Today's French Lesson: I would like.
There are so many ways to say what you want, however, what I found works best is saying the magic words mixed with the following statement. Je voudrais... (Jay Voodray)
For example: You are at a restaurant and would like to order the plate of the day (plat du jour)
First, you will most likely wait 10 - 15 minutes for the waiter/waitress to come over to your table (in some cases) please don't take this personally. Use this time to get comfortable and relax and catch up with your friend. If you are dining alone, bring a paper or a book.
Also use this time to look over the menu, either written on the wall or on the standing sign that tells you what the menu of the day is.
When the waiter/waitress comes to take your order. Don't smile, just say, "Bonjour, Madame/Monsieur - Si'l vous plait, je voudrais le plat du jour. S/he will then ask what you want to drink. Again, say what you want, (un verre de vin rouge, un Coca, une biere, etc) and then say si'l vous plait. If s/he nods or says something back to you, just say "Merci."
I can go more in-depth with different, perhaps more polite ways to say what you would like, however Je Voudrais is probably used most and more current of what Frenchies are use to hearing!
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Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
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