetite!’
Mum: ‘No darling. You’re […]

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Post by Vicky » Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:48 pm

Dank je Tom,

Dit popje heb ik aan mijn vriend gegeven. Dit is een kirgizisch meisje. Het is van de wollen stof gemaakt. Het is traditioneel souvenirtje.

Dus moet ik altijd "ik heb trek" gebruiken als ik over mezelf spreek?

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Post by Quetzal » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:57 pm

That's a joke, it shouldn't be taken too seriously - it's perfectly normal to say "ik heb honger".

A difference is that with "trek", you can specify what it is you would like to eat, for instance "Ik heb trek in frieten". But it can also be used generally as a synonym for "ik heb honger".

Two small mistakes: "het is van wollen stof gemaakt" (no "de") and "het is een traditioneel souvenirtje".

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Post by Tom » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:45 am

Yes it is. I guess I should have made that clearer.
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Re: "Ik ben hongerig" of "Ik heb honger"?

Post by kukkie » Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:31 pm

We Dutchmen use always 'Ik heb honger'.

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Post by ngonyama » Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:26 am

I would agree with you, Kukkie, if it were not that I can still hear my mother say that we who had not lived through the Hongerwinter had no business saying such things. She always insisted that I should say: ik heb trek. But this may well be a hang up of my particular generation.

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Re: "Ik ben hongerig" of "Ik heb honger"?

Post by BrutallyFrank » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:52 am

I've heard that story also ... I can understand why, but I don't go along with it.

Strictly speaking you can say that 'trek hebben' means you want to snack. And when you say 'ik heb honger' has to do with nutrition. But saying that 'honger' should only be used when you're starving, because of the Hongerwinter, is taking it out of proportion. That's mixing emotion and semantics in a sinister way .....
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