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How To Say & Write "I'M BORED" In other Languages

Compiled by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, with the help of many

The image to the left is the cover of the French version of I'M BORED: "JE M'ENNUIE."

Have you ever wondered how books get translated into other languages? What makes a picture book easy or hard to translate? Who does the translation? For more info, see:

How does a picture book get translated into different languages? (I'M BORED Scrapbook Blog). Also find out more about the picture book foreign rights process at Curtis Brown!


Here's how to write and/or say "I'm Bored" in 26 other languages: ASL, Catalan, Danish, Drow, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Irish Gaelic, Japanese, Klingon, Latin, Lojban, Mandarin, Māori, Norwegian, Pig Latin, Spanish, Castillian Spanish, Swedish and Senslerseutsch.

"M'avorreixo" - Catalan

"Jeg er træt." - Danish

"Mij ben vervelend." - Dutch

"F'sarn kelia." - Drow (Dark Elves)

"Mi enuas." - Esperanto

"Mul on igav." - Estonian

"Je m'ennuie." - French

"Mir ist langweilig." - German

"Βαριέμαι." - Greek

"ऊबा हुआ ए एम मैने" - Hindi

Mi annoio. - Italian

Tá mé ag leamh. - Irish Gaelic

"たいくつだ。" or "Taikutsu da"- Japanese

"jIpIlbe'taH." (listen to pronunciation) - Klingon

"Tempora tarde labentia habeo." - Latin

"Mi tolselzdi." - Lojban.

"我覺得無聊透了" or "Wǒ juéde wúliáo tòule!" - Mandarin.

"Kei te hongeā ahau." - Māori.

"Jeg kjeder meg." - Norwegian.

"Miay oredbay." - Pig Latin

"Estou entediado."- Portuguese (Brazil)

"Estoy aburrido" (male) / "Estoy aburrida" (female) - Spanish

"Me aburro." - Spanish, Castilian

"Jag är uttråkad." - Swedish

"Mir isch längwilig." - SenslerDeutsch (a Swiss dialect)

Also, ASL:



Thanks to the following people for their translation help:

Rhonda Jenkins, Marilisa Valtazanou, Hanna Hauffe, Andy Beaton, John Chew, Alexandra Penfold, Steve Macdonald, Beverly Komoda, Claudia Mellenthin, Aino Anto, Elaine Kiely Kearns, Deborah Isaac, Margo Sorenson, Marion Beet, loghaD, K.T. Bryski, Sarah Hastelow, Monica Kulling, Victoria/dragonwrites, unpublishedguy, Rob Lanard, Joyce Grant, Miriam Kobras, Javier Altayó, Fátima Franco.