Lesson 5. How To Order Food/Drinks – Cách Gọi Món

How To Order In Vietnamese

Lesson 5. How To Order In A Vietnamese Restaurant Or Cafe – Cách Gọi Món Trong Nhà Hàng Hoặc Quán Cà Phê Việt Nam

CONVERSATION:

1

Em ơi, cho anh cái menu

Waiter, please. Can I see the menu?

2

Dạ. Anh có uống gì không ạ?

Yes, sir. You have drink what or not? 

3

Cho anh một chai bia.

Can I have a beer, please?

Give me one beer bottle 

4

Anh uống bia gì, Heineken, Tiger hay Saigon?

What beer would you like? Heineken, Tiger or Saigon?

You drink beer what, Heineken, Tiger or Saigon? 

5

Saigon đi

Saigon please!

Saigon, go  

6

Ở đây có món nào ngon?

What do you recommend on the menu?

Here have dish what delicious

7

Dạ, món nào cũng ngon.

Sir/madam/Miss, all the dishes here are delicious. 

Sir, dish what is also delicious 

8

Cho anh một cơm gà chiên.

Okay, can I have rice with fried chicken?

Give me one rice chicken fried

9

Dạ.

Yes, sir/madam/miss

Yes, sir

NEW LANGUAGE ITEMS:

    1. Ơi: When put after a personal pronoun for a person, ƠI is used to grab the attention of that person.
    2. Cái: a classifier to use before most objects.
    3. Me nu: menu 
      (or thực đơn 
      )
    4. Không: a. zero; b. used at the end to create a Yes-no question.
    5. : to have; Có + content word + không? is to create a Yes-no question
    6. Uống: to drink
    7. : a. can be used to create a question, meaning “What”; b.  Can be used in the middle of a sentence very much like “Something” (Find something to eat: Kiếm gì ăn) c. When used with “không” (No), Không Gì means “Nothing”
    8. Chai: bottle
    9. Bia: beer
    10. Nào: a. used after a noun to mean “Which” (Cái nào? Which one?); b. used after a noun and before cũng to mean “all, everything, everyone” (Món nào cũng ngon: All dishes are delicious)
    11. Cũng: also
    12. Ngon: delicious
    13. Cho: a. Cho means “to give”, b. Cho is also used to order in a restaurant.
    14. Cơm: a. cooked rice; b. a meal
    15. : chicken
    16. Chiên: fry, fried
    17. Đi: a. Đi means Go; b. Đi can be used at the end to create a request, a plea; c. Đi can also be used at the end to signal a final decision after some negotiation/suggestions/discussions.
    18. Dạ: a. Yes in a respectful manner when the speaker is of different status (younger, or being humble); b. Dạ is an inial function word which has no meaning other than to show respect, equivalent to Sir, Madam/Miss; c. Dạ also can be used as Pardon?

VOCABULARY ITEMS:

  1. Em ơi=Hey you there, cho= give, anh=me, cái menu =the menu 
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