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The meals at McDonalds are called trios in French, or at least in Québec they are. Le trio Big Mac is the Big Mac combo.

I know that many of you have learned to say bonjour, je voudrais… when ordering in French. It’s perfectly correct, but I want to give you some more frequently used ways to order. We’ve seen them before on OffQc, but it’s good to review because the number 1 complaint I hear from anglophones is getting the language switch at the cash!

The simplest way to order something is to say bonjour + the name of the thing you want + s’il vous plaît. You don’t need to bother saying introductory stuff like je voudrais.

Bonjour, le trio Big Mac, s’il vous plaît.
Hello, the Big Mac combo, please.

It’s not a huge deal, but remember that stress goes to the final syllable in French: le trio Big Mac is pronounced le trio big MAC, not le trio BIG mac.

If you want to precede the name of what you want by introductory words, you can say je vais prendre.

Bonjour, je vais prendre le trio Big Mac, s’il vous plaît.
Hello, I’ll take the Big Mac combo, please.

You can also order food by number at McDo.

Bonjour, je vais prendre le numéro 5, s’il vous plaît.
Hello, I’ll take number 5, please.

Sometimes people say ça va être instead.

Bonjour, ça va être le trio Big Mac.
Hello, [it’s going to be] the Big Mac combo.

Do you remember in the last few entries how we’ve seen that capable can be pronounced colloquially as capab? The endings le and re have a tendency of dropping in colloquial speech. When ça va être is used at the cash, it will most likely be pronounced informally as ça va êt’ (the t is pronounced).

The same goes in fact for je vais prendre. The re ending is often dropped so that prendre sounds like prende.

At McDo, you’ll be asked:

C’est pour ici ou pour emporter?
It’s for here or to go?

You can answer (c’est) pour ici or (c’est) pour emporter.

There are other ways of ordering in French, but with just these few tips you should be able to avoid a few more language switches!

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