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Which words do Russians use to say they are "thirsty"?

+2 votes

In English, we say "I'm thirsty" when we want to drink, and we say "I'm hungry" when we want to eat.

I know that in Russian, the "hungry" phrases can be:
Я голоден. (said by a male)
Я голодна. (said by a female)

But there's only one "thirsty" phrase in Russian:
Я хочу пить.

My question is: is it possible to say "I'm thirsty" as briefly as "I'm hungry" in Russian? If yes, what adjective should I use for "thirsty". And if no, it would be interesting to know why Russians say "I want to drink" instead of "I am thirsty"?

asked Jan 22, 2013 by strochka (530 points)

1 Answer

+1 vote

Some useful expressions:

  • У меня во рту пересохло = My mouth is dried up. (literal: at me in my mouth it is dried up).

  • Воды!=(Дайте мне воды!) =give me water

answered Jan 22, 2013 by Princess (1,440 points)
Пить! = (Я хочу пить!) = give me to drink