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I hope you’re still hungry, because today you’re going to learn how to order drinks
at a bar, order coffee at a cafe, and order pizza for delivery.

 Conversation #1 – Ordering a Drink 
The person who works at the bar serving drinks is called the bartender. (This word can be used for a man or a woman). Here’s a conversation you might have with him:


Bartender: Hi there. What can I get for ya?
Christine: What do you have on tap?
Bartender: Guinness, Heineken, Corona and Sam Adams
Christine: Hmm... on second thought, I’d like something a little stronger. Do you have any drink specials?
Bartender: It’s happy hour, so all our cocktails are half-price.
Christine: All right, I’ll have a strawberry daiquiri.
Bartender: Coming right up! Do you wanna start a tab?
Christine: No, that’s OK. How much do I owe ya?
Bartender: $4.25.
(she gives him $5)
Bartender: Here’s your change.

Christine: That’s OK.

Nhân viên pha chế: Xin chào. Tôi có thể nhận được gì cho bạn?
Christine: Bạn có gì trên máy?
Nhân viên pha chế: Guinness, Heineken, Corona và Sam Adams
Christine: Hmm... nghĩ lại thì tôi muốn thứ gì đó mạnh hơn một chút. Bạn có đồ uống đặc biệt nào không?
Nhân viên pha chế: Đó là giờ khuyến mãi, vì vậy tất cả các loại cocktail của chúng tôi đều giảm giá một nửa.
Christine: Được rồi, tôi sẽ gọi một ly daiquiri dâu tây.
Bartender: Đến ngay! Bạn có muốn bắt đầu một tab?
Christine: Không, không sao đâu. Tôi nợ bạn bao nhiêu?
Nhân viên pha chế: $4,25.
(cô ấy đưa cho anh ta 5 đô la)
Bartender: Đây là sự thay đổi của bạn.

Christine: Không sao đâu.

Conversation Vocabulary & Phases
In informal spoken English, especially in questions, the word “you” is often pronounced “ya.” That’s why the bartender says, “What can I get for ya?”

The question “What do you have on tap?” is asking about the types of beer that thebar has available. Beer that is “on tap” is served from a barrel and faucet (like in the picture), not in a can or bottle.
There are four basic types of drinks you can get in a bar:
1. Beer. There are many different types of beer, including light beer, dark
beer, imported beer, and non-alcoholic beer. The two main types of beer
are ale (which has a stronger, more flavorful taste) and lager (with a cleaner,
smoother taste).

  •  “I’ll have a Budweiser.”
  •  “Can I get a pint of Sam Adams?”
  •  “Three Coronas, please.”

2. Wine. Wine comes in two major colors – red wine and white wine – and each color can come in two different tastes – sweet wine and dry wine (dry wine is not very sweet). Many bars and restaurants have a house wine, which is the wine they serve most frequently.

  •  “I’ll have a glass of the house wine.”
  •  “Can we get a bottle of white wine?”
  •  “Two glasses of red wine, please.”

3. Cocktails & Mixed drinks – These drinks are alcohol mixed with other
liquids like fruit juice or soda.

  •  “I’ll have a Rum & Coke.”
  •  “Can I get a margarita?”
  •  “One screwdriver and one Bloody Mary, please.”

4. Shots. Shots are small portions of strong alcohol drunk pure, without
mixing it with juice or any other ingredients.

  •  “I’ll have a shot of whiskey.”
  •  “Can we get a round of tequila shots?”
  •  “Two shots of vodka, please.”

You can also order strong alcoholic drinks like whiskey either “on the rocks” (which means with ice) or “straight up” (without ice).
“Happy hour” is a time (usually just after work, like from 5-7 PM) when many bars offer drinks at a reduced price.
When the bartender asks “Do you wanna start a tab?” he wants to know if you will pay later. A “tab” means that you will have many drinks and only pay at the end, before you leave. Also, in spoken English, the words “want to” are often pronounced “wanna.”
In the United States, as in restaurants, you need to leave a tip for the bartender. At the end of the conversation, the phrase “That’s OK” means the bartender can keep the extra money.

If you are drinking with friends, you can tell the bartender, “Can we get another round?” – a “round” means everyone will have another of the same drink they just finished. If you want to pay for a drink for your friend, you can say: “It’s on me” or “This one’s on me.” If you want to meet someone (especially if you are a man and you want to start a conversation with a woman) you can say, “Can I buy you a drink?

Have fun at the bar, but make sure you have a designated driver – a person who isn’t drinking any alcohol, who will be sober (not drunk) in order to drive everyone home.

Ordering Coffee
Here are four ways to ask for coffee:

  •  “Can I get... ?”
  •  “Could I have... ?”
  •  “I’d like...”
  •  “I’ll have...”

There’s not much difference between these four phrases – you can use any of them.

Now, here are some different ways to have your coffee. You can have...

