It's the most important time of the day – dinner time – and Mary's gone to the canteen with Abi. But Mary's hasn't quite worked out the system for getting what she wants.
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Welcome back to English at University - the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year of study abroad. It's the most important time of the day – dinner time – time for some grub – I mean food - and Mary's gone to the canteen with Abi but Mary's hasn't quite worked out the system for getting what she wants.
…some of that… and some of that… ooo, and a bit of that…
Gosh, that's a lot of food Abi.
Yeah but you can eat as much as you like here – it's the same price – so go on, fill your boots! I'll see you over at the table.
Fill my boots?
She means eat a lot! Abi may be pigging out on lots of food but you don't have to. Do you need some help Mary?
Yes please. I can't remember where anything is – and I'm a vegetarian but the food labels are so confusing.
Don't worry. Before you tuck in to a vegetarian meal, just ask 'can you tell me which food is suitable for vegetarians?' or 'has this got meat in it?' and then when you want to find stuff like the cutlery – the knives and forks – just ask 'where can I can find…' or 'do you have any…?' Go on give it a go.
OK then. Excuse me, can you tell me if you have any food suitable for vegetarians… please?
Dunno… have we got any veggie stuff? Well there's the spaghetti bolognaise over there.
Ermm… has that got meat in it?
Well a little bit.
Hi Mary… looking for something veggie? I'd recommend the lentil dal over there… delicious… a real taste of Asia.
Thanks Professor. But what are you doing here?
Well err… my wife… Mrs Not… likes me to eat out sometimes… since I… err…not to worry.
Right, anything else? I just need your meal ticket. No… that's a blue one… for breakfast… you need a red one for dinner.
Allow me… I have a spare ticket… there you go.
Thanks. Now, where do I find the knives and forks?
Just over here…. Oh no, it's that idiot Daniel.
Hello Mary… Professor Not… can I join you, tell you about my business idea? I got the idea from your book…. look… ooops…
Idiot! Now I have lentil dal all over my suit – what will Mrs Not say?
Oh dear. Excuse me, do you have any serviettes?
What a mess! Daniel has certainly left his mark on Professor Not but at least Mary has managed to find her way around the canteen. Here are some of the phrases she used…
Excuse me, can you tell me if you have any food suitable for vegetarians please?
Has this got meat in it?
Where can I find…?
Do you have any…?
You can practise these phrases, pick up a few more plus learn some top tips for studying in the UK on our website at bbclearningenglish.com. Now, back to dinner – and Daniel won't be stuffing himself with food – he's got some clearing up to do.
So sorry about that… if I just scrape this bit off… err you'll be fine.
So what was your 'business idea'? Dry cleaning perhaps?
No… it was an idea to…
Never mind. See you at tomorrow's lecture. It starts at 10am sharp. Goodbye.
Oh dear Daniel. Would you like to share my food?!
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