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08:58 May 20, 2003
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing / project
English term or phrase: have a nice meal
have a nice meal
Sarah-jane O'Rourke
Japanese translation:どうぞ召し上がって下さい
Explanation:
Japanese doesn't have an equivalent expression for "bon appetit" or the like. Perhaps this is because it's up to the person eating the meal to decide whether it's "nice" or not.

The phrase どうぞ召し上がって下さい (Dozo meshiagatte kudasai) just means "Please help yourself/get started/tuck in", but is used quite frequently in Japan.

Another common phrase is いただきます (itadakimasu), which the Japanese often say before eating a meal. Literally translated, it means "I receive" -- it's just a way of showing appreciation for one's food.

I hope this helps.
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Philip Ronan
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どうぞ召し上がって下さい


Explanation:
Japanese doesn't have an equivalent expression for "bon appetit" or the like. Perhaps this is because it's up to the person eating the meal to decide whether it's "nice" or not.

The phrase どうぞ召し上がって下さい (Dozo meshiagatte kudasai) just means "Please help yourself/get started/tuck in", but is used quite frequently in Japan.

Another common phrase is いただきます (itadakimasu), which the Japanese often say before eating a meal. Literally translated, it means "I receive" -- it's just a way of showing appreciation for one's food.

I hope this helps.

Philip Ronan
United Kingdom
Local time: 04:25
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 94
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mitsuko: another expression: どうぞお召し上がりください。
22 mins

agree  Kaori Myatt: どうぞ召し上がれ。
17 hrs

agree  xxxKojiTakata
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