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I simply love when you guys suggest me some topics for our English Bites and this one was not different so I decided to bring 6 common questions you will find in every restaurant (when you go and eat in because if you take it to go, the questions are going to be a little different so consider the fact you and your family/friends are going somewhere to have, I don’t know, breakfast, lunch or dinner alright?
Guys, my suggestion here: after you hear the question, pause the audio and repeat each one out loud. This will not only help you memorize the sentence, the question… But also help you get a better pronunciation alright?
So, as soon as you get in the restaurant, the host or hostess is gonna welcome you with the first question:
- How many? How many are in your party?
They want to know if you are alone or if there are other people to sit with you. Remember that the word PARTY is the same as GROUP in this context ok?
Alright, before the host or hostess directs you, they’re gonna ask you:
- Table or booth?
Which means, do you prefer a table/chair or a table/cushioned seats. And just out of curiosity, I personally like booth so every time someone asks me this question, I pick a booth. Always. LOL
As soon as you sit, the waiter or waitress will approach and hand the menu to you. After like, 10 minutes or so, they will come back and ask you:
- What can I get you? / Are you ready to order?
In case you’re ready, you can order whatever you like. If you have any question you might ask them and if you’re not ready yet, you can just say: “Oh, I need a few more minutes, please.” or “I’m not ready yet” or just “Not yet”
Ok so you’ve already ordered and received your dish. After some time, while you’re still tasting it, the waiter will come and ask you something that I find very peculiar and interesting at the same time. They all do that:
- Is everything alright? Is everything tasting good?
They wanna make sure that you’re happy, you’re satisfied with your order. Well, if there’s something wrong you call tell, of course, but if it’s all great you can answer by saying “Oh, it’s terrific. Delicious. Super yummy.” They love when we praise the food (I mean, who doesn’t, right? LOL)
Well, I don’t know if you know or if you have already heard about it before but the meals here in the US are usually super big, even if you chose a small size. They usually put more food than you can eat so it might happen you leave some food behind. Anyway, if the waiter realizes that you stopped eating and are just talking, he’s gonna ask you:
- Are you done with the food or you’re still working on it?
Well, if you’re trying to give a break before you finish with the food so you can say that you’re still working on it, in other words, that you’re still eating it. But if you’re done he’s gonna ask if you want a box to go, if you want a box to take the leftovers home – another very common thing here in the US. Yep, people take their leftovers home ok? That’s super common so don’t be embarrassed if you wanna take it. I always do it by the way haha
Perfect. Last question. Time to pay for your meal, right? So, the question you will hear is:
- Are the checks together or separate?
Guys, needless to say, that this question will only happen if you have more people with you, right? So, if each person is gonna pay for their own meal you can say SEPARATE, otherwise you say TOGETHER, which means, only one person will pay everything.
No, it’s not easy but it’s simple and if you have already been to a restaurant here in the US, you’ll remember all these steps haha – and if you haven’t, be ready for it because I’m pretty sure you’re gonna remember this English Bite when you arrive in a restaurant here. Did you guys like this topic? Or this type of topic? Let me know alright?
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