Two We’ll just getdoggie bag. 我们就将剩菜打包。
A Itimpolitebeginmeal until everyoneseated. Italso considered impolitechew food with an open mouth, ortalk while chewing anything.
B Americans often orderfood they likeeat, separately fromgroup. Ifperson has had enough orfull，itconsidered impoliteinsistthat person having moreeat or drink.
2 Sample Sentences
. I’d rather not, really, I’m not usedstrong drinks.
2. Shall we havesnack at this coffee shop?
3. We could reservewindow table now.
4. Would you please passtoothpicks?
5. Let’s toastarrivalthe new baby.
6. Do you prefer your steak rare, medium or well done?
7. Don’t worry aboutmess;will cleanup afterparty.
8. Shall we chatwhile overglasswine before dinner?
9. Would you accept my invitationa stag party?
0. Can you use chopsticks or would you rather haveknifefork?
. Lisaa Chinese exchange student whovisiting her friendChicago.
Tony: Wantsend outsome Chinese?
Lisa: Some what?
Tony: Some Chinese food. I'm hungry,there'stake-out restaurant near here. We can have them deliverthen watchnewsTV while we eat.
Lisa: No, I'd rather go out. The Chinese food hererather different from whathad at home. Maybe we can try some other food today… What about that all-you-can-eat place we passedother day,one overthe shopping center?
Tony: Okay. could gothat. It's called Al's Steakhouse. They also have great fried fish, andlove their salad bar. You can go backrefill your plate as often as you like.
Lisa: Is thatplace that serves such large portions2meat?
Tony: Yes, their steaks are enormous3. Sometimescan't finish what I've ordered.
Lisa: What if that happensme? hatelet food gowaste.
Tony: Don't worry. We'll just getdoggie bag4.
Americans hatewaste food. And they can always take their leftovers home without being embarrassed. That’s something we both havecommon.
2. Chan Lee,visiting professor at Yale,in Ella Lewis's apartment. He arrived from Chinamonth ago.
Chan: Thanksofferinggive melift. I'm looking forwardthis party, butdidn't wantgo alone.
Ella: Don't mention it. It's my pleasure. Have you beenonethese large, sit-down dinner parties since you gotNew Haven?
Chan: No, thismy first. Last weekwenta cookout5new professors at Dean6 Barksdale's home.tooktaxi becausedidn't wantbe late. Butwasfirst one there.
Ella: I'll bet you werelittle embarrassed.
Chan: You're right. The invitation said "twoseven". was there at two o'clock, but most people didn't arrive until three or four. They didn't start cooking until five o’clock.
Ella: Cookouts often start slowly. A two o'clock start means you arrive any time after two.
Chan: Thankstelling me this.
Ella: was late getting back frommall, but I'm hurrying.
Chan: Why are yousuchhurry? They said, "Dinner at eight,"it's only seven-fifteen. don't wantbefirst one there again.
Ella: Don't worry. We won't befirst.
Fordinner date, it’s usuallygood ideabe about five minutes early.
Forcookout at 2:00 o’clock, arriving between 2:002:30considered proper.
Forbusiness appointment, itconsidered properbe five minutes early, but never late.
3. Wongdiscussing meals with MarshaDavid Gransee. She has beenthe United Statesonly two days.
Wong: want youknow how muchappreciate these terrific meals you've been cooking. Do you guys always eat this well?
David: Not really. Duringweek, we're both busy with our jobs, so there isn't much timecook anything fancy.
Marsha: We both enjoy cookingexperimenting7, so we usually tryfix something specialSundays.
Wong: This morning's breakfast was great: scrambled eggs8, bacon9, toast0,orange juice! You surely don't eat that kindbreakfast every day.
Marsha: You're right! We don't. Duringweek, we usually have cold cerealmaybepiecefruit. Neitherus hastimecook breakfast. Monday through Friday, it's “Every manhimself.” Don’t worry, though. You’ll never gobed hungry.
David: That's true. And dinners are different, anyway. Some nights Marsha will fixcasserole orpasta2 dish. Other nights,likethrow fish or hamburgers ontogrill3. And fixgreen salad4.
Wong: So, you cook every night?
Marsha: Well, not every night. Some nights we have leftovers5, or maybe we'll just send out forpizza. We even enjoy going outa restaurant oncea while6.
4. AtThanksgiving dinnerJuneau [朱诺(美国阿拉斯加州之首府)]. There are fourteen guests atWrights' dinner table.
Tina: There's so much foodthe table,don't know wherebegin.
Rachel: Pass your plate downChuck, Tina. He'll put meatit. He always carvesturkey.
Chuck: White meat or dark, Tina?
Tina: Dark, please. likedrumsticks.
Chuck: (Towife) Why don't you start passingpotatoes, honey?
Rachel: You know, Tina, it's okaypick upleg with your fingers. You don't havecutfrombone. Around here, we think eating should be easyfun.
Chuck: And trylittle biteverything. Then you can go backseconds, after you see which dishes you like best.
Tina: (Atendthe meal)feel so full;don't thinkcould eat another bite. Thank you, ChuckRachel,inviting meshare this delicious meal with youall your friends.
(Chuck belches loudly.)
It’s very importantexpress your gratitudethe people who have cookedyou, or have invited youa meal. Americans also findimportantnecessarysay “thank you” eventheir own mothers. It’s onethe waysshow your appreciationthe people who have given their timedo kind thingsyou.
. refill 再装满,再灌满
2. portion ()部分,份
3. enormous 巨大,庞大
4. doggie bag 餐厅供客人带走未吃完食物袋子
5. cookout 野炊
6. dean 教务长,训导主任
7. experiment 实验;试验
8. scrambled eggs 炒蛋
9. bacon 熏猪肉;咸猪
0. toast 土司,烤面包片
. casserole 砂锅,烤锅
2. pasta 面团、意大利通心粉
3. grill 烤架
4. green salad 蔬菜色拉
5. leftover 残余物,吃剩饭菜
6. oncea while 时