At the restaurant:
A meal generally consists of three courses:
starter – Vorspeise
main course – Hauptspeise
dessert – Nachspeise
Dialogue – At the restaurant
Waiter: Can I help you?
Mum: A table for four please.
Waiter: Would the one at the window be suitable?
Dad: Yes, perfect, thank you.
Waiter hands out the menu.
Waiter: Would you like to order your drinks?
Mum: A mineral water for me, two small apple juices for the kids and a big apple juice for my husband, please.
Waiter: The water with or without gas?
Mum: With gas, please.
The waiter returns with the drinks.
Waiter: What would you like to eat? Would you like a starter?
Mum: No, thank you. Just a main course and maybe a dessert.
Waiter: Alright. What would you like?
Dad: For me the T-Bone steak please. Medium. With potatoes and a mixed salad.
Waiter: Yes, thank you.
Dad: And can I have some mustard please?
Waiter: Yes, of course.
Kid 1: The grilled cheese with barbecue sauce and fries, please.
Kid 2: I’d like to have the cheeseburger please. Also with barbecue sauce and fries.
Mum: And I’d like the chicken-burger with a mixed salad please.
Waiter: Alright, thank you for your orders.
Waiter returns with the meal.
Waiter collects the dishes.
Waiter: Would you like some dessert?
Mum: Two coffees and two small ice cream cups, please.
Waiter: Which ice cream flavour would you like? We’ve got chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, pistachio and peach.
Kid 1: I’d like chocolate and peach, please.
Kid 2: And for me vanilla and pistachio.
Waiter: Alright. Thank you.
Waiter returns with the desserts.
Waiter collects the desserts.
Mum: Can we have the bill, please.
Waiter: Yes of course, here it is.
Waiter: Thank you. Goodbye.
„is the one at the window suitable“ – passt der beim Fenster
„mustard“ – Senf
„fries“ – Pommes Frites
„flavour“ (British English)/“flavor“ (American English) – Geschmacksrichtung
„pistachio“ – Pistazie
„peach“ – Pfirsich
„bill“ (British English)/“check“ (American English)
In the next „Shake up your English“ episode we will have a closer look at food. We will see how the different kinds of meat, fish and vegetables are called.