What do you want to have for dinner tonight?

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?"



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