You can all be fluent in Restaurant Japanese or Restaurant Italian.
If you’re a sushi fan, you know how to order what you like. You know the fish names in japanese. You know what kind of roll or sushi you want. You might even be able to order off the regular menu because you’re familiar with some Japanese dishes. You speak Restaurant Japanese.
Tonight, we had Italian food. Same thing. I have no idea what the words really mean of if I’m even saying it right, but I try. Caprese. Bolognese. I don’t even know if I spelled it right, but if I see it on the menu, I try and say it.
Mexican food. Hmmmm. We all took Spanish. We use our best spanish that we can speak from our 1 year of college Spanish that we took. Oh yeah. I can order with the best of them.
Korean food. Chinese food. Hawaiian food. We all become linguistic geniuses when we speak their language at their restaurant.
So what is my point with all of this? I really don’t know. It always cracks me up when people try it. My Restaurant Japanese is good enough to fill me up with some of the yummiest sushi ever. If I don’t know what it’s called, I learn it. It also cracks me up when people say that they have no linguistic ability, but they will order unagi sushi.