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English Conversation – Food & Drink

Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 04:03 PM
posted by Jo

This is an English Conversation lesson about food and drink. Watch a video showing children trying different foods from around the world. Learn idioms that we use in English when discussing food, drinks, cooking and eating and read a list of conversation questions that people might ask each other when talking about this popular subject.

Watch American children trying different foods from around the world

  • What is your experience of trying foods from different countries?
  • What was the most unusual food you tried?

Idioms we use when discussing food

Burnt to a crisp – when food has become very badly burnt.

Cooked to perfection – food that is cooked to a very high standard.

Cook up a storm – to cook an amazing meal(s) and usually a large quantity of it.

Your eyes are bigger than your stomach – when someone puts too much food on their plate and they cannot eat it all.

Eat like a horse – to eat a very large quantity.

Conversation Questions about food and drinks

  • What food do you like?
  • What is your all-time favourite food?
  • What food don’t you like?
  • Are there any foods that you wouldn't eat as a child that you eat now?
  • Do you cook? If yes, what food do you cook the most often?
  • Do you have a favourite restaurant? Why do you like it?
  • How often do you eat out?
  • Do you like food from other countries?
  • What is your favourite drink?
  • Do you have take away and junk food in your country?
  • Do you have any traditional meals in your country?
  • Does your family have any special recipes that are passed down from generation to generation?
  • What special foods do you eat on holidays? (Christmas, New Year’s Day or other types of festivals)
  • What is the most unusual food that you have eaten?
  • Why do you think obesity is becoming such a problem throughout the world?
  • What do you think about genetically modified food?
  • Have you ever found something disgusting in your food?
  • Have you ever had food poisoning?
  • What is your favourite fruit?
  • What sweet food do you like?
  • What’s your favourite snack?
  • Where did you learn to cook?
  • Do you have any food allergies?
  • Are there any foods that bring back special memories for you? What are they?

Advanced Food Vocabulary

Here is a selected list of words related to food. Make a note of any that you are not familiar with. We will discuss any unfamiliar words and their usage:

  • Sirloin
  • Scrambled
  • Pudding
  • Unripe
  • Poach
  • Portion
  • Bland
  • Bitter
  • Sickly sweet
  • Sauteed
  • Stewed
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