Episode 05 - Speaking or eating?

Sammy and Julia go out for dinner in a restaurant. Why can't they enjoy their meal together?


Sammy: Shall we sit here?
Man: Yeah ... Yeah ... So I say to him, I say 'What?' And he says '50,000'. And then I say, 'When?' And he says, 'Tomorrow'. And I say, 'What?!'
Julia: That man on his mobile!
Sammy: Yeah! And in a restaurant! I mean, it's a bit rude. ... ‘And I'm like, "What!" and he's like, "What?" and I say, "50,000"' ... Oh. Sorry. I'll just get that. Hello?
Caller: Hello, is that Mr North, the vet?
Sammy: Speaking. How can I help?
Caller: I'm ringing about our meeting tomorrow at nine. Yes, I'm afraid I ... I'm afraid we will be a little late. Is 9.15 OK?
Sammy: That's not a problem. OK, see you then.
Caller: Goodbye. ... Rufus, come on!
Sammy: Sorry, Julia.
Julia: Hello, Sammy! Do you remember me?
Sammy: Sorry.
Julia: Oh! Sorry. I'll just get that. ... Hi, Jack! ... How nice to hear from you! ... Tomorrow ... seven o'clock. Great. See you then.
Sammy: Who was that?
Julia: Jack.
Sammy: Oh. He's very handsome.
Julia: He's OK. Jack is my cousin.
Sammy: Oh! I see! Julia, so, shall we get something to eat?
Julia: Andrea? Andrea? Who is Andrea?
Sammy: My friend.
Julia: Oh, she's your friend! Is she pretty?
Sammy: No, I mean, yes. Well, no. Andrea is my friend. But Andrea is a man, not a woman.
Julia: Sammy, my sister's called Andrea. And my sister's a woman, not a man.
Sammy: Andrea's Italian. And in Italian, Andrea is a man's name.
Julia: Really? Well, let's see. ... And is Andrea pretty or not?
Sammy: Julia, give my phone back, please.
Julia: 'Call Andrea'.
Andrea: Hello, Sammy, how are you?
Sammy: Erm, hi, Andrea. I just wanted to ask ... are you pretty?
Andrea: What?!
Julia: Hi, Andrea. This is Julia. I'm sorry, Sammy's busy now. Bye!
Sammy: I have an idea. Let's switch off our phones and enjoy the meal.
Julia: Good idea.

Task 1: Check your understanding 1


Task 2: Check your understanding 2


Task 3: On the telephone 1


Task 4: On the telephone 2


Task 5: On the telephone 3



Average: 5 (5 votes)
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Submitted by sawpaing on Tue, 16/07/2024 - 20:54


When I am with other people, I usually put my phone on vibrate and do not answer it unless the caller is important to me.


Submitted by Mosaferat on Sat, 20/01/2024 - 17:02


When I am around people, I do not use my phone (unless I have an emergency or something like that). But I do not like talking on the phone to begin with.

Submitted by Dariusz on Sat, 11/02/2023 - 19:15


I try to don't use my phone when I am with other people. It's a bit rude.

Submitted by Turki.cjd on Fri, 02/12/2022 - 20:14


Honestly, I use my phone even if I sit with people.

Submitted by Ibrahimyousef on Wed, 26/10/2022 - 15:19


I usually my phone silent in meeting and send message" can you back call late", please.

Submitted by Bardtinova on Tue, 25/01/2022 - 17:27


I call people after the meeting.

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Submitted by Cheick Sadibou on Sat, 27/11/2021 - 12:19


It will depend on the importance of the meeting.

Submitted by Emily Mellor on Sun, 11/10/2020 - 09:53

If my phone is ringing when I'm with other, I will ask for permission to answer call .

Submitted by Fedaa2001 on Sun, 23/08/2020 - 12:13

I don't use it when I set with people
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Submitted by Adriana Passador on Tue, 21/07/2020 - 12:41

I avoid answering calls, I only answer in case of emergency