Itadakimasu is a common Japanese phrase used before eating a meal. Literally, it means "I humbly receive" and is often used to thank someone for the meal. Learn how to pronounce itadakimasu and other useful meal time phrases with these free audio examples.
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How to pronounce Itadakimasu
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I humbly receive (phrase before eating)
Other useful mealtime phrases
If you are a guest at a Japanese dinner table, you might hear the host ask if you would like more to eat or drink:
もっと いかが です か？ / もっと どう です か？
Motto ikaga desu ka? / Motto dō desu ka?
Would you like more (food/drink)?
If you want to decline, you can say:
いいえ、 けっこう です
Iie, kekkō desu.
No thank you / I'm fine
おなか が いっぱい です
Onaka ga ippai desu.
I am full.
Now that you know what to say when you start your meal, what do you say when you have finished eating?
Thank you for this delicious meal.
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