Eikaiwa · Intermediate

中級英会話 レッスン2

Additional Notes from Lesson 1
① That
What does the “that” in “It’s not that good” mean?

It’s not that + (adjective)

The “that” used in this sentence refers to a level or degree that is normal, imagined, or expected.

Take a look at the following examples:
It’s not that good.
It’s not as good as you think/say.

It’s not that bad.
It’s not as bad as you think/say.

It’s not that far.
It’s not as far as you think/say.

It’s not that difficult.
It’s not as difficult as you think/say.

A lot of people want to go to the first Starbucks, but it’s not that special.
The Expectation: The first Starbucks is special.

This means that a lot of people think it would be amazing to go to the first Starbucks and that because it’s the first Starbucks, it’s going to be very special and a great experience. But it’s not as special as a lot of people think. You have to wait in a long line of tourists, and the coffee tastes exactly the same as every other Starbucks. It’s not that special.

My friend told me the pancakes here are the best in the world, but they’re not that good.
The Expectation: The pancakes here are the best in the world.

My friend thinks the pancakes at this restaurant taste better than pancakes at any other restaurant. I tried these pancakes, but these are not the best pancakes in the world. They’re not that good.

A: Do you want the rest of this cake?
B: I’m not that hungry. I’ll just take a slice.
The Expectation: Person B is hungry enough to eat the rest of the cake.

Person A is offering the rest of a cake to Person B, but Person B isn’t hungry enough to eat the rest of the cake, but they are hungry enough to eat a slice of cake.

② ~ if you don’t mind me asking.
I’m not comfortable answering that. / I’d rather not say. (I would rather not say)

People who don’t want to give their personal information to others are not necessarily suspicious. They might just not be comfortable sharing details of their life with others.


Vocabulary

server: A waiter or waitress. (Definition 4)

box: A box or container used to take home leftover food. It’s also sometimes called a doggy bag, but doggy bag is not used much these days.

check: A receipt with the items you ordered and the amount you need to pay.

Additional Restaurant Vocabulary


Dialogue

Dialogue 1
Server:
Hi, how are you doing tonight?
Customer 1: Pretty good, thanks.
Server: Can I get you started with something to drink?
Customer 1: Sure, I’ll have a water.
Customer 2: Iced tea for me, please.
Server: Alright, I’ll be right back with those drinks for you.

Dialogue 2
Server:
Thanks for waiting. Here’s your drinks.
Customer 1: Thanks.
Server: Are you ready to order or do you need a few more minutes?
Customer 2: I think we’re ready to order. I’ll have the Seafood Medley, please.
Server: Okay, and how about you?
Customer 1: I’ll go with the Salmon Caesar Salad, please.
Server: Sure. A Seafood Medley and a Salmon Caesar. Thanks, I’ll be back with your food.

Dialogue 3
Server: How is everything tasting?
Customer 1: It’s really good, thanks.
Customer 2: This is delicious!
Server: I’m glad to hear that! Would either of you like a box for the rest of your food?
Customer 1: I’m okay, thanks.
Customer 2: I’d like a box, please.
Server: Okay. Here’s your check, but please take your time. I’ll be back with that box for you.


Activity
You’re at a restaurant with your friends. Talk with your friends while you wait for the server to come around and take your order.

While you are waiting, talk about:

  • Small talk. (Weather, how you’ve been, upcoming plans, events of last week)
  • Menu items. (What are you going to get? This looks good. I wonder what this is. Do you know what this is?)
  • Talk about anything! Current events, sports, politics, etc.

Try to use as much English as possible, but it’s okay if you need to use some Japanese, look up words in a dictionary, or look up words online.

The server will come around 3 times.
1回目: Order drinks
2回目: Order food
3回目: Get your check

There are sample dialogues below to help you if you are stuck.

Dialogue 1:
Server:
Hi, how are you doing tonight?
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: Can I get you started with some drinks? / Can I get you started with something to drink?
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: Alright, I’ll be right back with those drinks for you.

Dialogue 2:
Server:
Thanks for waiting. Here’s your drinks.
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: Are you guys ready to order?
Customer: I think so. I’ll have the ___________________________, please.
Server: What kind of side would you like? / Soup or salad?
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: Okay, thanks. I’ll be back with your food.

Dialogue 3:
Server:
How is everything? / How is everything tasting?
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: Would you like a box for the rest of your food?
Customer: ___________________________.
Server: ___________________. Here’s your check. Have a good rest of your night, and come back soon!


Notes
If you want to say the food tastes bad, you can say something like:
It’s okay. (Polite)
It tastes bad. (Direct, honest.)
It’s not that good. (Somewhat polite, honest.)
It’s a new taste for me. (Indirect, polite.)

If you say It’s a new taste for me, some people may ask if it’s a good taste or a bad taste. If you don’t know, or if you don’t want to be rude, you can say:
I don’t know.
I’m not sure yet.


Menu
This is the menu we used in class, but any menu will work with this activity.

Ivar’s Salmon House: Dinner Menu (pdf)
Ivar’s Salmon House Website

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