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Unit 9 Business Dinner

P112 Task2.2

Waitress: Good afternoon, are you ready to order now?

Ivan: Yes.

W: Would you like a starter?
Tina: I’d like prawn crackers, and you, Ivan?

I: I want the soup, please.

W: OK, prawn crackers and soup. And what would you like for the main course?

I: What do you recommend?

W: Today’s speciality is the chicken. It’s very good.

I: Fine, I’ll have that, and you, Tina?

T: The same for me, please.

W: And would you like any desserts?

I: I don’t like dessert. Maybe an ice cream for you, Tina? I know it’s your favourite, isn’t it?

T: Oh, no. It’s used to be my favourite, but now I’m on a diet. I’m trying not to eat too much fatty food, you know.

W: OK, on desserts. What would you like to drink, then?

T: A glass of red wine for me, please.

I: I’d prefer beer.

W: OK, would you like any soft drinks?

T: What do you have?

W: We have various canned and bottled drinks like coconut drink, Coca-Cola, fresh juices such as orange juice, grape juice and tea and coffee.

I: I’d like a cup of coffee, please, and you, Tina?

T: Fresh grape juice, please.

W: All right. Please wait for a few minutes. I’ll be back soon with your orders.

T: Thank you.

P115 Video 1

(W for Mr. White, H for Harry)

H: Good morning, Mr. White. How is your room?

W: Very comfortable and quiet. We’re all very happy with the facilities and services here.

H: I’m glad to hear that. Now, I’m here just to tell you that we’ll be having a dinner party tomorrow evening. We’d like to invite you all to come.

W: Oh, how nice of you! We’d be delighted to come.

H: Here’s the invitation.

W: Thank you.

H: Then I’ll send somebody to pick you up from the hotel lobby at six tomorrow evening. Is that all right?

W: Yes. That’s fine. Thank you.

H: See you then.

W: See you.

H: Welcome, everybody! Mr. White, I’m glad you’ve come.

W: It’s very kind of you to have invited us.

H: Please sit down. I hope the food we’ve ordered will be to your liking.

W: Thank you very much for such a splendid dinner.

H: Please help yourself, everybody.

W: Thank you. It certainly looks delicious.

H: Mr. White, you’ll be leaving soon. Has your trip to this fair been fruitful?

W: Yes, there’s a really wide range of goods on display and most prices are acceptable.

H: Have you found anything that particularly interests you?

W: Yes, we’re interested in your items A6D and A6F. The designs are original. I’m sure they’ll be quite popular with young customers in our country.

H: Yes, you’re right. Items A6D and A6F are our latest designs. They’re also very popular with young consumers here. I’m sure they’ll sell well in your marker, too.

W: We hope so!

H: All right, gentlemen, may I propose a toast to our continued friendly co-operation?

W: I couldn’t agree more. Cheers!

 

P120 Video

(W for Waitress; L for Lin Qiang; R for Mr. Rashid; H for Mr. Hart)

W: Good evening, sirs. Welcome to our restaurant.

L: Good evening.

W: Do you have a reservation?

L: Yes, the name is Lin Qiang.

W: Let me see… Oh, yes, we’ve been expecting you, Mr. Lin. Please come this way.

W: Is this table all right?

L: Oh, terrific! It’s by the window, and quiet too. It’s exactly what I want because we’ve got a lot to discuss. Thank you, miss.

W: Not at all. Please make yourselves comfortable. I’ll be back with the menus and the tea.

L: Thanks.

W: Please excuse me for a while. I’ll be right back to take your order.

W: Are you ready to order now, sirs?

R: Sorry, we’re still looking at the menu.

L: Waitress, you see, my guest Mr. Rashid is a Muslim, so he doesn’t eat pork, and Mr. Hart is a vegetarian. Could you recommend something for us?

W: Certainly. How about fish for Mr. Rashid? Our Sweet and Sour Fish is very popular with our customers. You can see it here on the menu.

R: Er,… It looks good.

W: It tastes good, too. Believe me!

R: Fine, I’ll take it, then.

W: OK, Sweet and Sour Fish. Anything else?

R: Some vegetables please, but I’d like to leave the choice to the order two gentlemen.

W: All right. Mr. Hart, do you care for bean curd?

H: Oh, yes. It’s very nutritious.

W: Yes, and it’s delicious, too. Bean Curd en Casserole is one of our specialties. Would you like to try it?

H: Good.

W: Bean Curd en Casserole. As for vegetables, we’ve got a choice of mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, chestnuts, bamboo shoots, carrots, potatoes…

H: I’d like to have mushrooms and bamboo shoots, please. By the way, please don’t go easy on garlic.

W: No problem. Mushrooms and bamboo shoots. And yourself, Mr. Lin?

L: Sichuan Chicken Cube-lets, please.

W: And what to follow?

L: That’s it for now.

W: OK. Would you like something to drink?

L: Mr. Rashid, Mr. Hart, what would you like to drink?

R: Orange juice please.

H: The same here.

L: OK, orange juice for three, please.

W: Very well, sir. You’ve ordered one Sweet and Sour Fish, one Bean Curd en Casserole, one Mushroom, one Bamboo Shoots, one Sichuan Chicken Cube-lets and three orange juices. Please wait a moment. I’ll bring them straight away.

L: Thanks.