Eating out

Listen carefully to the conversation in a restaurant and do the exercises to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation exercise before you listen. Then do the other exercises to check your understanding.


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The Boat Restaurant
489 reviews
Lunch served 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner served 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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Waiter: Hello.
Jamie: Hi. A table for two, please.
Waiter: Of course. Over here, please. Here’s the menu.
Sally: Thank you.
Waiter: Are you ready to order?
Sally: Yes, we are.
Waiter: What would you like for your starter?
Jamie: I’d like French onion soup, please.
Sally: And I’ll have a tomato salad, please.
Waiter: And for your main course?
Jamie: Mmm, I’m not sure. I don’t know whether to have the steak or Thai chicken.
Sally: Oh, I’d like the Thai chicken and rice please.
Jamie: OK, me too.
Waiter: So that’s two Thai chicken and rice. What would you like to drink?
Jamie: I’ll have a fresh orange juice and ...
Sally: I’d like some mineral water, please.
Waiter: OK, thank you.


What food and drink from this menu would you order?

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Submitted by dongsoon on Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:29

I'd like chicken salad for starter, vegetable pasta for main course, and fresh orange juice please

Submitted by dma98 on Sat, 07/18/2020 - 02:40

I'd like chicken salad for starter, grilled fish and potatoes for main course, for drink a fresh orange juice and for a dessert i'd like a chocolate cake. Thanks

Submitted by Nadeem20 on Thu, 07/16/2020 - 13:04

Hello I’d like french onion soup for the starter , roast chicken and potato for the main courses , and mineral drink
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Submitted by Giovannichoi on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 03:31

I almost always have pasta and bread for lunch, so I think the 'Thai Chicken' is the best menu. Well, I think this British Council helps me a lot, 'cause I can do the excercises again, and also I can read those 'writing' and 'reading' corners! Thanks, British Council!!!!!
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Submitted by samoiset on Mon, 06/15/2020 - 12:01

the audio does not work help me please i cannot use it why???!!!!!!!!!! answer me as soon as possible thanks

Submitted by editor_rachael on Thu, 06/18/2020 - 19:14

Hi samoiset,


Sorry the audio isn't working for you. Can you download it instead? Right-click on it and choose 'Save audio as'.


Hope that helps!


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Teens team

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Submitted by samoiset on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 07:57

thanks that was helpfull it work now and thanks again for the avice i tryed to acctivat the flash in my sitting and now it work thanks again bye

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Submitted by Giovannichoi on Fri, 06/12/2020 - 04:49

Well, I'd like some French Onion Soup for the starter, and German sausage and chips for the main course. Also I want a cheese burger for snack, and an Ice-cream coffee (Affogato) for drink. And at last, for the dessert, I'll get some Chocolate cake. I bet it will be very good!!!!!!!

Submitted by anna_v3r on Thu, 06/04/2020 - 08:35

From this menu I would like to order tomato soup and an Italian cheese & tomato pizza. To drink I would like a fresh orange juice.
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Submitted by DIGIOTANIMES on Sat, 05/30/2020 - 20:58

I would like to order a chicken salad, a chocolate cake, a cheese omelette, a thai chicken and rice, a ice cream, a cheese and biscuits and fresh orange juice

Submitted by nimdini on Wed, 05/13/2020 - 04:23

I would like to order German sausage and chip.

Submitted by anhtuanbk60 on Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:14

Waiter: Hello. Are you ready to order? Me : yes. I'll have a English tea and wifi password, please.

Submitted by Y_A_S_H on Tue, 04/21/2020 - 16:50

I think you should say- Yes, I'll have an English tea and the Wi-Fi password, please.

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Submitted by vittoriadigianno on Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:54

i would like order cheese burger and chocolate cake

Submitted by mmatildepontoni04 on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 17:49

In this restaurant I'd like to order tomato soup for starter, Thai chicken and rice for main courses, mineral water as a drink and lemon cake for dessert

Submitted by chiarusso on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 17:23

i would order an italian pizza and a mineral water

Submitted by Matteo on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 17:23

I would like to order a grilled fish with potatoes and water

Submitted by Shhhh on Sun, 04/05/2020 - 02:48

To eat to ask German sausage and chips and ice cream. And to drink Fresh orange juice.

Submitted by gio_cra2004 on Fri, 04/03/2020 - 15:51

I'd like order a roast chicken and potatoes, mineral water and chocolate cake, thanks.

