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"Waiter, get us the check!"


November 21, 2017



Foreign people are going to read this english sentence and think its polite!


You ain't in kansas no more son, bahahahaha


Damn this is hard to read. So rude!

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    Is 'check' mostly used by Americans? For others it means a banking check. It's not really a 'check' but rather a 'bill' or a 'tab'. You would never ask for a check.


    Yes, in the US it's normally called the "check," at least if it's in a restaurant. "Bill" is also used, but more rarely in a restaurant setting. "Tab" is only for bars.


    I swear I've been reporting wrong / misleading hover-over hints on nearly every exercise in this module, and I have no evidence anyone is checking these reports or actually addressing any of this. It makes me feel really sad and frustrated.


    Please please please fix this...


    May I ask if there is some word that sounds like "huo jie" which also means waiter? Or did I learn that from an old Run Run Shaw movie? Is 服务员 -- literally a person who serves -- used because it is the politically correct term?


    Perhaps you are thinking of 小姐 (xiǎojiě), which used to be a polite term to address young women, and so it might have been used to address a waitress. However, I have been warned not to use this word because it can have some impolite meanings nowadays.


    Where could we add 请 here? Would it work?


    Not even a 请来买单.


    Waiter. Give me the damn check! (Emphasis on the "!")

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