I’m all ears

How do you say this idiom in other languages?

Kieran Ball
Jun 12, 2019 · 3 min read

The expression, “I’m all ears” is used when you want to show somebody that you’re listening and ready for them to tell you something. Here’s how you say this idiom in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese:

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French

In French, the word “ouïe” means “hearing” or it can also mean “gill”. So, “tout ouïe” means “all hearing”.

A less idiomatic way of saying this would be, “J’écoute attentivement”, which literally means “I’m listening attentively”.

Spanish

In Spanish, this phrase is translated word for word to mean “I am all ears”.

There are actually two words for “ear” in Spanish. You have “oído”, which means the “inner ear”, and then there’s “oreja”, which is the outer ear.

You can say: me duele el oído

And this means “I have earache” as in you have an ache in your inner ear.

However, if you say: me duele la oreja

This phrase means that your ear is hurting on the outside.

German

“Ohr” means “ear” in German, and “ganz” means “entirely” or “totally”. So, “ich bin ganz Ohr” means “I am entirely ear”.

Italian

The word “orecchi” means “ears” in Italian. The singular is “orecchio”.

Normally, in Italian, if a word ends in an “o”, to make it plural, you change the “o” to an “i”. However, because there is already a letter i before the o in “orecchio”, the plural is just “orecchi”.

In Italian, there is also an alternative form of the plural of “orecchio”; you can either say “orecchi” or “orecchie”. So, that mean you can either say, “sono tutto orecchi” or “sono tutto orecchie”.

Finally, the word “tutto” can be shortened to just “tutt” in front of the letter o, so you can say these too:

sono tutto orecchi — sono tutt’orecchi
sono tutto orecchie — sono tutt’orecchie

And they can all mean “I am all ears”!

Portuguese

The word “ouvidos” means “ears” when you’re talking about an inner-ear. However, if you’re talking about your outer-ear, you would use the word “orelha” instead.

You say “sou todo ouvidos” if you’re a man, but if you’re a woman, the word “todo” turns feminine and you say “so toda ouvidos” instead.


So, that’s just one more idiom that you can add to your collection :-)

If you fancy learning a language from scratch, you can use my 3 Minute Languages courses for free and learn to speak French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese in 3-minute chunks.

If you want to learn on Udemy, you can use these free links:

FRENCH: www.udemy.com/3-minute-french-course-1

SPANISH: www.udemy.com/3-minute-spanish-course-1

GERMAN: www.udemy.com/3-minute-german-course-1

ITALIAN: www.udemy.com/3-minute-italian-course-1

PORTUGUESE: www.udemy.com/3-minute-portuguese-course-1

Or you can get the same courses for free on SkillShare:

FRENCH: https://skl.sh/2FOsOcZ

SPANISH: https://skl.sh/2zLOwsv

GERMAN: https://skl.sh/2CAu9Aq

ITALIAN: https://skl.sh/2CCBMqc

PORTUGUESE: https://skl.sh/2Ge0f7q

Happy learning :-)

The Happy Linguist

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Kieran Ball

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Teacher and creator of 3 Minute Languages — a series of books and online courses that help you to learn a foreign language quickly and easily www.3minute.club

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