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Greetings (問候語句)

Waiter(服務員)

"Hello, I'm Jimmy and I will be your server."

"Do you have any questions about the menu?" 

"Our specials are grilled cod from the market and Eggs Benedict."

"While you look at the menu may I bring your drink order?"

"May I take your order?"

Placing Your Order (點餐)

In North American English, the word entrée means the main course. Typically you order your drink first, and then an appetizer or starter and a main course.  (基本上先點飲料再來才是主餐還有副食)

Also, when ordering or asking for something new, you use the phrase, "May I have..." Notice how the sentence is very polite and not a direct command, and always ends with please.(盡量使用May I..)

"May I have salt please?"

"May I have some more water, please?"

In English the temperatures of red meat are typically rare, medium, and well done.  For instance, you can order your burger, "May I have my burger medium rare, please?" (紅肉的熟度 eg. 3/5/7分熟)

Paying For the Meal (付款方式)

In North American restaurants they tend to bring the check without asking, however you can ask, "May I have the check please?"

When paying it is typical in North America to tip the waiter for the service, the usual rate is 15 to 20% of the bill.  

You usually put this right on the table or add it to the credit card receipt as there is a place for it in North America.  (小費的潛規則)

 

 

文/Jimmy Deng

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