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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.

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Language Bon appetit / Have a nice meal
Adyghe Гухахъо ошх!
Afrikaans Smaaklike ete!
Lekker eet!
Albanian (Gheg) T'bãft mir
Albanian (Tosk) T'bëftë mirë!
Alsatian E Güeter!
Amharic ብላ (bəla) - eat! >m
ብዪ (biy) - eat! >f
ብሉ (bəlu) - eat! - pl
መልካም ምግብ (mälkam məgəb) - good feasting
Arabic
(Egyptian)
بالهنا و الشفاء!
(bil hana wish shifa'!)
الله يهنّيك
rsp m - (allah yihanneek)
الله يهنّيك
rsp mf - (allah yihanneeki)
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
Aragonese Qué aprofeite
Aramaic Hanyoutho
Armenian
(Eastern)
Բարի' ախորժակ: (Bari akhorzhak)
Armenian
(Western)
Բարի ախորժակ: (Paree akhorzhag)
Aromanian Oraxi bunã! S-vã facã ghini!
Assamese খোৱাৰ আমেজ লওঁক!
(khuwar amez lôûk) - frm
খোৱাৰ আমেজ লোৱা!
(khuwar amez lûwa) - inf
(please enjoy your meal)
Asturian Qu'aproveche
Atikamekw Miro mitciso!
Azerbaijani Nuş olsun
Balinese Rarisang ngajeng
Bambara K'i ni hɛrɛ bɛn
Ka su maya aw kono
Basque On egin!
Bavarian Låsd's aih šmegga (pl)
An guadn
Belarusian Смачна есьці! (Smačna jeści!)
Bengali খাবারটি উপভোগ করুন
(Khabarṭi upôbhog kôrun)
Bhojpuri मज़े से खा (maze se khaa)
Bikol Magpakabasog ka
Bosnian Prijatno!
Breton Kalon digor!
Debrit ervat!
Debrit a galon!
Bulgarian Добър апетит! (Dobãr apetit!)
Приятен апетит! (Prijaten apetit!)
Бон апети (Bon apeti)
Приятно хапване! (Prijatno hapvane!) vinf
Catalan Bon profit!
Que vagi de gust!
Cebuano Manga-on ta!
Manga-on ta ninyo!
Chabacano de Cavite Cumi Ya
Chabacano de Zamboanga Buen apetito
Buen aprovecho
Come ya
Chamorro
(Guam dialect)
Ta fañocho (let's eat)
Chamorro
(North Marianas dialect)
Buen prubechu
Chechen ГIоза яийла ахь! (Ġoza yaiyla aẋ!)
Chinese
(Cantonese)
食飯! (sihk faahn) - eat
Chinese
(Hakka)
慢慢吃 (mang-mang sik)
Chinese
(Mandarin)
慢慢吃 (mànman chī) - eat slowly
(not often used)
Chinese
(Shanghainese)
吃的开心 (Chin la ke xin ye)
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!
Nech si chutnat! (inf)
Nechte si chutnat! (pl/frm)
Dobré chutnání!
Danish Vær så god! (sometimes said at the start of meals)
Velbekomme! (said at the end of meals)
Dutch Smakelijk!
Smakelijk eten!
Eet Smakelijk!
Efik Dia!
English (British) Enjoy your meal!
Enjoy!
Bon appetit!
Estonian Jätku leiba!
Head isu!
Extremaduran Que assienti bien!
Faroese Vælgagnist
Fijian Da kana!
Finnish Hyvää ruokahalua!
Flemish (West) Smakelijk
French Bon appétit !
Frisian (North) Mäljtid
Frisian (West) Lekker ite!
Friulian Bon pitic
Galician Bo proveito!
Que aproveite!
Gascon Bon apétit
Genoese Bon pro'!
Georgian გაამოთ! (gaamot!) - frm
გაამოს! (gaamos!) - inf
გემრიელად მიირთვით! (gemrielad miirtvit!) - frm
გემრიელად მიირთვი! (gemrielad miirtvi!) - inf
German Guten Appetit!
Mahlzeit!
