Watch the video of a counter attendant serving a customer at a deli counter.
▶Task 1 - deli counter food
Some examples of typical deli food can be found in the activity below.
▶Task 2 - listening comprehension
▶Task 3 - deli food
As well as sandwiches, there is usually a selection of salads and other cold foods at a deli counter. What else would you expect to find?
Activity 1: Taking Orders
Counter attendant: Hiya, are you alright?
Customer: I’d like a sandwich. Can you tell me what you have?
Counter attendant: Yeah, sure. Well, first you can choose from our bread: we’ve got brown baps, brown baguettes, white baguettes, soft white baps or these little buns or there’s normal sliced bread – brown or white, whatever you wish.
Customer: Maybe a baguette, please.
Counter attendant: And would you like brown or white?
Customer: Brown, please.
Counter attendant: Sure, just be a second.
Customer: It looks really nice.
Counter attendant: Would you like some butter with your baguette?
Customer: Yes, please. Butter would be great.
Counter attendant: What else?
Customer: What do you have?
Counter attendant: Well, you can choose (like) from the main fillings. I’ve got the vegetarian options: cheese and onion, egg mayonnaise, that’s Perfetto cheese or the cheeses here. Or you can choose (like) the fishes: that’s the fishes – salmon, smoked mackerel, tuna or prawns, prawn cocktail. Or meat - chicken, pastrami, beef, turkey, ham, whatever you fancy.
Customer: OK great, can I have the chicken?
Counter attendant: Chicken, just plain chicken?
Customer: Yeah, is that the only chicken?
Counter attendant: I haven’t got any mixed chicken, so just plain. Do you want some mayonnaise with that?
Customer: Yeah, mayonnaise would be lovely.
Counter attendant: OK. (pause) Yeah. And what salad would you like?
Customer: Oh yeah, can I get spinach, please?
Counter attendant: Anything else?
Customer: Salt and pepper.
Counter attendant: Sure. Is that all?
Customer: Thank you, that’s great.
Counter attendant: Yeah. Do you want it cut in half?
Customer: Yes, please.
Counter attendant: And is it take away or eat in?
Customer: Take away.
Counter attendant: Sure. There you go. Thank you.
Customer: Thank you very much.
Are deli counters popular in your region/country?
What kind of foods are served?
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