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"have one's plate full" = have a lot to do, be busy

"I have my plate full with so many projects, so I don't have much free time."

"What's eating you?" = What is bothering or making you angry?

"Hey, what's eating you? You look so upset, and you didn't say a word during dinner."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Diet Plan
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
advanceddiet plansconversationman and woman03:50

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are three important steps to losing weight in a healthy way? What are some reasons why people struggle with their weight and physical condition?

HELPFUL TIP: You will never be able to exercise away excess fat if you don't change your eating habits.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the recording by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. The man (Andrew) and woman are _________.
A. siblings
B. husband and wife
C. close friends

2. Andrew found out about his new diet ______.
A. from a friend
B. through an email
C. on TV

3. From the conversation, we can infer that Andrew _______.
A. has started a new exercise program
B. just joined a fitness center
C. hasn't gone running yet

4. The problem with eating at night is that _________.
A. the body isn't active to use up the extra calories
B. you feel hungrier in the morning hours
C. your blood pressure increases because of the extra fat

5. The woman knows Andrew is a regular customer at McDonalds because ________.
A. the manager dropped off some food at his house
B. Andrew has hamburgers in the refrigerator
C. the woman found items in his garbage

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Discuss what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the reasons for these food choices. Do you have any plans to change your eating habits in the future? Explain your reasons.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
There are many diet programs around the world that market ways to lose weight and stay fit. Review three different programs or plans and answer these questions:

  • Who is the founder or creator of the diet plan or program?
  • How long has it been around?
  • What is the mission statement or main goal of the plan?
  • How is the program similar and different from other programs?
  • What do reviewers say about the benefits and drawbacks of the program's system?
  • What are the requirements and cost of joining the program?
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