|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Finding good restaurants usually isn’t a problem for language students; ordering at one can be if you don’t know appropriate language expressions. What kinds of questions and expressions would you expect to hear between a customer and a server?
HELPFUL TIP: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the menu. In fact, skip the burger and fries, and trying something new will be both a cultural and language experience.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Waiter: Hi. Welcome to Heavenly Pies. May I take your order?
Woman: Uh . . . yes. I’d like the chicken fried steak.
Waiter: Okay. Would you like fries, bread, or rice with your meal?
Woman: Umm. I’ll take the rice?
Waiter: Would you care for anything to drink?
Woman: Yeah. I’ll take a medium Sprite.
Waiter: I’m sorry. We only have large or small.
Woman: Well, in that case, uh, I’ll have a small Sprite.
Waiter: Okay. A small Sprite. And what kind of dressing would you like with your salad. It comes with the fried steak.
Woman: What dressings do you have?
Waiter: We have French, Italian, blue cheese, and ranch.
Woman: Oh! Ranch, please.
Waiter: Would you like anything else?
Woman: Well, I’d like to see you pie menu. That’s the main reason why I like to dine here.
Waiter: Oh, I’m so sorry, but we aren’t serving pies today.
Waiter: Well, you see, Dave, our baker, slipped on a banana peel back in our kitchen two days ago, and injured his back. [Oh] He’ll be out for at least two weeks. In the meantime, we’re serving ice cream sundaes instead. Sorry.
Woman: Wow. I’m sorry to hear that. I hope he gets better soon.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- meal (noun): a portion of food served and eaten at one time
– This restaurant serves delicious meals at a reasonable price.
- care for (verb): informal, to want or wish for something
– Would you care for another drink?
- dine (verb): to eat dinner
– How about dining at my house tonight?
- injure (verb): to cause physical damage to someone
– He injured his back when he tried to lift those heavy boxes.