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 dikey91 on Mon, 07/11/2022 - 18:14


There is an incorrect answer in the preparation task. Program says that the correct answer for "half eight" is 8:30.

Hi dikey91,

Actually, "half eight" does mean 8:30. It's the same meaning as "half past eight", but it's more conversational in style. 

There is a similar example in the listening. The restaurant staff member says "I can do half past seven", and the caller confirms the time: "Half seven, please."


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My favourite kind of restaurant is how served Oaxaca food.

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My favorite type of restaurant is fast food, especially the burgues of "COCHEROS" because it have a delicious flavour, and always I eats this whit soda

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I definitely adore the Cambodian restaurant. There are many kinds of soups especially Khmer traditional curry and mixed vegetable soup.

Submitted by Souhaïb MGHARBI on Sat, 15/10/2022 - 22:59


I rarely go to the restaurent, but if I go I would like to eat fast food like sandwish or grilled fishes with salad it is a delicious meal for me :)

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I prefer seafood resurants

Submitted by berkayak on Tue, 27/09/2022 - 09:56


My favorite kind of restaurant is home made food type restaurants. I like to eat fast food, but if I am going to eat it everyday, I prefer home made food.

Submitted by J-Castle on Tue, 27/09/2022 - 09:37


Well!! I can start telling that our outings are limited due to my wife has intolerance to many foods, then usually we are preparing our delightful food at home. Although sometimes we must push out to go on and we are going to restaurants where there is grilled meat. She has lactose, fructose and gluten intolerance. You can image, she must take care about the food and even its cooking.