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.

Transcript

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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Soumis par Moon Wathan le jeu 08/10/2020 - 15:38

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I usually go and buy drinks and snacks from the cafes. I like coffee and orange juice and then I like potato chick from the cafes.

Soumis par Than Kutay Soe le jeu 01/10/2020 - 16:01

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I order drinks and snacks in a cafe quite often because I love soft drinks and snacks. During current period, the cafes are closed so unfortunately I now can't order anything.

Soumis par elena.polyantseva le mer 30/09/2020 - 21:01

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I used to buy food in a cafe quite often. Now, due to the appearance of the coronavirus, I don't order food in a cafe.

Soumis par Maria19 le mar 29/09/2020 - 20:15

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I usually buy drinks at a coffee shop. Today because of covid 19, the situation is different and I buy less outside.

Soumis par Lysa le ven 04/09/2020 - 10:37

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I don't buy neither drinks nor snaks from café except when I am in harry and this is seldom happen. I prefer to prepare it by myself.

Soumis par Faheem Khan le lun 31/08/2020 - 02:52

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i buy drinks and snacks when i have to need any of this. here in Pakistan when we buy food we can not stand in line we just go to shop and buy that things.

Soumis par Rafaela1 le jeu 27/08/2020 - 13:31

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I rarely buy drinks from cafés. It makes me feel like I wasted money since I can make a good one by myself... ;)

Soumis par shelly le jeu 27/08/2020 - 07:48

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Sometimes I would buy drinks or food from a cafe shop when my family go out for a short vacation or when I go on a business trip.

Soumis par biso01 le lun 24/08/2020 - 11:11

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usually i go to cafe to take my coffee in the morning and some times take a cookies. i do not like takeaway to drink my coffee, i like to seat and drink, i give the waiter a lot of tips to adjust my coffee.

Soumis par MARIANO_HB le mar 11/08/2020 - 22:34

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I usually prefer to visit bars instead of cafés because I like much more the beer that coffee or teas.

Soumis par Mai Khin Nway Shein le mer 29/07/2020 - 08:24

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These days, I need to go to the bank almost everyday. When I arrived, firstly I went into the bank for doing bank transactions, after that I went to the Coffee shop to by a cup of coffee.

Soumis par Phan Bao Dung le mar 28/07/2020 - 19:09

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I sometimes buy drinks or snacks from cafés when I go out with my family. I buy coffee or tea for my husband and me, a few chocolate bars and cookies for my daughter.

Soumis par I am le mer 22/07/2020 - 19:54

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A couple times at month, when we, with friends, attending the caffe or restaurant. Usually we buy a craft beer and snack )

Soumis par Alifaraax le mer 22/07/2020 - 18:25

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I often buy soft drink sometimes i ordered mango juice or banana shaka.

Soumis par Ahmad_Khalil le mar 21/07/2020 - 11:11

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I usually buy drinks and snakes from on-road cafes

Soumis par fahri le lun 20/07/2020 - 00:11

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Dear team. Oh, then I'll have an apple juice instead, please. The word 'instead' is an adjective or adverb ??? Thank you very much for your answer.
Hi fahri, 'Instead' is an adverb. Here, it describes the clause 'I'll have an apple juice'. Best wishes, Jonathan The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par Alifaraax le mer 22/07/2020 - 18:28

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Dear Jonathan i would like to know some informations about the course so may I ask you? I'm looming forward about your respond.
Hi Alifaraax, Yes, you're welcome to ask questions here :) You can also find course information on this page: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/online-courses Best wishes, Jonathan The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par syah le dim 19/07/2020 - 13:53

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After school was over, I often go to cafe near my school with my friends to buy foods and drinks. On weekends, I sometimes hang out too with them at the cafe.

Soumis par fahri le sam 18/07/2020 - 16:14

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Dear team. Customer 1said Oh, then I'll have an apple juice instead, please. What the different from : Customer 1: Oh, then I'll choose an apple juice instead, please. Why is he not just say: give me an apple just please...(it is sound more simply word)

Hello fahri,

The conventional form is I'll have... when ordering something like this. People would understand choose but it would not be the normal form and would sound rather strange.

Give me is very direct and would sound rude in the context of a shop or a restaurant. You could say something like this if you were talking to a very close friend, for example, but even then Could you give... or Can you give... would be more common.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much for your answer sir. I learned polite language from you. The foreign people like me sometime do not understand which the polite language and the rude one. So, thank you again
Hi teacher may i get certificate of completion after i finished the course?

Hello Alifaraax,

I'm afraid there are not certificates of completion for our webpages or courses right now. We'll certainly let your users know if this changes in the future.

All the best,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Soumis par EWS le lun 06/07/2020 - 12:41

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Just sometimes not too often I drink coffee in the town

Soumis par qziad le mer 01/07/2020 - 16:50

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sometimes I buy coffee and snacks when I am in the work

Soumis par Ronake le dim 28/06/2020 - 21:01

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During weekdays, in my break time, I go to our nearest cafeteria to take away a drink. Usually, I buy orange or lemon juice, because they include many vitamins and are fresh to drink, so I gain energy for the rest of the day. And for snacks, I prefer to get them from my home instead of buying them in the cafeteria.

Soumis par Ragdaalamin le mar 23/06/2020 - 08:29

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i often buy when i am in the work ..and some time ask my husbend bring some desert to home from cafe.

Soumis par joshnamep le mar 23/06/2020 - 05:05

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it is quite often, when I hang out with my friends we chose a coffee shop and order cakes and drinks.

Soumis par hangnt5 le mar 23/06/2020 - 03:00

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I rarely buy drinks and snacks from the cafes, I just buy them when I go to the cafes with my friends at the weekend. And when I travel with my family. I always buy drinks and snacks from the supermarket, it is cheaper. I like freshly squeezed juice because it is good for health. I don't like fatty food. instead I like vegetable.

Soumis par Caterina Siligardi le dim 21/06/2020 - 17:30

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I seldom buy drink or snacks in coffees. That can happen when I get on travel to go the mountain or to the beach in the Summer.

Soumis par haydeecolli le ven 19/06/2020 - 20:29

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I sometimes go with my friends to a coffee shop called Las Violetas.

Soumis par Hennadii le ven 19/06/2020 - 15:25

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I buy coffee or snacks pretty often. Actually, mostly coffee. I'm a coffee nerd and just can't imagine my life without it. Talking about snacks, I prefer something with meat, especially when I'm in a rush and don't have much time for eating at home and cafe

Soumis par Khdog le jeu 18/06/2020 - 07:35

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Yeah I like buy from cafe sometimes when I be with friends or my sisters.

Soumis par Salva77 le dim 14/06/2020 - 15:10

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Sometimes when I have free time I like to meet friend in a coffee shop to talk to them and drink a good coffee

Soumis par Asni le ven 05/06/2020 - 19:10

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I usually buy drinks or snacks from cafes about once a fortnight. Sometimes, more often. I like freshly squeezed juice with a slice of chocolate cake, a cookie or a pastry.

Soumis par eshan.saif le mar 02/06/2020 - 18:16

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I rarely go to cafes as i don't like fast food items or any other rich food. I prefer home made food than the fast food items. Besides, it seems to me the drinks and snacks of cafes are unhygienic. That's why i try my best to avoid these as much as i can.

Soumis par Shaista le lun 01/06/2020 - 17:19

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Not very often...yes sometimes whenever we're in group
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