airxliban
Posts: 4285
Joined: Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:14 pm

In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:36 am

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.
 
aloges
Posts: 14842
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:38 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:43 am

Quoting AirxLiban (Thread starter):
bon appetit

Which translates to "Guten Appetit!" - exactly the words we say in Germany.
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
 
UTA_flyinghigh
Posts: 6304
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2001 8:46 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:46 am

I usually say j'ai faim

UTA  checkeredflag 
Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
 
User avatar
ClassicLover
Posts: 3940
Joined: Tue Mar 09, 2004 12:27 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:46 am

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!
 
Thom@s
Posts: 11674
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2000 2:03 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:46 am

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 avatar
nighthawk
Posts: 4780
Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2001 2:33 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:48 am

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
 
OYRJA
Posts: 2577
Joined: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:43 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:50 am

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
 
RobertNL070
Posts: 4160
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2003 4:29 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:51 am

Eet smakelijk or smakelijk eten

(Horrible expressions)

Regards, Robert  bouncy 
Youth is a gift of nature. Age is a work of art.
 
flyingbabydoc
Posts: 1059
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:12 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:53 am

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

Alex
Marriage is the art of turning a lover into a relative
 
Bikergirl
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Sep 12, 2005 6:48 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:54 am

Bikke bikke bik
Happe happe hap
eerst de soep
en dan de pap
 
FunFlying
Posts: 168
Joined: Fri Jul 27, 2001 4:54 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:55 am

And here up north it's "hyvää ruokahalua"

-J-
Leaving on a Jetplane...
 
OV735
Posts: 832
Joined: Sat Jan 17, 2004 8:49 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:56 am

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
 
RJ100
Posts: 3895
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2000 1:37 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:56 am

In Baseldytsch we say "E Guete!" Big grin

RJ100
none
 
Matt27
Posts: 2070
Joined: Fri Jul 04, 2003 9:53 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:57 am

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
Man ska inte dricka rödvin i en vit hall.
 
Thom@s
Posts: 11674
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2000 2:03 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 12:57 am

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 avatar
solnabo
Posts: 5014
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:53 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:11 am

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

Micke//SE Big grin *I know it´s french*
Airbus SAS - Love them both
 
RobertNL070
Posts: 4160
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2003 4:29 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:15 am

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.
 
ME AVN FAN
Posts: 12970
Joined: Fri May 31, 2002 12:05 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:35 am

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

while it in Züritüütsch is "En Guete ! "  wink 
 
Marambio
Posts: 1145
Joined: Wed Oct 13, 2004 9:41 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:38 am

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
 
yooyoo
Posts: 5686
Joined: Wed Nov 26, 2003 5:01 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:38 am

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
 
OD720
Posts: 1856
Joined: Sun Feb 16, 2003 6:46 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:50 am

In Armenian is "pari akhorjag".
 
User avatar
TR763
Posts: 753
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:07 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:55 am

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

Rgs!
TR763
Image
Picture by Justin Cederholm at MCO.
 
pogo
Posts: 321
Joined: Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:58 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:05 am

I normally say.....'can you pass the salt please' wink 
When in doubt give it a clout
 
LO231
Posts: 2227
Joined: Tue Sep 28, 2004 5:55 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:30 am

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
 
StarCruiser
Posts: 294
Joined: Fri May 07, 2004 12:12 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:40 am

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).
 
airxliban
Posts: 4285
Joined: Wed Oct 01, 2003 12:14 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:47 am

Thanks for the responses. Those that wrote out the phrase, can you also expalin what it means?

Quoting OD720 (Reply 20):
In Armenian is "pari akhorjag".

Thats right - I was trying to remember that but couldn't think of it. Usually when I have the opportunity to hear it in Armenian its my cousin saying the jashagertzou prayer.
PARIS, FRANCE...THE BEIRUT OF EUROPE.
 
AA777
Posts: 2358
Joined: Thu May 20, 1999 7:07 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:48 am

Arabic:

Sahtein wa hana or just Sahtein...

My family (as a joke) says: "Good bread, good meat, good God lets eat!"

-AA777
 
jap
Posts: 2196
Joined: Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:25 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:50 am

Nothing really... maybe:
"God appetit"...
Which is the same as Bon apetit... duh  Silly

In japanese, they say: Itadakimasu, meaning "I gratefully receive" and after the meal you say gochisosama (deshita) -meaning "Thank you for the meal"
Scandinavian chick with a scandinavian horse- oh yeah! :D
 
ual777
Posts: 1497
Joined: Thu Aug 14, 2003 6:18 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:32 am

in English: "Good food, good meat, good God lets eat!"  Wink
It is always darkest before the sun comes up.
 
petertenthije
Posts: 3260
Joined: Tue Jul 10, 2001 10:00 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 4:39 am

Dutch:

"ik bid nie voor boon'n"
"eindelijk"
Attamottamotta!
 
airlinelover
Posts: 5287
Joined: Thu Jun 07, 2001 8:03 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 5:18 am

I say "I'm Hungry.."

Chris
Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
 
User avatar
Vio
Posts: 1475
Joined: Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:23 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:08 am

In Romanian we say: Poftã bunã

Which is basically "Good crave" Big grin ... I know pretty bad translation, but it's the same as "Bon appetit"
Superior decisions reduce the need for superior skills.
 
