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Fascinating Sharks: Vocabulary Worksheet with Fish Idioms

(Whale shark. Photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri, Unsplash)


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A) FUN FACTS 🦈

Fill the gaps with these words:

diverse, fabrics, fearsome, flexible, kingdom, length, marine, prey, rough, rows, survived

Did you know that sharks are older than trees! They have been on our planet for around 450 million years and have a)_______________ several mass extinctions.

Unlike most fish, sharks have a skeleton made of cartilage and not bone. Cartilage is lighter than bone and much more b)_______________, which allows sharks to be more efficient swimmers. 

Whale sharks, which are the largest fish on earth, have huge mouths and about 300 c)_______________ of teeth, but these majestic creatures are docile and feed mostly on plankton.

Not all sharks are massive though. In fact they come in all sizes – the dwarf lanternshark is about the d)_______________ of a pencil!

Sharks have small tooth-shaped ‘scales’ on their skin known as dermal denticles. This is why their skin feels e)_______________ like sandpaper if you were to stroke them from tail to head. These ‘scales’ reduce friction allowing them to swim faster and in fact have inspired f) _______________ for Olympic swimsuits!

Sharks never run out of teeth. When they lose a tooth, it is replaced by a tooth from the row behind. They can go through thousands of teeth in a lifetime.

Sharks have a phenomenal sense of smell, one of the most powerful in the animal g) _______________. They can smell blood from hundreds of metres away.

They are also equipped with special sensory organs which allow them to detect electrical currents and vibrations in the water.  This gives them several advantages as hunters. For instance, it can help them detect the heartbeat of h)__________________ hiding under sand.

Not only are sharks fascinating creatures, but they have been a vital part of i)_______________ ecosystems for millions of years. One very important role they play is keeping other animal populations in check (= preventing them from expanding too much). This helps to ensure j)_______________ oceanic life.

Sharks have a k)_______________ reputation thanks in part to movies such as “Jaws” but most shark species are harmless, to humans at least. You are far more likely to be killed by a lightning strike, a bee or even a cow!


Not so fun fact

Alarmingly, shark populations have plummeted by 70% in just the last fifty years, mostly as a result of overfishing, bycatch* and shark finning. 100 million sharks are killed every year.

*Bycatch: the marine creatures caught unintentionally in commercial fishing operations

B) FISH IDIOMS

1. Karla is very nervous about her first public concert. It’s one thing to sing in front of friends and family but singing in front of a big crowd is a different __________ (bucket, kettle, pan) of fish

2. People were packed like __________ (cod, sardines, tuna) in the train so we decided not to get on and to wait for the next train.

3. I wouldn’t talk to the boss today about organising the office party. He’s got __________ (bigger, busier, grander) fish to fry (= more important things to do)

4. Harold needed money fast so he went to a loan __________ (leech, shark, squid) and now he has to pay it all back in a week with 400% interest!



Answers

A) a) survived b) flexible c) rows d) length e) rough f) fabrics
g) kingdom h) prey i) marine j) diverse k) fearsome

B) 1. kettle 2. sardines 3. bigger 4. shark

a different kettle of fish – a completely different situation

If people are packed (in) like sardines there are so many people in a space that it is difficult for them to move

If someone has bigger fish to fry, they have more important things to do

a loan shark is an illegal and sometimes dangerous lender





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Which is the odd one out and why?

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Unscramble the words to find 5 words related to football or soccer. Go down to the bottom for the answers 😊👇🏼

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Nature Vocabulary and Idioms Worksheet – Gentle Giraffes


GENTLE GIRAFFES


A) FUN FACTS

Fill the gaps with the following words:

brain   calves   grasp   lethal   pattern   predators   resemblance   saliva   spread   swallow trait   twigs

Each giraffe has a unique a) ____________ of spots just like humans have distinct fingerprints.

The second part of their scientific name ‘giraffa camelopardalis’ originated from their
b) ____________ to a camel crossed with a leopard.

Just the neck of a giraffe is taller than most humans at about 2m. In order for the blood to be pumped all the way up to the c) ____________ , the giraffe has very high blood pressure, double that of humans.

Giraffes can comfortably walk at 15km/h and when they run they can reach speeds of up to 55km/h.

Giraffes have a rather curious way of walking: both legs on one side of the body move forward together and then the legs on the other side. This is a d) ____________ shared by cats and camels.

Since they are such large animals giraffes need a lot of fuel so they spend most of the day eating. They eat around 30kg of food a day – acacia leaves, e) ____________, fruits and flowers.

