Exercise 3. Complete the waiter’s half of the dialogue, using the prompts in brackets. You can also enlarge customer’s remarks. Then act out the dialogue in pairs.

WAITER: (Evening.)

CUSTOMER: Good evening.

WAITER: (Two?)

CUSTOMER: Yes, please.

WAITER: (Aperitif?)

CUSTOMER: No, thanks.

WAITER: (Menu.)


WAITER: (Order?)

CUSTOMER: Well, I’m not quite sure what to have.

WAITER: (The veal?)

CUSTOMER: All right. I’ll have that.

WAITER: (To start?)

CUSTOMER: Almond soup, please.

WAITER: (Wine?)

CUSTOMER: Yes. A bottle of house white, please.

WAITER: (All right?)

CUSTOMER: Yes, thanks. Delicious.

WAITER: (Dessert?)

CUSTOMER: Hazelnut gâteau for me, I think.

WAITER: (Coffee?)

CUSTOMER: Yeas, thanks. That would be nice.



Bing: Hi, John. How are you?

John: Not so good. Life is getting more difficult.

Bing: That’s bad news. What’s the problem?

John: I’m short of money. Could you lend me some cash?

Bing: Sure. How much do you want?

John: Well, my parents are sending me a hundred marks.

Bing: That’s about forty pounds. I can’t lend you more than twenty.

John: That’s fine. I might borrow the rest from Ann.

Bing: O’key. I could get some money from the cash-point this afternoon. You can come with me.

John: Is it far?

Bing: No, it’s just down the road.

John: All right, I might come then.

At the cash dispenser

John: I haven’t got a cash card.

Bing: You should get one. They’re more useful than cheques. You can get money twenty-four hours a day, and at the weekend.

John: I’ve got a bank account in Germany, but I really must get an EC card.

Bing: Yes, then you haven’t got to change money – or borrow it! Here you are – two ten-pond notes.

Active Vocabulary

bank (deposit) account / discount

to make /earn money

to earn one's living

to borrow (from) / ant. to lend

bureau de change

cash (a cash card)

a cash-point

to change / to exchange (change n.)

the exchange rate

a bill / (by) cheque

a credit card / EC card


a (bank)note
a ten-pound note (but ten pounds)

fifty pence (50p) / a fifty-pence piece

a coin

to be short of (money, time, etc.)

to spend £££ (on) smth.
to pay (for) smth.

to cost
to charge free (of charge)

to waste / ant. to save (up)

to afford

to be worth smth. / doing smth.


cost of living - how much people pay for things

standard of living - the level of money and comfort people have

commission (interest)



perks / bonus



free cheap reasonable quite / very / incredibly expensive

Practical Assignment

Exercise 1. Fill in the gaps using the past tense of verbs from the box.

buy spend lose pay cost sell win waste find give

1. My car was five years old, so I................ it and................ a new one.

2. I was very sad when I................ my watch in the street. It was a present from my wife and it................ her a lot of money. Fortunately, somebody......... it the next day and took it to a Police Station.

3. I................ over £2,000 for my computer, but it isn't worth very much now.

4. My father................ me £50 last week but I................ most of it on a ticket for a concert on Friday.

5. Last week somebody................ £lm in a game on television. It was incredibly exciting.

6. I'm afraid I............... my money on those CDs because I never play them.

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