# Booking a table

Listen to someone booking a table in a restaurant to practise and improve your listening skills.

### Instructions

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

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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."

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Luis Ernesto L… on Thu, 03/11/2022 - 01:19

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My favourite kind of restaurant is how served Oaxaca food.

Submitted by Alejandra321 on Tue, 25/10/2022 - 17:23

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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

Submitted by Sothano Sum on Thu, 20/10/2022 - 09:10

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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

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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 :)

Submitted by GhadeerKurdi_98 on Fri, 14/10/2022 - 08:12

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I prefer seafood resurants

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

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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.