Module 9: Food Words
In this module, you will learn vocabulary related to food and drinks commonly found in Australia. You will also learn how to order food in a restaurant using appropriate language and etiquette. Knowing food-related vocabulary and ordering techniques is essential for dining out and enjoying various cuisines in Australia.
Vocabulary related to Food and Drinks commonly found in Australia:
Here are some common food and drink items found in Australia:
1. Meat and Seafood: beef, chicken, lamb, pork, shrimp, fish, oysters
2. Vegetables: potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, capsicum (bell pepper)
3. Fruits: apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, strawberries, kiwi, mangoes
4. Grains and Breads: rice, pasta, bread, cereals, crackers, whole grains
5. Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream
6. Beverages: water, tea, coffee, soft drinks, fruit juices, beer, wine, spirits
7. Snacks and Desserts: chips (French fries), biscuits (cookies), chocolate, cake, pastries, pie
Ordering Food in a Restaurant using Appropriate Language and Etiquette:
1. Greeting the server: When the server approaches your table, greet them with a smile and a polite “Hello” or “Good evening.”
2. Asking for recommendations: If you’re not sure what to order, ask the server for recommendations. For example, “What would you recommend?” or “What are the most popular dishes?”
3. Ordering food: When you’re ready to order, use polite language to request the items you want. For example, “I’d like the grilled chicken, please,” or “Can I have the Caesar salad?”
4. Special requests: If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, make your request politely. For example, “Can I have the salad without the dressing?” or “Is it possible to get the pasta with gluten-free noodles?”
5. Asking for the bill: When you’re ready to pay, ask for the bill by saying, “Can we have the bill, please?” or “Could you please bring the check?”
6. Tipping: In Australia, tipping is not as common as in some other countries, but it is appreciated for good service. A tip of 10% to 15% of the bill is generally considered appropriate.
Practice Exercise: To practice ordering food in a restaurant, try the following exercise:
1. Create a dialogue between a customer and a server in a restaurant setting. Include greetings, asking for recommendations, ordering food, making special requests, and asking for the bill.
2. List five food and drink items that you would like to try in Australia, and practice ordering them politely.
In this module, you have learned vocabulary related to food and drinks commonly found in Australia, as well as how to order food in a restaurant using appropriate language and etiquette. This knowledge is essential for dining out and enjoying various cuisines in Australia.