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Two women shopping together in a shop were ready to pay for their items. One of the women approached a cashier; because that cashier didn’t appear to be receiving customers at the moment, the woman asked her in French an equivalent of can we pay here?

To ask the question, the woman used the verb passer. This verb is often used when talking about paying at the cash. For example, you’ll hear cashiers say passez ici!, which is an equivalent of next, please! In some stores, an automated system will tell you to proceed to the next available cash by saying something like passez à la caisse 5, meaning proceed to cashier 5.

Here’s how the woman asked her question:

On peut-tu passer ici?
Can we pay here?
(literally, can we pass here?)

On peut-tu means the same thing as est-ce qu’on peut. The tu here turns on peut into a yes-no question. It doesn’t mean you.

On peut.
On peut-tu?

We can.
Can we?

On peut savoir pourquoi.
On peut-tu savoir pourquoi?
On peut-tu savoir pourquoi t’es jamais revenu?

We can know why.
Can we know why?
Can we know why (can you tell us why) you never came back?

On peut passer ici.
On peut-tu passer ici?

We can go through here.
Can we go through (can we pay) here?

Listen to the way the Québécois pronounce passer and its conjugated forms. You can hear Korine Côté pronounce the conjugated form passe in this video from the Listen to Québécois French section. It comes in at 0:54.

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In #1015, you saw how to order at Tim Hortons in French when in Québec.

Then you saw some random bits of McDonalds vocab in the posts following that one; let’s build on that now to create a more complete post here about how to order at McDonalds in French when in Québec.

Same concept as the Tim Hortons post — mock exchanges with a cashier typical of what you might hear in a McDonalds in Québec. The prices are made up.

— Passez ici, s’il vous plaît!
— Bonjour, je vais prendre le trio Big Mac.
— C’est pour manger ici?
— Non, c’est pour emporter.
— Neuf et dix, s’il vous plaît.

— Next, please!
— Hi, I’ll take the Big Mac combo (meal), please.
— Is it for here?
— No, it’s to go.
— Nine ten, please.

— Passez ici!
— Bonjour, ça va être le filet de poisson.
— Voulez-vous le trio?
— Non, merci.
— Ça va être tout?
— Oui.
— Quatre dollars.

— Next!
— Hi, I’ll take a filet-o-fish.
— Do you want the combo?
— No, thanks.
— Will that be all?
— Yes.
— Four dollars.

— Suivant!
— Bonjour, je vais prendre un cheese* pis une petite frite.
— C’est pour ici ou pour emporter?
— Pour emporter.
— Ça fait quatre et cinquante.

— Next!
— Hi, I’ll take a cheeseburger and small fries.
— Is it for here or to go?
— To go.
— That’ll be four fifty.

— Bienvenue chez McDonalds!
— Bonjour, je vais prendre un cornet.
— Autre chose?
— Oui, un sundae au caramel.
— Ensuite?
— Un McFlurry Oreo.
— Quel format?
— Collation.*
— Autre chose?
— Oui, le trio Quart de livre avec fromage.
— Quel breuvage?
— Un coke. Ah, pis je vais prendre un Joyeux festin Poulet McCroquettes, pis le trio CBO* deux fois.
— Ensuite?
— C’est tout.
— C’est pour emporter?
— C’est pour manger ici!
— Quarante dollars. (…) Bon appétit!
— Merci. (…) Ah, je vais juste vous demander du ketchup, s’il vous plaît.
— C’est juste là-bas, à côté des breuvages.
— Parfait, merci.
— Bonne journée.

— Welcome to McDonalds!
— Hi, I’ll take an ice cream cone.
— Anything else?
— Yes, a caramel sundae.
— Next?
— An Oreo McFlurry.
— What size?
— Snack size.*
— Anything else?
— Yes, the Quarter pounder with cheese combo.
— What drink?
— A coke. Oh, and I’ll also take a Chicken McNuggets Happy Meal, and two CBO combos.
— Next?
— That’s it.
— Is it to go?
— It’s for here!
— Forty dollars. (…) Bon appétit!
— Thanks. (…) Oh, can I just get some ketchup, please?
— It’s just over there, next to the drinks.
— Perfect, thanks.
— Have a good day.

*You can also say cheeseburger, of course. CBO is pronounced cé-bé-ô. The small McFlurry size is called collation; the large McFlurry size is called classique.

 

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Timbits

These are called Timbits; they’re sold at Tim Hortons

After looking at the Québécois names for trays and coffee cup sleeves in #1013, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to look again at ways of ordering coffee itself, as well as a few other food items.

A lot of people land on OffQc looking for help with ordering at Tim Hortons in particular because of road trips, so that’s what we’ll go with here. The coffee at Tim Hortons is filter coffee, and people usually add milk, cream or sugar to it, which is why the cups are so big. The coffee is usually served in a paper cup.

