Booking a table

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

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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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Soumis par cittàutopica le ven 17/04/2020 - 18:25

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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.

Soumis par Aisha Mohammed… le jeu 16/04/2020 - 19:54

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my favourite restaurant is any restaurant near the sea
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Soumis par Natalice Santos le mer 15/04/2020 - 20:02

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I live in Cascais, Portugal. Here have a very nice food. I like fresh fish and a seafood, accompanies of a glass of portuguese with wine! Delicious!!!

Soumis par nguyenthihoanb0510 le mar 14/04/2020 - 10:50

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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.

Soumis par rima khaoula le lun 13/04/2020 - 14:53

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I don't go to the restaurants in my state. but my brother brings us different kinds of food from its. I prefer the barbecued chicken with rice.

Soumis par Ali07 le jeu 09/04/2020 - 20:51

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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.
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Soumis par Hoàng Nhung le jeu 09/04/2020 - 04:50

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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.

Soumis par ShahzaibLashari le dim 05/04/2020 - 20:17

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My favourite restaurant is BUTT KHARAHI and SHANI KA SAWARAMA.

Soumis par Aya Sayed le dim 05/04/2020 - 18:41

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Actually , my favourite restaurant is Macdonalds .

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

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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

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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

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My favourite kind of restaurant is British type.

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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I like korean restaurant and kimchi-chige!

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

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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

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

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My favourite kind of restaurant is of Russian food.

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

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

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

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

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

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