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Basic English vocabulary for restaurants

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http://www.engvid.com/ Eating in a restaurant can be a fun thing to do with friends, but if you are just learning English all the new words can be confusing. Watch and learn what an "appetizer" is and how to change your "order", and before you know it you will be "fine dining" with the best of them. Take the quiz for this lesson here: http://www.engvid.com/basic-english-vocabulary-restaurants/ TRANSCRIPT Party of two, your table is ready, party of two. Okay, and these are your drinks, sir. There you go. Enjoy your meal. Bon appétit! Hi. James, from EngVid. When I'm not making videos, I need to make money, and this lesson, actually, is about restaurants. I used to be a waiter when I was younger, so I've been in many a restaurant, and I know it might be difficult for you when you -- I mean, you're coming to a new country. I'll slow it down for you because this is basic. You're coming to a new country, and you want to enjoy something. You want to have a meal out of your house. You know -- meal, dinner, or lunch or breakfast. And you go to the restaurant and then somebody walks up to you with, "party of", "table of", "And what would you like for appetizers?" "Would you like an app?" "Would you like this?" "Well, how about your main?" "What about this?" No! Please, don't. So let's slow it down. Let's make it basic, so when you enter a restaurant, you can right away know what they're talking about. Now, there're other things -- you know, we don't have everything in here. There are two other videos on restaurants that you can go watch on EngVid, but this is basic. But even if you think, "Oh, I know all this stuff. I'm very good", you might learn a thing or two. Okay? So come watch. So let's start off first. The worm has a drink. One of the first things they're going to come up to you depending -- and see, I don't know if you know this. There's "fine dining", "casual dining", and "fast food". First thing you should know, so where are you going? "Fast food" is like McDonald's, Taco Bell -- [coughs] that's not food -- Taco Bell, Subway -- most of this won't apply, okay? But some of these words, like -- well, we'll get there -- will apply, and I'll let you know. "Casual dining" is like Chili's or Montana's. I mean these are restaurants in the United States and Canada, so don't worry, but it's all similar. It means you can wear something like I'm wearing: jeans -- there you go. I'm getting old. Can't lift that leg up -- or a T-shirt, and it's okay. No one's going to complain, okay? And you can sit down. Not like McDonald's. You can sit down with a knife and fork, and you can eat your dinner. Or -- then you have "fine dining". "Fine dining" is when the people wear what we call "penguin suits". They have a tie and a shirt, and they walk up, and they serve on tables. Okay? But you need a reservation, and it's mucho dinero mis amigos, mucho, mucho dinero. For the rest of you, it's lots of money. "Fine dining" -- "fine" means "expensive", and you usually require a reservation to get a table. So let's just go with casual, because casual is where most can go. Even if you're in a foreign country and there are people who serve tourists, they're going to go mostly to casual, not necessarily fine dining, so I'm sticking with casual, all right? So casual -- McDonald's we know you just walk in. And here's something -- and McDonald people you can thank me. Next time you go, don't watch them and say, "Give me Big Mac. Give me French fries. And that I want." Try to say, "may I" or "can I have". People who work in the service industry -- which is what the restaurant industry is, where they serve you -- they want a little politeness, so try "can I have" and "may I have". You'll be surprised at how much better they serve you or treat you. Now let's go to the board with the worm, who is providing drinks. One of the first things you come in and you come to a restaurant, they might say to you, "party of" or "table for". And you're going to say, "What?" Well, "party of" -- I know you're not like, "Fiesta time, baby! Yeah, we're going to party, going to be drinking" -- no. What they mean is you are a group of people, and how many are in the group. So "party of two" or "party of four" means there are two -- you can say, "There are two in my party" or four. "There are two of us", or "there are four of us", or ten, okay? Then it's a "partay". It's not a "party"; it's a "partay". Now, "table of" means the same thing, or "table for", "table for". And they mean, for -- I did a video where I talked about "for" means "receive". Go look at it. "For" means "to receive", so "table for four people", so "table for four", "table for five" -- this is four. How many people? That's easy. And that's when they're sitting in the front. That's the first thing they will ask you. Then they will bring you to your table. And they're going to give you something called a "menu".
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Jordan Faubert (5 hours ago)
Good teacher
Calabaza 18 (9 hours ago)
I love youu!!! You are so fun!!! 😘
Laxman Bisht (3 days ago)
Excellent. Amazing.
