RealLife English #138 – How To Tip Your Waiter And Get Better Service In English

Eating at restaurants in English can be tricky, and raise a lot of questions for all non-native speakers.

Am I being rude with the waiter? Should I leave a tip? What’s the right way to order?

In this episode of the podcast you are going to learn all aspects of eating out at restaurants for politeness, booking a table, and free refills.

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Words You’ll Learn:

  • a tip – some extra money given to compliment the service
  • Flap jacks – a pancake
  • Under your belt – an achievement to your name
  • Have something down – have some thing mastered
  • Pipe down – a slightly rude way to tell someone to be quiet
  • When in Rome – an expression to suggest you follow local customs when you’re in a foreign place
  • Mace –  a medieval weapon
  • Fax machine – a machine that sends scanned documents through telecommunication networks
  • Morse code – coded letters sent through sound or light signals
  • Make a reservation – to book a table at a restaurant
  • A party of 4 – a way of naming the table based on guests
  • Booster seat – a raised seat for babies
  • No show – to make a reservation but not go there
  • Greeter – the person at the door who shows you to your table
  • Bus boy – waiter that clears tables
  • Swanky – luxurious and expensive
  • Joint – an informal way to reference a restaurant
  • Broad – a old way of calling a women
  • Host/hostess – the man or woman that oversees all the guests and waiters
  • Be tipped out – to share all of the tips from the night with all the staff
  • Free refills – free drinks for the whole night
  • Rapport – a close and harmonious relationship with friends and colleagues
  • Holdovers – a fancy way of saying entrees, a smaller serving of food before the main course
  • subservient – to obey someone unquestionably  
  • Soup or salad? – waiters will always ask this for the entree
  • Dressing – sauce used to flavor salad
  • Side dish – a smaller portion of food served with the main course

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