Thursday, 2 January 2014

Speakout Advanced p 94. Food. Extra Speaking

A. Have a conversation as natural as possible with a partner about the topic. Use the pictures above and the questions below to help you.
1. When was the last time you had a raging appetite and felt you could eat a horse? Have you ever felt faint with hunger?
2. What's the best way to quench your thirst?
3. When was the last time you had dinner with someone who picked at his food? Do you feel comfortable having dinner with people who eat like a bird? Are there any fussy eaters in your family? Do you have any friends who you would consider squeamish eaters?
4. Can you think of a time when someone ate you out of house and home?
5. What shouldn't you do on an empty stomach? or on a full stomach?
6. When do people lose their appetite?
7. What helps you to work up an appetite? 
Student A 
1.What side dishes do you like to order when you eat out
2. Can you talk about a celebratory dinner you have recently attended? When was the last time you had a celebratory drink?
3. What could be done to help people sleeping rough to have at least one square meal a day?

Student B
1.What savoury dishes do you like best? What are your favourite hors d'oeuvres?
2. When was the last time you saw a mouth-watering display of food?
3. What are the advantages of having a leisurely meal? When was the last time you savoured every mouthful? What did you have? Don't you think we too often gobble down our food, never taking the time to enjoy the flavours and sensations of the things we crave?
Gulp something down

 to swallow large amounts of food or drink quickly. Sp. Engullir, tomarse de un trago. E.g. he gulped down the rest of his tea and went out. Gulp down food.

wolf something (down) 

(informal) to eat food very quickly, especially by putting a lot of it in your mouth at once. E.g. he wolfed down his breakfast.


 to eat something very fast, in a way that people consider rude or greedy. E.g. gobble (something) Don't gobble your food like that! Gobble something up/down They gobbled down all the sandwiches. He gobbled up the last of the chocolates.

devour something 

 /dɪˈvaʊə(r)to eat all of something quickly, especially because you are very hungry. E.g.  He devoured half of his burger in one bite. The animal quickly devoured its prey.

polish something off:  

(informal) to finish something, especially food, quickly. E.g. He polished off the remains of the apple pie.

big eater:  

a person who eats a lot.


 /ˈfæmɪʃt/ very hungry. E.g. When's lunch? I'm famished! I’m famished—is there anything to eat? The evacuees were famished, having had no food for 12 hours.

junk food

food that is quick and easy to prepare and eat but that is thought to be bad for your health. E.g. I was eating too much junk food.


Prepared or produced (especially food) in advance. E.g. a takeaway or pre-prepared meal.


 put into a box, bag, etc. to be sold or transported. E.g. packaged food.

a ready meal: 

a meal that you buy already prepared and which only needs to be heated before you eat it.

live on something 

(often disapproving) to eat only or a lot of a particular type of food. E.g. She lives on burgers. 

satisfy something  

to provide what is wanted, needed or asked for. The food wasn't enough to satisfy his hunger. 

Have a sweet tooth: 

(informal) to like food that contains a lot of sugar. E.g. add more sugar if you have a sweet tooth.



 /ˈɡuːi/ (informal) soft and sticky. E.g. gooey cakes. 


Smothered with/in something

/ˈsmʌðə(r)/ 1. thickly covered or with too much of something. E.g. a rich cake smothered in fluffy (soft, light and containing air) whipped cream/ meringue /məˈræŋ/


/ˈflʌfi/ (of food) soft, light and containing air. E.g. Beat the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.


/ˈspʌndʒi/ soft and able to absorb water easily like a sponge. E.g. The bread had a spongy texture. A spongy cake.

Icing sugar

(US confectioner's sugar, powdered sugar) fine white powder made from sugar, that is mixed with water to make icing (US frosting). 


that makes you feel sick, especially because it is too sweet or full of false emotion. E.g. a sickly sweet smell. She gave me a sickly smile.


/ˈskrʌm(p)ʃəs/ (of food) extremely appetizing or delicious. E.g. a scrumptious chocolate tart.