JAGflyer
Posts: 3453
Joined: Tue Aug 10, 2004 5:31 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:04 pm

In Hebrew "Be'Tayavon"
Support the beer and soda can industry, your recycle old airplanes!
 
User avatar
Aeroflot777
Posts: 2982
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2004 2:19 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 1:37 pm

Russian:
"Priyatnovo Opetita" which literally translates into "Have a wonderful appetite" - something along those lines...

Aeroflot777
 
Mir
Posts: 19093
Joined: Mon Jan 05, 2004 3:55 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 2:24 pm

Quoting UAL777 (Reply 28):
in English: "Good food, good meat, good God lets eat!"

Or "rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub. Yay God!"  Smile

Quoting Jap (Reply 27):
after the meal you say gochisosama (deshita) -meaning "Thank you for the meal"

I believe the literal translation is "it was a feast."

-Mir
7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29867
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 10:19 pm

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 too.
Out here Food is considered to get max respect.
regds
MEL
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
carmenlu15
Posts: 4517
Joined: Sat Dec 25, 2004 1:24 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:01 pm

Quoting Marambio (Reply 18):
In Spanish it would be Buen provecho, although you can simply say Provecho and people will understand you.

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're supposed to say Provecho and then eat!"  confused 
Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
 
jasepl
Posts: 3499
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2004 3:15 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:20 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
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...."

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: Nighthawk, you can say 'bitch' on Anet, I think.  Smile
 
flyingbabydoc
Posts: 1059
Joined: Wed Oct 19, 2005 6:12 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:32 pm

Quoting TR763 (Reply 21):
"Puta que pariu que fome do caralho!!"

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!

Or didn't your Mom tell you: Olha os modos, guri!  laughing 

Alex
Marriage is the art of turning a lover into a relative
 
Doona
Posts: 3382
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:43 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:36 pm

In some cases:
"Håll käften ungar, och ät!"

In other cases:
"Det kallas mögel, och är nyttigt. Ät det."

Cheers
Mats
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
 
Matt27
Posts: 2070
Joined: Fri Jul 04, 2003 9:53 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sat Nov 26, 2005 11:44 pm

Quoting Doona (Reply 39):
"Håll käften ungar, och ät!"

 bigthumbsup 

Quoting Doona (Reply 39):
"Det kallas mögel, och är nyttigt. Ät det."

How was your upbringing?  scared 
Man ska inte dricka rödvin i en vit hall.
 
Doona
Posts: 3382
Joined: Fri Feb 18, 2005 9:43 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 12:10 am

Quoting Matt27 (Reply 40):
How was your upbringing?

I don't want to talk about it...  Wink

Cheers
Mats
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.
 
jap
Posts: 2196
Joined: Thu Oct 13, 2005 7:25 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 4:17 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 34):
I believe the literal translation is "it was a feast."

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  Silly Thanks for correcting  Smile
Scandinavian chick with a scandinavian horse- oh yeah! :D
 
SFOMEX
Posts: 1602
Joined: Sat Dec 04, 2004 8:55 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 6:36 pm

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 36):
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're supposed to say Provecho and then eat!"

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 CA, I had to force myself to stop saying "provecho" or looking for an English word with the same meaning every time I shared a meal with my English-only friends.
The only thing worst than the GOP is the Democratic Party, think about it!
 
AOMlover
Posts: 1191
Joined: Sun Jul 22, 2001 6:03 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:10 pm

"A la bouffe les pignoufs"
 
kennethsk
Posts: 285
Joined: Sat Oct 01, 2005 2:01 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 7:53 pm

We say..."who do the dishes!???"!!

hahahahaha!!

Kennethsk
Welcome to the REAL world! it SUCKS but you are gonna LOVE it!
 
QANTASforever
Posts: 5794
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2001 6:03 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 9:36 pm

Quoting Nighthawk (Reply 5):
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...."

Really?

I thought that before a meal, one said:

"Two happy meals, one big mac, large fries, and a coke"

QFF
Fighting for the glory of the Australian Republic.
 
User avatar
TR763
Posts: 753
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2001 10:07 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:31 pm

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 38):
Especially when you are invited at your significant other's house!

Of course I´ve never said that in a restaurant or in other´s house. Haha! That would be VERY rude!

Quoting Flyingbabydoc (Reply 38):
Or didn't your Mom tell you: Olha os modos, guri!

Almost, she tells me: "Que coisa feia filho!! Até parece que não fui eu quem te educou!!!" hehehe

Rgs!
TR763
Image
Picture by Justin Cederholm at MCO.
 
TACAA320
Posts: 7153
Joined: Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:03 am

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Sun Nov 27, 2005 11:43 pm

We usually say "Provecho", "Buen provecho", or just "Que lo disfrute" [Enjoy it].
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'. Albert Einstein
 
duke
Posts: 1167
Joined: Tue Sep 21, 1999 9:52 pm

RE: In Your Language What Do You Say Before Eating?

Mon Nov 28, 2005 6:34 pm

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 be) enjoyable (for you)".

In Czech, you say "dobrou chut´" (dobroe hootch with the oo short like in foot), which is more or less like bon appetit.

[Edited 2005-11-28 10:34:57]

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MaverickM11 and 6 guests