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en At the restaurant 1   »   af In die restaurant 1

29 [twenty-nine]

At the restaurant 1

At the restaurant 1

29 [nege en twintig]

In die restaurant 1

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Is this table taken? Is di---afel----? I_ d__ t____ o___ I- d-e t-f-l o-p- ----------------- Is die tafel oop? 0
I would like the menu, please. Ek--i--gr--g die--p--k-a-- ---a-se-li-f. E_ w__ g____ d__ s________ h_ a_________ E- w-l g-a-g d-e s-y-k-a-t h- a-s-b-i-f- ---------------------------------------- Ek wil graag die spyskaart hê asseblief. 0
What would you recommend? W-t k---- aa--eveel? W__ k__ u a_________ W-t k-n u a-n-e-e-l- -------------------- Wat kan u aanbeveel? 0
I’d like a beer. Ek w-l--r--- ’n -----hê. E_ w__ g____ ’_ b___ h__ E- w-l g-a-g ’- b-e- h-. ------------------------ Ek wil graag ’n bier hê. 0
I’d like a mineral water. Ek -i- --a-- ---mi--------t-- hê. E_ w__ g____ ’_ m____________ h__ E- w-l g-a-g ’- m-n-r-a-w-t-r h-. --------------------------------- Ek wil graag ’n mineraalwater hê. 0
I’d like an orange juice. E- wil--r-a- -n--emoen--- --. E_ w__ g____ ’_ l________ h__ E- w-l g-a-g ’- l-m-e-s-p h-. ----------------------------- Ek wil graag ’n lemoensap hê. 0
I’d like a coffee. Ek -il --aa---- --ffie hê. E_ w__ g____ ’_ k_____ h__ E- w-l g-a-g ’- k-f-i- h-. -------------------------- Ek wil graag ’n koffie hê. 0
I’d like a coffee with milk. Ek --------g ---k----e me- --l--hê. E_ w__ g____ ’_ k_____ m__ m___ h__ E- w-l g-a-g ’- k-f-i- m-t m-l- h-. ----------------------------------- Ek wil graag ’n koffie met melk hê. 0
With sugar, please. Me---u--er-----eb-ief. M__ s______ a_________ M-t s-i-e-, a-s-b-i-f- ---------------------- Met suiker, asseblief. 0
I’d like a tea. E--w-l--ra----e---ê. E_ w__ g____ t__ h__ E- w-l g-a-g t-e h-. -------------------- Ek wil graag tee hê. 0
I’d like a tea with lemon. E---il-g-a---t---m-----ur----e- -ê. E_ w__ g____ t__ m__ s_________ h__ E- w-l g-a-g t-e m-t s-u-l-m-e- h-. ----------------------------------- Ek wil graag tee met suurlemoen hê. 0
I’d like a tea with milk. E--wil-g-aag t-- -e- m-lk -ê. E_ w__ g____ t__ m__ m___ h__ E- w-l g-a-g t-e m-t m-l- h-. ----------------------------- Ek wil graag tee met melk hê. 0
Do you have cigarettes? He- ---s--aret-e? H__ j_ s_________ H-t j- s-g-r-t-e- ----------------- Het jy sigarette? 0
Do you have an ashtray? He--j--’n -----? H__ j_ ’_ a_____ H-t j- ’- a-b-k- ---------------- Het jy ’n asbak? 0
Do you have a light? H-t--y-’n-a--ste-er? H__ j_ ’_ a_________ H-t j- ’- a-n-t-k-r- -------------------- Het jy ’n aansteker? 0
I’m missing a fork. E---o-t--n --rk. E_ k___ ’_ v____ E- k-r- ’- v-r-. ---------------- Ek kort ’n vurk. 0
I’m missing a knife. Ek-kor--’- me-. E_ k___ ’_ m___ E- k-r- ’- m-s- --------------- Ek kort ’n mes. 0
I’m missing a spoon. Ek---r--’- l-pe-. E_ k___ ’_ l_____ E- k-r- ’- l-p-l- ----------------- Ek kort ’n lepel. 0

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