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Becky: Welcome to 3-Minute Swedish Season 1, Lesson 22 - Ordering at a Restaurant. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to order at a restaurant or coffee shop in Swedish.
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Becky: Here's the way to say 'Can I see the menu?' in Swedish.
Carl: [Normal] Kan jag få se menyn?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'can'
Carl: [Normal] kan [Slow] kan
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Carl: [Normal] jag [Slow] jag
Becky: Then comes the phrase meaning 'get to see'
Carl: [Normal] få se [Slow] få se
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'the menu'
Carl: [Normal] menyn [Slow] menyn
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'Can I see the menu?'
Carl: [Slow] Kan jag få se menyn? [Normal] Kan jag få se menyn?
Becky: Ok, now let's take a look at the way to say 'What do you recommend?'
Carl: [Normal] Vad rekommenderar ni?
Becky: First is a word meaning 'what'
Carl: [Normal] vad [Slow] vad
Becky: Next is the word meaning 'recommend'
Carl: [Normal] rekommenderar [Slow] rekommenderar
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'you'
Carl: [Normal] ni [Slow] ni
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'What do you recommend?'
Carl: [Slow] Vad rekommenderar ni? [Normal] Vad rekommenderar ni?
Becky: Next up is the way to say 'A coffee, please.'
Carl: [Normal] En kaffe, tack.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'A'
Carl: [Normal] En [Slow] En
Becky: Then comes the word meaning 'coffee'
Carl: [Normal] kaffe [Slow] kaffe
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'thanks'
Carl: [Normal] tack [Slow] tack
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'A coffee, please.'
Carl: [Slow] En kaffe, tack. [Normal] En kaffe, tack.
Becky: Finally, here is a way to say 'I would like a coffee.'
Carl: [Normal] Jag skulle vilja ha en kaffe.
Becky: First is a word meaning 'I'
Carl: [Normal] Jag [Slow] Jag
Becky: Next is the phrase meaning 'would like'
Carl: [Normal] skulle vilja [Slow] skulle vilja
Becky: Then comes the phrase meaning 'have a'
Carl: [Normal] ha en [Slow] ha en
Becky: Last is the word meaning 'coffee'
Carl: [Normal] kaffe [Slow] kaffe
Becky: Listen again to the phrase meaning 'I would like a coffee.'
Carl: [Slow] Jag skulle vilja ha en kaffe. [Normal] Jag skulle vilja ha en kaffe.
Cultural Insight
Becky: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Carl: If you don't know what you want to order, feel free to ask for the waiter's recommendation. Most restaurants make sure every staff member gets to taste all the food they serve so they can give good recommendations to their guests.

Outro

Becky: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!

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SwedishPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Hi Listeners, what would you like to order?

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Tuesday at 10:52 pm
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Hej Viktor,

It would sound odd if you asked for "ett kaffe", and though you could say "snälla" at the end, "tack" does sound more natural and correct. Try to think of the "tack" in this context as the Swedish version of the English "please". 😇


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Viktor
Wednesday at 11:04 pm
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Took me some time to understand why there is "EN kaffe, tack" instead of "ETT kaffe, tack" at the example.


Would it be correct, if i asked as "Ett kaffe, tack"?


Can i use the word "snälla" in place of "tack"?. In my culture it would sound impertinently if i use "tack" in the end of the request.

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Sunday at 12:06 pm
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Hej Kristaps,

Bra val! (Good choice!) :laughing:


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Kristaps
Monday at 10:51 pm
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Dammsugare, tack! :)