Episode 05 - Speaking or eating?

Sammy and Julia go out for dinner in a restaurant. Why can't they enjoy their meal together?


Sammy: Shall we sit here?
Man: Yeah ... Yeah ... So I say to him, I say 'What?' And he says '50,000'. And then I say, 'When?' And he says, 'Tomorrow'. And I say, 'What?!'
Julia: That man on his mobile!
Sammy: Yeah! And in a restaurant! I mean, it's a bit rude. ... ‘And I'm like, "What!" and he's like, "What?" and I say, "50,000"' ... Oh. Sorry. I'll just get that. Hello?
Caller: Hello, is that Mr North, the vet?
Sammy: Speaking. How can I help?
Caller: I'm ringing about our meeting tomorrow at nine. Yes, I'm afraid I ... I'm afraid we will be a little late. Is 9.15 OK?
Sammy: That's not a problem. OK, see you then.
Caller: Goodbye. ... Rufus, come on!
Sammy: Sorry, Julia.
Julia: Hello, Sammy! Do you remember me?
Sammy: Sorry.
Julia: Oh! Sorry. I'll just get that. ... Hi, Jack! ... How nice to hear from you! ... Tomorrow ... seven o'clock. Great. See you then.
Sammy: Who was that?
Julia: Jack.
Sammy: Oh. He's very handsome.
Julia: He's OK. Jack is my cousin.
Sammy: Oh! I see! Julia, so, shall we get something to eat?
Julia: Andrea? Andrea? Who is Andrea?
Sammy: My friend.
Julia: Oh, she's your friend! Is she pretty?
Sammy: No, I mean, yes. Well, no. Andrea is my friend. But Andrea is a man, not a woman.
Julia: Sammy, my sister's called Andrea. And my sister's a woman, not a man.
Sammy: Andrea's Italian. And in Italian, Andrea is a man's name.
Julia: Really? Well, let's see. ... And is Andrea pretty or not?
Sammy: Julia, give my phone back, please.
Julia: 'Call Andrea'.
Andrea: Hello, Sammy, how are you?
Sammy: Erm, hi, Andrea. I just wanted to ask ... are you pretty?
Andrea: What?!
Julia: Hi, Andrea. This is Julia. I'm sorry, Sammy's busy now. Bye!
Sammy: I have an idea. Let's switch off our phones and enjoy the meal.
Julia: Good idea.

Task 1: Check your understanding 1


Task 2: Check your understanding 2


Task 3: On the telephone 1


Task 4: On the telephone 2


Task 5: On the telephone 3


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Submitted by Bardtinova on Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:27


I call people after the meeting.

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Submitted by Cheick Sadibou on Sat, 27/11/2021 - 12:19


It will depend on the importance of the meeting.

Submitted by Emily Mellor on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 09:53

If my phone is ringing when I'm with other, I will ask for permission to answer call .

Submitted by Fedaa2001 on Sun, 23/08/2020 - 12:13

I don't use it when I set with people
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Submitted by Adriana Passador on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 12:41

I avoid answering calls, I only answer in case of emergency

Submitted by strouzi on Wed, 15/01/2020 - 12:37

Usually I put my phone on silent and I replay in the calls later.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 14:51

I usually switch off my mobile when I busy.

Submitted by Dariusz on Wed, 20/11/2019 - 14:21

When I am with other people like friends, family or I have some appointment I am trying to put my phone off and don't use it. It's a rude to get the phone when we don't have to.

Submitted by tenedos on Mon, 07/10/2019 - 19:44

It depends on how long it is. If it is a short conversation, I get it and hang up qucikly. If it is a long one, I don't get it.

Submitted by vahidvahediasl on Wed, 04/09/2019 - 12:00

i even when listen to music ,i use earphones because i dont want to annoy others

Submitted by dan on Mon, 02/09/2019 - 04:38

I switch my phone to silent. The problem became from when I forget to switch on back and in this way I miss call.

Submitted by Santika on Fri, 26/07/2019 - 02:00

This lesson teach me that memorizing and understanding as many as possible expressions in conversation are very important to understand and memorize conversation that we learn/watch/do. This lesson also teach me about complexity of human interaction in simple daily life situation and how important to control our emotion while reacting also solving unwanted situation/problem/trouble, and stay focus to what we want to do in the beginning/stick to our plan while maintaining good relationship with people close to you.

Submitted by Daniela14 on Mon, 10/06/2019 - 16:06

I am afraid jeje *-*
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Submitted by mirko88 on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 08:20

Well, I switch off my phone
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Submitted by Rkassem on Sun, 17/03/2019 - 10:49

I switch off it in the important meetings
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 06/03/2019 - 14:27

In our culture, speaking while eating is impolite. (。•̀ω-)Г☎

Submitted by Lanigo on Mon, 25/02/2019 - 09:33

I try not to answer a mobile call when I talk to someone.

Submitted by student_w on Sun, 24/02/2019 - 17:33

when i am with other people, at lunch, dinner, in cafetteria or other place, i can hardly take off the telephone. i switch off the sound but any time watch if there are notifications or calls. i am victim by telephone distraction (-:

Submitted by BiNgo08 on Mon, 18/02/2019 - 15:53

i often switch my phone to silent when i chat with anybody.
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Submitted by Karl Marx on Fri, 01/02/2019 - 13:43

I don't usually use my phone when i meet other people, but sometimes I have to answer the phone if someone calls me.

Submitted by Ionela Lusty on Thu, 31/01/2019 - 20:30

I'll put on silence or other time I let my phone in the purse
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Submitted by dariusclinton on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 07:39

I'll just swicth it off and switch on after the diner.

Submitted by esrahassan on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 06:19

i put it in silent mode
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Submitted by Alexander Bladeck on Mon, 07/01/2019 - 00:22

What mean I'll just get that? Are there other forms to say it?

Hello Alexander Bladeck,

I'll just get that here means that the speaker is going to answer the phone. We often use get in this way for answering phone calls, a knock at the door etc:

I'll get that = I'll answer it.

Can you get that? = Can you answer that?



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