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In today’s episode we will be discussing money.

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How to split the bill

Going to restaurants can be a wonderful experience… until the bill arrives!
On today’s episode we are talking about the cultural issues surrounding who pays the bill.

आपल्याला हॉटेलात जाऊन खायला नेहेमीच आवडतं .... पण बिल देण्याची वेळ आल्यावर ...?
आज बोलू बिल देताना लोकांना काय वाटतं त्याबद्दल.

Listen to the audio and take the quiz.

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Hello all… welcome to English Together. या भागात आपण निरनिराळ्या विषयांबद्दल बोलतो आणि त्यासंबंधित शब्द जाणून घेतो.
मी तेजाली आणि माझ्यासोबत आहे...

Hi, I’m Sian 

Hi, I’m Tom.

Tom, are you O.K.?

Well, I’ve just had lunch with Sian.

Oh nice! Where did you go?

We went for a Chinese, but Tom’s upset because of the bill. He’s being really stingy.

Oh my! ‘stingy’ म्हणजे कंजूष. Are you being stingy Tom? Was the bill really that steep?

You mean Sian’s bill. She ordered far more than me, and then insisted that we split the bill!

That sounds like a delicate situation! Anyway, आपण आजचा प्रश्न बघू. Euromonitor Internationalने एक अभ्यास केलाय. कुठल्या देशातले लोक बाहेरच्या खाण्यावर सगळ्यात जास्त खर्च करतात? तुम्हाला याचं उत्तर माहिती आहे का? चला, मी तुम्हाला तीन पर्याय देते; जपान, स्पेन की फ्रान्स. याचं उत्तर मी तुम्हाला नंतर देते.

I’d say France! They’re famous for their food. They must eat out a lot!

Eat out म्हणजे बाहेर खाणे. But if the prices are low, people might not spend much money on eating out.

Well, maybe you should move there then, Sian. Why don’t you go to France, they probably won’t mind how much you order.

Oh, Tom, will you give it a rest!


खरं तर आपण आपलं रेस्टॉरंटचं बिल कशा प्रकारे वाटून घेतो; यावर एक अभ्यास झालाय. आजची स्टोरी ऐकू. ही स्टोरी आहे  BBC Radio 4 च्या The Psychology of Money मधली. आपण किती खातो आणि त्याचे किती पैसे देतो याबद्दल यात चर्चा केली आहे.

I think we need some expert advice here, and professor, Yuri Ganeesi is the man for the job. 

If I’m thinking about taking about another glass of wine that will cost, say 15 dollars and there are five people in the party then if I pay for it myself I think 'oh, it’s fifteen dollars, is it worth it?' But if I know that it's going to be divided by five, then I say 'oh, my extra payment for this glass of wine is only three dollars, I might as well take it!' And this way, people end up consuming much more. The problem is, of course, that everyone is using this kind of thinking and at the end you end up with a much higher bill.

Hmm, interesting. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think that what the professor’s saying is that the more people go out for a meal the more food they order?

That’s right! People assume that if the bill if being divided, they will end up paying less.

I still think it’s bad form, though.

‘Bad form’ म्हणजे चुकीचं वागणं किंवा चुकीची पद्धत. Why do you think it’s bad form, Tom?

It’s bad form because you’re expecting people to pay for your own expensive choices! I think it’s just gluttony, plain and simple!

Oh my! Gluttony, म्हणजे अति खादाडपणा. I think gluttony might be too strong a word, Tom.

Yes, everybody makes mistakes! It doesn’t mean they’re gluttonous. Sometimes people might just round down the prices, or forget their side dishes!

Round down म्हणजे गोळाबेरीज; म्हणजे दहाच्या पटीत रक्कम ठरवणे. म्हणजे जर तुमचं बिल आलं असेल ५४४, तर तुम्ही round down करता ५४०. Perhaps they should try rounding their prices up, instead.

Exactly! So how do people share the bill where you are?

आम्ही नेहमी बिल वाटून घेतो, पण कॉलेज मध्ये असताना नेहमी TTMM करायचो. तुझं बिल तू भर, माझं बिल मी भरते. 


And whilst we’re talking about eating habits in different countries, why don’t you tell us the answer to today’s quiz?

Ah yes! मी विचारलेलं कुठल्या देशातील लोक बाहेर खाण्यावर जास्त खर्च करतात. आणि याचं उत्तर आहे स्पेन. ते दर वर्षी $2184 म्हणजे साधारण दीड लाख रुपये बाहेरच्या खाण्यावर खर्च करतात

You see Tom! I bet the Spanish don’t have scruples about ordering!

Scruples म्हणजे बिचकणे, मागे पुढे बघणे.  

Well, they probably split the bill fairly, Sian! You weren’t very scrupulous about ordering earlier were you?

Yes, I’d actually say you were rather unscrupulous!

Honestly! I can’t believe this. I just like to splash out on a meal sometimes!

Splash out म्हणजे उडवणे, इथे अर्थ घेतलाय पैसे उधळणे. ती म्हणतीये, मला आवडतं जेवणावर पैसे खर्च करायला. O.K. I have an idea, why don’t we all go out after recording and really splash out?!

Great! And this time, if I’m only paying a fraction of the bill, I’ll order everything on the menu, just like Sian did at lunch time.

It was delicious!

Haha! You know what they say, Tom, don’t get mad, get even!  असं वाटतंय की या वेळेस तरी टॉमला त्याच्या पैशाचा पुरेपूर मोबदला मिळेल.  बाहेर खायला जाणं म्हणजे eating out. तुम्ही बाहेर खायला जाताना stingy  असता का?  आजचे आणखी शब्द आहेत gluttony म्हणजे अति खादाडपणा, Scruples म्हणजे बिचकणे किंवा मागेपुढे बघणे आणि  bad form म्हणजे चुकीचं वागणं, किंवा चुकीची पद्दत. Round down म्हणजे गोळाबेरीज, याच्या विरुद्ध round up एकूण आलेलं बिल दहाच्या पटीतल्या रकमेपर्यंत कमी करणं, आणि या विरुद्ध round up म्हणजे दहाच्या पटीतल्या रकमेपर्यंत रक्कम वाढवणं, म्हणजे जसं मी मगाशी सांगितलं, ५४४ चं ५४० केलं तर ते होतं round down आणि ५४४ च ५५० केलं तर ते round up. आज इतकंच पुन्हा भेटूया English together च्या पुढच्या भागात. Bye!

Check what you’ve learned by selecting the correct answer for the question.
यातलं बरोबर उत्तर निवडा. बघू या तुम्हाला काय काय समजलंय.

Several words in the episode appear in different forms.

Opposite adjective
विरुद्धार्थी विशेषण 
gluttony  gluttonous  
scruple  scrupulous  unscrupulous 

The children at the birthday party were all very gluttonous.

Scrupulous people might feel bad about splitting a bill when they have eaten more than others.
Unscrupulous people would not feel bad about splitting an unfair bill.

How to split the bill?

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Session Vocabulary

  • stingy

    eat out 
    बाहेर खाणे 

    bad form
    चुकीची पद्धत 

    अति खादाडपणा

    round up
    रक्कम नजीकच्या शून्य असलेल्या रकमेपर्यंत वाढवणे 

    round down
    रक्कम नजीकच्या शून्य असलेल्या रकमेपर्यंत कमी करणे

    बिचकणे किंवा मागेपुढे बघणे

    splash out