What to say before and after a meal in Japanese

Japanese meal
When you’ve been invited over to a Japanese household for a meal, or you’re out at your local Japanese restaurant, here are two phrases that are sure to impress.

What to say before you start eating

Just before starting your meal you’ll want to use the phrase itadakimasu (ee-ta-dah-key-mas). Loosely translated it means “I will receive.” You can listen to how it sounds here.

What to say after the meal

After your wonderful meal, you should respond with gochisosama deshita (go-chee-so-sama de-shi-ta). It literally means “It was a feast.” Use this even if you’re still hungry =)

Let me know if you get a break on your bill after using these phrases.

Reprinted from Green Tea Design. Photo by ayalan.

One Response to “What to say before and after a meal in Japanese”

  1. Bobby Mcmuffin  on November 9th, 2011

    Thanks! Great article to reference

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