Marilia Ioannidou (3 days ago)
tWhat do you want for starter?
sean (5 days ago)
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Andrew E. Bolger (6 days ago)
This was really good. Thank you!
Zemaden Dionio (9 days ago)
Cool men,you got a best Explanation...
Mao MucMuc (13 days ago)
I love watching his videos 👍🏻
keston burton (16 days ago)
that is make me learn and make me laugh
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keston burton (16 days ago)
hey mr james you ask the costumer for there drink you just pick it up Lol .
Gu Guss (19 days ago)
McDonald = shit
Briseda Cruz (19 days ago)
youre awesome!
POYINK (20 days ago)
MEN FOR YOU! haha James you are so fun to watch and very charasmatic!
soy inocente (23 days ago)
'It's mucho dinero mi amigos, mucho dinero ' 😂😂 I'm weak
hem pov (23 days ago)
You are good reveal the lession.
begnini87 (25 days ago)
Excelent class! Thank you so much for sharing with us and teaching us those precious tips 🙏🏻
Hopeless Romantic (26 days ago)
At the same time I learned a lot from this video
Hopeless Romantic (26 days ago)
So funny😂😂😂
امي نبض كلبي (26 days ago)
Omg you are amazing I learned a lot from you ,because today is my traning to work at resturant
Deepak Fouzdar (26 days ago)
For the first time on YouTube I found a video which had all the information ( which was not boring ) I was looking for. I don't comment usually but I wanted to appreciate your work and your humor you put up in this video. Cheers.
Joel Lopez (1 month ago)
Really good video thanks so much I learned a lot
Ishana Tiwari (1 month ago)
James you are very funny and the lesson you teach are really good ☺️🙂☺️🙂😊
Huỳnh Nhật Khánh (1 month ago)
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Elias solitario (1 month ago)
Dude when I order food I be like wtf what I doing here what I have to said is so hard for me
MINH T (1 month ago)
Hi I'm French. Thank you for the lesson! I learned the Prix Fixe/Special : that's funny because I didn't know those terms from french LOL. We use the "menu" for prix fixe in french. Menu midi or Menu du soir
Yu Jenny (1 month ago)
So useful ESL English, Thank you so much James
MONALISA TOU (1 month ago)
I love your way of making it so easy for learners
Anthony Jouvin (2 months ago)
I laughed I liked this video thank u James
Mirelly S C Lippel (2 months ago)
Awesome,very fun!
pei peng (2 months ago)
excellent class
stefan isailovic (2 months ago)
You are amazing
Surprise me, Bitch (2 months ago)
I want him to be my university teacher
MsBailongo (2 months ago)
Please subs in spanish
Mr Shrezinc (2 months ago)
Great ! Great! Very very useful lesson.
Inna Drum (2 months ago)
Thanks from Ukraine! Everything is clear, loved your pronunciation!
Zedan Mardi (2 months ago)
Superb teaching experience
Will Wij (2 months ago)
Im indonesian, soon ill be working as a waiters in Australia . Can you make a training video how to communicate properly to our guest? (ill be working in casual restaurant) Thanks for reading this comment.
Andres (3 months ago)
Yoy r the best teacher ,.. you r not the tipical bored teacher that speaks only grammar techniques (they are important anyway) but you got charisma....
Dienniffer Foly (3 months ago)
Thanks ❤️
live laugh love (3 months ago)
you're the best teacher!
Milind Dixit (3 months ago)
You nailed it Mr James!
Marino Filho (3 months ago)
Okay. Much funny
Ireneo Garcia (3 months ago)
He looks like KOBE BRYANT! I never thought kobe would be a great waiter too. Lmao
forhad h (3 months ago)
Don't you felt hungry while making this 😅
Rodrigo Maciel (3 months ago)
Great lesson
Tung Cao (3 months ago)
Very easy to understand it because of you, techer is very fun and... I love it
Najla Ribeiro (3 months ago)
awesome class, I loved it
✓ AS Alan Garner (3 months ago)
It is right to say.. "Can I get" ?
rose jamir (3 months ago)
Leonid .Zabolotin (3 months ago)
Thank you so much from Russia!
