bon appetit là gì

When you’re visiting France, you want to lớn feel and sound lượt thích a local – or at least more “local” kêu ca the average tourist — ví, you try to lớn learn some common French phrases, expressions and greetings.

You’ve heard the French greeting Bon appétit, but maybe you’re not 100% sure what it means.

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How tự you pronounce it correctly?
Is it polite to lớn say it, or actually disrespectful?
How can you respond when someone says it to lớn you?

Let’s dive in!

Learning goals: This is what you’ll be able to lớn tự after watching this lesson

  • Beginner: Learn some customs around French meals
  • Intermediate: Learn new French vocabulary
  • Advanced: Master the examples and extra-mile tips

Bonjour c’est Géraldine.
Bienvenue sur Comme une Française. C’est parti !

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1. “Bon appétit” meaning and pronunciation

Bon appétit ! means “Have a good appetite” / “Enjoy your meal.”
It’s pronounced lượt thích [Bohn tiện ích aytee]. (The final “t” is silent.)

It comes from the masculine noun “l’appétit(= “appetite, healthy desire for food”).

That’s why we write “Bon(= masculine for “good”) and NOT “Bonne(= feminine for “good”) appétit for “good appetite”.

However, Bon ends with a consonant letter and is followed by a vowel (a), ví we make la liaison – the “n” is no longer silent, and Bon instead sounds lượt thích Bonne.
Bon appétit !

2. Is it really polite?

You might find, here and there, contrarian urban legends saying that “Bon appétit” is actually impolite — that it hints at bodily functions that come with eating, and would be considered rude or in bad taste…

Well, it’s false! Please, keep saying Bon appétit ! at the beginning of a meal – it’s the signal that the meal can start, that you’re all ready to lớn eat.

You can also say it to lớn people who are already eating.
For instance, if you’re hiking in the French mountains and you come across a couple of other hikers sitting down for their picnic, you can tell them Bon appétit ! as a greeting, while you’re walking by.

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If someone tells you Bon appétit ! you can answer Merci (= thank you) if they’re not eating as well (if they’re a waiter, for instance). If they are eating at the same time, you only need to lớn wish them the same: Bon appétit !

3. Table customs are strong

Table customs in France are important. There are many common mistakes that foreigners make when it comes to lớn French food, including mistakes with bread!

French table customs are more of a mix of habits kêu ca a written rulebook. But it stems from the fact that eating in France means both enjoying good, local products and socializing with the people you share your meal with!

This was specially acknowledged when UNESCO put French gastronomic meals on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

French people don’t eat alone.
So embrace this and wish “Bon appétit !” to lớn your dinner partners.

What now?

If you want to lớn learn more about table customs, kiểm tra out the playlist of French food culture videos that I put together for you on YouTube.

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