Greek (Ancient) Τὸ δεῖπνον ἐστ’ ἐπεσκευασμένον
(Tó deípnon est' epeskeuasménon)
Greek (Modern) Καλή όρεξη! (Kalí óreksi!)
Greenlandic Nerilluarisi
Guaraní Pekaruporãnte
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
Hmong (White) Noj zoo
Noj qab noj zoo
Noj qab nyob zoo
Hungarian Jó étvágyat!
Iban Nyamai nya' empa/lauk dimakai nuan? (Is it good?)
Makai 'agi! (Eat more!)
Makai am! (Let's go eat!)
Icelandic Verði þér að góðu
Igbo Rie nke ọma
Iloko Manganen
Indonesian Selamat makan
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
Javanese ꦱꦸꦒꦼꦁꦣꦲꦂ
(Sugeng dhahar) (Kromo Inggil)
ꦲꦪꦺꦴꦢꦶꦥꦔꦤ꧀
(Ayo dipangan) (Ngoko)
Jenesch Han voscha
Jèrriais Bouan appétit!
Kalmyk Аршан болтха (Aršan boltxa)
Kannada ಊಟ ಸವಿಯಿರಿ (ūṭa saviyiri)
ಊಟ ಆನಂದಿಸಿ (ūṭa ānandisi)
ಊಟ ಭೋಜನ ಸವಿಯಿರಿ (ūṭa bhōjana saviyiri)
ಊಟ ಭೋಜನ ಆನಂದಿಸಿ (ūṭa bhōjana ānandisi)
Kashubian Bòże przeżegnéj
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
(’ânhcheunh ​pĭsaa ôyy ​ban ​chhngéanh)
Khoekhoe (Nama) !Gâi ǂûs
Kinyarwanda Muryoherwe
Kiribati Bon kangae ko raoi (sg)
Bon kangae ngkami raoi (pl)
Korean 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokkesseumnida) - before a meal
잘 먹었습니다 (jal meogeosseumnida) - after a meal
맛있게 드세요 (masitkke deuseyo)
Kurdish (Kurmanji) Noshî can be!
Kurdish (Sorani) Noşigyan
Kyrgyz Тамагыңыз даамдуу болсун! (Tamagyngyz daamduu bolson!) - sg/frm
Тамагыңыз таттуу болсун! (Tamagyngyz tattuu bolsun!) - sg/frm
Lao ເຊີນແຊບ (soen saeb)
Latin Bene sapiat!
Bona appetitionem!
Latvian Labu apetīti
Lingala Kolia mboté
Kolia malamu
Lithuanian Gero apetito!
Skanaus!
Low Saxon Laat di dat lecker smecken! (sg)
Laat jo dat lecker smecken! (pl)
Luxembourgish Gudden Appetit!
Macedonian Пријатно јадење (Priyatno yadenye)
Magahi बढियाँ से खा /bəɽʱɪjãː se kʰa/
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)
Maldivian (Meerukon' kaalacchey) މީރުކޮން ކާލަޗޗޭ
Maltese L-ikla t-tajba
Manx (Gaelic) Gow dty vee dy fondagh!
Māori Kia mākona
Marathi जेवणाचा आनंद घ्या! (jevanacha anand ghya!)
वदनी कवळ घेता (vadani kawal gheta)
Mongolian Сайхан хооллоорой (Saihan hoollooroi)
Mossi Wend na yiki laafi
Nahuatl Xitlacua cualli
Navajo Nizhónígo adííyį́į́ł
Nepali राम्ररी खानु होला (ramrari khanu hola)
Nogai Асынъыз таьтли болсын!
Ndebele (Northern - Zimbabwe) Udle kuhle
Northern Sotho Ipshine ka dijo
Norwegian Vær så god!
Vel bekomme!
Occitan Bon apetís!
Okinawan うさがいみそーれー (usagaimisooree)
said by the cook/chef - frm
くゎっちーさびれえ (kwatchiisabiree) - frm
うさがいみしぇーびり (usagaimisheebiri) - frm
くゎっち一さびら (kwatchiisabira)
said before a meal by those eating it
くゎっち一さび一たん (kwatchiisabiitan)
said after a meal by those who have eaten it
Oriya ସୁଭ ତ୍ରୁପ୍ତି (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!)
