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Useful English Conversation Practice When You Are In A Restaurant
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So it’s our short podcast today – so let’s just have a look at a phrase, which is slang, but which we use in restaurants. We went out recently for Indian food – my favourite – for my birthday. And at the end of the meal, my daughter said to the waiter ‘Can I have a doggy bag, please?’. So what did she mean, when she asked for ‘a doggy bag’?
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The Next Time You Have Lots Of Food Left Over Ask For A Doggy Bag
Well, imagine the scene. You’ve ordered your food in the restaurant and it’s delicious. You’re really enjoying it. But guess what? You’ve ordered a bit too much. It’s really nice food, but you can’t finish it. There may even be a whole dish that you’ve not touched. This is the point at which you might ask ‘Can I have a doggy bag?’
What it means is ‘Please can you put the food that I’ve left into a box or a bag, so that I can take it away?’ So please pack the remains of my food up, then I can take it home. Why’s it called a ‘doggy bag’? Well doggy, D-O-G-G-Y, is an affectionate name for your dog. Little children might say ‘doggy’ instead of ‘dog’. So on the face of it, you’re asking for your left-over food to be packed up – so that you can give it to your dog when you get home. But actually most people know that there may not be a dog at home. In that case, you could give it to your cat, but usually it means you’re going to eat it yourself.
If The Restaurant Does Delivery Then Its Safe To Ask For A Doggy Bag In Your English Conversation Dialogue
Now you have to be careful here. If you are in a really expensive restaurant, you wouldn’t ask for a doggy bag. Or you might, but they would look at you strangely. If it’s a ‘down-to-earth’ restaurant, it would be OK. And most people probably wouldn’t ask for a doggy bag. They might not want to eat left-over food the following day. But, if you haven’t got much money – or as in my daughter’s case, you’re contemplating not having much money because you’re going to be a poor student for the next few years, then a doggy bag is OK.
So be careful what sort of restaurant you’re in when you ask for a doggy bag? But if you hear someone say that, you’ll know that’s what it means.
Happy eating! Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.
Well, I hope this somewhat unique word will be useful for you as an English conversation practice topic. It is rather specialised (remember only use it in restaurants that also do take-out), but it's useful as an English conversation lesson.
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