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THE DINING-ROOM

Many of our students have dinner at our Institute dining-room.

Ours1 is a self-service dining-room. It means there is no waiter or waitress to wait on us, and we get the dishes ourselves.

First we buy tickets at the cash-desk.

Then one of us. goes to the buffet to get some appetizers (entrees), another gets the soup, a third—the second course.

We needn't buy bread since there are platefuls of brown and white bread on each table.

At our dining-room we can have dinner table d'hote-usually cheaper than a la carte-when you order each dish separately from the menu card.

Sometimes we dine table d'hote, but as a rule we choose different dishes.

For appetizers we take salad, sauerkraut, sometimes herring or caviar.

Of all possible soups I prefer cabbage soup with meat or sour cream.

My friend usually has noodle soup, or rice soup with meat or potatoes.

There is a great choice of second courses at our dining-room: fried fish with potatoes, roast meat, cutlets, beefsteaks, rumpsteaks, chops, pancakes with sour cream, and what not.

I always have buckwheat porridge with whatever dish I order.

My friend, on the other hand, prefers vegetables, espe. cially potatoes.

For dessert we usually take cranberry jelly, compote, tea with lemon, ice-cream or fruit: apples, tangerines etc.

Sometimes wrhen we stay at the Institute quite late We go down to the dining-room or up to the refreshment room to have a bite (to have a snack) - it is usually a sandwich with tea, or milk, or coffee, or cocoa.

Some students have their breakfast at the Institute too.

As a rule they have buckwheat porridge, rice porridge, sausages, eggs, cream, milk, coffee or tea.

Our dining-room is quite neat and clean; the tables are covered with white table-cloths.

On the tables there are knives, forks, spoons (tablespoons and tea-spoons), glasses, salt cellars, pepper and mustard pots.

CONVERSATION

- Let us make haste and buy tickets for dinner.

- All right, but don't let us run.

- Please read the menu card aloud.

- Shall we dine a la carte or table d'hote?

- What have they got for table d'hote?

- Cabbage soup with meat, fried fish with mashed potatoes and cranberry jelly.

- No. That won't do for me1.

- I don't think I'll have it either. I could do with a beefsteak, chicken soup with noodles and ice-cream for dessert. What about you?

- I'll take cabbage soup with sour cream, boiled meat with buckwheat porridge and compote.

- Very good. Let us be going (get going).

- You go and get the soup and I'll go over to the buffet to see what they have got there. Would you like an appetizer?

- I shouldn't mind.

- Here I got some sauerkraut for myself. Will you have any?

- No, thanks3. I don't care for sauerkraut. I'll get myself some vegetable salad.

- The chicken soup is delicious to-day.

- The cabbage soup is delicious too. Will you kindly pass me the salt.

- Here you are.

- Thanks.

- My meat is quite tender to-day. Yesterday it was rather tough for my taste and I had to exchange it for cutlets.

- There is no more white bread on the table. Let us ask the waitress to bring us some.

- I'd like to have another helping of jelly.

- Go ahead. We have another seven minutes to go before the bell goes. As for me I am perfectly satisfied (full).

- No, I'd rather not. We must have some time for a smoke. Besides if we are hungry we can go to the refreshment room for a bite at five o'clock when we are free before our last lecture.

- Help yourself to cigarettes!

- No, thank you, I will not smoke now. I must drop in at the library.

WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS

NOTES






About myself

A trip by railway

My family

A sea voyage

Our flat

At the doctor's

At the library

At the cinema

The hotel

At the theatre

Street traffic

At the post office

An excursion out of town

Sport

Telephoning

Shopping

A visit

Sightseeing

Park of culture and rest

The soviet union

The dining-room

Elections

At the museum

Sputnic

A trip by air

 

 

 





 

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