Rusyn Няй вам смакує (Hjaj vam smakuê)
Sakha Минньигэстик аһааҥ (minnigestik ahaaŋ)
Samoan Ia manuia le tausamiga
Sanskrit भोजनं स्वादिष्टमस्तु (bhojanaṃ svādiṣṭamastu)
Sardinian (Logudorese) Bon appetito
Scottish Gaelic Ith gu leòir!
Ith do shàth!
Làmh fhada is cead a sìneadh!
Serbian Пријатно! (Prijatno!)
Shona Mudye kunaka
Mafidyongo
Sinhala විනොදෙන් කන්න (vinoden kanna)
Slovak Dobrú chuť!
Slovenian Dober tek!
Somali Ha kuu macaanaato
Sorbian (Lower) Dajśo se słoźeś! (frm)
Daj se słoźeś! (inf)
Daj se zesłoźeś! (inf)
Sorbian (Upper) Dajće sej słodźeć! (frm)
Daj sej słodźeć! (inf)
Spanish ¡Buen provecho!
¡Buen apetito!
¡Que aproveche!
Sundanese Ditampi (said before eating)
Alhamdulillah (said after eating)
Swahili Ufurahie chakula chako (sg)
Furahieni chakula chenu (pl)
Chakula chema
Swedish Smaklig måltid!
Swiss German En Guete!
Tagalog Tayo'y magsikain (frm)
Kainan na! (inf) - Let's eat!
Tahitian Tama'a
Tama'a maita'i
Tajik Нуши чон! (Nuši čon!) - enjoy!
Tamil (formal) மகிழ்ந்து உண்ணுங்கள்
(magizhnthu unnungal) [ml] [fm]
Tamil (informal) சந்தோஷமா சாப்பிடுங்க
(sandhoshamaa saappidunga) [fm]
Tatar Tämle bulsın
Tetum Serbida
Han ho gostu
Thai กินให้อร่อย (gin hâi a-ròi)
ทานให้อร่อย (taan hâi a-ròi)
Tibetan ཞལ་ལག་ཉེས་པོ་གནང་རོགས། (shelak nyebo nang-rok)
Tigrinya ቡሩኽ መግቢ (Buruk Megbi)
Tokelauan Kai fiafia!
Tok Pisin Hamamas!
Tsotsil Yalchox
Lek ve'el
Tswana Itumelele dijo
Turkish Afiyet olsun!
Tuvaluan Kai mālosi! (sg)
'Kai mālosi! (du/pl)
Ukrainian Смачного! (Smačnoho)
Urdu (maze karein) مزےکریں
Uyghur تامىغىڭىز ياخشى بولسۇن!
(Tamıghıngız yaxshi bolsun!)
Uzbek Yoqimli ishtaha!
Venetian Bon apetito!
Veps Hüväd sömtahtod
Hüväd litud
Vietnamese Ăn ngon nhé
Chúc ngon miệng
Võro Hüvvä iso!
Walloon Bon apètit
Welsh Mwynhewch eich bwyd!
Wolof Naci jàam bari
Xhosa Ukonwabele ukutya kwakho (sg)
Nikonwabele ukutya kwenu (pl)
Yiddish (Es gezunterheyt!) עס געזונטערהײט
Yolngu Nyaŋ'thun buḻaŋgitj
Yoruba Ounjẹ ajẹye o
Yoo gba ibi re
Yucatec Maya Ku méejtech uutsil
Zazaki Afiyet bo
Zulu Thokoleza ukudla!
Auxiliary and constructed languages
Esperanto Bonan apetiton!
Interlingua Bon appetito!
Klingon yISop! (sg)
peSop! (pl)
Lojban .a'o pluka citka
(Hope for pleasant kind-of eating)
Sabethir (Endiaré'hysil)
Bon appetit in Sabethir
Üqoi Kaj'ëëj'ëëvoghjaeti akavigo! U'uz'öghjaeti abzoohä!
Volapük Labolös fidädi gudik!

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