/ˈtæntəˌlaɪzɪŋ/ Something tantalizing is tempting: like a meal that smells amazing and makes you want to eat it. Tantalizing things are very appealing. Sp. tentador. E.g. The tantalizing aroma of fresh coffee wafted (drifted) towards them. The tantalizing fragrance of fried bacon. A tantalizing display of chocolates.
Smells — when they're good smells — can be very tantalizing. Just walking through a good restaurant, smelling and looking at the food, is a tantalizing experience.


/ˈreɪdʒɪŋ/ very strong. E.g. a raging appetite/thirst. Raging jealousy. Raging hunger: Sp. hambre atroz.

I could eat a horse. 

something that you say when you are very hungry. E.g. I've had nothing but a sandwich all day - I could eat a horse.

Quench: /kwentʃ/ quench your thirst: 

 to drink so that you no longer feel thirsty. Sp. Saciar la sed.  
Quench something (formal): to stop a fire from burning.  Synonym: extinguish. E.g. firemen tried to quench the flames raging (spreading very quickly) through the building.

Pick at something: 

 to eat food slowly, taking small amounts or bites because you are not hungry. E.g. she sat at the table in silence, picking at her dinner. Pick at food. To pick at one's food: picar, comer sin ganas. 

eat like a bird 

to eat only small amounts of food; to peck at one's food. E.g. Jane is very slim because she eats like a bird. Bill is trying to lose weight by eating like a bird.


fastidious (Sp. meticuloso, maniático) about one’s needs or requirements; hard to please. E.g. A fussy eater. He is very fussy about what he eats. He's such a fussy eater (Sp. tiquismiquis).‘Where do you want to go for lunch?’ ‘I'm not fussy (= I don't mind: Sp. me da lo mismo).


easily made to feel sick or disgusted. E.g.  I've never been squeamish about food. One of my favourite dishes is steamed chicken feet.

eat somebody out of house and home  

(informal, often humorous) to eat a lot of somebody else’s food. How much longer is he staying? He’s eating us out of house and home. 

on an empty/a full stomach

It's not a good idea to drink (= alcohol) on an empty stomach (= without having eaten anything). You shouldn't exercise on a full stomach. 

work something up:  

to develop or improve something with some effort. E.g. I can't work up any enthusiasm for his idea. She went for a long walk to work up an appetite.

side dish

(also a side order) a small amount of food, for example a salad, served with the main course of a meal. E.g. a side dish of fresh vegetables
side salad: a salad served with the main course of a meal

eat out:  

to have a meal in a restaurant, etc. rather than at home. E.g. Do you feel like eating out tonight? 


 /ˌseləˈbreɪtəri/ celebrating something or marking a special occasion. E.g. a celebratory drink/dinner. We had a celebratory drink: Sp. nos tomamos una copa para celebrarlo.

live/sleep rough 

 (British English) to live or sleep outdoors, usually because you have no home and no money. E.g. young people sleeping rough on the streets 

a square meal 

a good, satisfying meal. E.g. He looks as though he hasn't had a square meal for weeks. Three square meals a day.


/ˈseɪvəri/ having a taste that is salty not sweet. E.g. savoury snacks. 

Hors d'oeuvre

/ˌɔː ˈdɜːv/ plural hors d'oeuvres /ˌɔː ˈdɜːv/ a small amount of food, usually cold, served before the main part of a meal.


mouth-watering food looks or smells so good that you want to eat it immediately. Tempting. E.g. a mouth-watering display of cakes.


/ˈleʒəli/ Adj. done without hurrying. E.g. A leisurely meal. 


/ˈseɪvə(r)/ (V) to enjoy the full taste or flavour of something, especially by eating or drinking it slowly. E.g. He ate his meal slowly, savouring every mouthful. 


/ˈɡɒbl/ to eat something very fast, in a way that people consider rude or greedy. E.g. Don't gobble your food like that! Gobble something up/ down They gobbled down all the sandwiches. 

Crave (for) something / crave to do something 

 to have a very strong desire for something. Long for. E.g. She has always craved excitement. 

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