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During the meal

Section 1: language focus

1. structures


(Yes) This soup, stew…steakbread, fishmelon… is really delicious, excellent…tenderfreshjuicy, sweet…
(Yes) TheseThese mushroomsrolls, shrimpsgrapes… are really delicious…freshjuicy, sweet…
I’m really/I sure am enjoying this soup/these rolls…
This soup, stew…steakbreadfishmilk…
is awful, disgusting, revolting,
is burnt, underdone, overdone, toughstale, dry, oldoff, not freshoff, sourbittertastelessovercooked, undercookedtoo salty/spicy/peppery/sweetnot spicy/sweet/…enough
These mushrooms… are awful … etc. (as above)


I’m very sorry, Sir/Madam.Shall I take it/them away?Would you like to order something else?I’ll bring you another …/some other …


1. Work in groups of three. Take turns to be A (the waiter or waitress) and B and C (two customers). Write out a menu, or use an available menu (such as the one from Saigon Palace), and imagine that the meal is in progress. Practice these exchanges:

2. Work in groups of three or four. One of you is a waiter/waitress, and the others are customers. Imagine that you are having dinner at Saigon Palace Restaurant. Act out a conversation between the waiter/waitress and the customers during the meal.

2. vocabulary

Match the items and activities in the chart with the right number in the picture opposite.

5 ------------------------------ to carveto flambéto fillet
---------------------------------------- a silver flata vegetable disha sauce boata soup tureen
---------------------------------------- a trolleya service countera sideboarda hotplate

A customer who is enjoying a dish could use the words in column 1. Find words in column 2 which mean approximately the opposite. For example: (a) – 3.

Column 1Column 2

(a) delicious; excellent1. sour

(b) tasty2. dry

(c) juicy3. awful, horrible, ghastly, revolting,

(d) fresh terrible

(e) tender (meat)4. stale, old, off

(f) sweet (fruit)5. tasteless

6. tough

Section 3:reading

1. Pre-reading

Discuss the answers to the following questions.

  1. What should a waiter/waitress do when serving customers? What shouldn't he/she do?
  2. How is he/she supposed to carry plates, glassware and utensils when serving guests?
  3. What are some rules for service at the guest table?

2. Reading

Service rules

Service rules

Every profession has rules, more or less. Table service has more. There are personal rules dealing with you as an individual and rules for working directly with guests. This should not scare you - in fact, the rules should make you feel more secure. All these rules are based on common sense and are designed to make your work easier.

Personal Rules

Gum chewing and smoking during working hours are forbidden. A noisy service station is a sign that the service personnel are neglecting their main task, which is creating a relaxing environment in which guests can enjoy their meals. All utensils should be handled carefully and silently, and orders should be called calmly, so that even during your busiest time, the atmosphere will not become hectic. Collisions with colleagues are easily avoided if you obey the following two rules:

Questions & Answers

what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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