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en At the restaurant 1   »   lv Restorānā 1

29 [twenty-nine]

At the restaurant 1

At the restaurant 1

29 [divdesmit deviņi]

Restorānā 1

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Is this table taken? V-- -is g--d--š--r-brīv-? Vai šis galdiņš ir brīvs? V-i š-s g-l-i-š i- b-ī-s- ------------------------- Vai šis galdiņš ir brīvs? 0
I would like the menu, please. Es-gri-ēt---d-enu ---t-- l-dzu. Es gribētu ēdienu karti, lūdzu. E- g-i-ē-u ē-i-n- k-r-i- l-d-u- ------------------------------- Es gribētu ēdienu karti, lūdzu. 0
What would you recommend? K----s ---ēt---et-i-t? Ko Jūs varētu ieteikt? K- J-s v-r-t- i-t-i-t- ---------------------- Ko Jūs varētu ieteikt? 0
I’d like a beer. E-----p----v-l-tos-alu. Es labprāt vēlētos alu. E- l-b-r-t v-l-t-s a-u- ----------------------- Es labprāt vēlētos alu. 0
I’d like a mineral water. Es---b-r-- -ēl---- m-n-----den-. Es labprāt vēlētos minerālūdeni. E- l-b-r-t v-l-t-s m-n-r-l-d-n-. -------------------------------- Es labprāt vēlētos minerālūdeni. 0
I’d like an orange juice. E- l-b-r----ēl-t-s-ap-l-īnu--ulu. Es labprāt vēlētos apelsīnu sulu. E- l-b-r-t v-l-t-s a-e-s-n- s-l-. --------------------------------- Es labprāt vēlētos apelsīnu sulu. 0
I’d like a coffee. Es--abp--- -ēl-to--k-----. Es labprāt vēlētos kafiju. E- l-b-r-t v-l-t-s k-f-j-. -------------------------- Es labprāt vēlētos kafiju. 0
I’d like a coffee with milk. E----bprāt --l-t-s-kaf-j---r pie--. Es labprāt vēlētos kafiju ar pienu. E- l-b-r-t v-l-t-s k-f-j- a- p-e-u- ----------------------------------- Es labprāt vēlētos kafiju ar pienu. 0
With sugar, please. A--cuk-ru-----z-. Ar cukuru, lūdzu. A- c-k-r-, l-d-u- ----------------- Ar cukuru, lūdzu. 0
I’d like a tea. E- -ēl---tēju. Es vēlos tēju. E- v-l-s t-j-. -------------- Es vēlos tēju. 0
I’d like a tea with lemon. Es--ēl-s -ē----- --t--n-. Es vēlos tēju ar citronu. E- v-l-s t-j- a- c-t-o-u- ------------------------- Es vēlos tēju ar citronu. 0
I’d like a tea with milk. E--vē------ju-ar p----. Es vēlos tēju ar pienu. E- v-l-s t-j- a- p-e-u- ----------------------- Es vēlos tēju ar pienu. 0
Do you have cigarettes? Va- Jums ---ciga-ete-? Vai Jums ir cigaretes? V-i J-m- i- c-g-r-t-s- ---------------------- Vai Jums ir cigaretes? 0
Do you have an ashtray? Va- J-m- i- --ln--t-a-k-? Vai Jums ir pelnu trauks? V-i J-m- i- p-l-u t-a-k-? ------------------------- Vai Jums ir pelnu trauks? 0
Do you have a light? Va- J--s--- -ķ--ta--s? Vai Jums ir šķiltavas? V-i J-m- i- š-i-t-v-s- ---------------------- Vai Jums ir šķiltavas? 0
I’m missing a fork. Ma---av ---ši-as. Man nav dakšiņas. M-n n-v d-k-i-a-. ----------------- Man nav dakšiņas. 0
I’m missing a knife. Ma- n-v-n-ž-. Man nav naža. M-n n-v n-ž-. ------------- Man nav naža. 0
I’m missing a spoon. M----av-k----e-. Man nav karotes. M-n n-v k-r-t-s- ---------------- Man nav karotes. 0

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