Booking a table

Booking a table

Listen to someone booking a table in a restaurant to practise and improve your listening skills!

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Staff: Hello, Gino's.

Jamie: Hi. Can I book a table for tomorrow night, please?

Staff: How many people is it for?

Jamie: Four.

Staff: And what time would you like?

Jamie: About eight, eight thirty maybe?

Staff: Let's see ... We're pretty busy tomorrow, so I can do half past seven or nine.

Jamie: Oh. OK, then. Half seven, please.

Staff: What name is it?

Jamie: Jamie.

Staff: J-A- ...?

Jamie: M-I-E

Staff: OK, so that's a table for four at half past seven tomorrow evening.

Jamie: Great. Thanks! Bye.

Staff: Bye.

Staff: Hello, Gino's.

Jamie: Hi, I called earlier to book a table for four and I was wondering if I can make it for six instead?

Staff: Ah, what name was it?

Jamie: It's Jamie.

Staff: Table for four at half past seven. So you want to change it to 6 o'clock?

Jamie: No, sorry. Can I make it for six people?

Staff: Oh, I see. Sorry! That shouldn't be a problem. I can move you to a bigger table but it will be nearer the kitchen. Is that OK?

Jamie: No problem. Is it possible to change the time as well? Make it a little bit later?

Staff: Ah ... yeah, we can. Is eight OK for you?

Jamie: Perfect, thanks!

Staff: Lovely. See you tomorrow, then.

Jamie: Thanks! Bye!

Staff: Thanks. Ciao! 

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Submitted by Mohamad-Altaha on Sun, 22/12/2019 - 12:19

I dislike eating at the restaurant, have a meal at home is perfect.

Submitted by Setsuko on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 16:25

I don't regularly eat out because I prefer to eat at home than at restaurant. Having many the reasons make me want to eat at home. First, my mother cooks very good and always make the foods which I like. Second,the members of family can eat, talk, share together about the problems of each one. For me, the dinner is the best time in day because It has enough everyone in my family. In addition, sometimes the foods at out don't ensure clean and safe for health while eating at home can save money and make the foods we like with fresh products.

Submitted by elit.sw on Tue, 26/11/2019 - 13:13

I really like Chinese food, but I live in countryside so I don't usually go to restaurant. Beside I have a room mate who loves cooking. there is always warm and delicious food in our house.

Submitted by Dariusz on Wed, 20/11/2019 - 00:39

I don't have favourite restaurant. I like nice place with good and cheap food. I prefer places where is serving pizza and beer.

Submitted by Mehrafz on Mon, 18/11/2019 - 04:00

To be honest, my favorite restaurant is a kind of clean, with good customer service and reasonable price.
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Submitted by hoailinh on Mon, 04/11/2019 - 14:18

Oh, to be honest, I am not regularly going to the restaurant. So, I don't know much about the restaurant. I often go to the restaurant to celebrate an important holiday such as a birthday party, Women's Day, Valentine's Day, etc, ... And sometimes, I go to the restaurant because I want it. I think I like the restaurant with a nice view, clean, good food and especially excellent service attitude. Because I have to pay more money for the food in the restaurant instead of street food, I deserve it. I like the restaurant with the traditional Vietnam style, the quiet space, the window see outside. Maybe the restaurant is the best place to enjoy delicious food.
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Submitted by Hoàng Nhung on Wed, 30/10/2019 - 02:51

I love a restaurant with good food, good ventilation and good clean

Submitted by sea2007 on Tue, 29/10/2019 - 11:49

Hi Kirk, Could you please advise me on how can I improve my skills in business English espically formal writing skills? , do you recommend a book I wasted around three years studying general English courses without any progress in my writing in my formal mail. on a daily basis, I have to send 10 emails .so, I spend a long time searching for similar mail to copy. Note: the British council in Egypt does not offer a business English course for individuals anymore.
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Submitted by Kirk Moore on Wed, 30/10/2019 - 07:05

In reply to by sea2007


Hello sea2007

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with any such book -- though I'm sure there are some good ones out there -- but I'd be happy to make some recommendations.

First of all, on our site you can find a section called English for emails, though I expect you may know most of what it covers already. There are also several business emails in our Reading and Writing skills sections; I would recommend you check out the B2 and C1 level sections of both -- there should be at least four business-related emails in B2 Reading, C1 Reading, B2 Writing and C1 Writing. We are also working on some new articles for our Business Magazine. I'm not sure how useful they might be for you, and it will be a few months before they are ready, but it might be a good place to look in the future. 

Beyond this, I expect you could find example emails to use as models if you did an internet search for "example business emails" or something similar, though it sounds as if you already do this. If you were able to work with a business English teacher specifically on writing, I'm sure that would also be really useful.

I hope this helps you.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by f.agadr on Mon, 28/10/2019 - 11:39

Fdaili Agadr I have completed the lesson for "booking A Table". The level I chose is Beginner A1.