How to order food at a restaurant, czyli …

… jak zamawiać jedzenie po angielsku. Jeśli jesteś w podróży, musisz jeść i pić, jeśli jesteś w podróży zagranicznej, nie masz wyjścia, musisz dać sobie radę z zamawianiem posiłku. Często najprostsze zwroty nie wystarczą, a zamawianie w barze, czy restauracji może przysporzyć kłopotu i w rezultacie otrzymamy zupełnie coś innego niż chcieliśmy zjeść. Poniższy dialog przedstawia realną sytuację rozmowy klienta i pracownika obsługi baru typu McDrive. Znajdziesz tu wiele ciekawych zwrotów, również nieformalnych, których znajomość na pewno ułatwi porozumiewanie się w podróży.

 

 

Ex. 1. Read and complete the conversation with the correct phrases which you can find in the drop down list.

 

 

Ex. 2 Match the sentences and the pictures.

 

 

Ex. 3. Read the text. Focus on the phrases in a bold print. Below the text you can find all the phrases translated.

Nowadays, it is not uncommon to order some take away food at a drive-up restaurant. Here may be a typical example of what to expect at some locations.

Customer: Hello, I would like to place an order.

Samantha: I’m sorry Sir, I can barely hear you. Would you, please, pull your car forward so that you are closer to the speaker?

Customer: Ok. Can you hear me now?

Samantha: Yes, perfectly. Welcome to MacHealthy’s Family Diner. My name is Samantha, may I take your order?

Customer: Yes, we would like two iced teas, one order of fish and chips, and one order of your famous spicy chicken breast sandwich. Hold the mayo, please.

Samantha: Ok. Would you like whole wheat or white bread for your chicken sandwich?

Customer: Whole wheat would be perfect, but don’t forget to hold the mayonnaise.

Samantha: Ok. Would you like sweetener for your tea and tartar sauce for your fish and chips?

Customer: No, thank you, but ketchup would be great.

Samantha: Ok. Let me recap your order. We have two iced teas without sweetener, one order of fish and chips with extra ketchup, and one order of MacHealthy’s Spicy Chicken with extra mayo.

Customer: No, No, No! Hold the mayo!!!! P l e a s e……

Samantha: Yes, Sorry Sir. It’s been a long day. My error. Your total bill comes to $16.25. Please drive ahead to the next window to pay and collect your order.

Customer: Ok, see you soon.

Samantha: Hello Sir, $16.25 please.

Customer: Hi, Samantha. Do you accept credit cards?

Samantha: No, Sir. Our credit card machine is on the fritz. Unfortunately, today we are only accepting cash.

Customer: No problem. My girlfriend has plenty of cash. Right, Honey? He speaks loudly so all may hear. Background voice responds in a grouchily tone, “Yes, Dear. Whatever you say.” The driver then proceeds to give Samantha a $20 bill.

Samantha:  Thank You, Sir. Your change is $3.75 and here is your order. Enjoy your meal and thank you for coming to MacHealthy’s.

Customer: You are welcome, Samantha. Have a pleasant afternoon. Bye Bye.

The driver drives off and his girlfriend starts yelling at him for flirting with Samantha. J

The End of Story
by John L.

You can also print the text: At the drive-up restaurant 

The following phrases may be useful and it is a good idea to know them:

I would like to place an order. – Chciałbym złożyć zamówienie.
I can barely hear you. – Ledwo cię słyszę.
Would you please pull your car forward. – Czy możesz podjechać bliżej?
May I take your order? – Czy mogę przyjąć zamówienie?
Hold the mayo, please. – Proszę bez majonezu. (potocznie)
whole wheat braed (American English) = wholemeal bread (British English) – chleb razowy
Let me recap your order. – Pozwól, że podsumuję zamówienie.
Your total bill comes to $16.25. – W sumie rachunek wynosi 16,25 (dolarów).
Do you accept credit cards? – Akceptujecie płatność kartą?
Our credit card machine is on the fritz. (American English) = Our credit card machine is on the blink. (British English) – Terminal jest uszkodzony. (nieformalnie/potocznie)
a $20 bill – tu: banknot o wartości 20 dolarów
Your change is $3.75. – Twoja reszta to 3,75 (dolarów).
The driver drives off. – Kierowca odjeżdża.

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