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Today, we will cover getting by at the table. First, you may have to get a hold of the staff. You can accomplish this by saying 저기요 (jeogiyo) or if they can’t hear you, 저기요 (jeogiyo). One time slowly, 저기요 (jeogiyo). Let’s break it down by syllable, 저-기-요 (jeo-gi-yo). Now let’s hear it once again, 저기요 (jeogiyo). In this situation, it means excuse me or over here. Once someone comes to help you out at the table, you are ready to order. So let’s start with the standard point and this please. In Korean, give me this please is 이거 주세요 (igeo juseoyo). One time slowly, 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo). And now by syllable, 이-거 주-세-요 (i-geo ju-se-yo). One more time, it’s 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo). The first word 이거 (igeo) means this. Let’s break this word down and hear it one more time. 이거 (igeo). And now by syllable, 이-거 (i-geo).
This is followed by 주세요 (juseyo) which in Korean is give please. Me is inferred and is not included in the phrase. So let’s hear it one more time. 주세요 (juseyo). All right, let’s try something different. Why don’t you try give me water please. I will give you the word for water. 물 (mul). One time slowly, it’s 물 (mul). It’s only one syllable. So no need for the breakdown. One more time fast, it’s 물 (mul). All right, your turn. Ask the staff to give you some water. All right, go. Did you get it? It’s 물 주세요 (mul juseyo). One time fast, 물 주세요 (mul juseyo). Lastly, let’s ask for the check. In Korean, check please is 계산서 주세요 (gyesanseo juseyo). Let’s break this down by syllable, 계-산-서 주-세-요 (gye-san-seo ju-se-yo).
The first word 계산서 (gyesanseo) means check. Let’s break this word down and hear it one more time. 계-산-서 (gye-san-seo). This is followed by 주세요 (juseyo) which once again is, give please and just like before, me is inferred. Now, when handling money, it’s very important in Korean culture to hand money to someone with two hands. This displays respect and is expected from the top hotels to the smallest convenience stores. So when you pay for the check, remember, two hands.
Okay. To close our today’s lesson, we’d like for you to practice what you’ve learned. I will provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you are responsible for shouting it out loud. You will have a few seconds before I give you the answer. So 화이팅 (hwaiting)!
Over here or excuse me - 저기요 (jeogiyo).
Give me this please - 이거 주세요 (igeo juseyo).
Give me water please - 물 주세요 (mul juseyo).
Check please - 계산서 주세요 (gyesanseo juseyo).
All right, that’s going to do it for today.