"Enjoy your meal!"

Translation:בתיאבון!

July 6, 2016

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Ynhockey

I think there is a problem with this sentence: from my time in English-speaking countries (about 3 years in total in Canada, US, UK), I got the impression that it's rarely appropriate/customary to say בתיאבון at the beginning of a meal, whether it's "Enjoy your meal", "Bon appetit", or any other form of this phrase.

When do English speakers say "Enjoy your meal"? In settings like a restaurant, when the waiter comes and gives you a meal. In Hebrew however, the waiter will almost never say בתיאבון (I guess it depends, but it's pretty rare), but they might more commonly say "Enjoy!" (תהנה/תהני/תהנו).

Therefore actually the literal translation might be more appropriate here (it's not accepted), or no translation at all.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Bearandbull

is תהנה הארוחה שלך fine

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ynhockey

The grammatically correct way to say that would be: תהנה מהארוחה שלך However, specifying 'your' would sound awkward in Hebrew, better to say: תהנה מהארוחה.

July 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Bearandbull

thanks!

July 17, 2016
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