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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Soumis par Saeidi_802 le mer 01/04/2020 - 13:53

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.

Soumis par Yuzana le sam 28/03/2020 - 13:32

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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Soumis par OlaIELTS le ven 27/03/2020 - 11:47

My favourite kind of restaurant is British type.

Soumis par AlejandraIlud22 le lun 23/03/2020 - 02:20

My favorite restaurants are the Gray Cat, Buffalo Wings, Randys and Seafood Cocktail.

Soumis par Diana Avila le sam 21/03/2020 - 21:13

My favorite restaurant is the that is surrounded by nature or that is typical for its decoration and typical dishes

Soumis par Lakbir othman le ven 20/03/2020 - 19:22

Hi everyone ; my favorite kind of restaurant is a vegetable with rice

Soumis par upendarreddy le sam 14/03/2020 - 17:00

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.

Soumis par Katie2602 le sam 14/03/2020 - 16:32

I like Korean' s restaurant. But actually I have never eaten this kind of food so far.

Soumis par HMida le ven 13/03/2020 - 14:08

My favorite restaurant is the asiatic food. I tried a china restaurant when I have been in France. It is very good

Soumis par Ali07 le dim 08/03/2020 - 14:47

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 ;)

Soumis par alexrinconr le ven 28/02/2020 - 22:29

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?

Soumis par Eswar le sam 22/02/2020 - 05:31

my favourite food is world's famous food hyderabadi Dum biryani.

Soumis par Kemo le lun 10/02/2020 - 16:36

I wonder if I can find someone to practice, speaking with.

Soumis par vikalaeli le jeu 06/02/2020 - 03:38

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!

Soumis par sakinahussein le lun 03/02/2020 - 15:15

I like the syrian food and Cypriot food,, so delicious so try it

Soumis par Vidyasagar le dim 02/02/2020 - 05:32

I like Indian food. Hyderabadi dum biriyani served hot is my favorite. I prefer restaurants to be clean with good ambiance and refreshing music.

Soumis par Mohamed Ibrahim le ven 31/01/2020 - 06:57

Actually I prefer to sit in restaurants with good view in open areas

Soumis par peterdjcho le dim 26/01/2020 - 04:33

I like korean restaurant and kimchi-chige!

Soumis par belen2020 le sam 18/01/2020 - 20:29

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.



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Soumis par Ange Obscure le jeu 16/01/2020 - 21:07

My favourite kind of restaurant is of Russian food.

Soumis par JEANMi le lun 13/01/2020 - 14:00

I like to go to some old restaurants for delicious food ,

Soumis par Youssef Karfouh le jeu 09/01/2020 - 21:28

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

Soumis par Nisha Hari le mer 08/01/2020 - 05:30

I do not like restaurant food. I have to eat only home made food.

Soumis par Yar_89 le mar 07/01/2020 - 18:26

I a eat at home. I am don't go to the restaurant/
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Soumis par Mohamad-Altaha le dim 22/12/2019 - 12:19

I dislike eating at the restaurant, have a meal at home is perfect.

Soumis par Setsuko le mer 27/11/2019 - 16:25

I don't regularly eat out because I prefer to eat at home than at restaurant. Having many the reasons make me want to eat at home. First, my mother cooks very good and always make the foods which I like. Second,the members of family can eat, talk, share together about the problems of each one. For me, the dinner is the best time in day because It has enough everyone in my family. In addition, sometimes the foods at out don't ensure clean and safe for health while eating at home can save money and make the foods we like with fresh products.

Soumis par elit.sw le mar 26/11/2019 - 13:13

I really like Chinese food, but I live in countryside so I don't usually go to restaurant. Beside I have a room mate who loves cooking. there is always warm and delicious food in our house.

Soumis par Dariusz le mer 20/11/2019 - 00:39

I don't have favourite restaurant. I like nice place with good and cheap food. I prefer places where is serving pizza and beer.

Soumis par Mehrafz le lun 18/11/2019 - 04:00

To be honest, my favorite restaurant is a kind of clean, with good customer service and reasonable price.
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Soumis par hoailinh le lun 04/11/2019 - 14:18

Oh, to be honest, I am not regularly going to the restaurant. So, I don't know much about the restaurant. I often go to the restaurant to celebrate an important holiday such as a birthday party, Women's Day, Valentine's Day, etc, ... And sometimes, I go to the restaurant because I want it. I think I like the restaurant with a nice view, clean, good food and especially excellent service attitude. Because I have to pay more money for the food in the restaurant instead of street food, I deserve it. I like the restaurant with the traditional Vietnam style, the quiet space, the window see outside. Maybe the restaurant is the best place to enjoy delicious food.
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Soumis par Hoàng Nhung le mer 30/10/2019 - 02:51

I love a restaurant with good food, good ventilation and good clean

Soumis par sea2007 le mar 29/10/2019 - 11:49

Hi Kirk, Could you please advise me on how can I improve my skills in business English espically formal writing skills? , do you recommend a book I wasted around three years studying general English courses without any progress in my writing in my formal mail. on a daily basis, I have to send 10 emails .so, I spend a long time searching for similar mail to copy. Note: the British council in Egypt does not offer a business English course for individuals anymore.
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Soumis par Kirk le mer 30/10/2019 - 07:05

En réponse à par sea2007


Hello sea2007

I'm afraid I'm not familiar with any such book -- though I'm sure there are some good ones out there -- but I'd be happy to make some recommendations.

First of all, on our site you can find a section called English for emails, though I expect you may know most of what it covers already. There are also several business emails in our Reading and Writing skills sections; I would recommend you check out the B2 and C1 level sections of both -- there should be at least four business-related emails in B2 Reading, C1 Reading, B2 Writing and C1 Writing. We are also working on some new articles for our Business Magazine. I'm not sure how useful they might be for you, and it will be a few months before they are ready, but it might be a good place to look in the future. Finally, there is our LearnEnglish Select course, which you can join if you subscribe to LearnEnglish (though please know that this costs money).

Beyond this, I expect you could find example emails to use as models if you did an internet search for "example business emails" or something similar, though it sounds as if you already do this. If you were able to work with a business English teacher specifically on writing, I'm sure that would also be really useful.

I hope this helps you.

All the best


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