Sunday, June 2, 2013

Word of the Day- Nooshe jan!

Iranians love to feed people. No matter if you have already eaten or not, an Iranian will always try to make you eat something and will use the expression:

نوش جان / nooshe jan / bon appetit 

Nooshe jan literally means may your soul be nourished. It can be said at the beginning or end of a meal. At the beginning, it means bon appetit, and at the end, it's the cook's reply after you thank them. "The food was so delicious, thank you!" "Nooshe jan!

Imagine you are eating pistachios. You taarof, offer, some to your friend, but they don't want any. They would say, "No, thank you, but nooshe jan." Or they might simply shake their head and say nooshe jan, and you know that they don't want any. 

♥ Pontia


  1. Thanks to the writer of this article. I appreciate your effort in making this informational blogs. I know it's not easy to do this but you have done a really great job. I'm pretty sure your readers enjoying it a lots.

  2. Lovely! Could not have said it any better!

  3. Thanks again! I never quite understood what "nooshe jan" meant until now. I heard it a bunch of times, and I just realized it was always after I said "Khoshmaz ast!", and I figured it meant "You're welcome". I didn't think about the context (meal time), so I should have guessed it.

    1. Yay! Another one cleared up. Glad to hear it :)

  4. What a great phrase. It can say say much. I love it.

    Thank you.


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