This one’s for the adult ELLs out there.
Two of the best things you can ask in a foreign language (English or otherwise) are :
1. How to order a drink
2. Where the bathroom is
Ordering drinks can be intimidating for a non-native speaker.
You’re at a noisy, crowded night club. The music is blaring, the lights are flashing, and there is a long line of people waiting to get their drinks. You make your way to an open space at the bar. You can feel people pushing up from behind.
The bartender finally leans forward and asks the important question:
“What can I get ya’?”
It’s a very simple question, but it’s not easy to answer.
Everything is moving fast, so you quickly blurt out your order. “I’ll have 3 beers and…um…uh…a mojito.” There. You feel pretty good. You said it right. He understands you and starts to make the drinks, but suddenly he asks a secondquestion.
“You want that with a twist and on the rocks?”
You have NOidea what he is asking you!…
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