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How to Order at an American Restaurant

3 hours ago

How to Order Food at an American Restaurant
How to Order Food at an American Restaurant
 
How to Order at an American Restaurant
 
 

When I lived in Portugal, one of the simplest things to do was really hard for me: ordering food at restaurants. I worried about being laughed at or not being understood. Often, I said just the name of the food and “please,” instead of full sentences.

Ordering food in a foreign language can be frightening! But in today’s Everyday Grammar, we’ll give you some expressions and suggestions for ordering at American restaurants.

Begin by greeting

Let’s begin with greetings. When ordering food in any restaurant, it’s a good idea to greet the person taking your order. You can say things like:

  • Hi (or) hi there
  • Hello
  • Good morning, afternoon or evening (or)
  • How’s it going?

In the United States, asking someone you’ve never met how it’s going is just a friendly way of saying hello.

Kinds of restaurants

The language we use to order food usually depends on the kind of restaurant. Is it a casual place where you order at a counter? Or, is it a full-service restaurant – where a server comes to your table and takes your order?

Chef Ype Von Hengst greets customers at the Silver Diner in Waldorf, MD. (Julia Taboh / VOA)
Chef Ype Von Hengst greets customers at the Silver Diner in Waldorf, MD. (Julia Taboh / VOA)

Counter service

Let’s listen to four common expressions used at American counter service restaurants. Imagine that you want to order tea:

  • Can I get a medium tea, please?
  • Can I order a medium tea, please?
  • I’ll take a medium tea, please.
  • I’ll have a medium tea, please.

The expressions “I’ll have…” and “I’ll take…” are useful at both counter service restaurants and full-service restaurants.

Listen to someone ordering food at a counter:

Hi there! How can I help you?

Hi, how’s it going? I’ll take a medium tea and a toasted whole wheat bagel with vegetable spread.

The worker might respond with one of these questions:

  • Do you want anything else with that?
  • Will that be all for you today?

If your answer is no to the first question or yes to the second, they might say this next:

Is that for here or to go?

They are asking whether you will eat at the restaurant or take the food away to eat elsewhere. The appropriate response is:

  • To go, please (or)
  • For here, thanks. *

Full service

OK, let’s move to full-service restaurants. These can range from very casual to very formal. At casual restaurants, you usually do not need a table reservation. But, at very busy restaurants and for formal dining, you often do.

Arriving

At places where no reservations are needed, a host or hostess will greet you at the door with something like this:

Hi, welcome to Paprika! Party of how many?

They are asking how many people are in your group. Or, they may simply count your group and confirm the number:

  • Party of four? (or)
  • Table for four?

At places that require reservations, if you are the first of your group to arrive, tell the host what name the reservation is in and the time, for example:

Hi, I’m here for the 7:45 reservation for Bryant.

If some of your group members have not yet arrived, you will likely have to wait to be seated.

Ordering

OK, so imagine that you are now seated with your group. Here’s what a server might say when they first come to your table: 

Hi, my name is Alice and I’ll be your server today. Our special today is a tasty vegetable gumbo. Can I start you off with something to drink?

If you’re ready, you can respond:

  • Yes, I’ll have an orange juice.
  • Yes, I’d like an orange juice.

When they return with your drinks, they’ll likely check whether you’re ready to order food or have questions:

  • Do you have any questions about the menu?
  • Are you ready to order?

You can tell them your questions, if any. Or, maybe you’re unsure what to order. In that situation, ask for a suggestion, more details or more time:

  • I’m having trouble deciding. What would you recommend?
  • Can you tell me more about today’s special – what’s in it?
  • We just need a few more minutes, please.

Paying the bill

OK, now imagine you’ve enjoyed your meal. It’s time to pay your bill. You can use eye contact to catch the server’s attention or just raise your hand halfway when they look in your direction. Here are three ways to ask for the bill:

  • We’re ready for the check, please.
  • Can we have the check, please?
  • Check, please.

If people in your group wish to pay separately, you can request separate checks. Many – but not all – restaurants offer this.

And, lastly, at an American restaurant, don’t forget to leave a tip! A good tip is between 15 and 20 percent. But, read your bill carefully since some restaurants add the tip into the bill.

Final thoughts

Ordering food in a foreign language is not easy at first, but after a few tries, I promise you will feel more at-ease.

Here’s what I suggest:

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Even if you use different expressions than you learned today, your server will probably understand you if you speak clearly. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the server to repeat themselves if their words are unclear or they speak too quickly.

Enjoy your meal!

I’m Alice Bryant.

Alice Bryant wrote this story for Learning English. Caty Weaver was the editor.

*For many of these expressions, either “please” or “thank you” is acceptable.

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Practice

Now, tell us about you! Answer one or both of the following questions:

1. Have you ever ordered food at an American restaurant – or any English-speaking restaurant? What was your experience? Were the workers friendly and easy to understand? Did you find anything pleasant, memorable, strange or funny about the way things are done?

