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.

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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There isn't, for me, a favourite kind of restaurant; there are some restaurants where I don't like go on, instead: for example I hate chinese food. However I enjoy Mediterranean cooking, but Nordic food also, whereas I dislike the junk food, as McDonald and other ones as this.
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my major is hotel and catering management, so I have to practice some conversation same that. i have worked as a waitress at the lackah restaurant since i lived in Hanoi. It's a wonderful experience.
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Sometimes when I wont to eat outside, I usually go to some tacos or pizza snacks around here. However I prefer to eat what mom cooks at home.
My favourite restaurant is at a famous international hotel. This place is clean, fesh, pleasant and polite. There is many kind of food, I love that.
I live in Iran. I like Iranian foods like Kabab at restaurants. All restaurants are closed because of coronavirus these days. I hope this pandemic will finish.
I used to book a bar which always gives promotions on every Friday. Fried chicken wings from that bar are really delicious and I love to eat.
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My favorite restaurant is the that is surrounded by nature or that is typical for its decoration and typical dishes
i love vegetable food one of favorite restaurants is Neelgiri South Indian.It is near to my home and usually go to this place on weekends . It is a pure vegetarian restaurant we can get almost all kinds of breakfast such as idli, dosa,puri, chapathi, variety of food rice, pasta for lunch. deserts are ice cream, apple pie. prices are reasonable. buffet is also there but only on weekends between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm.
I like Korean' s restaurant. But actually I have never eaten this kind of food so far.
My favorite restaurant is the asiatic food. I tried a china restaurant when I have been in France. It is very good
Hi everyone, it's my first time that I contribute at British council. Firstly I wanted to thank everyone who are working on this platform, then my favourite food is Tajine with meat it's a specific Moroccan food ;)
I try to understand the audio, but there are some parts very fast. If you ask me about the percent that I understand perfectly, I said about 80%. What`s your percentage?
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!
I like Indian food. Hyderabadi dum biriyani served hot is my favorite. I prefer restaurants to be clean with good ambiance and refreshing music.
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

actually i prefer morrocan restaurant , 'cause they have a delicious and healthy foods .