Hey it’s Anne Marie with Speak Confident
English and welcome to this week’s Confident English lesson where I want to
share with you exactly how to go into a coffee shop in an English-speaking
country and order a coffee. I know that that seems really simple but the truth
is if you’ve traveled to an English-speaking country or if you’ve
moved to somewhere like the United States or Canada, Australia then you know
that even those very simple things like ordering a coffee can be really
challenging and stressful or difficult it seems so simple but it can be really
scary. You don’t know what’s going on there’s a lot of movement, a lot of talk,
you don’t know what people are saying what are they asking you and of course
you want to sound perfectly natural when you order in English or when you respond
to a question. So today I want to help you do that. In this lesson I want to share with you
everything that you can expect when you walk into a coffee shop from what you’ll
hear when you first enter the door to what you want to say when you leave but
before I go into all of that detail there’s one thing I want to make very
clear. When you go to a coffee shop and you order just a simple coffee you will
not get this—I’ve lived in several countries in Europe and traveled all
over the world and I know most of the time when you order a coffee you get
something that’s really tiny like this but if you’re in an English-speaking
country you go to a Starbucks or a local coffee shop and you order a simple
coffee, you’re going to get this. There’s a huge difference in what people expect
and what happens in a coffee shop in an English-speaking country so let’s start
at the beginning. There are two things that might happen when you walk into a
coffee shop: number one its 7:15 in the morning and everyone else had the same
idea. Everyone’s at the coffee shop and
there’s a really long line which means you’ll simply get in line and wait for
your turn to order coffee but maybe it’s 2:30 in the afternoon, you got super
lucky and no one else is there so you can walk right up to the counter to
order what you want. What you’ll probably notice is somewhere on the wall they
will have a huge list of all the different coffee and tea drinks they
have available: iced lattes, cold brews specialty drinks, matcha lattes, so many
different options and it can be a little bit overwhelming so if you’re in line
there’s a couple of things I recommend maybe you know right away what you want
which is awesome but if you think oh my gosh I have no idea and I’m not ready
one very polite thing that you can do if you
have people behind you is simply say to the
person behind you sorry I’m not ready yet
you go ahead of me or sorry I haven’t decided yet you go ahead all you’re
doing is letting the people behind you know you still haven’t made a choice
which is kind of normal and they can simply go in front of you and get their
order taken. We do this all the time at any restaurant or coffee shop where we
just don’t know what we want yet and you can use that same language if you walk
into a coffee shop and no one else is there. The barista is just waiting for
you to order. Again you can simply say I’m not ready yet sorry or I need an
extra moment to decide feel free to help someone else if they come in behind me.
Once you’ve had some time to review all those coffee options and it’s your turn
to order you will probably hear something like hey what can I get for
you today or what can I make for you? What would you like today? There might
even be a little bit of small talk at the beginning for example, hey how’s it
going or hey how’s your day starting? What can I get for you? The polite thing
for you to do is number one respond with a greeting so if they say hi or hello
how’s it going you can say the same. You would simply start your order by saying
hey how’s it going or how’s your day going and then you can continue with
your order and here are some common phrases that we use in English to order.
I’d like… for example I’d like a coffee please
or could I have… could I have a latte please?
Can I get… can I get a coffee? If you’ve had a hard time deciding you might say
mmm I think I’ll get a mocha latte please.
When you make that order you can be as specific as you want. In coffee shops in
the United States we have different kinds of milk with different levels of
fat, we have soy milk, and almond milk if you don’t want it dairy and there are
different flavors that people get in coffees as well—perhaps you want vanilla
flavored or hazelnut flavored coffee and when you order you can
all of that for example you might say I’d like a soy milk latte or I want a
low-fat cappuccino please. I’d like a low-fat vanilla latte, which
would mean low-fat milk with vanilla syrup in your latte. Once you make your
order there are a few questions you’ll probably hear. The first one might be do
you want anything else with that? In other words do you want something to eat,
maybe you’d like a muffin or a slice of coffee cake. Do you want a coffee for
another person or do you want us to do anything special add something to your
coffee? So you might respond with yeah I think I’d like to add a blueberry muffin
or yes I’d like a piece of cake with that please or no that’s it thank you.
Then the next question will probably be is that for here to go? Is that for here
or to go? In other words are you going to stay in the coffee shop to drink your
coffee or will you take it with you and leave right away? If you’re going to stay
you’re probably going to end up with some sort of coffee mug or cup like this
but if you want it to go you’ll end up with a paper cup that you can carry with
you so when you hear that question is it for here or to go
simply let them know by saying it’s for here please or I’d like it to go please.
And then finally when your order is finished you’ll probably hear can I get
your name please? The reason they’re asking this question is once you pay for
your coffee you’ll move out of the line wait for them to make your coffee and
then they’ll call out your name to let you know when your order is ready. And
once you receive your coffee the best thing that you can do is simply say
thanks so much, have a great day. And that is what you can expect to hear in a
coffee shop and how you should respond when you want to order a coffee in
English. Now I know that that list of coffee options is really overwhelming so
if you want to do a little research and be prepared before you go to the coffee
shop, in the online lesson I’ve given you a huge list
common coffee options and I’ve given you a description so that you know what they
are as well as all the different extra options. For example different kinds of
milk and flavors, if you want something like that. I’ve also included two
dialogues using the language that we talked about in the lesson today so that
you can get a better feeling for what to expect. Once you’ve reviewed all that
language in the online lesson and those two sample dialogues, I have a couple of
challenge questions for you. Number one I’m super curious what is
your drink of choice. Do you have a favorite coffee drink or maybe you
prefer tea? Whatever it is, I’d love to know so tell me in the comments at the
end of the lesson what your drink of choice is. My second question is I’d love
to know what differences you’ve noticed when going to a coffee shop in an
English-speaking country and visiting a cafe or coffee shop where you’re from.
Share with me the differences that you’ve noticed or your experience in the
comments section at the bottom of the lesson. It’s the best place to share with
me, get feedback and learn from others in the Confident English Community. Now
before I finish today’s lesson, because I asked you to share your drink of choice
with me I thought I would tell you mine. If you’ve been following me for a while
then you know I definitely have a coffee habit. I love my coffee in the morning.
I can’t function without my first cup of coffee, in fact I often joked to my
husband that my favorite moment of every day is that first sip of coffee in the
morning. Now for me, I do go with the typical American coffee. I have my huge
mug and I fill it about to here with hot milk every morning and then I like a
really strong coffee, not that typical watered-down American stuff. I like a
really strong dark coffee and when I have that in the morning I know
everything is going to be okay. So now go to the online lesson review the language
that we have talked about and share with me in the
comments at the bottom of the lesson. Have a fantastic week and I’ll see you
next Wednesday for your Confident English Lesson.