Learn Japanese Greetings & Questions : How to Order Food in Japanese
Now, I will teach you a few important words
when you go to eat Japanese food. First, we are going to learn how to ask for food. First
one: onegaishimasu. That means, “Please give me. . . ” The first word, “onegai” means,
“to ask”. “Shimasu” works as “May I/Can I. . . ?” So it goes, “Can I ask. . . ” something.
It works with every items, any nouns. For example, if you want to ask for a cab, you
can say, “Takushi” – that’s how it’s pronounced “Taxi” – “Takushi onegaishimasu. ” So that
works for that, too. Second word is – you probably know it – “arigatou”. That means,
“Thank you. ” Let’s practice. Let’s say I’m your waitress. If you want to order tea, which
is “ocha”, how do you say? Yes, “ocha onegaishimasu. ” Very good. So now I brought you the tea.
How do you say thank you? Yes, that’s correct. “Arigatou. ”