Table Manner Tips Every Guy Should Know(整理:中英文)  0点    



We all remember the basics our mothers taught us about table manners–no elbows on the dinner table and don’t talk with your mouth full. But ever wonder which fork to use for your salad or how to signal a waiter at a fancy restaurant? Read on and learn the basic table manner tips that will be sure to impress your date, girlfriend/wife’s parents, employers or whomever you dine with. 


Table Setting Placement 


In formal settings, all the silverware, glassware, cups, saucers and the like are placed on the table, so it’s often difficult to know which fork to use when or which water glass is yours. As a general rule to thumb, silverware is lined up in the order in which a person will use them, going from the outside, in. For instance, the fork and knife used for the salad are placed in the outermost of the setting, farthest from your plate (with the exception of the spoon). Dessert silverware, if not brought out with the dessert, are placed at the top of your entrée plate. Glassware, cup and saucer are placed to your right, while the napkin, bread plate and butter spreader to your left. 


10 Table Manner Tips 


Now that you know how the table setting is laid out and when to use each, here are 10 table manner tips for the duration of the meal: 


When dining with six or more, it’s polite to wait till roughly 50% of the table has their food before starting your meal. In smaller groups, wait until the entire table has their food, unless food temperature is at high risk in decreasing the enjoyment of the meal, and/or others at the table incessantly insist you begin. 

You can and should use your knife to cut large pieces of lettuce or other ingredients in your salad. Nothing is worse than trying to shove a large piece of lettuce in your mouth and having some of it stick out. (No brainer, but this applies to your entrée as well.) 

The proper way to butter a piece of bread is to rip off a piece that’s about one or two bites in size, butter it, and eat it. Repeat. Never bite straight into a roll, and refrain from cutting it in half and buttering. 

While cutting meat, the correct way is to cut a piece and then switch your fork to your right hand to pick it up. This method is considered the “American” way. Not switching your fork and using your left is called the “Continental” way, and is done most often in European countries. This way is gaining acceptance and I wouldn’t be surprised if one day soon it’s considered acceptable in fine dining. Also, cut meat a piece at a time. Cutting the entire meat up into pieces or cutting more than one at a time is tacky. 

Wipe your mouth before taking a sip of your drink. It’s unsightly to see food particles or grease on the rim of your glass. Also, it’s considered rude to take a sip of your drink with your mouth full. Plus, backwash is gross! 

When leaving the table during the course of your meal, put your napkin on your chair, not the table. No one wants to see your stained napkin. And at the completion of the meal, place it on the left of your plate, or if your plate has been cleared, in the center. 

When in a situation where you have to pass food or condiments to others at the table, pass it to your right, or counter clockwise. Never do a “boarding house reach” across the table. 

When you don’t want to swallow a piece of food in your mouth (e.g. a bone or a piece of fat), move the piece to the front of your mouth and use your fork (or spoon if that’s what you were using) to retrieve it from your mouth and into the side of your plate. The only time its okay to use your fingers is when it’s a fish bone. 

To get the waiter’s attention, the most polite way is to make eye contact. However chances are they are busy and/or are ignoring you. It’s acceptable to raise your hand to head level, just don’t go overboard by raising it way above your head and wave it about. 

When you’re done with your meal, the proper placement of the silverware is to lay them parallel to each other and across the plate with the handles facing the right. To clarify, the ends would be facing 10 o’clock and four. Note: Not all waiters will know this and they still may ask you if it’s okay to clear your plate. At least you appear classy. 


After reading this, you may realize you may not have as good table manners as you thought you did. (It’s okay, it happens to the best of us.) And honestly, I’m not saying this is the “be all, end all” of lists, but if you follow these table manner tips, you’ll be a step closer towards proper table etiquette. 


The correct placement of your knife and fork at the end of service is facing 12 O’clock, not off to the side of your plate. 


The “outside to inside” rule falls apart when the chef decides that the service order is not what you expect. Many places believe that the salad is properly served after the entree or that fish comes after salad but before the entree. Learn what each fork looks like. The main fork is the largest, followed by a very similar looking smaller salad fork. Anything left over is either a fork for an extra course or some flavour of fish fork. 


Always keep your fork in your left hand. Never switch or start with the right hand. 


When cutting meat, make sure that you let the knife do the work. Saw the meat by holding the blade at about 45 degrees to the plate and using the tip of the knife. 


