Hungry? But you have nothing at home which appeals… why not call and order a takeaway? First find the number, call and find out what’s available, then make your order… can you do all this in Mandarin?
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To order a takeaway meal over the phone
(ii) How to choose a dish you want, then take an alternative if it’s not available
Two hungry people decide to order a takeaway:
(diàn huà shàng)
(over the phone)
Wéi nín hǎo, Sì Chuān Rén Jiā.
Hello, Si Chuan Ren jia.
Wéi nín hǎo, wǒ xiǎng jiào wài mài.
Hello, I want to order takeaway.
Hǎo nín shuō.
Okay, go ahead please.
Yī gè shuǐ zhǔ yú, yī gè suān là tǔ dòu sī, yī wǎn mǐ fàn.
One boiled fish, one spicy sour shredded potato and one bowl of rice.
Bào qiàn, shuǐ zhǔ yú jīn tiān mài wán le.
Sorry, the boiled fish is sold out already.
Ò, nà jiù yào yī gè yú xiāng ròu sī ba.
Oh, then I want a fish flavoured shredded pork, please.
Hǎo de. Guò sān shí fēn zhōng nín kě yǐ lái qǔ.
Okay, you can pick your order up in thirty minutes.
Hǎo xiè xie. Zài jiàn.
Okay, thank you. Bye.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
水煮鱼：boiled fish (i.e. fish slices in spicy oil, a famous Si Chuan dish)
酸辣土豆丝：spicy sour shredded potato
鱼香肉丝：fish flavoured shredded pork
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