Submitted by _16lx on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 15:04

I'll like for stater French onion soup and for main course I'll have Thai chicken and rice and for drink I'll have soft drink

Submitted by Gabriele1926 on Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:00

I would like grilled fish and potatoes, mineral water and an ice cream

Submitted by alaricofranca02 on Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:12

I would order Italian pizza and mineral water and lemon cake for dessert. thanks

Submitted by sunflower on Tue, 03/31/2020 - 18:10

I'd like an Italian cheese and tomato pizza

Submitted by AnahiG on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:31

I found a restaurant with varied food.

Submitted by paulagosia on Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:43

In this restaurant I'd like to order a Chicken salad, Vegetable pasta, chicken sandwich , mineral water and ice scream.

Submitted by ServerMateYT321 on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:38

no starter italian cheese and tomato pizza soft drinks lemon cake
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Submitted by Jocher on Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:57

I would order Italian pizza and mineral water, and I would also like to express my gratitude for such a wonderful site. THANKS
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Submitted by Raysan on Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:24

I'd like the tomato soup as a starter, Italian cheese & tomato pizza as main courses, English tea as a drink, burger as a snack and ice cream as a dessert! How do you feel about those?

Submitted by maikha on Thu, 08/29/2019 - 09:40

I'd like tomato soup for started, roast chicken with potato for main course and a chocolate cake for desert is so wonderful!
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Submitted by nga2k5ute on Sat, 08/17/2019 - 14:02

I can't do the preparation task. Please help me! There's a problem with it.
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Submitted by Tina - Coordinator on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 07:40

Hi nga2k5ute,
I've just tried the preparation task and it's working for me, perhaps you could 'refresh' your page and try again. Let us know if you continue to  have problems.
All the best, Tina ☺
(LearnEnglish Teens team)


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Submitted by nga2k5ute on Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:43

It works now, thanks.

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Submitted by empty on Sun, 07/28/2019 - 09:09

Actually , I don't like to eat those items . except for the tomato soup ,German sausage and chips and Mineral water .

Submitted by Thu on Thu, 06/27/2019 - 06:35

I'd like to order a Tomato Soup for starter, and Italian Cheese & Tomato Pizza with German Sausage and Chips for main courses. For a drink, I'd like to have a glass of fresh orange juice. And about the desert, I'd like lemon or chocolate ice cream. What a wonderful dinner. : )
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Submitted by Kaity on Tue, 06/25/2019 - 03:39

Hi! I will choose onion soup for appetizers. Chicken salad and burgers for main course. I will use fresh orange juice. Cream for dessert.

Submitted by levansonqs on Mon, 06/24/2019 - 08:40

Hi all, About me, I think French onion soup for starter and then I will eat Grilled fish and potatoes for the main course, For drink, I think fresh orange juice.
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Submitted by Shashi on Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:27

I'll have Tomato salad, Vegetable pasta, Irish cream coffee, Chocolate cake and Burger .

Submitted by vy08 on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 13:15

borring because my teacher (-) my point. ( hate it)

Submitted by nguyenninh on Thu, 01/24/2019 - 04:04

Dear admin, I had followed and study in here, it is very good for me but you can upload many lessons to everyone together study by online. really, I don't need money go to school (attend in British council). So, I am only myself study English in the web site free. Thank you for your support! Yours sincerely, Ninh

Submitted by Patrick1966 on Tue, 10/02/2018 - 16:11

And how are we supposed to know if the drinks they ordered were or not cold???
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Submitted by JoModerator on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:05

Hi Patrick1966,

The drinks they order are fresh orange juice and mineral water. These are cold drinks.

Soft drinks are also cold, but English tea and Irish cream coffee are hot drinks.

I hope that helps!


Best wishes,

Jo (LearnEnglish Teens team)

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Submitted by AbdlrahmanMohamed on Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:13

The sound track is not working

Submitted by editor_rachael on Sat, 09/29/2018 - 09:58

Hi AbdlrahmanMohamed,


Sorry you're having problems with the audio. I've just tested it and it's working fine for me. What browser and device are you using? Try using a different browser and device, if possible, to see if that helps. Is this the only audio that doesn't work for you or are you having problems on other pages too? If so, can you tell us what pages? 


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Teens team

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Submitted by PinkyT on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:22

Hi, there is an error in one of the downloads. It is on the exercise page, number 2, where you must select a word from the word bank to fill in the gaps, but the word bank is missing.
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Submitted by Tina - Coordinator on Sun, 07/29/2018 - 15:51

Hi PinkyT,
Thanks so much for letting us know! I'll pass it on to our Teens Team and add the missing 'word bank'! :)
Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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Submitted by khanhlinh92004 on Fri, 07/20/2018 - 15:17

I will eat all the food. Come on! Let's eat all you like. Eating is the best. I love eating.
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