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Summer course 2 - August 2016 - Difficult group - Lesson 7


- Hi there, Norman! Isn't this your parking space?
- That's right! This IS my parking space! Some imbecile has taken it, and I had to park at the very back of the car park!
- What a cheek! Some people, eh?
- I know! It even has my name on it, in block letters! And this moron had the nerve to park here anyway!
- This is simply appalling! You know what I would do? I would tell them off!
- Oh I will! I'll give them a piece of my mind!
- Here's your chance! I think this is the driver coming towards us now.
- Aha!
- Hold on, isn't this our new Head of Department?
- I think you're right! Oh well... It's an honest mistake. Can happen to anyone! Nothing to make a fuss about!

Dialogue 6 - August 2016 - Difficult
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Dining Etiquette – Table Taboos

Hello, I’m Nancy Mitchell the owner of the Etiquette Advocate, and today we’re talking about dining etiquette. We will now talk about what are some of the things you do not want to do, when you are seated at a dining room table. First and foremost, when you arrive at the table and you have found your place it is extremely rude to change place cards. The host/hostess has worked very, very hard on finding an arrangement at the table that will facilitate conversation. There is mixing and mingling of people and corporations and agendas, don’t make the mistake of moving a place card. Find your place and sit where you are assigned. Other things not to do at the table are taking medications. It makes other people very uncomfortable to see you taking a medication even if you need to do that before a meal, it should be very, very unobtrusive. It should be something that you do not do when other people are watching. 


Hygiene, don’t assume that after a meal you can apply lipstick. You cannot use a toothpick at the table you cannot use your finger to get something out of your teeth at the table. All of those things are very offensive and will disturb the other diners.

Using your cell phone, the cell phone should be under the table, it can be in a briefcase, it can be in a handbag. If it rings, reach down, turn it off, say to your dining companions, I’m so sorry, I thought I had turned that off. Don’t look at the display, don’t answer the call to say I’m sorry I can’t talk right now; I’ll call you back. You are saying to your dining companions, that whoever is calling you is more important than they are, this should be out of the picture.


Other things to remember are; it’s your responsibility to talk to your guest on your left and your right. If you’ve come to the event with someone from your business, from your family, it’s your responsibility to talk to other people at the table and not just to the person with whom you’ve come. Other things to avoid are, taking away doggy bags, if you’re at a business event or any event where you care about your image, don’t ask for a doggy bag, don’t share bites of your food with other people at the table, don’t ask for a taste of someone else’s. These things reflect very poorly on you. Next, we’re going to be talking about how to navigate the place setting.




Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
Flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
Taxi light shines so bright

But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station
Every Friday night
But I am so lazy, don't want to wander
I stay at home at night

But I don't feel afraid
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

Every day I look at the world from my window
But chilly, chilly is the evening time
Waterloo sunset's fine

Millions of people swarming like flies 'round

Waterloo underground
But Terry and Julie cross over the river
Where they feel safe and sound

And they don't need no friends
As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset
They are in paradise

Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks cover
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