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Geschäftsreise auf Englisch - Geschäftsessen mit Amerikanern

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Geschäftsessen Englisch, Geschäftsessen USA, Geschäftsessen mit Amerikanern, Essen Englisch, Essen USA, Essen mit Amerikanern

Any business trip to the US will invariably include at least one business meal with your American counterparts. Because of the travel distance, it\'s more likely you\'ll be staying a number of days and will have multiple occasions to dine out, both alone and in the company of others. Knowing what to say when dining in the typical American restaurant is essential to helping you avoid feeling like a fish out of water. More importantly, a good understanding of table manners and proper etiquette during a business meal will help ensure you make the right impression.

Many Europeans believe that chain-restaurant thinking has taken over in America, and that food, customs, and people are basically the same from California to Maine. It\'s easy to see things that way. In a country with around 300 million people, there has to be a certain amount of \"process\" to make things run smoothly. However, this assumption couldn\'t be further from the truth.

Chain restaurants and shops aside, restaurants, food specialities, dialect, manners and the people themselves vary widely between the seas. In the Northeast, you\'ll find fish and lobster; in the Southeast, spicy, Cajun-influenced specialities. In the Southwest, the Mexican influence provides a myriad of variations from Tex-Mex to Baja-style cooking, and in the Northwest, seafood dishes and Asian-influenced, \"Pacific Rim\" cooking are the regional specialities. Outside the big cities, \"Home Cooking\" signs indicate where you can get traditional American dishes that are often distant relatives of German favourites.

When you walk in the door
In most restaurants, you\'ll find a small sign just inside advising you to \"Seat yourself\" or \"Please wait to be seated.\" You may be asked \"How many are in your party?\" If you\'re meeting business colleagues, inform the host or hostess standing behind the nearby desk whom you will be meeting, either by name or company name. If you\'’re instructed to seat yourself, keep in mind that in the US, it is not considered acceptable to share a table with another guest - even if the restaurant is full!

Getting around
A table for two, please.

Do you have a table by the bar/window/ restrooms/fountain?

Could we have a table on the terrace/in the courtyard?

Where are the restrooms, please?

Do you have a smoking area?

At the table
Could I/we have the menu, please?

Could I/we have the wine list, please?

Could you make a few recommendations?

Could you recommend a regional specialty?

Do you have any vegetarian/low-fat meals?

Could you tell me what ... is, please?

What you might hear
Good evening, my name is Brian, I\'ll be your waiter/server this evening.

Would you like to hear about our daily specials?

Can I get you wine or drinks to get started?

Are you ready to order?

I\'ll have the ...

I\'d like the ...

I\'ll have the ... as an appetizer, the ... as an entrée and the ... for dessert.

Nothing for me, thank you.

Just water, thanks.

Could I have ... instead of ...?

Can you make it without (the) ...?

I\'d like it well-done/medium/medium-rare/rare.

Could I have a ..., please?

Could I/we have a bottle of ..., please?

With ice, please.

No, thank you, that\'s everything.

What you might hear
Are you ready to order?

I\'m afraid we\'re out of (the) ...

How would you like your steak/burger?

Which dressing would you like on your salad?

What would you like to drink?

Would you like anything else?

While you\'re eating
Could you please bring me

... an extra plate, please?

... another napkin, please?

... a new knife/fork/spoon, please?

Could you please bring us some more bread/water/wine?

We need another ...

Have you forgotten my salad/appetizer/...?

I\'m afraid I didn\'t order that. I ordered the ...

I\'m sorry, but my meal is too cold/salty/ oily/rare.

The meal isn\'t really to my taste. I\'d like to return it.

Excuse me, could you pass the ..., please?

The end of the meal
Could I have the check, please?

Do you accept credit cards?

Could we have that on one check, please?

Separate checks, please.

There seems to be a mistake on the check.

The food was excellent, thanks.

What you might hear
Did you enjoy your meal?

Would you like to take that home with you? (Not heard in fine restaurants).

The right impression
In America, your etiquette and table manners are an important reflection of who you are. It\'s especially important because most Americans believe that Europeans are \'refined\'. It’s a bit unfair that your behaviour will be judged by American rules of etiquette rather than European.

Graceful behaviour

  • In better restaurants, the waiter will not come to take the order until all menus have been closed. Don\'t accidentally prolong everyone\'s wait!
  • Decide what you\'d like to eat quickly and confidently, and order with a minimum of questions and modifications to the meal.
  • Avoid choosing the most expensive dishes and wines on the menu unless your host urges you to do so.
  • Start eating only after the host has begun or has asked you to begin.
  • If possible, make a point of speaking with everyone at the table.
  • The period before ordering food should be reserved for developing rapport. Wait until orders have been placed before introducing business discussions.
  • If you are the host, you: let others proceed to the table before you, sit last and request the bill only after everyone at the table has finished.
  • If you and your colleagues are guests and one of your colleagues is more than 0 minutes late, apologise to your host and request that the meal be started.
  • When you ask someone to give you something, always append \", please?\" A please anywhere before the end can sound demanding rather than polite.
  • Thank your host for the delicious meal before everyone rises from the table.
  • If it is not clear who will be paying and you want to pay, say \"I\'ll get the check\" or \"This one\'s on me\". If you encounter resistance, you can also add \"Please, I insist\". In most restaurants, you should tip 5% of the before-tax cost.

Table manners
  • Once you are seated, unfold your napkin and lay it across your lap. Whenever you leave the table, fold it and place it to the left of your plate. Never leave it on the chair.
  • To indicate to the waiter that you are finished, place your knife and fork in parallel across the centre of your plate with the fork on the left. Place them at an angle pointing upward to indicate that you are not finished.
  • To indicate that you do not wish your wine glass to be refilled by the waiter, place your hand briefly over the glass and say \"No, thank you.\"
  • When the waiter brings your plate, a quiet \"thank you\" is appropriate.
  • The host will generally wish guests \"Bon Appetite\" or \"Enjoy your meal.\" If he or she does not, feel free to say this quietly to one or both of your neighbours.
  • When in doubt, follow the leader!

Geschäftsessen mit Engländern
English food, culture and customs are similar to those found in America, but there are unique differences! In next month\'s issue, we\'ll provide a short review of what you can expect when dining with your business associates in the UK.

Schlagwörter: Geschäftsreise auf Englisch, Englisch Geschäftsreise, Business Trip Englisch, Geschäftsessen Englisch, Geschäftsessen USA, Geschäftsessen mit Amerikanern, Essen Englisch, Essen USA, Essen mit Amerikanern

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