  •  iced coffee (cold coffee with ice)
  •  black coffee (no milk)
  •  coffee with milk
  •  coffee with soy milk (non-dairy alternative to milk)
  •  small, medium, or large
  •  regular coffee (with caffeine)
  •  decaf coffee (without caffeine)
  •  with whipped cream

There are also many different types of coffee. Here are some of the most common:

  • espresso – very small, very strong coffee
  • latte – hot milk + espresso
  •  cappuccino – hot milk + espresso + foam
  • macchiato – espresso + a little bit of milk
  • mocha – hot milk + espresso + chocolate (“white mocha” is made with whitechocolate)
  •  americano – espresso + water

We also have different types of milk:

  •  Whole milk – Milk with the most fat
  •  Half and half – A mixture of 50% milk, 50% cream
  • 2% milk – Milk with 2% fat
  •  1% milk – Milk with 1% fat
  • Skim milk or non-fat milk – Milk with 0% fat

Finally, if you like your coffee to be sweet, you can choose between sugar and sweetener (sweetener is artificial sugar, with fewer calories).
So to combine all these elements into a phrase, you might make your order like this:

  •  “Can I get a medium black decaf coffee?”
  •  “Could I have a large iced coffee with soy milk?”
  •  “I’ll have a large mocha with whipped cream.”
  •  “I’d like a small latte.”
  •  “Can I get a medium cappuccino?” etc.

Finally, the server may ask you, “For here or to go?” – they want to know if you will stay in the café to eat and drink (“for here”), or if you will take your food/drink and leave (“to go”).
 Conversation #2 – Ordering a pizza 

Restaurant: Armando’s Pizza. Can I take your order?
Laura: I’d like a large pizza for delivery.
Restaurant: Any toppings?
Laura: What do you have?
Restaurant: Pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, sausage, olives, bacon, tomatoes, anchovies, and extra cheese.
Laura: Okay, I’ll have mushrooms and peppers, please.
Restaurant: Actually, if you order two toppings, the third one is free.
Laura: Oh! All right, could you put mushrooms and peppers on one half, and extra cheese on the other?
Restaurant: Yup. Anything to drink?
Laura: Two cans of Sprite.
Restaurant: You might as well get a bottle – it’s actually less expensive than two cans.
Laura: Ah, sure, why not?
Restaurant: OK, your total is $23.80. Could I have your name, address, and phone number?
Laura: Laura Jones, 1587 Market Street, Apartment 701 and my phone number is 555-1299.
Restaurant: Thanks – your order will be delivered in about 30 minutes.

Nhà hàng: Pizza của Armando. Tôi có thể lấy đơn đặt hàng của bạn?
Laura: Tôi muốn một chiếc bánh pizza lớn để giao hàng.
Nhà hàng: Có toppings không?
Laura: Bạn có gì?
Nhà hàng: Pepperoni, nấm, hành tây, ớt, xúc xích, ô liu, thịt xông khói, cà chua, cá cơm và thêm phô mai.
Laura: Được rồi, cho tôi xin nấm và ớt.
Nhà hàng: Trên thực tế, nếu bạn đặt hai lớp trên bề mặt, lớp thứ ba sẽ miễn phí.
Laura: Ồ! Được rồi, bạn có thể cho nấm và ớt vào một nửa và thêm pho mát vào nửa còn lại được không?
Nhà hàng: Ừ. Có gì để uống không?
Laura: Hai lon Sprite.
Nhà hàng: Bạn cũng có thể lấy một chai – nó thực sự rẻ hơn hai lon.
Laura: À, chắc chắn rồi, tại sao không?
Nhà hàng: OK, tổng cộng của bạn là $23,80. Tôi có thể có tên, địa chỉ và số điện thoại của bạn?
Laura: Laura Jones, 1587 Phố Chợ, Căn hộ 701 và số điện thoại của tôi là 555-1299.
Nhà hàng: Cảm ơn – đơn đặt hàng của bạn sẽ được giao sau khoảng 30 phút.

Conversation Vocabulary & Phrases

  • Pizzas usually come in three sizes: small, medium, and large
  • The ingredients like meat and vegetables that you put on top of a pizza are called toppings. In most pizza places, the basic pizza is one price and eachtopping costs extra to add.
  •  You can also ask for half (50%) of the pizza to have one topping, and theother half to have a different topping.
  •  The expression Why not? means “Yes” or “OK” or “I have no objections.”
  •  With most deliveries, you have two payment options: you can pay by creditcard over the phone, or you can pay in cash, which you give to the person whodelivers the pizza.
  •  You should also give a tip of 15% to the person who delivers the pizza. Why isit necessary to give so many tips in the United States to servers, bartenders,and delivery people? Well, most of these jobs pay extremely low salaries –often less than minimum wage – so the workersdepend on receiving thesetips to survive and get a decent salary.

You’ve finishe speaking challening about ordering three things:

  • order a drink
  • order coffee
  • order a pizza

Tomorrow, we’re going to switch gears – that means “change topics” – and talk about going to the post office and the bank.

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