Bar talk context! Here’s episode eight of my speaking and communication focused podcast: CommDao Speak Easy.
This show includes:
- Opening Dialogue (Sample Conversation)
- Key Phrases (Vocabulary from the Dialogue)
- Take 2 (Sentence Variation)
- Pronunciation Practice
- Faux Pas of the Day (Explanation of Common Mistakes in Communication)
Remember: 1) You can download the audio 2) You can adjust the speed
Here are the show notes:
Bartender: What can I get you?
Bartender: Tch, afraid we’re all out– Bachelorette party earlier.
Harry: Is that right? Okay, how about some Jameson then, unless you’re out of that too.
Bartender: Don’t worry, we got it. You want that neat or on the rocks?
Harry: Decisions, decisions. Let’s do that one neat.
Bartender: Coming right up.
I’m sorry but…
Example: I’m afraid I can’t go. = I’m sorry but I can’t go.
- Note: “afraid” can also mean “scared” or “frightened”, but through the context, we know this is not the case in the opening dialogue.
is that right? (tag question)
Example: Sarah got married last weekend– is that right? = Oh really? Sarah got married last weekend?
- Note: be careful with your intonation.
alcohol straight, no ice, and no mixture of club soda or juice
Example: I’ll have that Bourbon neat. = I want that drink straight without any ice.
- Note: “neat” is used after the drink (i.e. Bourbon neat, NOT neat Bourbon)
- Note: “neat” can also mean “interesting” (i.e. That toy is neat)
- Note: “neat” can also mean “clean” or “organized” (i.e. His desk is neat)
on the rocks (adjective)
alcohol poured over ice, served on ice
Example: I’ll have that Bourbon on the rocks. = I want that drink with ice.
- Let me think
- Give me a second
Oh, Faux Pas
Don’t lose confidence if someone asks you to repeat.
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