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