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How do you communicate with locals when ordering food?


by @nene5yr  | 6 comments

Hello everyone,
I spent quite a few months in Asia last year, especially China. I am a foodie so I always want to try small local restaurants. Unfortunately the language barrier made it difficult/impossible quite often, especially when asking for ingredients (I am good with body language and gestures but not everyone and every culture engage).
So, I was wondering: how to do communicate in restaurants when no one speaks English?

Thanks!

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@nderkach5yr
  1. Point your finger onto the desired food
  2. Point your index finger up, optionally saying โ€œoneโ€. Here it gets tricky if you want to go for a custom quantity.
  3. Hand over the money
  4. Get your food

Another option is to learn the basics of the local language and youโ€™ll be incredibly rewarded. Some of the best food I had was by accidentally discovering an amazing hole in the wall spot, where sometimes they donโ€™t even have menus to point at.

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@kathrynoh5yr

I usually point or gesture.

Learning โ€œwhat do you recommend?โ€ in the local language is good.

And, seriously, itโ€™s just food. Unless you wind up at some super fancy, high priced place or have food allergies, itโ€™s not really a big deal.

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@lena5yr

We always carry this little book with pictures to point at. It has all the animals, vegetables, fruits etc. Weโ€™ve never used it though.

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@nene5yr

Thanks Iena. I was looking at something similarโ€ฆ but you said you never used it? So, how did you manage so far?

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@lena5yr

We actually never had a situation where we could not explain with hand and feet what weโ€™d like. But itโ€™s good to have it as a backup. For peace of mind.

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Thatโ€™s one of the awkward (but also funny) things we digital nomads have to go thru :slight_smile:

I tend to:
-ask first if the person attending me speaks English (they might call someone else who does speaks English or that understands a little)
-point at food pictures or point to the actual food (on street food etc)
-do hand gestures asking for the menu :pray: :raised_hands:

When communication seems impossible I just give up and find another place to eat. If youโ€™re staying somewhere for long-term it might be useful to learn the basics of the local language.

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