Like cows they are ruminants – their stomach has four compartments. They chew their food, f) ____________ it and then they regurgitate it (= bring the food back up into the mouth) to chew it again.

Giraffes produce a sticky g) ____________ which helps protect them from any thorns they might swallow when eating.

Despite their size, giraffes only need to drink water every few days which is fortunate as drinking from a watering hole is quite tricky because they have to h) ____________ out their front legs so that they can reach down to the water. Giraffes are also able to get water from the vegetation they eat.

Not only do giraffes have extremely long necks and legs but they also have a seriously long tongue – around 50cm. Their tongue is prehensile which means it is able to dexterously i) ____________ leaves and buds and pull them off.

Giraffes get by on very little sleep, just a couple of hours a day. They tend to sleep standing up as lying down makes them very vulnerable to j) ____________. They take short naps, sometimes lasting only 5 minutes!

Giraffes have a gestation period of about 15 months and they give birth standing up. The k) ____________ are already around 1.8m tall and are able to stand within an hour of being born!

Not known for being aggressive creatures they can defend themselves, however, with an extremely powerful kick which can be l) ____________.


B) Idioms with NECK

Underline the correct word to complete the  expression.

  1. Sorry, I can’t meet you for a coffee, I’m down / up to my neck in housework as we have guests coming to stay tonight.
  2. I need to buy a better pillow. It’s too high and I have a crack / crick in my neck every morning.
  3. Can you pick your toys up off the floor please! I’m going to break / stick  my neck one of these days.
  4. I’m going to be in your neck of the hoods / woods this weekend. Do you fancy meeting up for lunch?
  5. I’m not going to the party if Jeff is going to be there. That guy is a pain / sore in the neck.


Answers

A) a) pattern b) resemblance c) brain d) trait e) twigs f) swallow g) saliva h) spread i) grasp j) predators k) calves  l) lethal

B) 1) up to my neck (with a huge amount) 2) a crick in my neck (a stiff or painful neck)  3) break my neck (=hurt myself badly)  4) in your neck of the woods  (in your area, where you live/work) 5) a pain in the neck  (= really annoying)

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Answer: BET





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Nature Vocabulary Worksheet – Beautiful Bees

BEAUTIFUL BEES

Bees are fascinating creatures and hugely important pollinators. Next time you nibble on an almond or bite into an apple, you might want to say a quiet thank you to these industrious little marvels of nature. Bees are one of nature’s finest examples of teamwork.

Photo by Dustin Humes at Unsplash

A) FUN FACTS

Fill the gaps with the following words:

estimated, key, fans, species, gathering, mate, teaspoon, raccoons, duties, intruders, lay

There are around 20,000 a) ____________ of bee in the world but only eight are honey bees.

The queen bee’s sole job is to b) ____________ and c) ____________ eggs. She can produce as many as 1,500 to 2,000 eggs a day.

The worker bees are female and make up most of the colony. They have many d) ____________, such as keeping the hive clean, feeding the young and the queen, e) ____________  pollen and nectar from flowering plants, and they help to make honey.

Worker bees have another duty: to guard the hive or colony from f) ____________ like wasps, bears or g) ____________. They position themselves at the entrance, a bit like bouncers!

The drones are the male bees – their life is a little more leisurely –  they have one h) ____________ role and that is to breed with a queen.

Only the female bees, the workers and the queen, are armed with a stinger.


When the hive gets too hot, the worker bees bring water and they’ll use their wings as i) ____________ to cool things down.

Once a bee has finished foraging (=collecting food) it takes a direct route back to the colony, hence the expression ‘to make a beeline’.

In her lifetime a honey bee will only make about a twelfth of a j) ____________ of honey.

It’s k) ____________ that just to make half a kilo of honey, bees have to visit around two million flowers, totalling about 90,000 air miles!


Now, go look online and find another interesting piece of trivia about bees and share it with your fellow students or a friend or study buddy (or you can tell me on my EnglishSmarts Twitter).

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______________________________________________________________________________

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B) BEE IDIOMS

Oh no! These idioms have got mixed up! Can you BEE a dear 😜, and put the words in italics in the right place?


1.  As soon as we asked for volunteers to help clean up after the party, everyone made a buzz for the door. 

2.  Alice has a bee in her beeline about cars driving too fast down her street. She keeps phoning the council about it but she says they haven’t done a thing about it.

3.  That guy at the bar was really annoying me. I told him to beeswax off.

4.  “Sam says you kissed someone at the party. Who was it? Come on, tell me!” – “No, it’s none of your bonnet.”

