Julia and Sammy enjoy their meal, but there's a problem. How is Sammy going to pay for it?

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I was with my friends in a meeting at a restaurant and the bill was a big amount I looked at the total amount and I passed to my friend :D

My staff pays.
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I've had this situation before. I asked my friends

No I haven't, but sometimes ı haven't enough cash so that ı pay by credit card.

Whenever I notice that I don't have money with me, I pay by credit card. On other occasions, I just give up buying!

Yes, my colleague asked me to buy a bread, I went to the bakery, and then when I had to pay, I didn't had my wallet. So I asked the lady if she can gave me the bread and I'll come later to bring the money. She agread, and everything was ok.

Well this is interesting, but I want to know what says Sammy in low voice when Julia orders steak and chips hahaha that was expensive? What does mean first course? Julia said I will pay for this gift, that in my country would sound like a reproach... It is the same in this situation?

Hi Alexander

Sammy is 'mouthing' words here, which means he's not actually making any sounds but is moving his mouth. To be honest, I'm not sure what he's mouthing here, but it's probably something with three syllables, like 'Twenty pounds!' or 'Steak and chips!' or possibly even 'Oh my God!'.

In formal meals, there are usually two courses. Usually the first one is lighter (e.g. soup or salad) and the second is more substantial (e.g. steak or lasagna). I'm not sure about Colombia, but in Spain, these are called 'platos' (e.g., 'primer plato').

No, Julia's not reproaching Sammy here, though he certainly is embarrassed.

All the best

Kirk

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Thanks a lot for your explanation Kirk.

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