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Episode 06 - I'll pay

Julia and Sammy enjoy their meal, but there's a problem. How is Sammy going to pay for it?


Waitress: Are you ready to order?
Julia: Yes, we are. ... I'd like chicken soup for the first course.
Sammy: And I'll have chicken soup, too.
Waitress: And for the second course?
Julia: I'll have ... steak and chips, please.
Sammy: And I'll have lasagne.
Waitress: OK, so two chicken soups, one steak and chips and one lasagne. Would you like anything to drink?
Julia: Would you like some water with your meal, Sammy?
Sammy: Oh, that's a good idea, but I prefer sparkling water. But I don't mind.
Julia: Yes, sparkling water. Can we have a bottle of sparkling water, please?
Waitress: Of course.      

Julia: Mmm, that was a nice meal.
Sammy: Yes, it was. This is a lovely restaurant.
Julia: Yes, it is. I come here quite a lot. ... Waitress, can we have the bill, please?
Sammy: I'll pay!
Julia: No, no. Let's pay half each.
Sammy: No, I insist. I'll pay.
Julia: Are you sure?
Sammy: Yes, yes. Absolutely.
Waitress: Here's the bill, sir.
Sammy: Thanks. Can I pay with debit card?
Waitress: Of course, sir.
Julia: I'll pay for the next meal we have.
Sammy: No, don't worry! This is my gift to you.
Waitress: Sorry, sir. There's a problem with your card. It says ...
Sammy: OK, I'll pay in cash. How much is it?
Waitress: It's 48 pounds and 53 pence.
Sammy: Oh dear! All my money is in my other jacket.
Julia: Don't worry! I'll pay. ... Here's my credit card.
Waitress: Thank you, madam.
Sammy: I'll pay for the next one.
Julia: Don't worry about it. I'll pay for this gift.

Task 1: Check your understanding 1


Task 2: Check your understanding 2


Task 3: Ordering 1


Task 4: Ordering 2


Task 5: Paying 1


Task 6: Paying 2




Language level

Beginner: A1
Pre-intermediate: A2


This situation is very wrong!.

Sometimes, when I going to pay the lunch, I look my wallet and my debit card is not here.

Is "in cash" and " by card" right grammar ?

Yes it is correct.

Hello Mai Bui,

Yes, both 'pay in cash' and 'pay by card' are correct. If you do a quick internet search for 'pay by card' or 'pay in cash', you'll see lots of examples. The Longman dictionary entry for 'pay' also has a useful list of common collocations.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Yes, I think so. My wife and I were on the beach and when I was pay our lunch my credit card is not avaiable. My wife paid by cash.

Yes, I have that kind of situation more than once & it is an unpleasant situation. But it was not in restaurant but in supermarket and car workshop.

Yes, once I run out of money when I was with a friend and we were waiting for the bus to come back home. As soon as I realized that, with much embarassment, I told it to my friend and she kindly lent me the money.

Never. Before I want to buy something, I'll check the price first and if my money is enough the I will buy but if not I'll search one.

Yes it happened twice, when my husband dropped me at my office I realized that I have forgotten my money wallet at home ,So i asked my husband for some money which should I have with me for any requirement.

No, before I go out, make sure that I have enough money.