How can I ask someone what they want to eat?
I'm interested in asking friends as well as in more polite situations.
There are a few different ways to say dinner.
- 夕飯 (yuuhan)
- 夕食 (yuushoku)
- 晩御飯 (bangohan)
In really casual situations, people just say 夜 (yoru - night) to mean dinner.
So you can use any of them in the below pattern:
- 晩御飯はなにが食べたい？ - If you add たい (tai) on to the end of a verb like this, it means "want to v." (bangohan ha nani ga tabetai?). This is a friendly, but neutral, way of asking.
- 夕食は何を食べましょうか？ - (yuushoku ha nani wo tabemashou ka?) - If you add ましょうか to the end of a verb, it is like saying "what shall we do?" So this would be a polite way of asking, "What shall we have for dinner tonight?"