Ordering jjajamyon (짜장면) in Korean

짜장면 Jjajamyon

Grammar points explaining the dialogue below

Verb conjugation:

           In Korean, verbs change their endings depending on the tense and politeness level. For example, the verb “jumunhada” (주문하다) meaning “to order” is conjugated differently based on the tense and politeness level. In this dialogue, it is conjugated as “jumunhago sip-eunde yo” (주문하고 싶은데요) which means “I would like to order”. 

  • Honorific language:

    Korean has a complex honorific system that reflects social hierarchy and respect. In this dialogue, the customer uses polite language when speaking to the waiter, using the formal ending “-yo” (요) to show respect. Meanwhile, the waiter uses the standard polite form of language with the customer.


  • Noun + -이에요:

    This grammar pattern is used to introduce a noun as the topic of the sentence. In the dialogue, the waiter introduces “jjajangmyeon” (짜장면) as a popular menu item by saying “Igeos-eun uliui ingi menyu-in jjajangmyeon-ida” (이것은 우리의 인기 메뉴인 짜장면이에요), which translates to “This is our popular menu, Jjajangmyeon”.

  • -을/를 주세요:

This phrase is used when making a request or order. It is a polite way of saying “Please give me…” or “Please bring me…”. In the dialogue, the customer uses it to ask for a Coke by saying “Kolla juseyo” (콜라 주세요).

  • -면 되다:

    This grammar pattern is used to express “it’s enough” or “it’s sufficient”. In the dialogue, the customer replies “aniyo, geunyang geugeos juseyo” (아니요, 그냥 그것 주세요), which means “No, just that please” or “It’s enough with just that.”

Ordering food in a restaurant in Korean

손님: 안녕하세요, 이곳에서 음식을 주문하고 싶은데요.

손님: 안녕하세요, 이곳에서 음식을 주문하고 싶은데요. 

웨이터: 네, 좋습니다. 메뉴를 보시겠어요? 

손님: 네, 부탁합니다. 

웨이터: 이것은 우리의 인기 메뉴인 짜장면이에요. 다른 걸 원하시나요? 

손님: 아니요, 그냥 그것 주세요. 

웨이터: 어떤 음료수를 드시겠어요? 

손님: 콜라 주세요. 

웨이터: 알겠습니다. 주문 내용은 짜장면과 콜라 맞으시죠? 

손님: 네, 맞아요.

 웨이터: 좋습니다. 바로 주문하겠습니다.

English translation

Customer: Hello, I would like to order some food here.

Waiter: Sure, no problem. Would you like to see the menu?
Customer: Yes, please.
Waiter: This is our popular menu, Jjajangmyeon. Would you like something else?
Customer: No, just that, please.
Waiter: What kind of drink would you like?
Customer: Coca-cola, please.
Waiter: Alright. So your order is Jjajangmyeon and Coca-cola, right?
Customer: Yes, that’s right.
Waiter: Alright, I will place your order right away.

Romanisation of the dialogue

Son-nim: Annyeonghaseyo, igoseseo eumsik-eul jumunhago sip-eunde yo.
Weiteo: Ne, johseumnida. Menyu-leul bosigyess-eoyo?
Son-nim: Ne, butakhamnida.
Weiteo: Igeos-eun uliui ingi menyu-in jjajangmyeon-ida. Daleun geol wanhasinayo?
Son-nim: Aniyo, geunyang geugeos juseyo.
Weiteo: Eotteon eumlyosuleul deusigess-eoyo?
Son-nim: Kolla juseyo.
Weiteo: Algesseumnida. Jumun naeyong-eun jjajangmyeon-gwa kolla maj-eusijyo?
Son-nim: Ne, maj-ayo.
Weiteo: Johseumnida. Balo jumunhagesseumnida.

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