Always pass the condiments to the closest neighbour who’s paying attention going in the direction of the person desiring the condiments. Where the heck did, “always go counter-clockwise” come from? 


Some other advice: 


1) Always move your spoon away from you when spooning soup and 


2) Remember that your bun is always on your left. 


3) Taste your food before you salt it or put other condiments on it. 


4) Learn to turn your plate with your baby fingers so that the food you’re looking to eat is closest to you on the plate. 


5) Be polite and understanding to your waiter. They are not your personal dinner servant so treat them like the professional and invaluable member of the dining experience that they are. 


6) Never turn your fork so that the tynes are pointing up. There are very few courses where only one fork is used. In fact, it is becoming fashionable for the salad course to be provided an extra “salad knife”. 


Finally, the point of table etiquette is to make other people feel comfortable and to show respect to the various people involved in your meal. If you just remember that simple point, no matter how “gauche” you act, you’ll always be classy. 




















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  • restaurant [´restərɔnt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.饭店,菜馆   (初中英语单词)
  • impress [im´pres, ´impres] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.铭刻 n.印记;特征   (初中英语单词)
  • formal [´fɔ:məl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.正式的;外表的   (初中英语单词)
  • instance [´instəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.例子,实例,例证   (初中英语单词)
  • exception [ik´sepʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.例外;反对,异议   (初中英语单词)
  • polite [pə´lait] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.有礼貌的;温和的   (初中英语单词)
  • european [juərə´pi:ən] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.欧洲的 n.欧洲人   (初中英语单词)
  • swallow [swɔləu] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.燕子 v.吞,咽;淹没   (初中英语单词)
  • contact [´kɔntækt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.接触;联系 v.联络   (初中英语单词)
  • parallel [´pærəlel] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.平行的 n.平行线   (初中英语单词)
  • reading [´ri:diŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(阅)读;朗读;读物   (初中英语单词)
  • honestly [´ɔnistli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.诚实地,老实地   (初中英语单词)
  • properly [´prɔpəli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.适当地;严格地   (初中英语单词)
  • professional [prə´feʃənəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.职业的 n.自由职业   (初中英语单词)
  • dessert [di´zə:t] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.(餐后)甜食   (高中英语单词)
  • napkin [´næpkin] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.餐巾;手帕;尿布   (高中英语单词)
  • roughly [´rʌfli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.粗糙地;毛糙地   (高中英语单词)
  • enjoyment [in´dʒɔimənt] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.享受;愉快;乐趣   (高中英语单词)
  • lettuce [´letis] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.莴苣   (高中英语单词)
  • refrain [ri´frein] 移动到这儿单词发声  v.抑制;忍住 n.迭句   (高中英语单词)
  • switch [switʃ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.开关 v.转换   (高中英语单词)
  • acceptance [ək´septəns] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.接受;承认   (高中英语单词)
  • grease [gri:s] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.脂肪;油脂 vt.涂油   (高中英语单词)
  • counter [´kauntə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.计算者;柜台;计算机   (高中英语单词)
  • saying [´seiŋ, ´sei-iŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.言语;言论;格言   (高中英语单词)
  • fashionable [´fæʃənəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.流行的,时髦的   (高中英语单词)
  • waiter [´weitə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.侍者,服务员   (英语四级单词)
  • setting [´setiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.安装;排字;布景   (英语四级单词)
  • farthest [´fɑ:ðist] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.&a.最远(的)   (英语四级单词)
  • saucer [´sɔ:sə] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.茶托;浅碟   (英语四级单词)
  • trying [´traiiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.难堪的;费劲的   (英语四级单词)
  • acceptable [ək´septəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.可接受的;合意的   (英语四级单词)
  • completion [kəm´pli:ʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.完成;完整   (英语四级单词)
  • overboard [´əuvəbɔ:d] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.向船外;到水中   (英语四级单词)
  • duration [djuə´reiʃən] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.持久;持续期间   (英语六级单词)
  • incessantly [in´sesntli] 移动到这儿单词发声  ad.不断地,不停地   (英语六级单词)
  • taking [´teikiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.迷人的 n.捕获物   (英语六级单词)
  • holding [´həuldiŋ] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.保持,固定,存储   (英语六级单词)
  • invaluable [in´væljuəbəl] 移动到这儿单词发声  a.无价的,非常重要的   (英语六级单词)
  • etiquette [´etiket] 移动到这儿单词发声  n.礼仪,礼节;规矩   (英语六级单词)

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