I’ve written some sample exchanges below. The prices are just made up. I’ve tried to include a variety of ways of ordering here, trying to imagine the situations you might find yourself in and the different usages you might hear.

— Passez ici! (…) Bonsoir.
— Bonsoir, un moyen deux-deux, s’il vous plaît.
— C’est pour ici ou pour emporter?
— Pour emporter.
— C’est tout?
— Oui, c’est tout.
— Ça fait une et cinquante.

— Next! (…) Good evening.
— Good evening, a medium double-double, please.
— Is it for here or to go?
— To go.
— Will that be all?
— Yes, that’s all.
— That’ll be one fifty.

— Passez ici!
— Bonjour, je vais prendre un petit café, s’il vous plaît.
— Qu’est-ce qu’on met dedans?
— Un lait, un sucre.
— Ensuite?
— C’est tout.
— Une et vingt-cinq, s’il vous plaît. (…) C’est juste à côté pour votre café. Ça sera pas long.
— OK, merci.
— Passez une bonne journée.

— Next!
— Hi, I’ll take a small coffee, please.
— How do you take it?
— One milk, one sugar.
— Will that be all?
— That’s it.
— One twenty-five, please. (…) Your coffee will be just off to the side. It won’t be long (in coming).
— OK, thanks.
— Have a good day.

— Suivant! (…) Bonjour, monsieur.
— Bonjour, ça va être un moyen café une crème, un sucre; un petit café noir; un grand deux-deux; et un moyen deux crèmes, pas de sucre.
— Ensuite?
— C’est tout.
— Sept et soixante, s’il vous plaît. (…) C’est pour emporter?
— Oui.
— Voulez-vous un cabaret de transport?
— Oui, s’il vous plaît.

— Next! (…) Hello, sir.
— Hello, I’ll take a medium coffee one cream, one sugar; a small black coffee; a large double-double; and a medium with two creams, no sugar.
— Anything else?
— That’s it.
— Seven sixty, please. (…) Is it to go?
— Yes.
— Would you like a take-out/take-away tray?
— Yes, please.

— Suivant!
— Bonjour, un grand café deux crèmes, deux sucres.
— Autre chose?
— Oui, une boîte de vingt Timbits.
— Avez-vous une préférence (pour les Timbits)?
— Non… mélangés.
— Autre chose?
— C’est tout.
— Quatre et trente-cinq, s’il vous plaît. (…) Voulez-vous la facture?
— Non, merci.
— Merci à vous, bonne journée.

— Next!
— Hello, a large coffee with two creams, two sugars.
— Anything else?
— Yes, a box of twenty Timbits.
— Do you have a preference (i.e., for which Timbits you want)?
— No… mixed.
— Anything else?
— That’s all.
— Four thirty-five, please. (…) Do you want the receipt?
— No, thank you.
— Thank you, good day.

— Passez ici!
— Bonjour, je prendrais une demi-douzaine de beignes, s’il vous plaît.
— Mélangés?
— Oui.
— Ensuite?
— Un moyen café corsé.
— On met quoi dedans?
— Noir, s’il vous plaît.
— Ensuite?
— Un bagel plein goût avec du fromage à la crème.
— Grillé?
— Oui.
— 
Est-ce qu’on met du beurre?
— Non, pas de beurre.
— Autre chose?
— Une brioche à la cannelle deux fois.
— Ça va être tout?
— Oui, merci.
— Dix et cinquante.

— Next!
— Hi, I’ll take a half-dozen donuts, please.
— Mixed?
— Yes.
— Anything else?
— A medium dark roast.
— With what in it? (i.e., how do you take it?)
— Black, please.
— Anything else?
— An Everything bagel with cream cheese.
— Toasted?
— Yes.

— With butter?
— No, no butter.
— Anything else?
— Two cinnamon buns.
— Will that be all?
— Yes, thanks.
— Ten fifty.

Well, that should get you unstuck out of a few situations at any rate!

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Updates:

  • An iced cappuccino is called un cappuccino glacé on the menu, but most people just call it an iced capp when they order, which sounds like ice cap (aïss capp). If you wanted a small iced capp, for example, you can ask for un petit iced capp.
  • The breakfast sandwich is called le Timatin (which comes from Tim + matin and is also a wordplay on ti-matin, p’tit matin).
  • A danish is une danoise; a muffin is un muffin.
  • For the donut names, check what they’re called on the little signs under each one when you’re ordering. If you want more than one of something, you can use deux fois, trois fois, etc. For example, if you’re choosing a dozen donuts, you could say glacé au chocolat, trois fois if you wanted three chocolate dip donuts.
  • Asking for a deux-deux means you want two creams and two sugars in your coffee. You can also say deux crèmes, deux sucres. When you ask for a deux-deux, you’ll always get cream and sugar, never milk and sugar.

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