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English Listening Quizzes: Making a Dinner Reservation

You will hear a man who is making a dinner reservation. Choose the correct answer from the multiple choice questions and write it down. You will hear the listening twice. After you have finished, click on the answer to see if you have answered the questions correctly. Once you've finished the quiz, read through the dialogue below, as well as check out an American English version.

  1. What is the name of the restaurant?

    A) Apple Tree Restaurant B) Apple Inn Restaurant C) Appeal Restaurant

    What day would he like to make a reservation for?

    A) Saturday B) Friday C) Thursday

    What is the date?

    A) 12th B) 2nd C) 22nd

    What time would he like to make the reservation for?

    A) 18 o'clock B) Eight o'clock C) Nine o'clock

    How many people does he make a reservation for?

    A) 5 B) 4 C) 3

    What is his surname?

    A) Leavens B) Liavens C) Leavins

Making A Dinner Reservation Script

(On the telephone)

Hostess: Apple Tree Restaurant, can I help you?
Man: Oh yes, good morning. I'd like to make a reservation, please.
Hostess: Yes, what day?
Man: For Friday.
Hostess: This Friday?
Man: Yes, the 22nd.
Hostess: And what time would you like to come?
Man: Would it be possible at eight?
Hostess: Yes, eight o'clock would be fine. And, that's for how many people?
Man: I'm not sure. It's going to be four, or five. Probably five.
Hostess: Right. I'll make a reservation for five. And what's the name?
Man: The name is Mark Leavens.
Hostess: Mark Leavens. How do you spell Leavens?
Man: L E A V E N S
Hostess: L E A V E N S.
Man: That's right.
Hostess: OK. So, Friday the 22nd at eight o'clock for five people.
Man: Lovely.
Hostess: Thanks very much. Bye.
Man: Bye

This dialogue is in British English. There are some expressions such as 'lovely' that are more common in British English than American English. Here is a version that you might hear in the United States:

Hostess: Apple Tree Restaurant, may I help you?
Man: Oh yes, good morning. I'd like to make a reservation, please.
Hostess: Yes, what day?
Man: For Friday.
Hostess: This Friday?
Man: Yes, the 22nd.
Hostess: And what time do you want to come?
Man: How about eight?
Hostess: Yes, eight o'clock would be fine. For how many people?
Man: I'm not sure. It's going to be four, or five. Probably five.
Hostess: Okay. I'll make a reservation for five. And what's the name?
Man: The name is Mark Leavens.
Hostess: Mark Leavens. How do you spell Leavens?
Man: L E A V E N S
Hostess: L E A V E N S.
Man: That's right.
Hostess: OK. So, Friday the 22nd at eight o'clock for five people.
Man: Great.
Hostess: Thanks very much. Bye.
Man: Bye

Useful Vocabulary for Making Dinner Reservations

Here are some useful phrases and expressions for making reservations for dinner on the telephone:

I'd like to make a reservation for this Friday / Saturday / Sunday / etc. (this week) at seven / six / five / etc. o'clock.
I'd like to make a reservation for next Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / etc. (next week) at seven / six / five / etc. o'clock.
I'd like to make a reservation for Friday the 23rd. (for exact dates, especially helpful when making a reservation many weeks in advance)
Can I make a reservation for + day + time?
Is it possible to make a reservation for + day + time?
Do you have any tables available at + time?


Listening comprehension audio kindly provided by the British Schools Group Italy

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