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Finally, you’ve got a seat at a table. Now it’s time to order!
In this lesson, we'll cover how to ask for a menu and then order your food and drinks.
Normally you have to catch the waiter’s attention, perhaps by raising your right hand a bit. Then you’ll ask for a menu. “Menu please?” In Czech, this is..
Menu, prosím.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Me-nu, pro-sím.
Once more:
Menu, prosím.
Menu means “menu”, the spelling is similar as in English but be careful about different pronunciation..
(slow) Me-nu.
And of course, prosím means “please.”
(slow) Pro-sím.
Here’s the whole expression again:
Menu, prosím.
In most of the cases, the waiter or waitress will begin by asking “What would you like to drink?”
Co si dáte k pití?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Co si dá-te k pi-tí?
Once more:
Co si dáte k pití?
Co means “what” in English.
(slow) Co.
Si dáte is a form of the verb “dát si” which in English means “to take.”
(slow) Si dá-te.
Si dá-te.
K means “for”.
(slow) K.
And the last word pití means “drink”.
(slow) Pi-tí.
Again, the whole question is
Co si dáte k pití?
Now let’s take a look at some typical beverages Czech might have:
Voda (“water”)
(slow) Vo-da.
Pivo (“beer”)
(slow) Pi-vo.
Pivo .
Bílé víno (“white wine”)
(slow) Bí-lé ví-no.
Bílé víno.
Červené víno (“red wine”)
(slow) Čer-ve-né ví-no.
Červené víno.
Kola (“cola”)
(slow) Ko-la.
Once you have looked at the menu, you can finally call the waiter for the order.
Now let’s take a look at some good dishes you can find on a typical Czech menu. They are very common and you shouldn’t miss them if you come to the Czech Republic.
Knedlo-vepřo-zelo (“Roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut”)
(slow) Kned-lo-vep-řo-ze-lo.
Svíčková (“Marinated sirloin”)
(slow) Svíč-ko-vá.
Řízek (“Schnitzel”)
(slow) Ří-zek.
In Czech when you order , you can just say the name of the dish you want and add prosím, which means “please.”
Let’s say you want to order beer and řízek or “schnitzel”. You should say to the waiter
“Pivo a řízek, prosím.” or “Beer and schnitzel please.”
(slow) Pi-vo a ří-zek, pro-sím.
Pivo a řízek, prosím.
In this sentence the word a means “and.”