British people often celebrate important events by going out for a meal. Watch the video, which shows a group of friends having a meal together at a restaurant, and practise your speaking skills as you complete the activities.


Task 1 - check you know these words

Task 2 - comprehension

Task 3 - conversations at a restaurant

Task 4 - your turn to speak

Practise saying this conversation with a friend:

Waitress: Are you ready to place your order?

Customer: Yes. We're really hungry, so we'll have a starter and a main please.

Waitress: Ok, what can I get for your starters?

Customer: We'll share some garlic bread, please.

Waitress: And what would you like for your mains?

Customer: I'd like a margherita pizza, please, and the others are going to have spaghetti bolognaise.

Waitress: Fantastic. Excellent choices.

You can use your phone to record yourself speaking. Listen and record it again until you are happy.


Last Friday, I went out for dinner with Claire and Helen. Helen’s got a new job so we went out to celebrate. Claire booked a table for 7.30pm at her favourite Italian restaurant in town. When we arrived, the waiter showed us to our table, gave us some menus and took our drinks order. We were really hungry so we decided to have a starter and a main. We placed our order and chatted for a while. Our garlic bread soon arrived. We were hungry, so it disappeared very quickly! Next, the waiter brought our mains. He said, “Buon Appetito”, which is Italian for ‘Enjoy your meal!’. Claire and Helen chose pasta and I had pizza. The food was delicious, but I couldn’t manage a dessert! Claire and Helen had some ice cream, but I just had a coffee. I can’t wait to go again!



Have you ever had a meal in a restaurant in the UK?

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No I have never been there but I would like to go

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I have never been there, but I want to go there in the future, that's why I learn English.

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I lived in London in the year 2009. It was really a nice city to live in. I was staying in London and went to a Indianrestaurant in Paddington. It is one of the famous Indian restaurants that serves curry and Tandoori food. It was our team party and that was my 1st experience in dining in London. We were 12 people and we ordered different food items and the best part is we were able to order Mango Lassi in the restaurant. The food tasted like a real authentic Indian food. I was surprised to have such a tasty Indian food in London. At the end we ordered some desserts and those were very special and delicious.

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I have never been in UK, I'd like to visit London and I'll do it soon.

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I have even been in England. But I have several times gone out for dinner in India. Sometimes for a party, sometimes just to have a change and sometimes while I was on travel. There are traditional foods, as well as, western. I like Biryani, sometimes Chinese and sometimes I love pizza too.

I like to go out for dinner

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Thank you very much for giving me this chance to say something. My English is bad but I will try to improve it. thank you again

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No I have never been there. In Sudan sometimes I have dinner with my friends and we enjoy it. I think we need to go out to make some change in our daily life.

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No, I have never visited UK, but I hope I will go there as soon as I can.

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I've been in London last summer and it was fantastic for me. I tried the most popular dish in England, fish and chips. I liked it but I prefer Indian food, it's very tasty. I had excellent time with my husband but I didn't speak with the waiter because my English is very bad and I'm shy.