Pete: Man, I’ve been working my arse off all day. I think it’s time for a break. I think I might grab a coffee from that little café around the corner.
- Man – used, irrespective of the sex of the person addressed, to express surprise, admiration, delight, etc., or for emphasis.
- e.g. Oh, man! I’m so tired!
- e.g. I’m so sorry I arrived late, man.
- To work your arse off – (Aussie slang) to work incredibly hard.
- A break – a short pause, i.e. when working.
- To grab something – used informally/casually to mean “to get something” or “to have something”, especially when talking about something you want to purchase.
- Around the corner – (of a location) very close.
Pete leaves his house and walks down the street and enters the café. He picks a nice quiet out-of-the-way table near the window and sits down as the waiter walks over.
- A café – a small restaurant selling light meals and drinks, particularly coffee.
- To pick something – to choose or select something.
- Out-of-the-way – isolated; remote.
- A waiter – a man whose job is to serve customers at their tables in a restaurant.
Waiter: Hey, how’s it going? Are you here for lunch or were you just after a coffee?
- To be after something – to want something; to desire something; to be looking for something.
Pete: Hey. I’m just going to grab a coffee if that’s alright.
Waiter: Absolutely. What can I get you?
Pete: Well, I usually have a cappuccino or latte, but I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to coffee. What do you recommend I should try from here?
- A cappuccino – a type of coffee made with espresso and milk that has been frothed up with pressurised steam.
- A latte – a type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, milkier than a cappuccino.
- Open-minded – willing to consider new ideas; unprejudiced.
- When it comes to something – when the specified matter is under consideration.
- e.g. When it comes to footy, Pete isn’t very interested in it.
- e.g. She loves going shopping when it comes to looking for new clothes.
- To recommend something – put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role.
Waiter: Hmmm… good question. I might quickly ask the barista as this is her specialty, not mine. Just give me a tick.
- A barista – a person who serves in a coffee bar.
- To be someone’s speciality – to be a pursuit, area of study, or skill to which someone has devoted much time and effort and in which they are expert.
- Just give me a tick – used to ask someone to wait briefly. “A tick” here refers to the tick of the second hand on the clock, so it is a variant of “just give me a second”.
The waiter walks over to the coffee machine and has a quick chat with the barista, then heads back over to Pete’s table.
- Head back over to somewhere – return back to somewhere.
Pete: How’d you go?
- How did you go? – here, “go” is used to mean “turn out”, i.e. how did things go? = how did things turn out?
- e.g. How did you weekend go?
- e.g. Did the party go well?
Waiter: Okay, so she reckons her macchiato is the best in the town, though, she does make mean flat white as well.
- To reckon – (Aussie slang) to think or have the opinion of something.
- e.g. What do you reckon? = What do you think?
- e.g. I reckon I’ll go for a surf later.
- A macchiato – a drink of espresso coffee with a dash of frothy steamed milk.
- The best in town – here, “in town” means “in this town”. So, if you say “this coffee is the best in town” it means “this coffee is the best one available here in this town”.
- Make a mean flat white – here, “mean” means “very skilful or effective; excellent.”
- e.g. He’s a mean cook = He’s an excellent cook.
Pete: Mmmm… tough choice. I might have to go with the macchiato then.
- (It’s a) tough choice – (it’s a) very difficult decision to make.
- To go with something – here, “to go with” means “to choose something” or “to select something” when you have multiple options.
- e.g. I’ll go with the red team = I’ll choose the red team.
Waiter: Too easy. I’ll bring it over shortly.
- (It’s) too easy – used for saying that “the thing you want me to do is too easy and won’t be a problem”. You can use it in place of “no worries!” or “sure!”.
Pete: Cheers, mate. Thanks.
- Cheers – (informal/casual) thanks.
5 minutes later
Waiter: Alright, here’s your flat white. So, just that for today?
- (Is it) just that? – (informal/casual) (Is it) all you wanted? – it’s an informal way of saying “Would you like anything else?”.
Pete: Ah… I think there may have been a mix-up. I was after the macchiato instead of the flat white.
- I think there may… – (formal/polite) here using “I think” and “may” when pointing out something that someone has done wrong is a way of doing so politely as it doesn’t directly blame or call out someone’s mistake.
- A mix-up – a confusion of one thing with another, or a misunderstanding or mistake that results in confusion.
Waiter: Oh my god, I’m so sorry. I think I must’ve mixed the two up in my head when I put the order through. I’ll get her to make it for you now. Sorry about that.
- Oh my god! – Used as an exclamation when surprised, shocked, or impressed by something.
- Mix something up – to mistake or confuse two or more things for one another.
- To put through an order – (for a waiter or cashier) to enter an order into the till / cash register.
Pete: All good. I’m not in a rush. Don’t stress.
- (It’s) all good – (informal/casual) (It’s) not a problem.
- Be in a rush – need to leave soon for an appointment somewhere else.
- Don’t stress – Don’t worry about it.
5 minutes later, again.
Waiter: Okay, hopefully, I got it right this time. Here’s your macchiato.
- To get something right – do something correctly.
Pete: Actually, I might go the flat white.
- To go something – to choose or select something.
Waiter: Are you serious? Haha
- Are you serious? – Are you joking (with me)?
Pete: Nah, I’m just screwing with you, man. Thanks a lot.
- To screw with someone – to joke around with someone; to be playing a joke on someone.
Waiter: No worries. Enjoy.
- Enjoy! – (informal/casual) here, it’s a short version of the phrase “enjoy your meal/drink/etc.”.