Photo by Andy Holmes at Unsplash.com

ANSWERS

A)

a) species
b) mate
c) lay
d) duties
e) gathering
f) intruders
g) raccoons
h) key
i) fans
j) teaspoon
k) estimated

B)

1.  As soon as we asked for volunteers to help clean up after the party, everyone made a beeline (=went directly) for the door. 

2.  Alice has a bee in her bonnet (= she’s obsessed) about cars driving too fast down her street. She keeps phoning the council about it but she says they haven’t done a thing about it.

3.  That guy at the bar was really annoying me. I told him to buzz off (= go away (impolite))

4. “Sam says you kissed someone at the party. Who was it? Come on, tell me!” – “No, it’s none of your beeswax.” (= it’s none of your business, it’s not your concern (impolite))


I love Idioms (1) – Body Parts
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Verb Patterns (4): Verbs + Gerund or Infinitive?

Add the gerund or infinitive form of the verb in brackets.

  1. I really enjoyed ________ (meet) your parents.
  2. Did you manage ________ (get) an appointment?
  3. I’m so pleased that you’ve given up ________ (smoke).
  4. I don’t feel like ________ (go out) tonight.
  5. We’re hoping ________ (go) to Italy this year.
  6. We decided ________ (eat) in the garden.
  7. He suggested ________ (ask) an expert.
  8. Please can you stop ________ (shout)!
  9. I would prefer ________ (sit) over there.
  10. I meant ________ (buy) a newspaper but I forgot.
  11. For some reason the dog kept ________ (look at) the tree.
  12. I miss ________ (live) in London sometimes.
  13. We’re really looking forward to ________ (go) home.
  14. He pretended not ________ (hear) me.
  15. Do you mind ________ (wait) outside?
  16. We promised ________ (get) there early.
  17. What do you fancy ________ (do) tonight?
  18. I asked Steve ________ (join) us for dinner.
  19. Jeff spent the day ________ (work) on his new website.
  20. I’d really like ________ (see) you again.
  21. They used ________ (live) in New York so they know it pretty well.

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  1. I really enjoyed MEETING your parents.
  2. Did you manage TO GET an appointment?
  3. I’m so pleased that you’ve given up SMOKING. (smoke)
  4. I don’t feel like GOING OUT tonight.
  5. We’re hoping TO GO to Italy this year.
  6. We decided TO EAT in the garden.
  7. He suggested ASKING an expert.
  8. Please can you stop SHOUTING!
  9. I would prefer TO SIT (sit) over there.
  10. I meant TO BUY a newspaper but I forgot.
  11. For some reason the dog kept LOOKING AT the tree.
  12. I miss LIVING in London sometimes.
  13. We’re really looking forward to GOING home.
  14. He pretended not TO HEAR me.
  15. Do you mind WAITING outside?
  16. We promised TO GET there early.
  17. What do you fancy DOING tonight?
  18. I asked Steve TO JOIN us for dinner.
  19. Jeff spent the day WORKING on his new website.
  20. I’d really like TO SEE you again.
  21. They used TO LIVE in New York so they know it pretty well.
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Phrasal Verbs with ‘Out’

Add a suitable phrasal verb in the correct form.

blow out, carry out, let out, pass out, run out, throw out, try out, turn out

1.  It was so hot in the office that I thought I was going to ______ _____.

2. Do you want to come with me and _____ _____ that new Zumba class?

3. If you aren’t going to wear these clothes any more you should _____ them _____. I can take them to the charity shop for you.

4.  There are no more chocolate biscuits; we’ve _____ ______.

5.  The dogs want to go out into the garden. Shall I _____ them _____?

6.  The museum was closed for a few days while they ________  _______ repairs on the roof.

7.  I had dreaded going to the party but it _____ ______ to be a lot of fun.

8. Everyone clapped and cheered as the birthday girl _______   _______  the candles on her birthday cake.

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Answers
1. pass out
2. try out
3. throw out
4. run out
5. let out
6. carried out
7. turned out
8. blew out

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Key Word Transformation Exercise (3)

Complete the second sentence so that the meaning is very similar to the first, using the key word in bold. Use between two and five words, including the key word. Contractions (I’m, can’t, etc, count as two words)

1. I’m not in the mood to cook tonight. FEEL

     I ______________________________ tonight. 

2. They say the hotel is haunted. BELIEVED

     The hotel ______________________________ haunted.

3. “Where are you going?” he asked her.  ASKED

      He ______________________________ going.

4. Naomi has a good relationship with her in-laws. ALONG

     Naomi ______________________________ her in-laws.

