So, you are in a Chinese restaurant with some friends or work colleagues and you see something you want to eat. Just how do you go about ordering what you want and make sure you don’t go hungry? Easy, just follow our Podcast…

In this Podcast you will learn:

1) About some cultural differences in Western and Chinese restaurants

2) How to order and get the bill in

Chinese Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:


Cultural note: In a restaurant in the West, if you want to make an order, usually you just wait for the waiter or waitress to come, or you can wave if you are really hungry/in a hurry. Yelling is very rude. However, in restaurants in China, you will see people sometimes yell loudly “服务员” to order the food or get the bill, especially in some popular restaurants, and when there is a very loud environment.

你想要/你想点?:Would you like?

Eg. 你想要饺子吗/你想点饺子吗?Would you like dumplings?

点菜:Order food

你还要点别的吗?Do you want anything else?

不要了,谢谢!:I don’t want anything else, thanks!

买单:Get the bill

AA制:”Go Dutch”

Cultural note: In Chinese culture, if you ask other people to have a meal together, you should pay the bill, or take turns to pay the bill, ie you pay this time and they pay next time. Still, nowadays, many people will still “fight” the get the bill. For the younger generation in China today though, especially those who eat out together quite often, “going Dutch” and splitting the bill is becoming more and more popular. 我请客:This is my treat 我们aa吧:Let’s go Dutch/split the bill.

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Narrated by Song Liu

Our Podcast narrator, is a native Chinese speaker and is originally from Beijing, China and is keen to help you get ahead with learning. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies. Song also hosted a Mandarin live call-in news and music radio show in the Bay Area.

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