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Vocabulary - In the Kitchen

In the kitchen

  1. What's your favourite meal?
  2. When do you have your main meal and how long does it take to prepare?
  3. Do you like cooking? Why? Why not?

1. Put these words/phrases into groups 1-3

a fridge
a freezer
a red/green peper
a cooker
a grill
an oven
a microwave
a saucepan
an aubergine (US an eggplant)
heat up
a frying pan
a wok
(US zucchinis)
a blender
a toaster
a rubbish bin

  1. food: brocoli,
  2. things in the kitchen: a fridge,
  3. ways of cooking: boil,

Speaking part:

  1. How is the food in 1. usually cooked in your country?
  2. Which of the things in 1. do you have in your kitchen?
  3. Are ready meals popular in your country? Why? Why not?
  4. Do you ever eat ready meals at home? If so, do you like them?
  5. Make sentences about how eating habits in your own country are changing. Use these ideas or your own:

    • fast food
    • organic food
    • restaurants
    • prices
    • supermarkets
    • food from other countries
    • the amount people eat
    • quality of food

     Make questions with you. Put the verbs in brackets in the Present Simple or Present    Continuous. Then answer the questions.

  1. Are you feeling (feel) hungry now?
  2. ___________(usually eat) a lot of ready meals?
  3. ___________(cook) every day?
  4. ___________( try) to stop eating sweet things?
  5. ___________ (ever use) a cookery book?
  6. ___________(want) to learn how to cook?
  7. ___________ (look) for somewhere to live?
  8. ___________ (do) an evening course at the moment?


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Think of reasons why you tend to agree or disagree with these sentences.
Men watch too much sport.Men are better at sport than women.All teenagers are lazy.cfg,n._, Fast food is bad for you.Pets cost a lot of money.Motorbikes are dangerous.There's never anything good on TV.
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Sometimes English speakers soften the way they express their opinions so that they don't sound rude or offensive.
We often use these phrases in bold to soften our opinions:
Some of them can be quite rude at times. They tend to get rather loud. That's not very normal behaviour. Generally speaking, most people who go to matches are just loyal fans. You get a few who can be a bit too enthusiastic. On the whole, most fans just want to see a good game.
After tend to we use the infinitive: He tends to be a bit aggressive.Rather, quite, not very and a bitusually come before an adjective: They can get quite/rather…

Used to/Get used to/Be used to

‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’
‘used to + infinitive’ and ‘be/get used to’ Students have difficulties in making distinction between used to + infinitive and be/get used to + ‘ing’ form because they look similar. As a matter of fact, they are totally different.

‘used to + infinitive’

Used to is for things that happened in the past and have no connectivity to present:

Peter used to smoke three cigarettes a day. My boyfriend used to drink a lot of coffee during sleepless nights. Sarah and her mother used to go out for a walk every day. Negative form is ( odri─Źni oblik je) : didn't ( did not) use to: I didn't use to smoke before.
Question form is (upitni oblik je) : Did she (subject)  use to..? Did she use to drink a lot of coffee?

As you may guess you can not use 'used to' in the present. To talk about present habits we use the present simple and an adverb of frequency (usually, always, often, never, etc.)

e.g. I often eat at the Japanese restaurant in the city c…