Gaby Diaz (3 months ago)
I love the part when you speak Spanish :D Wonderful topic
Witza Franza (3 months ago)
Can you be my teacher 😍😍😘😘
The Sketch (4 months ago)
he is very entertaining :)
William Nanquil (4 months ago)
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Mark Joseph Simbajon (4 months ago)
your video is very easy to understand and not boring to watched =) Thank you.
bersa medina (4 months ago)
exelente fue de mucha ayuda no se mucho de ingles pero entendi mucho saludos desde coatzacoalcos veracruz mexico trabajo en un restaurant brasileño
Vishal Sharma (4 months ago)
He is funny 😂😂
Slick TrillaRReal (4 months ago)
That is one epic gap!
FirK (4 months ago)
hi I am french do you speak french au revoir et a la prochaine
Witty!!! Genial James!!
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Tamiris Lopes (5 months ago)
Amazing class!
Nona N (5 months ago)
Sir I like you teaching please teach moor
Amie Gratuito (5 months ago)
Mr.james i really enjoyed watching you,your so funny,but i learned a lot from you.
Emma Naik (5 months ago)
You r so fantastic .....
Kioko Lorraine Cid (5 months ago)
Hey you are so lovely! I love the way you teach! ❤
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Waqas Jutt (5 months ago)
I am new immigrant i want to learn english can i also join on skype
Lucas (5 months ago)
I'm a Brazilian and now I study this lesson in my english class, It's that the first video I watching, you're good, I will checking more videos
Rocio Gravenhorst (6 months ago)
lol es MUCHO DINERO! loved the class
oscar sanchez (6 months ago)
gracias mi amigo, te quiero de amigo jaja
Leyla Khodadi (6 months ago)
Hey, u are really reallygood at teaching and making people familiar with the new slang and phrases. But i Thank u should get better When abort ordning on the whiteboard,
Marko (6 months ago)
YOU Are The best
jelo villasenor (6 months ago)
*There's only two things I know* Fine dining and breathing Anyways thank you, this'll be great for a skit were making at school.
Pasang La (6 months ago)
very good thing to know and funny teacher as well. Thank you very much
nagy gamil (6 months ago)
Rosa E (7 months ago)
Funny teacher. But, if it was for basic learners no one would understand what you taught for sure because you talk too fast and the language you used was not simple at all.
chen topher (7 months ago)
Paying tip is something I hated when I was in Canada, it's awkward, I had to pay even though the service is poor, they take it for granted. I prefer the British practice of not paying tip
Karim Bsf (7 months ago)
Anna Love (7 months ago)
James is a funny smarty with so much innovation.
William' zzZ (7 months ago)
this helps a LOT. Thanks really/
Fabiana Duran (7 months ago)
Thank you so much. I understand everything you're teaching
Acephalous Sapiens (7 months ago)
So fast that I can't understand all of the words that are from his mouth without subtitle but I still like this video due to his humor !
Huda Alamer (7 months ago)
Thank u very much
Maria J. Salter (7 months ago)
You had me until you "gagged" over the mention of Taco Bell... Not that I enjoy Taco Bell, however, it was an unnecessary stab at an establishment.
david principe duran (7 months ago)
i loved it! felicitaciones !!! saludos desde peru
Xuan Feng (7 months ago)
thanks for your video. it is useful for a English learner
SJ Lavin (7 months ago)
Gracias! this is a super helpful video. Thank you so much. You are a great teacher!
Marvin Sepp (7 months ago)
How I got here I do not know BUT! I watched the video till the very end haha :)
Shogo Tonomura (7 months ago)
Great Video!! I watched this video to be a better waiter. Your way of teaching is how I want to teach!! Your mindset is phenomenal too!! You are a beast in teaching English!!!
Myriam Martinez (8 months ago)
Hey James, I love your classes, I am from Colombia and soon I am going to Charleston SC, I hope have the opportunity to go to the restaurant and order my won meal. Thank you.
Darkssmile (8 months ago)
like Mc Donald "sahdasdahsdh" hahahahaahhaahha i love it. rubbish meal sure!
Dennis Hoffmann (8 months ago)
Great lesson, but there is a huge difference with tip in america and europe. Waiteresses in europe are paid more salary than in amerika but sadly many do not know this. On the other hand 1 dollar on a 100 dollar bill is really offensive and I know exactly how it feels. keep it up *thumbs up*
Nguyễn Thị Hoa Xuân (8 months ago)
thank you for your lecture <3! It's so helpful.
Paulina Ożga (8 months ago)

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