How to say Bon appétit! in Japanese: Itadakimasu

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How to say Bon appétit! in Japanese: Itadakimasu

Learning Japanese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say Bon appétit! in Japanese: Itadakimasu
Say it out loud: “Ee Tah Dah Kee Mass

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Some more helpful words in our Japanese More Dining Basics category:

...some (of) – Ikutsuka  (Ee Koo Tsu Kah)
...this/that – Kore / Are  (Koh Ree / Ah Ree)
all done – Owarimashita  (Oh Wah Ree Mah Shee Tah)
another – Mou Hitotsu  (Mow Hee Totes)
Bon appétit! – Itadakimasu  (Ee Tah Dah Kee Mass)
can I have…? – …Wo Kudasai.  (…Woh Koo Dah Sai.)
can I see…? – … Wo Misete Kudasai.  (…Woh Mee Seh Teh Koo Dah Sai.)
Cheers! – Kanpai!  (Kanh Pai!)
Eat! Eat! – Tabete! Tabete!  (Tah Beh Teh! Tah Beh Teh!)
I am hungry – Onaka Ga Sukimashita  (Oh Nah Kah Gah Soo Kee Mah Shee Tah)
I am thirsty – Nodo Ga Kawaki Mashita  (Noh Doh Gah Kah Wah Kee Mah Shee Tah)
I ate – Tabemashita  (Tah Beh Mah Shee Tah)
we ate well! – Gochisousama Deshita  (Goh Chee Soh Sah Mah Deh Shee Tah)

And here’s how to say Bon appétit! in other languages!

Arabic–Bel Hana Wel Shefa  (bel ha na wel she fa)
Chinese–Zhù Nǐhǎo Wèi!  (Joo Nee Hao Way!)
Croatian–dobar tek!  (doe bar tek)
Czech–Dobrou chuť!  (dow bro khoot)
Finnish–Hyvää ruokahalua!  (hih vaah ruh oh kah hahl uh ah)
French–Bon appétit!  (boan ah pay tee)
German–guten appetit!  (goo ten ah pay teet)
Italian–buon appetito!  (bwoan app uh tee toe)
Japanese–Itadakimasu  (Ee Tah Dah Kee Mass)
Korean–Masissge Deuseyo!  (Ma Shi Ke Du Se Yo!)
Polish–Smacznego!  (smatch neh goh!)
Portuguese–Bom Proveito!  (bohm pro vay too!)
Russian–Priyatnogo appetita!  (Pree yat nah vah ah pye tee tah!)
Spanish–buen provecho  (bwain pro vay' cho)
Swahili–Bon appétit!  (Bon appétit!)
Thai–Gin Khao!  (geen KAO!)
Turkish–afiyet olsun!  (ah fee yet ol sun)
Vietnamese–Chúc Ngon Miệng  (Chook Ngon Mieng)

The phrase "Bon appétit!" (Itadakimasu) is French, and means "enjoy your meal." It is surprisingly universal, and is understood in many languages around the world. We also provide translations of "Bon appétit!" (Itadakimasu) into each of our languages. It is frequently misspelled - some examples might be bon apetite, bon appetit and bone apetite. If a server tells you "Bon appétit!" (Itadakimasu), simply say thank you in Japanese or the culture you are visiting. Get instant access to the Japanese Language Set.

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