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At the Restaurant (6)

Dialogue 

Click here for the dialogue for "At the Restaurant."

Fast food restaurant 

There are many fast food restaurants in Japan including McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The employees usually follow the fixed expressions according to the company's sales manual. 

Irasshaimase.
いらっしゃいませ。
Welcome!
(A greeting given by store or 
restaurant employees.) 
Go-chuumon wa.
ご注文は。
What would you like to order?
(Click here for other expressions that the waiter or the waitress might ask you.)
O-nomimono wa ikaga desu ka.
お飲み物はいかがですか。
Would you like anything to drink?
Kochira de meshiagarimasu ka, omochikaeri desu ka.
こちらで召し上がりますか、
お持ち帰りですか。
Will you eat here, or take it out?

"Meshiagaru" is respectful form of the verb "taberu (to eat)." The prefix "o" is added verb "mochikaeru (to take out)." Waiters, waitresses or cashiers in restaurants and store clerks always use polite expressions to the customers.

Let's try!

Order two hamburgers, fries and one coke to take out. The left are the phrases that a counter person is likely to say. 

Irassaimase. (You are not expected to answer.)
Go-chuumon wa. Hanbaagaa o futatsu, 
poteto o hitotsu onegaishimasu.
ハンバーガーを二つ、
ポテトをひとつお願いします。
O-nomimono wa ikaga desu ka. Koora o hitotsu onegaishimasu.
コーラをひとつお願いします。

Kochira de meshiagarimasu ka,
omochikaeri desu ka.

Mochikaeri desu.
持ち帰りです。

You will find various kind of dishes in Japan. Most western dishes or beverages use English names, though the pronunciation is changed to sound more Japanese. They are all written in katakana. As for French fries, the Japanese call it "poteto (potato)" or "furaido poteto".

hanbaagaa
ハンバーガー
hamburger
koora
コーラ
coke
juusu
ジュース
juice
hotto doggu
ホットドッグ
hot dog
piza
ピザ
pizza
supagetii
スパゲティ
spaghetti 
sarada
サラダ
salad
dezaato
デザート
dessert

Click here for "How to order at a restaurant."

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