The Date




free (3) sound (2) do you mind
date (3) date (2) think/thought/thought (2)
mind fantastic meet/met/met
hope come on come/came/come
great check (2) know/knew/known
meal mention come/came/come
list delicious don’t mention it
nice oh dear speak/spoke/spoken
main lobster champagne
roast course (3) drink/drank/drunk
truffles hard work wonderful
bill (3) certainly main course
half exciting interesting
lovely so far (2) take/took/taken
in time ring (4)






David: “Are you free this evening? For a meal? You are? That’s fantastic.”

It’s David’s new friend on the phone. I think he really likes her. It sounds a very exciting.

David: “See you at 7:30. Bye.”

Helen: “David has a date.”
Jane: “When?”
Helen: “Tonight.”
Jane: “What’s her name?”
David: “Julia.”
Jane: “Julia? When did you meet her?”
Matt: “Two weeks ago.”
David: “Do you mind?”
Jane: “What is it tonight then, cinema, theater, opera?”
Matt: “A burger.
David: “A restaurant.”
Jane: “Which one?”
David: “Hong Kong House; its Chinese. It’s very good.”
Matt: “It’s very cheap.”
David: “It’s very good.”
Jane: “Well I hope you and . . .”
Matt: “Julia.”
Jane: “Julia? Have a great time.”
Helen: “I’ll come with you. Have a nice evening.”

David: “Bye then.”
Matt: “Bye.”

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David: “This is it.”
Julia: “Oh, Chinese. I had a Chinese meal yesterday. Can we go somewhere else?”
David: “Where would you like to go?”
Julia: “I love Italian food. Is there an Italian restaurant near here?”
David: “I don’t know.”
Julia: “Yes there is: Marco’s. It’s about five minutes away.”
David: “Marco’s? Yes. But that’s . . .”
Julia: “What’s the problem?”
David: “. . . Nothing.”
Julia: “Come on.”

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Julia: “It’s really lovely here. Thanks David.”
David: “Don’t mention it. You know I can speak Italian. Just a little.”
Julia: “Can you? I can’t speak any languages. Say something David.”
Waiter: “Good evening, sir, madam.”
Julia: “Go on.”
David: “Buona sera. Patera javi amo el menú per favore.”
Waiter: “Multu mene seniore. Buena listi de vini.”
David: “Sorry can you speak more slowly, please?”
Waiter: “Would you like to see the wine list, sir?”
David: “Yes, please. Gratsi.”

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David: “What would you like to start? The soup looks nice.”
Julia: “I think I’d like the truffles.”
David: “Okay the truffles. And can I have the soup, please.”
Waiter: “Truffles and soup. And for the main course?”
Julia: “I’d like the lobster.”
David: “And I’d like the roast chicken.”
Waiter: “What’s your drink?”
Julia: “How about a bottle of champagne?”
Waiter: “Sir? The champagne?”
David: “Yes. A bottle of champagne.”

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David: “It’s hard work, but I like my job. It’s very interesting. And I like playing sports at weekends: football, tennis. And I like reading: books, magazines.”
Julia: “Really this is delicious.”
David: “Can we have the bill, please.
Waiter: “Certainly, sir . . . Thank you very much, sir.”

David: “What time’s your train?”
Julia: “Half past 10:00.”
David: “Half past ten? It’s half past 10 now.”
Julia: “Oh dear. Can you ring for a taxi?”
David: “A taxi?”

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Julia: “Thanks for a wonderful evening.”
David: “Don’t mention it.”
Julia: “Good night.”
David: “Good night.”

David: “How much is it so far?”
Taxi Driver: “Nineteen pounds fifty (£19.50).”
David: “But I only have 20 pound left. Do you take credit cards?
Taxi Driver: “No.”
David: “Visa, American Express, a check?”
Taxi Driver: “Sorry, I only take cash, Sir. Thank you very much indeed, sir. Good night.”
David: “Thanks very much.”

So that was David’s date with Julia. He got home in time for breakfast.

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Soup, Chicken Soup, Vegetable Soup. In the beginning, David was texting and messaging his old friend from high school. True or false?

Starters, Hors D’oeuvre. Did David and Julia arrange (plan) to watch a football match at a sports stadium on Saturday afternoon?

Salad, Salad Dressing. Nobody knows about David’s personal life. Nobody cares about David’s personal life. No one is interested in David’s love life. Is this right or wrong?

Roast Chicken, Roast Turkey. Is Matt very happy for David, or might Matt be jealous? What did David do before leaving?

Steak, Pork Chops. Did Julia and David have dinner at a Chinese restaurant? Why didn’t they eat at the Hong Kong House?

Lobster, Crab, Shrimp. David is fluent in Italian. David can speak Italian fluently. Is this correct or incorrect?

Fried Liver, Heart, Lungs, Kidney. Did Julia order pizza and did David order spaghetti with garlic bread?

Ground Meat, Minced Meat. Was the meal cheap? Do you think the meal was cheap, medium-priced, expensive or very expensive? How did David pay for the meal? Did he pay with cash?

Dumplings. David and Julia went home by city bus. Yes or no? Did David and Julia have a wonderful evening?

Bread, Bread Rolls, Buns, Bread Sticks.
How would you describe Julia? How would you describe David? What kind of person is Julia? What kind of person is David?
Noodles, Fried Noodles. I often eat out at restaurants. I often dine in restaurants. True of false? I always, usually, frequently, often, sometimes, rarely, seldom or never eat at restaurants?

Baked Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes. Are there Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Greek, Thai or other foreign or ethnic restaurants in your city?

Rice, Pilaf, Plov. What are your favorite dishes? What are your favorite foods?

Salt and Pepper. What do girlfriends and boyfriends do together? Where do they go together?

Wine, Champagne. What might happen in the future?

Dessert, Cake, Pie, Pudding.
What could or should people do for entertainment?

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