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Video:Learn Japanese: How to Order at a Restaurant

with Dai Ishiguro

Ordering in a restaurant is something you'll have to be able to do if you visit Japan. This video from About.com will teach you to order food at a restaurant in Japanese.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn Japanese: How to Order at a Restaurant

Hello, my name is Dai Ishiguro for About.com. Today, I'm going to teach you how to order at a restaurant in Japanese.  

Formal Way of Ordering Food

Formal way in English, "Excuse me, can I have pasta, please?" I'm going to try in Japanese, okay? "Excuse me" is "Su mi ma se n," "Sumimasen." "Excuse me, can I have pasta, please?" "Pasta Kudasai?" "Ku da sa i?" "Excuse me, can I have pasta, please?" "Sumimasen pasta Kudasai?"

Casual Way of Ordering in Japanese

Casual way, we say,"Excuse me, can I have pasta?" The casual way in Japanese, "excuse me," we say, "Chotto." "Chot to." "Chotto" is a casual way of saying "excuse me." "Chotto." Then, "can I have pasta" the casual way in Japanese: "Pasta Choudai?" "Cho u da i." "Can I get pasta?" "Pasta Chuodai?" "Chotto pasta choudai?" "Excuse me, can I get pasta please?"  

Writing it Out

Now I'm going to write, "Excuse me, can I get pasta, please?" The formal way. "Su mi ma  se n." "Sumimasen," "Excuse me." "Pa si ta," this is pasta. "Pasta Kudasai," "Ku da sa," "Ku da sa," sorry, "Ku da sa i." "Kudasai" is "can I get a blah blah."  "Excuse me, can I get pasta, please?" "Sumimasen Pasta Kudasai," this is formal way. Informal way, "Chotto." "Chot to," this is like "hey, excuse me." "Chotto." "Pa si ta." This is pasta. "Choudai," "Can I get pasta?" "Pasta Choudai?" "Choudai." "Chotto Pasta Choudai?"

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