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Ordering lunch and dinner

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Ordering lunch and dinner

What else do you recommend?

Waiter: Are you ready to order, sir?
Mr Ryefield: Yes. I´ll have the beef stew for starters and my wife would like tomato soup.
Waiter: One beef stew and one tomato soup. What would you like for the main course?
Mr Ryefield: I´ll have the Cayenne Pepper Steak and my wife would like the Fried Trout with mashed potatoes.
Waiter: I´m afraid the trout is off.
Mrs Ryefield: Oh dear. Err… What else do you recommend?
Waiter: The sole is very good.
Mrs Ryefield: OK. I´ll have that. Do you have any coleslaw?
Waiter: No, I´m sorry, we don´t.
Mrs Ryefield: Just give me a small mixed salad then.
Mr Ryefield: Same for me.
Waiter: Certainly. (…) Would you like something to drink?
Mr Ryefield: Yes, please. May I see the wine list?
Waiter: Certainly. Here you are.
(…)
Mr Ryefield: A bottle of Chablis ‘99, please.
Waiter: Excellent choice!

Ordering breakfast

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Ordering breakfast

I´ll have three scrambled eggs with country ham.

Waitress: Good morning. Are you ready to order?
Bill Nichols: Yes, I am, thank you. I´ll have three scrambled eggs with country ham, toast and jam, please.
Waitress: Would you like anything to drink?
Bill Nichols: I´ll have a tomato juice and some iced tea.
Waitress: Anything else?
Bill Nichols: Could I have a slice of pumpkin pie?
Waitress: Sure. Coming right up.

Room service

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Room service

I´d like some breakfast, please.

Room service: Room service.
Mary Jones: Good morning. This is room 113. I´d like some breakfast, please.
Room service: Right. Excuse me. Mrs. Jones?
Mary Jones: That´s right.
Room service: What can I do for you?
Mary Jones: I´d like some grapefruit juice, marmalade, two scrambled eggs with two sausages, toast, and a pot of black coffee, please. How long will it take?
Room service: Just a few minutes, ma´am.
Mary Jones: Great. Thank you.

Checking out of the hotel

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Checking out of the hotel

I´d like to check out now.

Receptionist: Good morning. May I help you?
Daniel Adams: Yes, I´d like to check out now. My name´s Adams, room 312. Here´s the key.
Receptionist: One moment, please, sir. … Here´s your bill. Would you like to check and see if the amount is correct?
Daniel Adams: What´s the 14 pounds for?
Receptionist: That´s for the phone calls you made from your room.
Daniel Adams: Can I pay with traveller´s cheques?
Receptionist: Certainly. May I have your passport, please?
Daniel Adams: Here you are.
Receptionist: Could you sign each cheque here for me?
Daniel Adams: Sure.
Receptionist: Here are your receipt and your change, sir. Thank you.
Daniel Adams: Thank you. Goodbye.

Booking a hotel room

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Booking a hotel room

I´d like to book a room please.

Receptionist: Good afternoon, San Felice Hotel. May I help you?
Mrs Ryefield: Yes. I´d like to book a room, please.
Receptionist: Certainly. When for, madam?
Mrs Ryefield: March the 23rd.
Receptionist: How long will you be staying?
Mrs Ryefield: Three nights.
Receptionist: What kind of room would you like, madam?
Mrs Ryefield: Er… double with bath. I´d appreciate it if you could give me a room with a view over the lake.
Receptionist: Certainly, madam. I´ll just check what we have available. . . Yes, we have a room on the 4th floor with a really splendid view.
Mrs Ryefield: Fine. How much is the charge per night?
Receptionist: Would you like breakfast?
Mrs Ryefield: No, thanks.
Receptionist: It´s eighty four euro per night excluding VAT.
Mrs Ryefield: That´s fine.
Receptionist: Who´s the booking for, please, madam?
Mrs Ryefield: Mr and Mrs Ryefield, that´s R-Y-E-F-I-E-L-D.
Receptionist: Okay, let me make sure I got that: Mr and Mrs Ryefield. Double with bath for March the 23rd, 24th and 25th. Is that correct?
Mrs Ryefield: Yes it is. Thank you.
Receptionist: Let me give you your confirmation number. It´s: 7576385. I´ll repeat that: 7576385. Thank you for choosing San Felice Hotel and have a nice day. Goodbye.
Mrs Ryefield: Goodbye.

At the post office

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At the post office

Air mail, please.

Postal clerk: Yes, ma´am?
Mrs Ryefield: How much is a stamp to send a letter to France, please?
Postal clerk: Air mail or surface mail?
Mrs Ryefield: Air mail, please.
Postal clerk: That´ll be eighty-five cents.
Mrs Ryefield: Four stamps, please. How much is that?
Postal clerk: Three dollars and forty cents.
Mrs Ryefield: There you go.

Rent-A-Car

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Rent-A-Car

I´d like to rent a car.

Rent-A-Car Clerk: Good morning. May I help you?
Mary Jones: I´d like to rent a car, please.
Rent-A-Car Clerk: Okay. Full-size, mid-size or compact, ma´am?
Mary Jones: Full-size, please. What´s the rate?
Rent-A-Car Clerk: 78 dollars a day with unlimited mileage.
Mary Jones: And I´d like to have insurance just in case.
Rent-A-Car Clerk: Is there an additional driver?
Mary Jones: No.
Rent-A-Car Clerk: If you want full coverage insurance, it will be 8 dollars per day. It includes collision damage waiver and personal accident insurance.
Mary Jones: All right. I´ll take it.
Rent-A-Car Clerk: Here is our brochure, ma´am. Err… full-size… OK. Please choose a model in this section.
Mary Jones: How about this one?
Rent-A-Car Clerk: All right. How many days would you like to use it?
Mary Jones: Just one day.
Rent-A-Car Clerk: May I see your driver´s license and credit card please?
Mary Jones: Is the international driving licence fine?
Rent-A-Car Clerk: Yes, it is.
(…)
Thank you. Please fill in this form. Can you check this box, and put your initials here, and again here.

Reservations (airline)

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Reservations (airline)

Do you have any flights to Sydney next Tuesday afternoon?

Reservations clerk: Northwind Airways, good morning. May I help you?
Mary Jones: Yes, do you have any flights to Sydney next Tuesday afternoon?
Reservations clerk: One moment, please… Yes. There´s a flight at 16:45 and one at 18:00.
Mary Jones: That´s fine. Could you tell me how much a return flight costs? I´ll be staying three weeks.
Reservations clerk: Economy, business class or first class ticket?
Mary Jones: Economy, please.
Reservations clerk: That would be €346.
Mary Jones: OK. Could I make a reservation?
Reservations clerk: Certainly. Which flight would you like?
Mary Jones: The 16:45, please.
Reservations clerk: Could I have your name, please?
Mary Jones: My name is Mary Jones, that´s M-A-R-Y J-O-N-E-S.
Reservations clerk: How would you like to pay, Ms. Jones?
Mary Jones: Can I pay at the check-in desk when I pick up my ticket?
Reservations clerk: Yes, but you will have to confirm this reservation at least two hours before departure time.
Mary Jones: I see.
Reservations clerk: Now you have been booked, Ms. Jones. The flight leaves at 16:45, and your arrival in Sydney will be at 9:25 a.m., local time. The flight number is NWA 476.
Mary Jones: Thank you.