5. Lexie started learning Portuguese six months ago.  FOR

Lexie ______________________________ six months.

6. Can you fetch the children from school today? PICK

   Can you ___________________________ the children from school today? 

7. We moved to Valencia a year ago today. TIME

     We moved to Valencia ______________________________ year.

8. A nurse won the lottery. WHO

It ______________________________ won the lottery.

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Answers

1.  I’m not in the mood to cook tonight. FEEL

     I don’t feel like cooking tonight. 

2. They say the hotel is haunted. BELIEVED

     The hotel is believed to be haunted.

3. “Where are you going?” he asked her.  ASKED

      He asked her where she was  going.

4. Naomi has a good relationship with her in-laws. ALONG

     Naomi gets along (well) with her in-laws.

5. Lexie started learning Portuguese six months ago.  FOR

Lexie has been learning Portuguese for  six months.

6. Can you fetch the children from school today? PICK

     Can you pick up the children from school today?

7. We moved to Valencia a year ago today. TIME

     We moved to Valencia this time last year.

8.  A nurse won the lottery. WHO

     It was a nurse who won the lottery.

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🔹 where there’s life there’s _____

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Key Word Transformation Exercise (1)

Complete the second sentence so that the meaning is very similar to the first, using the key word in bold. Use between two and five words, including the key word. Contractions (I’m, can’t, etc, count as two words)

1. I can’t wait to go back to Costa Rica. FORWARD

I’m ______________________________ to Costa Rica.

2. It was the funniest thing I’d ever seen. SUCH

I’d ______________________________ thing.

3. George doesn’t like rugby. KEEN

George ______________________________ rugby.

4. Perhaps Sara already went home. MIGHT

Sara ______________________________ home.

5. It’s warmer in Rome than in Paris. AS

Paris ______________________________ Rome.

6. I think you should tell Isabel. WERE

If ______________________________ tell Isabel.

7. I’m going to remove my makeup. TAKE

I’m ______________________________ my makeup.

8. Can you do the dishes for me? MIND

Do ______________________________ the dishes for me?


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Prepositions of Place (at, in, on)

Complete the sentences with ‘at’,’ in’ or ‘on’.

  1. We have offices  _____ Lisbon and London.
  2. Our offices are _____ Exeter Road.
  3. Our offices are _____ 10 Exeter Road.
  4. They live ____ number thirty.
  5. They live _____ Singapore.
  6. Shush! I’m _____ the phone.
  7. “Where are you?” – “I’m _____ work.”
  8. I’ll meet you _____ front of the station in five minutes.
  9. I’m _____ my way home now.
  10. Jack is _____ the meeting room.
  11. Patrick isn’t here. He’s _____ a conference _____ Berlin.
  12. Anna missed her son’s birthday because she was _____ a business trip.
  13. He said goodbye and got _____ the taxi.
  14. We got _____ the bus.
  15. I read the report _____ the plane.
  16. They met _____ university.
  17. Somebody’s phone rang _____ the middle of the meeting.
  18. George was sitting _____ his office.
  19. Don’t sit _____ this chair. It’s broken.
  20. There is a dirty mark _____ your computer screen.
  21. (in an office) Put the boxes _____ the corner.
  22. You can leave the boxes _____ the floor.
  23. _____ the end of the day I was ready to go home.
  24. I fell asleep _____ the sofa.

Answers

  1. in
  2. on
  3. at
  4. at
  5. in
  6. on
  7. at
  8. in
  9. on
  10. in
  11. at, in
  12. on
  13. in
  14. on
  15. on
  16. at
  17. in
  18. in
  19. on
  20. on
  21. in
  22. on
  23. at
  24. on


Exercises on Idioms

Test your Idioms: THINK

Use these words to complete the expressions with ‘think’.

better, come, coming, dread, hear, straight, twice

1. Angus tells the best jokes. _____ to think of it, where is Angus? I haven’t seen him all day.

2. The restaurant was so noisy I could hardly _____ myself think.

3. I _____ to think how much time she’s wasted on that stupid app!

4. If I were you, I’d think _____ before telling Robert all about your plans for a new business. I’m not sure he can be trusted.

5. “If he thinks I’m going to get up at 6am to make him breakfast, he’s got another think _____!” Maya said.

6. Luka was going to phone Sonia but then he thought _____ of it. She probably didn’t want to speak to him at the moment.

7. Nicole was so tired after her long shift at work that she could barely think _____ .




Answers

1. come
2. hear
3. dread
4. twice
5. coming
6. better
7. straight

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Quiz Your English! (2)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters  MA and an extra letter has also been given.

