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Dinner Etiquette
Dinner Etiquette

Learn English in this dinner etiquette English lesson

Date: Feb 17 2020

Themes: Food, Party


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Have you ever been to a dinner where there were more than three utensils next to your plate? How did you use the extra cutlery?

Proper dining etiquette can prevent culinary events from becoming an ordeal. By learning the basics, you’ll be able to enjoy your meal!

Jeff and Rafael are getting ready for a big dinner party. Who needs to learn some dining do’s and don’t’s quickly? Find out in this English lesson about etiquette.


ordeal n.


Example We had quite an ordeal at the airport today. It was such a hassle to get onto the plane.

utensils n.


Example Sabrina always helps her mom with dinner. Her job is to set the utensils on the table by each plate.

cutlery n.


Example The hotel restaurant's cutlery was made of pure silver.

culinary adj.


Example I always wanted to go to culinary school, but I wound up being a self-taught cook.

etiquette n.


Example It takes a while to learn football etiquette and play like a gentleman.

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How important is etiquette where you live? What are some dining rules that you follow?


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we have a good rule in GErmany

be at home when you eat as polite , same as when you have a dinner with foreign human.

just…......many Germans dont know these rules. They talk, also when their ´mouth is filled with food. they don t wait, until the elder person starts eating , after praying. When I have visited other countries, like Usbekistan, Tajikistan, India, it s normal. But Western ppl mostly ignore that ….pooor them

05:45 PM Jan 12 2014 |




Mostly it depends on family’s condition and its level. However on average there are some major etiquettes that all need to pay more attention to them especially when they involve in big dinner parties. There are a few etiquette such as avoiding of digesting morsels with opened mouth. In addition to did not talk with open mouth as well as keep away of  being talkative during eating meals. Also, don’t keep eye on others face a lot during eating. At last but not at least is to evade of talking about some disgusting topics and so on.

07:58 PM Jan 10 2014 |



I agree with Jeff it’s important to fellow  the dinner etiquette espicaly when we are in formal ocation but when we are in with our friends we can let it go and make it easy

07:50 PM Jan 08 2014 |



Russian Federation

“Netiquette” it’s good idea ))) I’m web developer and often see like people in the net disturb all rules of  morals

01:44 AM Jan 08 2014 |




I like to see all your guys’ comments…. \0/

02:56 AM Jan 07 2014 |

Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

i do like this lesson, it teaches me a lot.

06:33 PM Jan 06 2014 |




in my country the next rule is also important:

you must not start eating before the eldest person in the family starts eating.

03:14 PM Jan 06 2014 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

you know,in Iran when you want to eat dinner or lunch all family members are together and they start eating by the name of god!

some times a family invite other relatives and they enjoy being together and talking and then eat lunch or dinner togetger.it’s realy lovely!

you shouldn’t talk with a full mouth and many other rules!

12:46 PM Jan 06 2014 |




When it comes to culinary etiquette i know the basics.  i thanks God that i was never invited  to a fancy dinner, because I wouldn´t have known how to  follow the rules .But  one think is for sure, no sooner had I been seated at the table,  the other guests  noticing  my lack of culinary culture or etiquette, if you prefer, would have known that they are going to have  a  entertaining  night  just looking at me how i go through while   messing  up  with the utensils.   lol….....   

11:59 AM Jan 06 2014 |



It´s very important for me that people care about culinary etiquette. It´s parents duty and responsibility to teach children culinary etiquette.

10:20 AM Jan 06 2014 |




here in yemen we must say “basm Alahh” (by the name of god ) before we start eating , and also we must talk about any topic during we eat ; never be silent ,

we must not ascribe our backs to anything , we must eat in modesty , and of course
never chewing with our mouths open .

08:58 AM Jan 06 2014 |




it’s very importand and useful in some meetings . Proper dining etiquette not only can prevent culinary events from becoming an ordeal but also make a good impression on others .

but when together with best friends and family , i prefer no too many rules .  cos having dinner with friends and family itself is a pleasure . why follow so many rules . of course , it’s impolite if friends and family do mind . usually they dont .

08:43 AM Jan 06 2014 |




We do care about those complex culinary etiquettes as we have dinner with guest or someone you respect ,most important with your boss .As usual with family or friends ,culinary etiquette isn’t the matter at all.

Normally,do not make any werid sound like burp,Let the guest start to eat.

03:09 AM Jan 06 2014 |



Dont speak loud .

02:08 PM Jan 04 2014 |




The culinary etiquette is useful – indeed. However, it’s not something that we use everyday. I mean, it’s ok when we’re in an important meeting with people that are not close, but… Why would we use it with our family and friends around? I’m not a “wild” guy, but I think you all get my point. Depending on the food, I just need a fork and a knife. I don’t do it, but I’d rather to use a spoon to eat everything. It’s a way easier! 

Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I’ve already been to expensive restaurants. I know how to act when I’m in those situations. giggles

01:43 PM Jan 04 2014 |

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