The English English Podcast S01E04

Restaurants

Glossary

skyscraper – an extremely tall building
pulled pork – slow cooked juicy pork
mayo – mayonnaise
specials – food that isn’t on the menu
book (UK) – reserve
pinch – to take something between your thumb and finger
posh – formal, expensive or pretentious
mess – not tidy
full-on – intense or extreme
catchy – sounds good and is easy to remember
grated – in small pieces e.g. cheese or carrot

Put the words above into the sentences and listen to check:

1. Take it with a …………… of salt
2. You don’t have to worry about making a ……………. on the table.
3. The waiter s might draw your attention to the ………….. or a dish of the day that they
might have.
4. It’s like ……………… so tender, really tender pork, it’s spicy and sweet at the same time.
5. Restaurant that goes around perhaps at the top of a ……………..
6. It’s a ………………… name.
7. It had a dressing but the dressing was …….. and ketchup.
8. And maybe with some ……………. cheese on top.
9. I’d like to ……….. a table
10. It’s like this …………….. the nicest person you’ve ever met.

Comprehension questions:

Where did Beth eat the bad ‘chicken’ salad?
Do people say ‘enjoy you meal’ much in the UK or US?
Why is the restaurant experience in the US more full-on than in Spain or the UK?

Conversation questions:

What’s your favourite restaurant?
What food do you often order in restaurants?
Do you think restaurants in your country are very formal or informal?

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