2. Some food names are not what they seem. Have you ever ordered the wrong food in another language? For example, in America, sweetbread is not bread and head cheese is not cheese. What did the server do to help resolve the situation?

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Words in This Story

greeting – n. something that is said or done to show people that you are happy to meet or see them

casual – adj. designed for or permitting ordinary dress, behavior or language

counter – n. a piece of furniture with a flat surface that workers and customers stand on opposite sides of

bagel – n. a bread roll shaped like a ring

formal – adj. requiring or using serious and proper clothes and manners

reservation – n. an arrangement to have something (such as a room, table, or seat) held for your use at a later time

bill – n. a document that says how much money you owe for something you have bought or used

check – n. a bill for the food and drinks that are served in a restaurant

tip – n. an extra amount of money that you give to someone, such as a server, who performs a service for you

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Firefighters try to extinguish fire engulfing one of the historic buildings located in the courtyard of Dnipro hotel in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
2Firefighters try to extinguish fire engulfing one of the historic buildings located in the courtyard of Dnipro hotel in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Jose Rosello (L), father of Julen who fell down a well, cries as efforts to rescue the boy continue in Totalan, Spain.
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4Anastasia Vashukevich, Belarusian model and escort who caused a stir last year after she was arrested in Thailand and said she had evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is seen at Chonburi Immigration in Pattaya, Thailand, on January 15, 2019.

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News Words: Caravan

January 17, 2019
 
 

Many migrants were traveling from Central America to seek asylum in the United States. Some in the caravan walked more than 4,000 kilometers. After reaching the Mexican town of Tijuana on the U.S. border, hundreds are still waiting to apply for asylum.

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6 Minute English

 

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

 

Is music getting faster?

 

EPISODE 190117 / 17 JAN 2019

 

Introduction

Music producers are adapting their songs for modern technology. Researchers have found long instrumental introductions to pop songs have become almost extinct. Neil and Rob discuss this new trend and teach you some vocabulary.

This week's question

In 2017 Luis Fonsi's summer hit Despacito officially became the most streamed song of all time. Do you know approximately, how many times it was streamed? Was it:

a) 1.6 billion times,

b) 3.6 billion times, or

c) 4.6 billion times?

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

streaming
describes the activity of listening or watching music, radio or videos directly from the internet as a continuous stream 

commercial success
something that is popular and makes lots of money – like a new computer game or pop song 

catchy
something that attracts attention and is easy to remember 

playlist
list of songs that a radio station plans to play or list of songs you compile yourself on a streaming service 

driving
(here) having a strong influence 

register
record, count or measure something – like the download of a file

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil
Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil. 

Rob
And hello, I'm Rob. 

Neil
Today we’re discussing music and the idea that songs are becoming faster. What music do you like, Rob? 

Rob
Oh me? I like rock music. It has good vocals and it's loud! How about you, Neil? 

Neil
Well, I like anything and I prefer streaming my music actually. No old-fashioned CDs to buy and load up – it's easier to play and you can play it anywhere! And streaming is where you listen or watch music or videos directly from the internet as a continuous stream. 

Rob
Did you know that some people believe that streaming music online is actually changing the songs people write? And it might be leading to songs getting faster. 

Neil
Well, that's what we're discussing today. Let's hope it doesn't happen to this programme, otherwise we might become Three Minute English! But before it does, let's get on with our question for everyone to answer. In 2017 Luis Fonsi's summer hit Despacito officially became the most streamed song of all time. Do you know approximately, how many times it was streamed? Was it:

a)    1.6 billion times,

b)    3.6 billion times, or

c)    4.6 billion times? 

Rob
I know the song was popular but 4.6 billion sounds too big – so I'll go for a) 1.6 billion. 

Neil
OK. Well, we'll find out later in the programme. But now back to our discussion about how music producers are adapting their songs for modern technology. Researchers have found long instrumental introductions to pop songs have become almost extinct.   

Rob
Of course the aim of many pop songs is to be enjoyed by many – to be popular - but they also need to be a commercial success – they need to make money. 

Neil
Brendan Williams, a music producer and professor of music technology can explain what he thinks influences the songs. Here he is speaking on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme… 

Brendan Williams
I think that, you know, one of the things that’s driving this, there are a number of things. They’re all radio, they’re all singles designed for radio playlists. Radio playlists are extremely important factors in judging the success of a track and obviously do feed into the kind of commercial success of a track. 

Neil
So, he mentions that radio playlists are important factors. A playlist is a list of songs that a radio station plans to play. And he says that radio playlists affect the commercial success of a song.   

Rob
By the way he called a song a track – that's a recorded piece of music. And notice how he used the word driving which means having a strong influence. So getting a song played on the radio is important and it has to be made in a way that will suit the radio station's playlist. 

Neil
Now, we know there are thousands of songs out there to listen to – and plenty of ways to listen to them – so how can record companies get someone to listen to their particular song?   

