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In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?  
User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9480 times:

Along the same lines as the other thread, I'm interested to hear what if anything you say in your culture before beginning a meal.

The most famous example is French, so you say bon appetit and then others say merci, pareillement.

In Arabic you say sahtein, which is the dual of health.

In Turkish you say Afiyet Olsun (not sure what it means though)

In Italian you say "buon appetito" and others say "grazie, é altrettanto" or something like that.

Please feel free to correct anything that I've incorrectly represented and I'd love to hear what the tradition is in your culture.


PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8707 posts, RR: 42
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9471 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
bon appetit

Which translates to "Guten Appetit!" - exactly the words we say in Germany.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9462 times:

I usually say j'ai faim

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4636 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9459 times:

I usually say, "Who's going to open the wine?"

Trent.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9459 times:

In Norwegian it's "faen, fisk nå igjen."

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5157 posts, RR: 33
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9454 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Along the same lines as the other thread, I'm interested to hear what if anything you say in your culture before beginning a meal.

in scotland we say "Hurry up b###h im f#####g starving! Is it too much to ask to have my dinner on the table when I get home from work...."  Silly



That'll teach you
User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9446 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 4):
In Norwegian it's "faen, fisk nå igjen."

Thom@s

LMAO!!  rotfl  rotfl  rotfl 

In Danish we say "Velbekomme"  Smile


User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9446 times:

Eet smakelijk or smakelijk eten

(Horrible expressions)

Regards, Robert  bouncy 



Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.
User currently offlineFlyingbabydoc From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9442 times:

In Brazil you can say "Bom Apetite" but in truth people just make a toast and dive for the food!

Alex


User currently offlineBikergirl From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 56 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9440 times:

Bikke bikke bik
Happe happe hap
eerst de soep
en dan de pap


User currently offlineFunFlying From Finland, joined Jul 2001, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9436 times:

And here up north it's "hyvää ruokahalua"

-J-



Leaving on a Jetplane...
User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 913 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9429 times:

Sometimes it's "Head isu" (which translates directly to bon appetit), to which others reply also with "head isu" or by simply saying "aitäh" ("thanks").

When you join someone who's already eating, it's considered polite to say "jätku leiba", which translates roughly to "may there be enough bread for you" (as hardworking people in a rough climate, Estonians have never really experienced the lack of appetite, but rather the lack of bread and food in general).

But then again, usually we just go "mmmh", to which others reply "uhuh, mmh".

Cheers,
OV735


User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4119 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9429 times:

In Baseldytsch we say "E Guete!" Big grin

RJ100



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User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9423 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 4):
In Norwegian it's "faen, fisk nå igjen."

 rotf   rotf   rotf  (Trodde att ni gillade fisk i Norge)

In Swedish:

Smaklig måltid

//Matt


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 9421 times:

Ikke alle Matt...  Wink

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineSolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9401 times:

My mother always said á table when I lived at home.

Micke//SE Big grin *I know it´s french*



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 4532 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9398 times:

Quoting Bikergirl (Reply 9):
Bikke bikke bik
Happe happe hap
eerst de soep
en dan de pap

 crazy 

Regards, Robert  bouncy 



Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.
User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9378 times:

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 12):
In Baseldytsch we say "E Guete!"

while it in Züritüütsch is "En Guete ! "  wink 


User currently offlineMarambio From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2004, 1160 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9373 times:

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Reply 2):
I usually say j'ai faim

LOL!  rotfl 

In Spanish it would be Buen provecho, although you can simply say Provecho and people will understand you. Buen apetito is also accepted, yet it's considered -at least here- archaic.

Saludos,
Marambio



Aerolíneas Argentinas - La Argentina que levanta vuelo.
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9373 times:

I usually say....

"What's for desert?"



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9366 times:

In Armenian is "pari akhorjag".

User currently offlineTR763 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 775 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9362 times:

"Bom apetite" but I usually say "Puta que pariu que fome do caralho!!"

