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"dig in" = let's eat

"Okay, the food is ready. Dig in!"

"eat like a horse" = eat a lot

"You'd better cook a lot tonight. My brother eats like a horse."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Dinner Time
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic:Type:Speakers: Length:
mediumcookingconversationman - girl 01:26

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.


2. 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.

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1. What does the conversation imply about the mother?
A. She is busy at work.
B. She had to run some errands.
C. She is resting in bed.

2. What is the first problem the girl notices about her father's cooking?
A. He is not following the recipe.
B. He is missing the right pan to cook the pizza.
C. He is using the directions for a different food.

3. How does the girl know her father doesn't like the pizza he prepared?
A. He tells her honestly what he thinks about it.
B. She can tell by his non-verbal expressions.
C. He throws it away after making it.

4. What problem did the girl NOT mention about the pizza?
A. It was too salty.
B. It was burned.
C. It was too chewy.

5. What do they end up doing for lunch?
A. They decide to go out to eat.
B. They eat something different at home.
C. They eat at friend's house.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What is a typical meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your country? What are the ingredients for the dish, and how is it prepared? Are any unique utensils or tools used to cook these foods? Who usually cooks in your family? Explain how to prepare the dish using transition words of time including first, second, then, next, and finally.

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5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Although including chicken in different food dishes isn't uncommon around the world, how the food is prepared and what additional ingredients are included in the meal can vary widely. Use the Internet to look for two different meals that include chicken cooked in different ways. What are the ingredients for each, including any item that is unique to a particular region of the world? Is there any historical or religious significance to the meal?

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