Multimedia Role Play for Chinese

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Eating in a Chinese restaurant


A is a British student having his/her lunch in a popular Chinese restaurant before catching a train.

B is a waiter in a Chinese restaurant.

Tasks for A, a British student

Make the conversation as realistic as possible by greeting each other at the beginning and by using small talk. Try to anticipate the flow of the conversation by looking at the following prompts.

  1. You walk into a busy Chinese restaurant at lunchtime. You have to catch a train in an hour. Ask B, the waiter, to find a seat for you, and explain your situation.
  2. Order your meal: one stir-fry diced chicken, a beef soup and a bowl of plain rice, and ask B to be quick, as your train is leaving in 40 minutes.
  3. Ask B to get you another pair of chopsticks, as the ones on the table are dirty ( zāng SV).
  4. When you see your bill you realise that B has charged you far too much.  Ask why.
  5. Tell B that you didn't realise that you had ordered large portions. Tell B that you haven't got enough money to pay. Ask for B’s advice.
  6. Thank B for his/her help. Tell B that he/she should keep the change as his tip (小费 xiăofèi N).