Ordering in a café

Ordering in a café

Listen to people ordering food and drinks in a café to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Customer 1: Can I have an orange juice, please?

Server: Regular or large?

Customer 1: How big is a large?

Server: This is a large. This is a regular.

Customer 1: I'll have a large, then, please. Without ice.

Server: OK, coming up.

Customer 1: Sorry, I wanted freshly squeezed orange juice.

Server: I'm afraid we only have bottled juices.

Customer 1: Oh, then I'll have an apple juice instead, please.

Server: Here you go. That's £3.50, please.

Customer: Thanks.

Server: Thank you.

Server: Can I help anyone?

Customer 2: Who's next?

Customer 3: You were first, I think.

Customer 2: What teas do you have?

Server: Breakfast tea, mint and green tea.

Customer 2: A mint tea and a slice of lemon cake, please.

Server: To eat in or take away?

Customer 2: Take away, please.

Server: There you go. That'll be £4.20, please.

Customer 2: Sorry, I've only got a fifty.

Server: That's OK. Here's your change … 5, 10, 30, 50.

Server: Who's next?

Customer 4: Can I have a ...

Customer 3: Sorry, I think I was in front of you. 

Customer 4: Oh, sorry! 

Customer 3: Can I have a chocolate chip cookie, please?

Server: Would you like a drink with that?

Customer 3: No, thanks. Just the cookie.

Server: OK, then. That's 95p, please.

Customer 3: Thanks. I think that's right.

Server: 50, 70, 80, 85, 90, 92, 94, yep, 95. Thank you.

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Submitted by ubaid332 on Wed, 08/05/2024 - 07:09


I like buying drinks from the cafe daily but like coffee and biscuits. Because it is lightweight and I use it instead of meal. I want to lose weight so I decided to skip a time meal and use coffee and biscuits.

Submitted by MaestraTitty77 on Tue, 07/05/2024 - 16:36


I usually have coffee at home but sometimes, if I am with friends or my boyfriend, I go to the cafès in the centre of my city because they are elegant and cosy.

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Submitted by ZarNiAung on Thu, 04/04/2024 - 18:15


I usually buy drinks and snacks from cafe twice a week. When I have an event like meeting, when someone visit to my home or when I don't have food ready to eat in the morning and my kids want to eat the snacks from cafe I always go to cafe to buy drinks and snacks.

Submitted by Luisa03 on Wed, 20/03/2024 - 12:43


I like coffe shops, but I don´t go there often.

Submitted by cicerocoghi on Fri, 15/03/2024 - 11:46


Sometimes I ordered coffee and pieces of cake in cafes. If I am hurry I take it away but I prefer stay in cause It is the opportunity to relax and put my mind in good way "time to organized my thoughts ". I always meet friends up  in cafés as well, it is a nice place to have a chat, socialize and of course to try different coffee drinks...

Submitted by fajarsumirat on Tue, 16/01/2024 - 07:52


[How often do you buy drinks or snacks from cafés?]

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Submitted by alessandro.it on Thu, 11/01/2024 - 20:30


I rarely buy drinks or food in a cafè, even though I like these places a lot. Actually, I work in a café, so I can always have a large decaf cappuccino with some powdered cacao on the top or a delicious hot chocolate for free! Obviously, my role is here to be the server, not the customer, and I find it very nice to do, especially if I have to serve people who speak English.

Submitted by Geo Mahmoud on Thu, 11/01/2024 - 08:33


I often buy mango juice and strawberry milk but I don’t like snacks.

Submitted by Potter007 on Wed, 01/11/2023 - 11:06


I usually go with my wife in café twice time per month. We like the atmosphere here. We usually order coffee with milk and some doughnuts. We eat yummy food and plan our future.

Submitted by pikanov on Thu, 12/10/2023 - 04:34


After being a parent, I seldom go to the cafes. But when at the cafes, I usually order snacks and drinks. My favorite drinks are matcha latte, infused tea, or orange float, with a slice of chocolate cake. A yummy!