Unit 5 :
Giving a tip at the restaurant



How much should we give for a tip?

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Is giving a tip  in your country common?

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Repeat these words/ phrases after your teacher.

  • Wonderful
  • I’m full
  • Bill
  • Check
  • Amount
  • Normal
  • Plus
  • Fantastic
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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Did you enjoy your meal?

Yes, it was wonderful, thank you!

Can I bring you anything else?

No, thank you, just the bill.

Ok, sir. I’ll be right back with the bill.

Let me check the bill, the total is $145.00. Here is $200.00.

Thank you, sir! Hope to see you again!

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Let’s Practice

Answer the questions by choosing the correct answer.

How many types of fast food do you know?


A:How’s your meal?

B:_____! The fish is so fresh!

a. Wonderful      b. Terrible


A:Could you get the ___ to us, please?

a. car     b. bill

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Dialogue 2

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Would you like some more coffee?

No thanks. I’m full. We need to find our waitress and get our bill.

The waitress is bringing the bill right now.

The service here has been really great, don’t you think?

Yes, this waitress did a great job.

So, let’s look at the check. The total is $45.00.

What do you think would be the right amount to leave for a tip?

Fifteen percent is a normal tip, but she really did a great job. What do you think about 20 percent this time?

Yes, 20 percent would be perfect.

Her tip will end up being $9.00 plus the bill of $45.00. The total will be $54.00.

Yes, that was one fantastic meal!

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Let’s Practice

Brainstorm with your teacher.

  • Do you know in different countries, if the amount you give as a tip is different?
  1. The United State – 10~15%
  2. Canada – 15~20%
  3. France – 15%
  4. Italy – 10% 
  5. Germany – 5~10%
  6. Ireland – 10%
  7. Mexico – 5~10%
  8. Portugal – 10%
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Share your  ideas with your teacher.

  1. What is the largest tip you have ever left or received?
  2. Can you think of jobs where tipping is an important part of the salary?