Enjoy your meal! in Russian: How to say?

Jun 23, 2020
Enjoy your meal!

Enjoy your meal! in Russian is actually closer to the adopted from French Bon appetit! than to the English version, have a look:

Прия́тного аппети́та!
[pree-yát-na-va a-pee-tée-ta]
Enjoy your meal! / Bon appetit!

Прия́тного is the the adjective прия́тный (pleasant, pleasing, agreeable, nice) in the Genitive case.

Аппети́та, as you might have guessed, comes from the word аппети́т (appetite), also in the Genitive case.

If you wonder why you need to use the Genitive case…

This phrase is actually a shortened version of:

Я жела́ю вам/тебе́ прия́тного аппети́та!
[ya zhee-lá-yu vam/tee-byé pree-yát-na-va a-pee-tée-ta]
I wish you a nice appetite!

As in every Russian wish, after я жела́ю the Genitive case must follow.

But remember, in real life nobody says the whole phrase, only the last part of it: прия́тного аппети́та!

If you want to learn more about how to wish something in Russian, have a look at the following lessons:

Wishes and congratulations in Russian
Russian birthday wishes

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Related Russian words

прия́тного аппети́та [preeyátnava appeetéeta] Phrase
enjoy your meal, bon appetit
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вку́сный [fkúsnyi] Adjective
tasty
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вкусня́тина [fkusnyáteena] Noun , feminine
it's delicious, yummy, tasty

Related examples

  • Ах, вы обе́даете? Не бу́ду вам меша́ть. Прия́тного аппети́та!

    ah vy abyédaeetye? nye búdu vam meeshát'. preeyátnava appeetéeta

    Oh, you are having lunch? I won't bother you. Bon appetit!

  • Он пожела́л нам прия́тного аппети́та и удали́лся.

    on pazheelál nam preeyátnava appeetéeta ee udaléelsya

    He said bon appetit to us and left.

  • Наш кот с аппети́том уплета́ет огурцы́.

    nash kot s apeetéetam upleetáeet agurtsý

    Our cat guzzles cucumbers with an appetite.

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