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    Unhappy " reservation" or " appointment" for English lesson?

    When I'd like to take a lesson (cooking lesson, English lesson, golf lesson) or join a club, could you tell me which is okay?

    A)I'd like to make a reservation.
    B)I'd like to reserve a lesson/class for March 25th.
    C)I'd like to make an appointment.

    I searched the internet, and I found "reservation" and "appointment" are both used in cooking lesson.
    So, I guess it might be okay to use either and when it is one on one, it is more likely to use "appointment".
    Is it right?

    Would you please teach me?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: " reservation" or " appointment" for English lesson?

    Hello,

    In the UK we would normally book a lesson.

    You would make an appointment with your doctor, solicitor etc.

    To my ears reservation is more American English and perhaps someone in the US could tell you what is usual there.

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    Re: " reservation" or " appointment" for English lesson?

    Reservation in AmE is for restaurants for dinner, flights (or any transportation), hotels. Think of it as saving a place in a room or vehicle where there is more than one place. Sometimes this could apply to a limited seating during a presentation.

    Appointment is for teachers (for lessons), doctors, lawyers, for any type of consultation. Typically where a one-on-one interaction is needed.

    So in your example, it would be (C) if you were going to be the only student getting the lesson. It would be (A) if it were a large group class.

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    Re: " reservation" or " appointment" for English lesson?

    If it were a one-to-one lesson, I would say, "I'd like to arrange a lesson with Mr X".

    If it were a class, it would hardly be necessary to arrange/reserve/book anything, though before you joined the class you would probably have to enrol/register/sign up.

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