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

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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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Average: 4.3 (205 votes)

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