Rob
Well, have a listen to Brendan Williams again to see what he thinks… 

Brendan Williams
… But then there’s the influence of streaming services like Spotify, where if a track isn’t played for at least 30 seconds then it doesn’t register a play and Spotify…

Presenter: And if we don’t hear the vocals then we might not carry on listening. Is that the theory?

Brendan Williams: Absolutely, yeah, yeah. That’s the theory – it's to get through… I guess to get into the meat of the song to hear the lyrical content and get through to that first chorus. 

Rob
Well, it seems songs no longer have an 'intro' – the instrumental piece of music that's played before the singing begins. In the old days, radio DJs – disc jockeys who played the records – loved to talk over that bit! Now we need to get to the lyrical content – that's the lyrics or the words of the song - as soon as possible. 

Neil
So, the theory, or idea, is to present listeners with vocals and a chorus more quickly, as it will make them want to continue listening! That's because if a song isn't streamed for more than 30 seconds, it doesn't register a play – it doesn't get measured or recorded as a play – so it doesn't make money. 

So a song needs to hook the listener in quickly – in other words it needs to attract their attention and be easy to remember – another word for this is catchy. Do you have any favourite catchy songs, Rob? 

Rob
Oh, I do, I do. It's got to be Happy by Pharrell Williams. A very catchy song. 

Neil
Well, something that is always catchy in this programme is our quiz question. Earlier I mentioned that in 2017, Luis Fonsi's summer hit Despacitoofficially became the most-streamed song of all time. Did you know approximately, how many times it was streamed? Was it:

a)    1.6 billion times,

b)    3.6 billion times, or

c)    4.6 billion times? 

Rob
And I went for a staggering 1.6 billion times. 

Neil
Well, it's not staggering enough, Rob. It was actually streamed 4.6 billion times. 

Rob
Amazing. That's a number that we can only dream of for this programme – or is it?! Well Neil, shall we download to our memory, some of the vocabulary we've learnt today? 

Neil
Streaming
 describes the activity of listening or watching music, radio or videos directly from the internet as a continuous stream. 

Rob
Something that is a commercial success is popular and makes lots of money – like a new computer game or pop song. 

Neil
A good pop song, Rob – not something annoying like Gangnam Style. 

Rob
Well, that was a huge commercial success because it was catchy – a word that describes something that attracts attention and is easy to remember. 

Neil
We also mentioneda playlist – that's a list of songs that a radio station plans to play. And we also use the same word – playlist – to describe a list of songs you compile yourself on a streaming service. 

Rob

We also heard the adjective driving, which in the context of our discussion means having a strong influence. 

Neil

And we mentioned the verb to register. If you register something you record, count or measure it. Like every download of this programme is registered. But how do we download this programme, Rob? 

Rob
By going to our website at bbclearningenglish.com. 

Neil
And we have an app too – download it for free and stream all of our content! 

Rob
Bye for now. 

Neil
Bye. 

 

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File photo : Mahathir Mohamad//EPA-EFE
File photo : Mahathir Mohamad//EPA-EFE

 

Israel slams Malaysia for banning its athletes

ASEAN+ January 18, 2019 09:02

By AFP

Jerusalem - Israel on Thursday accused Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of "rabid anti-Semitism" after he said his country would not host any more sports events involving competitors from the Jewish state.

Last week Mohamad said Israeli swimmers would not be allowed into Malaysia -- a Muslim majority country -- for a tournament later this year that serves as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah on Wednesday insisted the country would "not host events" that have Israeli participation.

"It is about fighting on behalf of the oppressed," he added.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon hit back at the "shameful" decision to bar athletes from the country and said the move "totally opposes the Olympic spirit".

"Israel condemns the decision inspired no doubt by Malaysia's PM Mahathir's rabid anti-Semitism," he said.

"We call upon the International Paralympic Committee to change this wrong decision or change the venue of the event."

Kuala Lumpur has rejected pleas from the world sporting body to find a solution to the row.

Malaysia is one of several predominantly Muslim states that have no formal diplomatic ties with Israel. Entry to the country on an Israeli passport is forbidden.

The Palestinian cause has widespread support in Malaysia, as thousands took to the streets in protest when US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017.

Israel occupied Arab east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it, declaring the entire city its "eternal and indivisible capital", but Palestinians claim the eastern part as the capital of their own future state.

Malaysia has stopped Israeli athletes from competing in a sports event before. Two Israeli windsurfers had to pull out of a competition on the island of Langkawi after they were refused visas in 2015.

Kuala Lumpur also refused to host a conference for world football's governing body FIFA in 2017 as an Israeli delegation was due to attend.

Mahathir, now 93 and in his second stint as premier, has in the past attracted criticism for his verbal attacks on Jews, including calling them "hook-nosed".

The previous government allowed a high-level Israeli delegation to attend a UN conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2018, sparking public anger.

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Jauary 18, 2019

 


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