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Where to eat and drink

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Hi there!

During this lesson, we're going to look at some different ways of talking about where we can eat and drink.

Here are some examples:

I'm going to my friend's place for lunch. This means that I'm going to the house where my friend lives, to have lunch with that friend.

Then you could say:
I'm going out with friends for dinner.
This means that I'm going out with my friends to a restaurant or somewhere similar.

Then if you say:
I'm going to a dinner.
This means that I'm going to a dinner which is part of an organised event.

And if you say:
I'm having friends round for dinner, or My friends are coming to my place for dinner.
This means that I've invited my friends to the house where I live, and they're coming for dinner.

Now lets look at some different ways of inviting someone for a drink, or for lunch or dinner.

Here are some examples:

Do you want to go out for a drink tonight?
This means that I'm asking a friend or someone I know quite well, if he or she wants to go out to a bar for a few drinks tonight.
The person could answer by saying: Yeah sure, or Yeah ok, sounds good to me!

Then you could say:
Would you like to join me for lunch today?
This means that I'm asking, in a more polite and formal way, if the person I'm talking to would like to have lunch with me, but without specifying whether we'll have lunch at my house or in a cafe or restaurant.
The person could answer by saying: Thanks for the invitation, but I'm actually busy today. We could go tomorrow if that would be ok with you.
Alternatively the person could say: "Yeah, that would be great, thanks".

Here's another possibility:
Are you doing anything for dinner tonight?
This means that I'm asking in a casual way, if the person I'm talking to has anything planned for their dinner tonight. The person could answer by saying: I am actually; I've already got dinner planned with some other friends, but let's do it sometime soon.

Alternatively the person could say: I'm not actually! So do you have anything in mind? or Well I haven't got anything planned yet actually. Where were you thinking of going?

Then you could also say:
How about going out for an Indian or a Chinese this Saturday? This means that I'm suggesting in a casual way, if the person I'm talking to would like to go to a restaurant with me this Saturday, for an Indian, or a Chinese meal. The person could answer by saying: "Yeah, that would be nice. I actually had a Chinese last night, but I've not been out for an Indian for ages".

Then you could also ask something like this:
What do you think about going out for Sushi sometime? This means that I'd like to know if the person I'm talking to, would like to go to a Sushi restaurant with me on one of the next few days. The person could answer by saying: Sounds like a good idea. Are you free tomorrow night?

Then if you say:
I can't be bothered cooking so do you mind if we just get a Chinese take away? This means that you're either tired or feeling lazy, so you're asking the other person if it's ok with them if you order a Chinese meal and then eat it at your home or office. You can either order a take away meal, online or by phone and then you either go to pick it up yourself ,or the take away restaurant will deliver it to your address.

So, these are some ways of talking about where we can eat and drink.

Try meeting some new friends on Go Speak English and ask them out for a virtual drink, or you could even have dinner together on Skype!

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