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Bon appétit in many languages

These are phrases used to at the beginning or end of meals and mean something like "have a good meal" / "enjoy your meal". There is no exact English equivalent of this, though some people say bon appetit, particularly in restaurants.

Many people say grace, a short prayer recited before or after a meal to invoke a blessing upon the food or to give thanks for it.

Language Bon appetit / Enjoy your meal
Adyghe Гухахъо ошх!
Afrikaans Smaaklike ete!
Lekker eet!
Albanian T'bëftë mirë!
Alsatian E Güeter!
Amharic መልካም ምግብ (melkam megeb)
Arabic
(Egyptian)
(bil hana wish shifa'!) بالهنا و الشفاء!
response - (allah yihanneek/i) الله يهنّيك
Arabic
(Lebanese)
Sa7tayn / Bil hana
Arabic
(Modern Standard)
(bil-hanā' wa ash-shifā') بالهناء والشفاء / بالهنا والشفا
may you have your meal with gladness and health
Arabic
(Moroccan)
(besseha) بالصحة
Armenian
(Eastern)
Բարի' ախորժակ: (Bari akh.orzh.ak)
Armenian
(Western)
Բարի ախորժակ: (Paree akhorzhag)
Aromanian Oraxi bunã! S-vã facã ghini!
Azeri Nuş olsun
Basque On egin!
Belarusian Смачна есьці! (Smachna yesci)
Bengali সু তৃপ্তি (su tripti)
Bhojpuri स्वादिष्ट खाना (swadist khana)
Breton Kalon digor! Debrit ervat! Debrit a galon!
Bulgarian Да Ви е вкусно! (Da vi e vkusno!) frm
Да ти е вкусно! (Da ti e vkusno!) inf
Добър апетит! (Dobãr apetit!)
Да Ви е сладко! (Da vi e sladko!) frm
Да ти е сладко! (Da ti e sladko!) inf
Приятно хапване! (Prijatno hapvane!)
Приятно ядене! (Prijatno jadene!)
Catalan Bon profit! Que vagi de gust!
Chamorro Buen prubechu
Chinese
(Cantonese)
食飯 (sihk faahn) - eat
Chinese
(Hakka)
慢慢吃 (mang-mang sik)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī!) - eat slowly
請慢用 [请慢用] (qǐng màn yòng) - please eat slowly
請入席 [请入席] (qǐng rù xí) - please be seated - frm
Chinese
(Taiwanese)
食福 (chia̍h hok) - Eat well, enjoy good food
食卡飽 (chia̍h kah pá) - Eat till satisfied
食氣 (chia̍h khì) - Eat up
Cornish Omlowenha dha voes! (sg) Omlowenhewgh agas boes! (pl)
Corsican Bon appetitu
Croatian Dobar tek!
Cuyonon Amos! Kaen ta ren; Kaen kita ren; Kaen ta
Czech Dobrou chuť!
Danish Velbekomme!
Dutch Smakelijk! Smakelijk eten! Eet Smakelijk!
Efik Dia!
English Bon appetit! Enjoy your meal! (frm)
Enjoy! Tuck in! Get stuck in! Eat already! (inf/slang)
Happy eating! Get your laughing gear round this! (inf/slang)
Esperanto Bonan apetiton!
Estonian Jätku leiba! (used when joining the table)
Head isu! (used when leaving the table)
Faroese Vælgagnist
Fijian Da kana!
Finnish Hyvää ruokahalua!
French Bon appétit !
Frisian (North) Mäljtid
Frisian (West) Lekker ite!
Friulian Bon pitìc
Galician Bo proveito! Que aproveite!
Genoese Bon pro'!
Georgian გაამოთ! (gaamoth) - frm გაამოს! (gaamos) - inf
გემრიელად მიირთვით! (gemrielad miirthvith) - frm
გემრიელად მიირთვი! (gemrielad miirthvi) - inf
German Guten Appetit! Mahlzeit!
German (Bavarian) A̦n gua̦dn!
Greek (Modern) Καλή όρεξη! (Kalí óreksi!)
Greenlandic Nerilluarisi
Haitian Creole Bon apeti
Hausa A ci abinci lafiya
Hawaiian E ʻai kāua (dl) (Let's eat!)
E ʻai kākou (pl) (Let's eat!)
Hebrew (be'te-avon) בתיאבון
Hindi कृपया भोजन शुरू कीजियै ! (kripyā bhojan shuru kijīyai) - please start eating
कृपया भोजन का आनंद लीजिये ! (kripyā bhojan kā ānnaṅd lijīyai) - please enjoy your meal
