Waitress: Are you ready to order?
Julia: Yes, we are. ... I'd like chicken soup for the first course.
Sammy: And I'll have chicken soup, too.
Waitress: And for the second course?
Julia: I'll have ... steak and chips, please.
Sammy: And I'll have lasagne.
Waitress: OK, so two chicken soups, one steak and chips and one lasagne. Would you like anything to drink?
Julia: Would you like some water with your meal, Sammy?
Sammy: Oh, that's a good idea, but I prefer sparkling water. But I don't mind.
Julia: Yes, sparkling water. Can we have a bottle of sparkling water, please?
Waitress: Of course.
Julia: Mmm, that was a nice meal.
Sammy: Yes, it was. This is a lovely restaurant.
Julia: Yes, it is. I come here quite a lot. ... Waitress, can we have the bill, please?
Sammy: I'll pay!
Julia: No, no. Let's pay half each.
Sammy: No, I insist. I'll pay.
Julia: Are you sure?
Sammy: Yes, yes. Absolutely.
Waitress: Here's the bill, sir.
Sammy: Thanks. Can I pay with debit card?
Waitress: Of course, sir.
Julia: I'll pay for the next meal we have.
Sammy: No, don't worry! This is my gift to you.
Waitress: Sorry, sir. There's a problem with your card. It says ...
Sammy: OK, I'll pay in cash. How much is it?
Waitress: It's 48 pounds and 53 pence.
Sammy: Oh dear! All my money is in my other jacket.
Julia: Don't worry! I'll pay. ... Here's my credit card.
Waitress: Thank you, madam.
Sammy: I'll pay for the next one.
Julia: Don't worry about it. I'll pay for this gift.
- Task 1: Check your understanding 1
- Task 2: Check your understanding 2
- Task 3: Ordering 1
- Task 4: Ordering 2
- Task 5: Paying 1
- Task 6: Paying 2
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.
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The LearnEnglish Team