Speak Like Natives! -Vol.7 Ordering McDonald’s in Japan

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Vo.7 Ordering McDonald’s in Japan

In the new lifestyle, it is becoming a trend to take out food from restaurants and enjoy at home.
Today, let’s see how you order McDonald’s (or any fast food restaurants!) in Japan!

By the way, do you know how you pronounce McDonald’s in Japanese?

The English word “McDonald’s” has three syllables,
which is; Mc-Don-ald’s.
Now when this is written in Japanese katakana,
McDonald’s becomesマクドナルド(makudonarudo).

As you might already know, every Katakana(or Hiragana) has one syllable,
so can you now guess how to pronounce the word マクドナルド in Japanese?

Let’s check audio below and see if your guess was right or not!

How to pronounce マクドナルド↓

Haha! Totally different from English McDonald’s, right?
Well, actually ma-ku-do-na-ru-do is pretty long for even Japanese people, so they shorten it by saying マック(makku).

マックis the way people in Tokyo area shorten the word McDonald’s.
If you live in Kansai area, you’ll find more people saying;
マクド(makudo) instead of マック(makku).

Alright! Let’s get back to the conversation now!

Conversation

店員
店員

いらっしゃいませ。こちらでお召(め)し上(あ)がりですか?

Irasshaimase. Kochira de omeshiagari desuka?

Welcome. Is it for here?

なつこ
なつこ

いいえ、持(も)ち帰(かえ)ります。チーズバーガーセットをひとつ下さい。

Iie. Mochikaerimasu. Chi-zu ba-ga-setto wo hitotsu kudasai.

No, to go. I’ll have a cheese burger for meal.

店員
店員

かしこまりました。ドリンクはどうなさいますか?

Kashikomarimashita. Dorinku wa dou nasaimasuka?

Sure. What would you like for a drink?

なつこ
なつこ

コーラをお願(ねが)いします。
あと、テリヤキバーガーを単品(たんぴん)でお願いします。

Koora wo onegaishimasu. Ato, teriyaki ba-ga- wo tanpin de onegaishimasu.

I’ll have coke, please. Also, a teriyaki burger, not for meal, just a burger, please.

店員
店員

ご注文(ちゅうもん)は以上(いじょう)でよろしいでしょうか?もしよろしければ、新(しん)メニューで、抹茶味(まっちゃあじ)のフルーリーがございますが、デザートにいかがですか?

Gochuumon wa ijyo de yoroshii deshouka?
Moshi yoroshikereba, shin-menyu de, maccha aji no furu-ri- ga gozaimasuga, deza-to ni ikagadesuka?

Alright. Anything else?
If you like, we have new maccha flavored flurry, just came out. Would you like it for your dessert?

なつこ
なつこ

結構(けっこう)です以上(いじょう)でお願(ねが)いします。

Kekkoudesu. Ijyo de onegaishimasu.

No thank you. That’s all.

店員
店員

ありがとうございます。お会計(かいけい)は、750円です。

Arigatou gozaimasu. okaikei wa 750 yen desu.

Thank you. The total is 750 yen.

Key Phrases

  1. こちらでお召(め)し上(あ)がりですか? 

Kochirade omeshiagari desuka? – Is it for here?

It is a fixed phrase to ask whether you are eating inside or taking out.

To ask “Is it to go?”, we say
“お持ち帰りですか?” “omochikaeri desuka?”

  1. 持(も)ち帰(かえ)ります

Mochikaerimasu – I take it out / To go

If you are eating at the restaurant, you say
“店内(店内)で” “tennai de”.
“Tennai” means “inside the restaurant”.

  1. (チーズバーガー)セット

setto – for meal (set)

When you would like to order the dish with side meal, we say “setto”.

ex.) おこさまセット – kids meal 

*A little story. my Japanese friend ordered a hamburger meal in France…He said “Hamburger set please.” like in Japanese language. He ended up having seven(!) hamburgers.

Staff understood what he ordered as “Sept” (“7” in french) hamburgers…lol

  1. ドリンクはどうなさいますか?

Dorinku wa dou nasaimasuka? – what would you like for drink?

どうなさいますか(dounasaimasuka?) is the more polite form of どうしますか(doushimasuka).

  1. 単品(たんぴん)

tanpin– single dish, without side dishes included

In the conversation, she meant to order only a Teriyaki burger, without any fries or drink.  

  1. 以上いじょうでよろしいでしょうか?

Ijyo de yoroshii deshouka? – Anything else? / Is it everything you need?

It is a typical phrase at restaurants for staff to finish asking the order.

  1. 結構です

Kekkodesu – No thank you.

Not only for ordering food, you can also use this phrase at any occasions to kindly turn down the suggestions or recommendations.

A bit casual version is 大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)です(daijyoubu desu)which is also commonly used.

  1. お会計(かいけい)は〜円(えん)です

Okaikei wa 〜 yen desu. – The total (of your payment) is 〜 yen.

It is also a fixed phrase at any shops or restaurants to let you know how much your bill is going to be.

Summary
  1. こちらでお召し上がりですか? 
    Kochirade omeshiagari desuka? – Is it for here?
  1. 持ち帰ります
    Mochikaerimasu – I take it out / To go
  1. セット
    setto – for meal
  1. ドリンクはどうなさいますか?
    Dorinku wa dou nasaimasuka? – what would you like for drink?
  1. 単品
    tanpin – single dish, without side dishes included
  1. 以上でよろしいでしょうか?
    Ijyo de yoroshii deshouka? – Anything else? / Is it everything you need?
  1. 結構です
    Kekkodesu – No thank you.

8. お会計は〜円です
Okaikei wa 〜 yen desu. – The total (of your payment) is 〜 yen.

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