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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.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Man: Uh . . . yes. I'd like the chicken fried steak.
Waiter: Okay. Would you like fries, bread, or rice with your meal? Man: Umm. I'll take the rice?
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.
Waiter: We have French, Italian, blue cheese, and ranch. Man: Oh! Ranch, please.
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.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
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.
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.