English break, Lesson 15: enjoy your meal!

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Hello and welcome back to your 2-minute English break.

In this lesson we will talk about phrases that you can use when placing your order at a restaurant .

First thing first, when you’re in the UK you always want to be on your best behavior and mind your Ps and Qs of course, but that is not enough. You have to know how to ask for things politely. After all, politeness always goes a long way.

 The two most basic sentences that will always come in handy when you’re in a foreign country, not just in old “Blighty” are:

Can I have?

I’d like…

Let’s see how these two expressions are used in real conversation.

Scenario 1 : HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR STEAK?

Waiter: Can I take your order now?

Customer: yes, I’d like the house salad, steak and some mashed potatoes, please.

Waiter: How would you like your steak? Rare, medium or well-done?

Customer: I prefer medium – rare.

Waiter: Would you like anything to drink with that?

Customer: Yes, can I have some wine please?

Waiter: Sure, I’ll bring you the wine list.

Scenario 2: EXTRA DRESSING

Waitress: Are you ready to order now, miss?

Customer: Sure, I’d like to order one large sausage and some chips, please.

Waitress: Would you like anything else with that?

Customer: I’d like some salad on the side, thank you. Can I have some extra salad dressing as well?

Waiter: yes miss. Anything to drink?

Customer: I’d like some water please.

 

Now, let’s move on to the grammar behind these practical examples:

We use would like to say politely what we want and to make offers and requests.

Ex. Would you like anything else? – I’d like some salad please.

Ex: How would you like your steak? 

Would like” can be followed by a noun or a verb. When it is followed by a verb we add “to” after like.

Ex. I’d like to order one large sausage…

We use can (among other uses) to make requests.

Ex. Can I have some extra salad please?

Can and Would like are, respectively a modal and a semi-modal and as such they never take the “s” at the third person singular.

Ex. She can have a cookie.

Ex. She’d like some cookies.

If you can use these two sentences fluently, you’re golden!

Enjoy your meal now!

FUN FACT:

What does the word “Blighty” mean in the article?

It’s an informal term for Britain or England, used by soldiers in the Indian Army of the First and Second World Wars.

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