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Itadakimasu” and “Gochisousama

  • Almost Japanese people say “itadakimasu” before eating , and say “gochisousama” after eating with their hands close together.


    “Itadakimasu” means that you will receive lives of animals or plants, and this phrase represents gratitude for great nature.

    “Gochisousama” represents gratitude for people who prepared meals.

    When these phrase are translated into English, “itadakimasu” will be “let’s eat,” and “gochisousama” will be “I’m full/satisfied,” though, there are some differences between their nuances.

    I think it is hard to translate greeting phrases or idiomatic expressions well.
    これらの表現が英語に訳されるとき、「いただきます」は “lets’s eat” に、「ごちそうさま」は “I’m full/satisfied” になりますが、ニュアンスは少し異なります。

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