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Dialogues. Ann: How do you like the soup?
Ann: How do you like the soup?
John: Awfully nice really. Don't you think so?
Ann: Yes, it is indeed. Pass me the salt, please.
John: Here you are. Some more bread?
Ann: Yes, please.
John: What comes next, Ann?
Ann: Pork chops with roast potatoes.
John: And what follows that?
Ann: Wouldn't you like to make a guess?
John: Stewed apricots as usual, I suppose.
Ann: There you are wrong, John. It's apple pudding with whipped cream.
John: Apple pudding and with whipped cream! My, isn't it fine!
Ann: I am happy that I've suited your taste.
A: The table is laid. Come along and let's start. It's high time to have dinner.
B: I'm ready. I feel quite hungry. I could eat a horse.
A: So am I. I haven't got a horse for you but your favourite dishes will be served today.
B: What are they? I've got so many.
A: For the first course we'll have chicken soup and cutlets with mashed potatoes for the main.
B: And for the dessert?
A: I've made cherry pie and stewed fruits.
B: Oh, that's wonderful. Let's sit at the table as soon as possible.
Jim: Shall I help you dish up, Maggie?
Maggie: Well, I'm afraid lunch isn't ready yet. You see the meat hasn't cooked properly. It's been stewing for two hours but it's still not quite tender. Perhaps another 10 minutes...?
Jim: Of course, of course. We are not in a hurry. We'll have a drop of sherry
while we are waiting. Oh! It doesn't seem to be here. Maggie! What have you done with it. I keep it in the sideboard.
Maggie: I've been using it for cooking. It's all gone.
Jim: But that happened to be a very good sherry. I've been keeping it for special
occasions. By the way, there is a rather funny smell coming from the kitchen.
Maggie: Good heavens! While I've been chatting with you the meat must have burnt.
Oh! it's burnt to a cinder. I really don't know what to do. Perhaps I might make an omelet.
Jim: I've a much better idea. I'll come into the kitchen and make omelet. I love cooking. And I'll trust you to break the eggs, Maggie.
At the Restaurant
Mr. Smith:Good morning!
Waiter:What would you like to have?
Mr. Smith:Breakfast for three, please. Will you bring us one soft-boiled egg, two cheese omelettes, toast, butter, marmalade and strong tea, please?
Waiter: How many cups of tea?
Mr. Smith:Three, please.
Waiter:Here is your breakfast. Good appetite!
Mr. Smith:How much is our bill?
Waiter:Your bill is $12.87.
Mr. Smith: Here you are. (Puts the money on the table) No change, please.
Waiter: Thank you, sir. Come to our restaurant again.
Waiter: Good morning, madam! May I take your order?
Lady:I'd like something light. What can you recommend?
Waiter: Ican recommend you porridge, semolina, soft-boiled eggs, cottage cheese, juice and tea.
Lady:All right. Will you bring me porridge, cottage cheese and middling tea, please?
Waiter:Very good, madam.
Waiter (serves the lady): Here you are. Good appetite.
Lady:How much do I pay?
Lady:Here you are. Thank you.
Waiter:Thank you. You are always welcome.
A: Shall we have our dinner in this restaurant? They serve very good meals here and the prices are reasonable.
B: Well, you lead. You should know better. (In the restaurant)
A: What shall we have? A three-course dinner, I suppose. I'm awfully hungry.
B: So am I. And I'm thirsty too.
A: Then let's have a glass of mineral water first or some orange juice.
B: I'd prefer orange juice with ice or iced tea.
A: Waiter! Iced orange juice and a glass of mineral water, please. Now let’s see the menu and here is the wine list too. How about some hard drinks?
B: I wouldn't mind having a brandy.
A: So it's one brandy. And whisky and soda for me. Would you like any starters?
B: A salad would do, I think.
A: And I’ll have shrimps. Would you like any soup? As for me I'll have mushroom soup and smoked salmon for the main course.
B: I like your choice. I'd rather have the same.
7. Lunch for Two
(Jane and Robert are out shopping. It's almost 2 o 'clock— high time to have lunch)
Jane: It's nearly two o'clock and we haven't eaten anything since breakfast. Let's go and have lunch somewhere before we do any more shopping.: There is no need for us to starve.
Robert: That's exactly how I feel. There is a small Italian place on the other side of the road. Shall we try that?
Jane: Yes, let's. (They enter the restaurant) Oh! it smells good in here. It'll be lovely to sit down after our marathon this morning.
Robert: There is a table for two in the corner. Sit down, Jane. Have a look at, the menu and tell me whether there is anything worth ordering.
Jane: There seem to be six different sauces to have with the spaghetti but they're all in Italian and I don't recognize any of them. Oh, here you are, there's a translation as well. You can have spaghetti with mushrooms and chicken, with minced beef, or with lobster sauce. Mmm, I'm going to try that.
Robert: Lobster sauce? That sounds horrible. It's a constant surprise to me what strange things people eat.
Jane: You’ll stick to fish and chips, I suppose, and apple pie and custard?
Robert: No. Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and baked potatoes.
Jane: It’s incredible to think that after all the effort I’ve made you’re still so conservative about your food.
Useful phrases to remember!
At the restaurant you can address the waiter/waitress with the following words:
• What is ... ? What is it like? Is it fish or meat? How is it cooked? Is it very hot/spicy? Can I have it without spices? What do you recommend? I'll try some/it. I'd like to try ... , please.
• For breakfast/lunch/dessert etc. I'll take/have/I prefer to have ... Will you bring us/me ..., please?
• How much is our bill? Can I have the bill? I'd like to pay my bill right now. How much do I owe you?
And the waiter/waitress addresses you with the words:
• What can I do for you? Can/may I take your order? Have you decided? Have you chosen something? What would you like for breakfast/dessert/an appetizer?
Are you ready to order? What would you like to have? And to follow?