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    Hi,

    Can someone in the forum please tell me the anglicized Chinese for the French Bon Appétit?

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    Click Translations of Bon appetit in many languages

    Chinese (Mandarin), 慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī!) - eat slowly ...

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    Re: Chinese

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Click Translations of Bon appetit in many languages

    Chinese (Mandarin), 慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī!) - eat slowly ...

    慢慢吃! ~~~This is an imperative sentence.
    慢慢地吃。 ~~~This is a declarative sentence.

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    Re: Chinese

    I'm not sure if 慢慢吃! (mànmàn chī, eat slowly) is appropriate when recommending a restaurant. It's an phrase used in everyday language.

    How about this :
    民以食為天
    mín yǐ shí wèi tiān (Mandarin) - people consider eating as heavenly
    mun yi sik wai tin or (Cantonese)
    or just
    sik wai tin 食為天 (eating is heavenly or have a heavenly feast!)
    I believe this phrase is a popular name for Chinese restaurants.
    I'll wait for feedback from Chinese forummers.

    By the way, 'kong hee fatt choy' is Cantonese and not Mandarin.
    not a teacher

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    Re: Chinese

    Eating slowly
    The argument, “eating with chopsticks is a slow business”, contradicts the capability of Chinese people to achieve high revolution’s rate by hand rotation, literally. This is something that the foreigner does not know (and intentionally left out of the small instructions of the chopstick packaging). With the left hand will the bowl kept glued to the chin, while the right hand is kept busy with the transportation of the calories. This is accomplished not with a pinching but rather with shovel like movement. Accordingly, the typical Chinese salutation during eating is not “bon appetit”, but “eat slowly”.

    Source: http://blog.foolsmountain.com/2008/0...piegel-online/

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    Re: Chinese

    Which dialect is ching siang yuong?

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    Re: Chinese

    And then there's this mouthful 望你有好的食慾 (bon appetit) from bon: Information and Much More from Answers.com.

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    Smile Re: Chinese

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    mín yǐ shí wèi tiān (Mandarin) - people consider eating as heavenl(Mandarin) - people consider eating as heavenly
    I beg to differ about the Chinese saying you interpreted as above.

    mín yǐ shí wèi tiān (Mandarin) - people consider eating as top priority for survival. "Tian"-heaven means top priority, the most important thing.

    Soup's version sounds not bad for me but it depends on the specific occasion.

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    Re: Chinese

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Nutty View Post
    ... anglicized Chinese for the French Bon Appétit?
    Do you mean chow down?

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    Re: Chinese

    Here in Shanghai, where I've been eating for the past 3 and a half years, my colleagues say 慢慢吃!(mànmàn chī! - eat slowly/Bon appetit), and , yes, that's with the exclamation mark.

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