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Old 05-28-2009, 04:49 PM   #1
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Epcot dining. Do you attempt to pronounce the item your ordering?

At the international dining locations, do you attempt to pronounce the item on the menu or do you go with pointing and the English description?

How do the servers react to your mangled interpretations?


Thank You...Or as they say in France "Mercy Buckets!"
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:06 PM   #2
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:09 PM   #3
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I point. My husband will pronounce something very close. The servers are really good about the pointing. At the most, they will pronounce it for you but it's not big deal.
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:18 PM   #4
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That's funny. At Chefs de France last week, I made the mistake of trying out my fractured high school French with our charming server; she'd only been in the states a couple of weeks. She responded in French and just left me in the dust. So I switched back to English, and she said "fine, but you must now order in French!"

So I read the menu items for everyone in our party. She very winsomely thought it was funny.

I'd just point, or say something like "I'll have the beef tenderloin." Still, I think an attempt, however feeble, is appreciated by the servers. At least it can give them something to joke about after hours.
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:26 PM   #5
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I try to pronounce or I ask how to...At Les Chefs My DH ordered( he speaks pretty good French) but they switched to English because I felt left out of the loop.
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I find asking how to pronounce it is a great way to get the server involved with your party and suggesting what are the best choices from the menu - especially as they represent the cuisine of the host country.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:08 PM   #7
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I try to pronounce the best I can. I do better in Germany (6 years of HS and College and my boyfriend is German) and in Mexico (Spanish). I'm good at "Faking" my way in Many Languages. I think it's a gift from being a Theater Major in College and having to learn correct accents for stage. Just don't ask me to Speak any asian languages!!!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:15 PM   #8
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Last December my sis, dd and I made our darling server at Chefs de France repeat the name of our dessert 3 time because it sounded so wonderful when he said it. Made it taste just that much better!

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Old 05-28-2009, 06:26 PM   #9
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I pronounce it in their language. I took several years of Espanol, so knowing Spanish is pretty much the same as Italian. You just need to know the sounds, like the bruschetta (the ch in italian is pronounced as a K, so to say it would be broo-sketta). If you see ci it is the ch sound (remember ciao or chow).

I digressed, sorry....so while at Tutto Italia, my husband ordered in plain english and I spoke Italian, to which my husband laughed hysterically and said, she doesn't know Italian, she only knows spanish, but the server actually complimented me and said I spoke pronounced it perfectly. I ended up ordering the Tagliolini con Granchio - pasta & crab. (tag-lee-oh-lee-nee cone gran kee oh)

Now, in middle school I took 2 years french, so that doesn't come as easily, but my family really isn't into ES CAR GOT.....so we don't eat in France.

Have fun, ask the server how to say it, broaden your knowledge.
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I would never dare to try and pronounce anything on the menu at Chefs de France. I just point and say, "I'd like the beef... or the pork....or the chicken"
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I'd like to get the most out of the experience, so I will ask the server for help! I guess I should learn the translation of "Did you hear that doofus?!" because I'll probably hear that a lot after my order!

I just don't want to go down in family history like my brother's date who ordered the "asti spumante salad". (antipasto)
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Definitely point.
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At the international dining locations, do you attempt to pronounce the item on the menu or do you go with pointing and the English description?

How do the servers react to your mangled interpretations?


Thank You...Or as they say in France "Mercy Buckets!"
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We are planning our first trip for this summer and when I called to make our ADRs, I was worried enough about pronouncing the names of the restaurants correctly! Now, I have to try to pronouce what I'm ordering too?!
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I try to pronounce. I took several different diction classes in college so I can figure something else. I'm also trying insanely to learn Japanese right now, failing miserably but trying!
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