Take the 2-minute tour ×
German Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of German wanting to discuss the finer points of the language and translation. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I am familiar with "Das schmeckt" to say you like the taste of something and I was working on a lesson in DuoLingo.com and used it in context a couple of times. I was looking up how to spell it, and found a few sites that mentioned "schmecken lassen" and gave "Tuck in" as the meaning. When I searched for "schmecken lassen", I mostly got more "taste" references, but a few more "tuck in" references.

How do "to taste" and "to tuck in" relate?

share|improve this question
add comment

3 Answers 3

up vote 3 down vote accepted

"Tuck in" is a British idiom that means the same thing as the American "dig in", i.e. go ahead and start eating (with relish).

share|improve this answer
    
Interesting that while trying to learn German I learned a piece of Br. Eng. Thanks, Peter. I was thinking of the Am. Eng. Bedtime "tuck in" or "tuck in your shirt". –  TecBrat Aug 5 '13 at 10:22
add comment

The German "Lasst es Euch schmecken" or "Lassen Sie's sich schmecken" (familiar/polite) is used in a casual way instead of "Guten Appetit" or "Mahlzeit (casual, regional)" at the beginning of a meal.

To "tuck in", in American English, is commonly used to tuck somebody's sheets in at bed time. In British English, it is indeed also a colloquial expression to encourage somebody to start eating. A similar sounding equivalent to "Lasst es Euch schmecken" could be "dig in" instead:

[ in imperative ] (dig in) informal used to encourage someone to start eating with gusto and have as much as they want: put the sausage on top of the polenta; then dig in. (From the New Oxford American Dictionary)

On the other hand, the American English "dig in" is more similar to the German "greif zu" than to "Lasst es Euch schmecken".

share|improve this answer
add comment

"Lass es dir schmecken" is the colloquial/familiar variant of "Guten Appetit!" which then may be translated with "Enjoy your meal", or short "Enjoy".

The German equivalent of "tuck/dig in" would be the more casual:

Greif zu! - Hau rein!

share|improve this answer
1  
My experience with the use of 'dig in' (which I am told nearly daily) is in a more polite nd casual way than the rather crass 'hau rein'. –  Ursula Aug 5 '13 at 6:58
    
Agreed. Added a more polite variant which may come closer. –  Takkat Aug 5 '13 at 9:26
    
Agreed, thanks, "Greif zu" is very similar to "Dig in". Edited my answer accordingly. –  Ursula Aug 5 '13 at 18:27
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.