General Listening Quiz

“Heavenly Pies Restaurant”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy dining out man – woman 1:06

Pre-Listening Exercise

Finding good restaurants usually isn’t a problem for language students; ordering at one can be if you don’t know appropriate language expressions. What kinds of questions and expressions do you hear between a customer and a server at a restaurant?


eat like a bird” = eat small portions
Don’t worry about spending too much money because she eats like a bird.”

be stuffed” = be full
I’m stuffed, and I can’t eat another bite.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What does the man order?

Man: Uh . . . yes. I'd like the chicken fried steak.

What does he eat with his meal?

Waiter: Okay. Would you like fries, bread, or rice with your meal? Man: Umm. I'll take the rice?

What does he have to drink?

Man: Yeah. I'll take a medium orange juice.
Waiter: I'm sorry. We only have large or small.
Man: Well, in that case, uh, I'll have a small one.

What kind of dressing does he ask for?

Waiter: We have French, Italian, blue cheese, and ranch. Man: Oh! Ranch, please.

Why is the restaurant not serving pies today?

Waiter: Well, it usually is, but, Dave, our baker, slipped in the kitchen on a banana two days ago, and hurt his leg. [Oh] He'll be out for at least two weeks.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe one restaurant you enjoy visiting and explain three things you like about it the most. In your discussion, include information on the restaurant’s service, menu items, pricing, and the place’s decor.

Online Investigation

Search the Internet for a restaurant near you, download their menu, and practice playing the roles of a customer and server. Then, discuss the positive and negative points about the restaurant including prices, location, and business hours.