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At the restaurant 1


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Is this table taken? Va- š-- g------ i- b----? +
I would like the menu, please. Es g------ ē----- k----- l----. +
What would you recommend? Ko J-- v----- i------? +
I’d like a beer. Es l------ v------ a--. +
I’d like a mineral water. Es l------ v------ m-----------. +
I’d like an orange juice. Es l------ v------ a------- s---. +
I’d like a coffee. Es l------ v------ k-----. +
I’d like a coffee with milk. Es l------ v------ k----- a- p----. +
With sugar, please. Ar c------ l----. +
I’d like a tea. Es v---- t---. +
I’d like a tea with lemon. Es v---- t--- a- c------. +
I’d like a tea with milk. Es v---- t--- a- p----. +
Do you have cigarettes? Va- J--- i- c--------? +
Do you have an ashtray? Va- J--- i- p---- t-----? +
Do you have a light? Va- J--- i- š--------? +
I’m missing a fork. Ma- n-- d-------. +
I’m missing a knife. Ma- n-- n---. +
I’m missing a spoon. Ma- n-- k------. +

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