I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What kinds of food do young children like to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your culture? What about snacks?

HELPFUL TIP: Kids always seem to be hungry, especially when they come home from school. Try having a bowl of fruit, nuts, and healthy snacks ready from them instead of chocolate and cookies.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

I. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. What time of day does this conversation take place?

A. in the morning

B. in the afternoon

C. in the evening
2. Why doesn’t the father give his son something to eat?

A. There isn’t any food to eat.

B. The boy just ate something.

C. They are going to eat soon.

3. What snack does the boy want at the beginning of the conversation?

A. potato chips

B. candy

C. donuts
4. Which one food does the father NOT offer to his son for a snack?

A. tomatoes

B. broccoli

C. carrots

5. What does the father ask the boy to do while he is preparing the snack?

A. watch TV

B. play with toys

C. look at books

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Correct answers:

Son: Dad!
Father: Yeah, Micky.

Son: Can I have a really good snack?

Father: Uh, I don’t know. I thinks it’s . . . uh . . . what time’s it? I think it’s going on dinner.

Son: Uh, it’s three thirty.

Father: Three thirty. Uh . . . We’d better wait. [Why, Dad?] Well, what kind of snack do you want?

Son: Candy?

Father: No, candy is out. Oh, how about some broccoli? [No!] Uh, carrots? [No!] Well, what else can you suggest?

Son: Candy.

Father: Candy. No, I don’t think . . . I think You’d better wait.

Son: A sandwich? A spinach sandwich?

Father: Spinach sandwich? Spinach sandwich! When did you start liking spinach?

Son: Uh, today.

Father: Well, what about a small sandwich? [Okay] Okay, I’ll whip it up in a minute. Play with your toys while you’re waiting for it.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • snack (noun): an informal light meal
    – My wife often gives the kids a snack right when they come home from school.
  • go on (phrasal verb): getting near to, almost
    – It’s going on 6:00 p.m., so we’d better start dinner before the guests arrive.
  • out (adjective): not acceptable or possible
    – Going to the movie is out tonight. We don’t have enough money to pay for the tickets.
  • spinach (noun): a dark green leafy vegetable
    – Some kids don’t like the taste of spinach.
  • whip up (phrasal verb): prepare or cook food quickly
    – We don’t have much time for dinner, so I’ll whip up something right away.