Rgs!
TR763



Transbrasil
User currently offlinePogo From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9353 times:

I normally say.....'can you pass the salt please' wink 


When in doubt give it a clout
User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9341 times:

Quoting Bikergirl (Reply 9):
Bikke bikke bik
Happe happe hap
eerst de soep
en dan de pap

LOL!!!!!

Dutch: Smakelijk...
Polish: Smacznego.

Regards,
LO231



Got both LO 788 frames already, next LO E95 and 734 BRU-WAW-BRU
User currently offlineStarCruiser From United States of America, joined May 2004, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9334 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
Along the same lines as the other thread, I'm interested to hear what if anything you say in your culture before beginning a meal.

Grace (that is, a prayer of thanks).


25 AirxLiban : Thanks for the responses. Those that wrote out the phrase, can you also expalin what it means? Thats right - I was trying to remember that but couldn'
26 AA777 : Arabic: Sahtein wa hana or just Sahtein... My family (as a joke) says: "Good bread, good meat, good God lets eat!" -AA777
27 Post contains images Jap : Nothing really... maybe: "God appetit"... Which is the same as Bon apetit... duh In japanese, they say: Itadakimasu, meaning "I gratefully receive" an
28 Post contains images UAL777 : in English: "Good food, good meat, good God lets eat!"
29 Petertenthije : Dutch: "ik bid nie voor boon'n" "eindelijk"
30 Airlinelover : I say "I'm Hungry.." Chris
31 Post contains images Vio : In Romanian we say: Poftã bunã Which is basically "Good crave" ... I know pretty bad translation, but it's the same as "Bon appetit"
32 JAGflyer : In Hebrew "Be'Tayavon"
33 Aeroflot777 : Russian: "Priyatnovo Opetita" which literally translates into "Have a wonderful appetite" - something along those lines... Aeroflot777
34 Post contains images Mir : Or "rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub. Yay God!" I believe the literal translation is "it was a feast." -Mir
35 HAWK21M : Its called "The Grace before meals".Thanks to God for the meal today. Im seen my Hindu,Sikh & Muslim friends do something similiar in their Religon to
36 Post contains images Carmenlu15 : At least over here, we say Buen Provecho when we have finished eating. Our Salvadorean friends used to complain "Why do you guys do it backwards? You
37 Post contains images Jasepl : He he hehe! Seems like a global phenomenon! I know I say something on those lines too: 'Jaldi ker' or 'Lav ker' which basically mean 'hurry up'! PS:
38 Post contains images Flyingbabydoc : I am sure that goes very well with the supper (it is a bad curse in portuguese). Especially when you are invited at your significant other's house! O
39 Doona : In some cases: "Håll käften ungar, och ät!" In other cases: "Det kallas mögel, och är nyttigt. Ät det." Cheers Mats
40 Post contains images Matt27 : How was your upbringing?
41 Post contains images Doona : I don't want to talk about it... Cheers Mats
42 Post contains images Jap : i shall complain to the sitemaster of the site that suggested the translation to me-- I had absolutely no idea what it meant and looked it up Thanks
43 SFOMEX : LOL. Down here in Mexico, we say "Provecho" at the beginning of the meal and at the end, just before you leave the table. During my years living in C
44 AOMlover : "A la bouffe les pignoufs"
45 Kennethsk : We say..."who do the dishes!???"!! hahahahaha!! Kennethsk
46 QANTASforever : Really? I thought that before a meal, one said: "Two happy meals, one big mac, large fries, and a coke" QFF
47 TR763 : Of course I´ve never said that in a restaurant or in other´s house. Haha! That would be VERY rude! Almost, she tells me: "Que coisa feia filho!! At
48 TACAA320 : We usually say "Provecho", "Buen provecho", or just "Que lo disfrute" [Enjoy it].
49 Duke : I can only think of "enjoy your meal/enjoy" for English. In Serbian, however, you can say "prijatno" (PREE-yutt-no), which means essentially "(let it
50 SATX : Why is there a "u" on the end when some Japanese words are spelled with roman characters? Listen to a Japanese person say "itadakimasu" and you'll be
51 BCNGRO : In Catalan we usually say "Bon profit". When you are serving food or just seeing other people eat you can also say "Que vagi de gust".
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