jueves, 7 de julio de 2016

ENGLISH LANGUAGE / ORDERING THINGS IN A RESTAURANT, A PUB OR A CAFÉ / Inglés / Pedir cosas en un restaurante, pub o café.

Hi my dear friends, today we're going to look at the way "we order things" in English but not in a "formal" way. I hope you'll like it and use it!

Hola mis queridos amigos, hoy vamos a ver la forma en la que pedimos las cosas en Inglés pero no de una manera "formal".  ¡Espero que os guste y que os sea útil!


You know that the polite way to ask for something in English is "I would like", or better "I'd like" but we hardly ever use this expression when we order things in a restaurant or café.

Even in the most formal of situations, a restaurant with waiter service, British people almost never say "I'd like".  Although it's very important to be polite, the phrase we use most is "I'll have", for example:  "I'll have the steak with a salad, please".  This may sound more like an order, but it is the accepted formula.  What you should never forget to say is "please" at the end!


If you need anything during your meal, you should say: "Can I have some more wine, or the bill, please?"  Don't say "could or may because although you have studied them, they sound old-fashioned and unfriendly.

If you are queuing up for food in a self-service tea shop or coffee bar, the politest thing to do is to remember that there are other people waiting behind you and that the person serving is very busy.  So keep it short and give your order nice and clearly, for example:  "Two teas and a slice of carrot cake, please."  A friendly smile will make up for any lack of formal or polite language in your request.

Any more detailed questions you may have should also be kept very concise, such as:  "Have you got any Tabasco?"  or  "Can I have some extra mayonnaise with that?"


Remember that British people hate fuss and so your aim should always be to make things easy for the people around you.  Speak loudly and clearly, so the person serving you can hear you above a noisy coffee machine.  Then, once you have your order, move out of the way quickly, so someone else can have their turn.


This approach is even more important in a pub, especially when it's busy, and here things become a little more complicated.  First of all, the bar of a pub is the only place where people do not form a queue.  But beware, just because you can't see one doesn't mean it isn't there.  There will certainly be an invisible queue and both the people standing in it and the bar staff will usually know whose turn it is.


Of course when it's very busy it can be difficult for the bar staff to keep track of customers, so you may need to attract their attention.  Under no circumstances shoud you attempt to do this by saying something like "Hello, I'm here". "I'd like to order a drink", or even "Who is the last in the queue?"


At the bar of a pub, there is a strict etiquette of non-verbal communication, and that doesn't mean vigorous hand gestures, or waving your glass about.  What you need to do is to make eye contact with the person serving behind the bar.  Once he or she has seen you, you can lift your eyebrows or raise your chin quickly, perhaps with a hopeful smile.  This is the code for: "hello, I'm here".

When the bartender responds with a nod or smile, that is the code for "I have seen you and noted your position in the queue,"


When your turn comes, the correct way to order a beer is to say :"Pint of bitter/lager, please."
For a half-pint, you should say: "half a bitter/lager."
If you want a particular brand of draught beer or real ale, you should say: "Pint of ..." or "half of ..., please".
Only one of your group should give these orders and pay, with at most one friend to helpe you carry the drinks.  The golden rule is always to be quick, clear and then to get out of the way!


-TO QUEUE UP:  hacer cola.
-SLICE:  trozo, porción.
-TO MAKE UP FOR:  compensar.
-FUSS:  revuelo.
-TO KEEP TRACK:  llevar la cuenta.
-TO WAVE ABOUT:  agitar.
-TO LIFT:  alzar.
-EYEBROWS:  cejas.
-TO RAISE:  levantar.
-CHIN:  barbilla.
-BARTENDER:  barman.
-NOD:  asentir con la cabeza.
-DRAUGHT BEER:  cerveza de barril.
-REAL ALE:  cerveza artesana.
-TO GET OUT OF THE WAY:  retirarse de la barra del bar.



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