How to respond when food is offered

 

 

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Offices in Saudi are often filled with impromptu offers of food. From chocolates delivered by vendors to generous coworkers insisting you try their homemade treats, there are plenty of opportunities to receive food. While you could simply say “Shukran,” we think this response is even better!

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What to say when someone gives you food ?

The phrase literally means “May God increase your welfare,” the sentiment behind it is a very polite way to say thank you. But why would a simple thank you include a blessing from God, even in the workplace?

Why use a blessing in the workplace?

Well, language and culture are inextricably entwined. In Saudi culture, blessings are a normal part of everyday life, even in the workplace. While this can seem a little unfamiliar to folks from cultures that avoid discussions of religion– it reflects the Saudi value of blessing others

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What if I’m not religious?

Even if you’re not religious, it’s appropriate to use this sort of greeting.  It’s just a very polite way to accept a gift of food.

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