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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Chinese Season 1, Lesson 22 - Ordering at a Restaurant. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to order at a restaurant or coffee shop in Chinese.
Body
Eric: Here's the formal way to say 'Can I see the menu?' in Chinese.
Cho: [Normal] 我能看一下菜单吗?(Wǒ néng kàn yíxià càidān ma ?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我 (wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'can'
Cho: [Normal] 能 [Slow] 能(néng)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to have a look'
Cho: [Normal] 看一下 [Slow] 看一下(kàn yíxià)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'menu'
Cho: [Normal] 菜单 [Slow] 菜单(càidān)
Eric: Last is the particle that is the 'question marker'
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'Can I see the menu?'
Cho: [Slow] 我能看一下菜单吗? [Normal] 我能看一下菜单吗?
Eric: Ok, now let's see the formal way to say 'What do you recommend?'
Cho: [Normal] 你有什么推荐的吗?(nǐ yǒu shénme tuījiàn de ma ?)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'you'
Cho: [Normal] 你 [Slow] 你 (nǐ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to have'
Cho: [Normal] 有 [Slow] 有(yǒu)
Eric: Next is the pronoun meaning 'what'
Cho: [Normal] 什么 [Slow] 什么(shénme)
Eric: Next is the noun meaning 'things to recommend'
Cho: [Normal] 推荐的 [Slow] 推荐的(tuījiàn de)
Eric: Last is the question marker.
Cho: [Normal] 吗 [Slow] 吗(ma)
Eric: Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What do you recommend?'
Cho: [Slow] 你有什么推荐的吗? [Normal] 你有什么推荐的吗?
Eric: Next, we’ll learn the formal way to say 'A coffee for me.'
Cho: [Normal] 我要咖啡。(Wǒ yào kāfēi .)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to want'
Cho: [Normal] 要 [Slow] 要(yào)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'coffee'
Cho: [Normal] 咖啡 [Slow] 咖啡(kāfēi)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'A coffee for me.'
Cho: [Slow] 我要咖啡。 [Normal] 我要咖啡。
Eric: Finally, we’ll learn a formal way to say 'I’d like a coffee.'
Cho: [Normal] 我要一杯咖啡。(Wǒ yào yì bēi kāfēi .)
Eric: First is a pronoun meaning 'I'
Cho: [Normal] 我 [Slow] 我(wǒ)
Eric: Next is the verb meaning 'to want'
Cho: [Normal] 要 [Slow] 要(yào)
Eric: Next is the number 'one'
Cho: [Normal] 一 [Slow] 一(yì)
Eric: Next is the measure word meaning ‘a cup of’
Cho: [Normal] 杯 [Slow] 杯(bēi)
Eric: Last is the noun meaning 'coffee'
Cho: [Normal] 咖啡 [Slow] 咖啡(kāfēi)
Eric: Listen again to the formal phrase meaning 'I’d like a coffee.'
Cho: [Slow] 我要一杯咖啡。 [Normal] 我要一杯咖啡。
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Cho: Do you know how to get a waiter or waitress’s attention in China? It’s simple. Most times, to get service in a restaurant, just yell 服务员 (fúwùyuán) to call them over to your table for service. Don't be shy!

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Cho: 再见

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hi Listeners, what would you like to order?

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Thursday at 10:14 PM
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你好 robert groulx,


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robert groulx
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thanks for the lesson transcript


(Wǒ yào yì bēi kāfēi .)the formal way to say 'A coffee for me.


robert

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Hello Mon,


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Mon
Thursday at 06:01 PM
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Nevermind my comment, it is ok now.

Mon
Thursday at 06:00 PM
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Hello, I can't download the audio in this lesson completely. Thank you.

Steven
Thursday at 09:25 AM
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Chocolate soup with a gummy bear in it please?

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Thursday at 09:34 PM
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Hi, Efrem,


Correct.

Or you can say, "我要一碗面条"(Wǒ yào yī wǎn miàn tiáo).

I'd like to have a bowl of noodles.(Literally)


Cho

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Efrem
Monday at 12:24 PM
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晚上好, 我想要面条, 谢谢你。

Steven
Saturday at 05:37 AM
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One Chinese Hot chocolate beverage please with a side of dessert soup called sago soup 熱巧克力情遊戲陌路