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.

Transcript

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 Natalice Santos on Wed, 15/04/2020 - 20:02

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I live in Cascais, Portugal. Here have a very nice food. I like fresh fish and a seafood, accompanies of a glass of portuguese with wine! Delicious!!!

Submitted by nguyenthihoanb0510 on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 10:50

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my major is hotel and catering management, so I have to practice some conversation same that. i have worked as a waitress at the lackah restaurant since i lived in Hanoi. It's a wonderful experience.

Submitted by rima khaoula on Mon, 13/04/2020 - 14:53

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I don't go to the restaurants in my state. but my brother brings us different kinds of food from its. I prefer the barbecued chicken with rice.

Submitted by Ali07 on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 20:51

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Sometimes when I wont to eat outside, I usually go to some tacos or pizza snacks around here. However I prefer to eat what mom cooks at home.

Submitted by Azim Miraliev on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 14:16

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I like Uzbek restaurant
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Submitted by Hoàng Nhung on Thu, 09/04/2020 - 04:50

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My favourite restaurant is at a famous international hotel. This place is clean, fesh, pleasant and polite. There is many kind of food, I love that.
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Submitted by Ezabakwé on Tue, 07/04/2020 - 01:15

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My favorite restaurant is HOT AFRICA

Submitted by ShahzaibLashari on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 20:17

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My favourite restaurant is BUTT KHARAHI and SHANI KA SAWARAMA.

Submitted by Aya Sayed on Sun, 05/04/2020 - 18:41

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Actually , my favourite restaurant is Macdonalds .

Submitted by Silambarasan on Thu, 02/04/2020 - 09:02

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Wow, that's nice

Submitted by Saeidi_802 on Wed, 01/04/2020 - 13:53

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I live in Iran. I like Iranian foods like Kabab at restaurants. All restaurants are closed because of coronavirus these days. I hope this pandemic will finish.

Submitted by Yuzana on Sat, 28/03/2020 - 13:32

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I used to book a bar which always gives promotions on every Friday. Fried chicken wings from that bar are really delicious and I love to eat.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Fri, 27/03/2020 - 11:47

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My favourite kind of restaurant is British type.

Submitted by AlejandraIlud22 on Mon, 23/03/2020 - 02:20

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My favorite restaurants are the Gray Cat, Buffalo Wings, Randys and Seafood Cocktail.

Submitted by Diana Avila on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 21:13

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My favorite restaurant is the that is surrounded by nature or that is typical for its decoration and typical dishes

Submitted by Ahmet78 on Sat, 21/03/2020 - 04:11

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here ,les reponses are false ı thinks.

Submitted by Lakbir othman on Fri, 20/03/2020 - 19:22

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Hi everyone ; my favorite kind of restaurant is a vegetable with rice

Submitted by upendarreddy on Sat, 14/03/2020 - 17:00

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i love vegetable food one of favorite restaurants is Neelgiri South Indian.It is near to my home and usually go to this place on weekends . It is a pure vegetarian restaurant we can get almost all kinds of breakfast such as idli, dosa,puri, chapathi, variety of food rice, pasta for lunch. deserts are ice cream, apple pie. prices are reasonable. buffet is also there but only on weekends between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Submitted by Katie2602 on Sat, 14/03/2020 - 16:32

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I like Korean' s restaurant. But actually I have never eaten this kind of food so far.

Submitted by HMida on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 14:08

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My favorite restaurant is the asiatic food. I tried a china restaurant when I have been in France. It is very good

Submitted by Ali07 on Sun, 08/03/2020 - 14:47

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Hi everyone, it's my first time that I contribute at British council. Firstly I wanted to thank everyone who are working on this platform, then my favourite food is Tajine with meat it's a specific Moroccan food ;)

Submitted by Gladys on Wed, 04/03/2020 - 21:06

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I like restaurants where we eat hamburguer

Submitted by Jonathan BR on Mon, 02/03/2020 - 16:50

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I like pizza and japanase food

Submitted by alexrinconr on Fri, 28/02/2020 - 22:29

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I try to understand the audio, but there are some parts very fast. If you ask me about the percent that I understand perfectly, I said about 80%. What`s your percentage?

Submitted by Eswar on Sat, 22/02/2020 - 05:31

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my favourite food is world's famous food hyderabadi Dum biryani.

Submitted by Kemo on Mon, 10/02/2020 - 16:36

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I wonder if I can find someone to practice, speaking with.

Submitted by vikalaeli on Thu, 06/02/2020 - 03:38

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i like indonesian food. there are many foods including delicious food in the world. like a Rendang, Satay, and Nasi Goreng. you must get here to trying delicious Indonesian food. you absolutlely hooked!

Submitted by sakinahussein on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 15:15

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I like the syrian food and Cypriot food,, so delicious so try it

Submitted by Vidyasagar on Sun, 02/02/2020 - 05:32

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I like Indian food. Hyderabadi dum biriyani served hot is my favorite. I prefer restaurants to be clean with good ambiance and refreshing music.

Submitted by Mohamed Ibrahim on Fri, 31/01/2020 - 06:57

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Actually I prefer to sit in restaurants with good view in open areas

Submitted by somayehsomi on Wed, 29/01/2020 - 11:34

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I like Thai food.

Submitted by peterdjcho on Sun, 26/01/2020 - 04:33

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I like korean restaurant and kimchi-chige!

Submitted by Mohammed 1987 on Tue, 21/01/2020 - 03:43

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I like indian restaurant

Submitted by belen2020 on Sat, 18/01/2020 - 20:29

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Hi everyone, i have a doubt about the audio so i hope that someone can help me. When the staff says 'I can do half past seven or nine', instead of it, could i say 'i can do at half past seven or at nine'? or with 'at' the sentence sounds forced?

Hi belen2020,

In informal language, 'I can do' followed by a time is  quite common:

I can do Tuesday morning.

I can do 7.30 tomorrow.

The meaning is similar to 'I can manage...' or 'I can accept...'

 

If you use a preposition then you should use a different verb:

I can finish it by Tuesday morning.

I can meet at 7.30 tomorrow.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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Submitted by Ange Obscure on Thu, 16/01/2020 - 21:07

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My favourite kind of restaurant is of Russian food.

Submitted by JEANMi on Mon, 13/01/2020 - 14:00

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I like to go to some old restaurants for delicious food ,

Submitted by Youssef Karfouh on Thu, 09/01/2020 - 21:28

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actually i prefer morrocan restaurant , 'cause they have a delicious and healthy foods .

Submitted by Nisha Hari on Wed, 08/01/2020 - 05:30

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I do not like restaurant food. I have to eat only home made food.

Submitted by Yar_89 on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 18:26

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I a eat at home. I am don't go to the restaurant/

Submitted by mosab_fcb on Tue, 07/01/2020 - 09:51

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I don't like restaurant, I eat in home