|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
What are typical foods you eat in your country for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Is there a another small meal or snack between the main mealtimes? Who usually prepares the food in your home?
HELPFUL TIP: Learning how to cook isn’t too difficult. Just select a recipe of a food you like and give it a try. Your friends might be willing to try any free food you make.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Father: Time to eat!
Daughter: Coming. Oh, I’m starving. [Good, good.] Oh yuck! What’s that?
Father: Ah, now don’t complain!
Daughter: But what is it, and where is mom?
Father: Now, mom put me in charge of dinner because she’s not feeling well tonight.
Daughter: But what is it . . . and that smell!
Father: It’s pizza. I just followed an old family recipe here, and . . .
Daughter: Let me see that . . . Oh, Dad. [What?] You’re missing a page!
Father: Oh, uh, well, uh . . . well I couldn’t find the second page of the recipe, but don’t worry. I have plenty of experience around the house. Plenty of experience cooking.
Daughter: That’s not what mom says.
Father: Well, wait, wait, here let me try a piece first. Here, let me, let me cool this off here. Ohhh, yeah. Oh, this is great stuff.
Daughter: Yeah right. Why are you making that face?
Father: Well, well, it’s just, just a little rich for me. That’s all.
Daughter: Let me try it Dad. Uh. Dad. You put a little too much salt in it and besides it’s burned. [Well . . . ] And what’s that?
Father: Oh, well, well, that’s just part of my own adaptation to the recipe. I added some pumpkin.
Daughter: Oh, not another one of your surprises. Pumpkin doesn’t go on pizza!
Father: Well, okay, well, so what? Uh, what do we do now?
Daughter: Well, how about some cold cereal . . . You can’t mess up on that, Dad.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- starving (verb): hungry, famished
– Many deer will starve to death in the mountains because of the harsh winter.
- yuck or yucky: expression showing strong displeasure or dislike for something (informal)
– Oh, Dad. I don’t like this yucky soup.
- adaptation (noun), adapt (verb): a change or modification to something, revision
– Sometimes it takes time to adapt to the customs and language of another culture.
- mess up (phrasal verb): (1) to make a mistake or (2) make something untidy or cluttered
– If you take your eyes off that boy, he might mess up your entire house.