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Breakfast Recipes
And a Small Surprise!

II. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation again by pressing the Play Audio button and read along with the conversation. Review the Key Vocabulary and the sample sentences.

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Daughter: Dad, Dad. What's for breakfast?

Dad: [Dad mumbles something] Daughter: Dad? [What?]

Daughter: What's for breakfast?

Dad: Uh, there's a banana on the kitchen counter. Enjoy.

Daughter: Dad, that banana's all bruised, and it looks like the cat took a bite out of it last night . . . Dad. Wake up.

Dad: Okay. Uh, there's some cereal in the cupboard. Help yourself.

Daughter: But there's no milk.

Dad: Well, just mix up some powered milk.

Daughter: Ah, no way. That stuff is nasty and warm. Come on, Dad.

Dad: Uh, okay. I guess I could make some pancakes.

Daughter: Uh, no. The last time you made pancakes, they were as hard as a rock. Even the dog wouldn't touch them.

Dad: That bad? [Yeah.] Alrigh. Wait! Why in the world are we having this conversation anyway? You're 19 years old. Make your own breakfast. I'm going back to bed.

Daughter: Because you love me . . . plus you said that you'd make something for me if I cleaned the dishes last night.

Dad: Okay. How about some eggs and bacon? I can't go wrong there.

Daughter: Okay, but don't put any of that funny stuff in it . . . you know, those weird mushrooms like you did last time.

Dad: Okay, okay. So, you want me to keep things simple, right?

Daughter: Exactly. But, please hurry. My friend is picking me up in a few minutes.

Dad: On a Saturday morning?

Daughter: Yeah. He's taking me fishing.

Dad: Fishing? Since when did you start liking fishing?

Daughter: Since Dirk gave me this ring! What do you think?

Dad: What? Wait. I'm not going to ask. Let me get breakfast on the table . . . Then, we'll have a long chat.

Dad: Oh, he's here. I'll just take the $20 bill out of your wallet. I can buy breakfast on the way. Bye.

Dad: Oh, no!

Key Vocabulary [Top]

  • cupboard (noun): a cabinet or storage space for keeping food or other items in the kitchen
    - You'll find the flour and sugar in the cupboard. Why don't you grab them so we can make some pancakes?

  • mix (up) (phrasal verb): prepare a food or drink by combining two or more ingredients
    - Don't forget to mix (up) the eggs really well before you put them in the frying pan.

  • nasty (adjective): terrible or disgusting
    - The oatmeal he made for breakfast was nasty, but I didn't want to hurt his feelings, so I didn't say anything.

  • plus (conjunction): and
    - You can have eggs and toast for breakfast, plus there is some orange juice in the refrigerator in case you want something to drink.

  • go wrong (verb): make a mistake
    - I thought I followed the recipe, but this food tastes terrible, so I wonder where I went wrong.

  • weird (adjective): unusual or strange
    - Although he uses a lot of weird ingredients in his chicken soup, it always tastes great.

  • chat (noun): informal conversation
    - We had a really good chat over breakfast this morning about my daughter's future.

Vocabulary Activities [Top]

Now, do these exercises to review the vocabulary. Then, return back to the Post-Listening Exercise to use the vocabulary in real conversations.

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