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Ordering Food

Mar. 23, 2015

Nĭmen zhèér yŏu shénme tèsècài?
A: 你们    这儿    有     什么     特色菜?
What are your specialties?

Wŏmen de tèsècài shì shuĭzhŭyú.
B: 我们      的  特色菜  是   水煮鱼。
The specialty is called Boiled Fish.

Tīng qĭlái búcuò. Lái yī fènr.
A: 听    起来  不错。来  一  份儿。
It sounds great. I’d like one dish, please.

Nín chī dé guàn yòu má yòu là de cài ma?
B: 您   吃  得   惯    又    麻  又  辣  的 菜  吗?
Could you eat spicy hot food?

Wŏ méi chī guò, Xiăng cháng yī cháng.
A: 我   没    吃  过,想        尝      一    尝。
I’ve never had it, but I’d like to give it a try.

Verb repetition: 尝一尝
Verb denoting action can be repeated. This device is usually employed when one wishes to indicate that the action is of a very short duration, to soften the tone or to make it sound relaxed or informal.

Example:
你应该尝一尝。 You should have a try.
你应该看一看。 You should have a look.

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