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Vocabulary Lessons

“Restaurant Guide”


Many people enjoying going out to eat at their favorite restaurants, particularly if the atmosphere is just right, and the prices are within their budget. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

  • cafeteria
  • coffee shop
  • deli
  • fast food restaurant
  • pizzeria (pizza parlor)
  • atmosphere
  • booth
  • cheap / reasonable / expensive
  • chef
  • customer
  • delicious
  • decor
  • host (hostess)
  • meal
  • menu
  • receipt
  • reservation
  • server
  • service
  • special of the day
  • table
  • tip (gratuity)
  • Are you ready to order? >>> No, not yet.
  • Would you care for anything else? >>> No, that’s all.
  • What do you recommend? >>> I recommend the spaghetti.
  • Could I get the bill, please? >>> Sure, I’ll be right back.


Follow-Up Activity

What kinds of restaurants do you usually visit when you go out to eat? Choose a particular restaurant you know and describe its atmosphere and decor, the service, prices, the quality of the food, and the location. Also, search the Internet for restaurant reviews in your area and choose a place to visit.

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