Spanish for Professional Purposes...

...for teachers and students who see the need for Spanish language and Hispanic cultures knowledge in professional contexts.

Monday, December 6, 2010

¡Buen provecho!

Before beginning a meal or whenever you come across someone eating, say "¡Buen provecho!"

Today's @SpanProfessions tweet was about one important cultural difference. Aside from "Enjoy your meal!", American English lacks an expression that is common in so many other languages:

  • ¡Buen provecho! in Spanish

  • Bon appétit! in French

  • Buon appetito! in Italian

But what does that have to do with Spanish for the Professions? You wouldn't want to appear rude in the following circumstances... lunches... dinners... bump into a colleague at a coffee shop... sit next to a business person on a long international flight with meal service...

...what else?

Can you think of other contexts in which you would need to say "¡Buen provecho!"

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