Hungarian Jó étvágyat!
Icelandic Verði þér að góðu
Indonesian Selamat makan
Interlingua Bon appetito!
Inuktitut ᐊᑏ ᓂᕆᓕᖅᑕ (Atii niriliqta)
Italian Buon appetito!
Japanese どうぞめしあがれ (douzo meshiagare)
= 'enjoy your meal' - said by the cook/chef
いただきます (itadakimasu)
- said before a meal by those eating it
ご馳走さまでした (gochisōsama deshita)
- said after a meal by those who have eaten it
Jèrriais Bouan appétit!
Kannada ಶುಭ ಭೋಜನ ಅಥವಾ ಊಟ ಎಂಜಾಯ್ ಮಾಡಿ
(shubha bhojana athavaa oota enjaay maadi)
Kazakh Ас болсын! (As bolsın!) - inf
Асыңыз дәмді болсын! (Asıñız dämdi bolsın!) - frm
Ас дәмді болсын! (As dämdi bolsın!) - gen
Khmer អញ្ជើញ​ពិសាឲ្យ​បាន​ឆ្ងាញ់
(anjoe-in pisaa ao-y baan ch'ngain)
Kinyarwanda Muryoherwe
Korean 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkesseumnida) - before a meal
잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeosseumnida) - after a meal
맛있게 드세요 (masitkke deuseyo)
Klingon yISop! (sg) peSop! (pl)
Kurdish (Sorani) Noşigyan
Latin Bonum appetitionem!
Latvian Labu apetīti
Lithuanian Gero apetito! Skanaus!
Lojban a'o.e'o lo sanmi cu xamgu ko
Luxembourgish Gudden Appetit!
Macedonian Пријатно јадење (Priyatno yadenye)
Malagasy Mazotoa homana!
Malay Selamat menjamu selera! (Please treat your appetite)
Jemput makan! (Please eat!) Makan makan! (Eat eat!)
Malayalam രുചിയോടെ ഭക്ഷണം ആസ്വദിക്കാന്‍ കഴിയട്ടേ
(ruchiyode bhakshanam aaswadikkan kazhiyatte)
Maltese L-Ikla it-tajba
Manx (Gaelic) Gow dty vee dty fondagh!
Māri Kia mākona
Marathi रूचकर जेवण (ruckar jevaṇ)
Mongolian Сайхан хооллоорой (Saihan hoollooroi)
Nahuatl Xitlacua cualli
Ndebele (Northern) Udle kuhle
Norwegian Vær så god!
Vel bekomme!
Occitan Bon apetís!
Oriya Subha trupti
Papiamento Bon apetit
Pashto (kha ishtya walare) ښه اشتیا ولری
Persian (Farsi) (befarma'id) بفرماييد (nooshe jan) نوش جان
Polish Smacznego!
Portuguese Bom apetite!
Portuguese (Brazilian) Bom apetite!
Punjabi (no equivalent)
Romanian Poftă bună!
Russian Приятного аппетита! (Prijatnovo appetita!)
Sabethir (Endiaré'hysil)
Bon appetit in Sabethir
Samoan Ia manuia le tausamiga
Sardinian
(Logudorese)
Bon appetito
Scottish Gaelic Ith gu leòir!
Ith do shàth!
Làmh fhada is cead a sìneadh!
Serbian Пријатно! (Prijatno!)
Sinhala විනොදෙන් කන්න (vinoden kanna)
Slovak Dobrú chuť!
Slovenian Dober tek!
Somali Ha kuu macaanaato
Spanish ¡Buen provecho!
¡Buen apetito!
¡Que aproveche!
Swahili Ufurahie chakula chako (sg)
Furahieni chakula chenu (pl)
Swedish Smaklig måltid!
Swiss German En Guete!
Tagalog Tayo'y magsikain (frm) Kainan na! (inf) - Let's eat!
Tahitian Tamaa maitai
Tamil மகிழ்ந்து உண்ணுங்கள் (magizhnthu unnungal)
Tatar Tämle bulsın
Tetum Serbida / Han ho gostu
Thai ขอให้เจริญอาหาร! (kŏr hâi jà-rern aa-hăan!)
ทานให้อร่อย (taan hâi a-ròi)
Tibetan ཞལ་ལག་ཉེས་པོ་གནང་རོགས།
Tigrinya ቡሩኽ መግቢ (Buruk Megbi)
Tok Pisin Hamamas!
Tswana Itumelele dijo
Turkish Afiyet olsun!
Ukrainian Смачного! (Smačnoho)
Üqoi Kaj'ëëj'ëëvoghjaeti akavigo! U'uz'öghjaeti abzoohä!
Urdu (maze karein) مزےکریں!
Uzbek Yoqimli ishtaha!
Venetian Bon apetito!
Vietnamese Ăn ngon nhé
Chúc ngon miệng
Võro Hüvvä iso!
Welsh Mwynhewch eich bwyd!
Xhosa Ukonwabele ukutya kwakho
Yiddish (Es gezunterheyt!) עס געזונטערהײט
Yorùbá Ounjẹ ajẹye o / Yoo gba ibi re
Yucatec Maya Ku méejtech uutsil
Zulu Thokoleza ukudla!

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