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.

Preparation

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 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