A New Life in Mosquito City – Part 12 – Is it normal to tip?

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Mark: Ok. So here am I at my room in Mosquito City at the Grand Hotel. It is a lovely big room. I didn’t give Brad a tip. I hope I didn’t do the wrong thing. I wonder if people usually tip in Mosquito City and I wonder how much they tip. I know! I will call Rodney on the room phone and I will ask him…Here we are…Hello..hello..hello…
Receptionist: Hello, Sir. Hello. How are you doing?
Mark: It is me. Mark. How are you Rodney?
Receptionist: Hello, Mark. How are you?
Mark: Good good. I just wanted to ask. I had an embarrassing moment there. When Brad the bellboy came up with me…Is it normal to tip in Mosquito City?
Receptionist: Sir, you never tip in Mosquito City. It is the worst possible thing you can do. So you did the right thing. Just have a good time Sir.
Mark: Really, really. Right so you don’t tip here. That is good.
Receptionist: No. Never ever tip. Never make the mistake of tipping because it is an offence to the Mosquito culture.
Mark: It is considered rude?
Receptionist: It is very condescending, Sir.
Mark: That is interesting.
Receptionist: So you did the right thing.
Mark: Thank you very much.
Receptionist: You are welcome.
Mark: Bye.
Receptionist: Bye.

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6 Responses to “A New Life in Mosquito City – Part 12 – Is it normal to tip?”

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  1. alissa says:

    Hello Mark, Aaron and all of the team
    I would like to thank you for your works here, it is productive and creative in many ways. I am a teacher, not native speaker, but know that you’ve done a wonderful job.
    This site would be a great help to my students as well.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. Fabio de Lima Souto says:

    I wouldn’t really care much if i found gramatical mistakes, i’m just here for the stories and creativity involved, I know they seem “unrealistic”, but hey that’s the whole point, i’m sick and tired of those fake dialogues offered by corporate english courses. Keep up the good job Mark, I’m so much improving my english and having lots of fun!

  3. Adrien says:

    I heard the same opinion for what Nestor said, and I thank Marc continue to disseminate these friendly dialogues on the Web with which I am making progress and have fun .

  4. Nestor says:

    I really enjoy the conversations to record the trip to mosquito city. I think the conversations are realistic and natural. Thank Mark to post your recordings on website. they are really good materials for English speaking learner.

    There is one thing I think we should consider:
    There are some ones in the conversations are not native english speaker. At least I think so.

  5. Mark White says:

    Interesting that you thought that. The dialogues were not written. They were recorded (with no script) as ad lib real conversations by actors (native speakers) who were given a situation that they had to adapt to.

    If you found grammatical inaccuracies, please point them out.

  6. I don’t know who writes your dialogues, but they are terrible. Stilted, unrealistic and grammatically inaccurate. You should have a native speaker check them out before you post them on your site.

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