I am cheese


I've collected numerous translations of the phrase "I am cheese" over some time. I've substituted the local version of cheese for the word "cheese" where cheese is not local -- so far, tofu in east Asian languages. I'm always on the lookout for more, so if you know one that's not here, please send it to me. Also, if you have corrections for an existing entry, phoenetic pronunciations for an American English speaker, or, in the case of non-Roman alphabets (or non-encodable Roman alphabet accents, such as the missing accent over the trailing 'u' in the Vietnamese entry), graphics of the phrase in the appropriate alphabet, I'd appreciate them. I'm mjbauer (at) mit (dot) edu.

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Afrikaans
Ek is kaas.
American
Me Velveeta.
Arabic
Anah Gibnah (Ah-nah Gibnah)
Armenian
Banir em. (Yes baneer'em)
Australian
I am cheese. (pronounced "oi em choize")
Bengali
Amee acta ponir.
Bulgarian
Az sum kashkaval. (Az sum sirene)
Canadian
Like, I'm cheese, eh? (fast, equal stress on all four words)
Cantonese
Ng` hai' dau` fu_.
Croatian
Ja sam sir.
Czech
Já jsem sýr.
Danish
Jeg er ost.
Dutch
Ik ben kaas.
Egyptian (Ancient)
Jnk smj. (pronounced "inek semi"; smj is curdled milk)
English
I am cheese.
Esperanto
Mi estas fromagho.
Estonian
Ma olen juust.
Faroese
Eg eri ostur
Farsi / Iranian / Persian
Man paniram or Man paneer hastam
Finnish
Minä olen juustoa
French
Je suis fromage.
Frisian
Ik bin tsiis.
German
Ich bin Käse.
German (Switzerland: Zurich)
Ich bin Chäs.
Glaswegian
See me, ah'm irish steak, but.
Greek
Ego eimai turi. (pronounced "ee-go ee-may teeree")
Greek (Ancient)
Turos eimi.
Hebrew
Ani gvina (Ani g'uina, an-nee g'ueenah)
Hindi
Mehn paneer huhn.
Icelandic
Ég er ostur.
Indonesian
Saya adalah keju. -or- Saya keju.
Irish
Is cáis mé. (pronounced "iss kawsh may") or Is mise cais. (pronounced "iss misha coysh")
Italian
Sono formaggio.
Japanese
  • Boku wa toufu desu. (men's informal)
  • Watakushi wa toufu desu. (formal and/or women's)
    Korean
    Nahnun tooboo yah. (Korean encoding -- you may need to download a font and adjust your browser settings.)
    Latin
    Caseus sum.
    Latvian
    Es esmu siers.
    Lithuanian
    As esu suris.
    Magyar / Hungarian
    Sajt vagyok.
    Malayalam (from the Indian state of Kerala)
    Njaan venaa aanu. (venna is butter; there is no word in Malayalam for cheese)
    Mandarin
    Wo(3) shr(4) dou(4) fu(1).
    Maori
    Ko au he tihi. (pronounced "co ow hay tee hee")
    Norwegian
    Jeg er ost.
    Polish
    Ja jestem ser. (Jestem serem.)
    Portuguese
    Eu sou queijo.
    Portuguese (Brazilian)
    Eu sou um queijo.
    Quenya
    Naanye tyuru.
    Romanian
    Sant brinza. (Eu sînt brînzä or Eu sunt brânzä)
    Russian
    Ya syr.
    Slovenian
    Jaz sem sir.
    Spanish
    Yo soy queso.
    Swedish
    Jag är ost.
    Tagalog / Filipino
    Ako ay queso.
    Tahitian
    Pata pa'ari vau.
    Taiwanese
    Wa si toufu.
    Tetum (East Timorese)
    Ha'u keiju. (pronounced "how kay-jew")
    Thai
  • Chun pen thow' hoo' (informal)
  • Pom^ pen thow' hoo' krup (male formal)
  • Dichun pen thow' hoo' ka' (female formal)
    Tsotsil
    Vu'un Tacj'an
    Turkish
    Ben peynirim.
    Ukranian
    Ya sir.
    Vietnamese
    Tôi là tà hu.
    Welsh
    Caws ydw i. (pronounced "cows udoo ee")
    Yiddish
    Ikh bin kez.

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