https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_

Is a custom in your country dinner with your family at 6:00 pm?

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2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf
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In France, dinner is @8pm.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/michikade

Not since I was very young did we have a sit down at around 6pm as a family.

I wouldn't call it a country-wide custom here for a family meal to be at any specific time, at least not anymore. That tradition seems to have fallen by the wayside in a lot of cases and seems very 'Leave it to Beaver' to me.

I grew up in the southern United States. I'm in my 30s. The last time we had a sit down meal at or around 6pm was when I was maybe 10 years old and none of my friends' families had a sit down meal at around 6pm ever - most of them just did the family sit down meal thing on holidays.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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The same thing happens where I live, my family do not eat 6pm and together, some of us eat at 10pm or at 9pm, this is not traditional.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaRaNiCaJ

everyday I have dinner with my family at 6:00pm, but not everyone does this

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingMonk
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I live in the US, our family generally eats dinner at lunch and leftovers for supper, and that's the way I like to do it now that I'm alone. Most people I know usually eat dinner at about 6 or 7pm though. Especially if everyone in the house is working.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Trisha1961
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We have always eaten around 6pm with the family, it's so strange to go abroad and see people eating out as late as 8pm. I don't think I would be able to sleep if I had eaten so late! When we lived in Germany for 7 years it's just something we never got the hang of, and if we went for a walk along the Rhine at 8pm it was lovely to see families eating out, but I would have been starving to have waited until that long.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
Liebert_
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Thanks for the answer, and congratulations for the high level in German, French, spanish and Italian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

Now that I live alone, my personal dinner time is more like 8:00 pm. But when raising my children, a family sit-down dinner at around 6:00 pm was usual, as it is for my daughter who is now raising her children. There have been a number of studies done about the positive effects of having children sit down for a family meal each night.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Thanks for the answer Carolyn250. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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In Switzerland we eat between 7:30 - 8:30 PM

In Tunisia it is around 10 - 12 PM (Spanish, Italian and Greeks understand that concept :P)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyplot

I'm portuguese and me and my family have dinner at 8 p.m. I find it absolutely natural but I have many friends that only eat at 9 p.m. and in some cases 10 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. would be very weird to me but I know that's what a lot of people do in central Europe.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Interesting, as I see it is traditional eating with family in Portugal.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyplot

Yes, it's very important. It's also something you would see a lot in Spain and Italy. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KateM303

My family generally eats dinner at 7pm. But as many of my rehearsals as a musician start at 7pm or 7:30 I tend to eat at 5pm so I'm not starving during rehearsal (usually leave around 6ish or so depending on where rehearsals are).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
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Interesting. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

I'm in the US, and I would have to say that every family is different, so I wouldn't say it's a custom. For me specifically, I only eat dinner with my family on holidays at no certain time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Italian.Ice
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I'm Italian, but I live in the U.S., and I have to say that I eat dinner later than my friends. I eat dinner at around 8, and they eat at around 6. I know some people who eat at 5! When I was in Prague, the restaurants closed at around nine, so it was definitely something to get used to when I went out to eat!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Liebert_
Liebert_
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Whoah!, really? The dinners in Brazil close at 00:00pm , people in Brazil eat too late.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Italian.Ice
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Yeah, it was really weird for me. But 00:00 is a really late closing time! People in Brazil must have packed schedules :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Urgent-Sponge

Northern U.S.: Now days I eat whenever but my family ate at 6 pm when I was a kid.

Related comment: Apparently eating at 6 pm is healthier than eating later. According to a study I read the closer a person eat before bedtime the more calories they consume in general... so I should probably do that. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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By “dinner”, do you mean “the evening meal”, “the largest meal of the day”, or something else?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jgierbo2
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Yes it is (Puerto Rico)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Platypus01

In Australia I'd say that most people eat their evening meal between 6pm and 8 pm. I think for us it was mostly 7pm. "Dinner" can be translated differently. In the north of England it can mean the mid-day meal. So we said to my wife's aunt that we would get to her place by "dinner". We arrived at about 4pm thinking we had plenty of time, to find a very angry elderly woman who had "dinner" ready at 12!!!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/goldbedr

In the USA, it can really be any time from about 5:30pm till 8 or even 9. It all depends on what activities everyone is involved in and the age of the family. My wife and I have a 2 year old son, but we both like to get to the gym a few times a week. Usually one of us picks him up from daycare and he eats dinner when he gets home around 6, and then once we put him to bed at 8, the two of us eat dinner together.

Once he's older, we'll probably go to the gym in the morning since it won't take both of us to try to get him ready in the morning, and then we'll all eat together at 6:30 or so.

2 years ago
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