1.  Jack lives in Los Angeles ma_ _ _ y.  (= mostly)

2.  Cats and humans are ma_ _ _ l _, whereas snakes and crocodiles are reptiles.

3.  Wearing a seatbelt is ma_ d _ _ _ _ _. It’s the law.

4.  Thank you so much for all your help. I don’t know how I would have ma_ _ g _ _ without you.

5.  It’s ma_ _ _ l _ _ _ _ what technology can do these days.  (=amazing)

B.  Idioms: Parts of the body

Choose the correct word to complete the idiom.

1.  When you do an online class, make sure you have everything you need at _____ (= nearby) so you don’t have to get up. (chest, finger, hand)

2. I’m sorry I bit your _____ off earlier. I was a bit stressed about my job interview.  (hand, head, heart)

3.  Julian decided to set up his own business because he was tired of working his _____ to the bone for someone else for so little pay.  (fingers, shoulders, teeth)

4.  We caught the train by the _____ of our teeth. If we’d arrived a minute later we would have missed it. (hair, gum, skin)

C.  Practical English

 Choose the right response.

1.  “I can’t make the party on Friday night. I have to work the whole weekend.” – “__________”

a)  Oh, poor you!

b) Oh, what pity!

2.  “Somebody’s just rung the doorbell. Can you answer it?” – “__________”

a)  Yes, I go. 

b)  Yes, I’ll go.

3.  “There you go. I’ve fixed your computer.” – “__________”

a)  “Thanks so much! I owe you one. 

b)  Thanks a thousand! You’re the best.”



Answers

A.  1. mainly  2. mammals  3. mandatory 4. managed 5 marvellous
B.  1. hand 2. head 3. fingers  4. skin
C.  1. a)  2. b) 3 a)

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vocabulary exercises

Quiz Your English! (1)

A.  General Vocabulary

Fill in the gaps. All the words begin with the letters AN and an extra letter has also been given.

1. Amy and Leonard are celebrating their 50th wedding an_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ y  this Saturday.

2. Cinzia isn’t an_ t _ _ _ _ like her sister. She is far more outgoing.

3.  John isn’t playing basketball at the moment as he has sprained his an_ l _.

4.  The money was donated by someone who wishes to remain an_ n _ _ _ _ s.

5.  Deer, moose and caribou have an_ l _ _ _ .

B.  Idioms 

Choose the correct verb to complete the idioms.

1.  “I’m not usually one to _____ my own trumpet but I think I’m a pretty good cook,” said Julia. (blow, push, turn)

2.  You’re a bit tense about the meeting tomorrow. Why don’t you go for a run and _____ off some steam? (break, go, let)

3. The children are _____ under my feet. Do you mind taking them to the park so that I can get on with making lunch? (getting, going, running)

4.  We _____ the house upside down trying to find Ben’s football shoes but we couldn’t find them anywhere.  (lifted, ran, turned)


C.  Practical English

Choose the correct response.

1.  “Shall I carry that for you?”  – “No, don’t worry. _______________”

a)  I can do.  b) I can manage.

2.  “Can you lend me your pen?” – “_______________.”

a)  Yes, here you are.  b)  Yes, here you have it.

3.  “Do you know how to do this?” – “_______________.”

a)  Sorry, I have no idea.  b)  Sorry, I don’t have idea.




Answers

A. 1. anniversary 2. anything 3. ankle 4. anonymous 5. antlers.
B. 1. blow 2. let 3. getting 4. turned
C. 1. b) 2. a) 3. a)

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Pronunciation

Improve Your Accent! (26) – Tennis

It can really help your pronunciation if you know the phonetic symbols and the sounds they represent. You don’t need to worry about learning to write them just to recognise them. Do my quickie Improve Your Accent exercises and you’ll pick them up in no time, plus you’ll improve your pronunciation and your listening skills too.

Can you decipher these 10 tennis-related words?

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Answers

Conversation Questions to practice English

Conversation Questions for English learners: Food, Cooking and Eating Out

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Photo: Ella Olsson, Unsplash

These ESL conversation questions are a resource for both teachers and students. They can be used in class, or with a study buddy, or with somebody you do a language exchange with.

Tips for learners

  • In those in-between times when you can’t find somebody to practise with I recommending trying to write down your answers, or even talking out loud to yourself!
  • Ensure you make notes of useful words and phrases that you either couldn’t remember or didn’t know when you were trying to explain something. This will really help you to move forward with your English.
  • I also highly recommend going through the questions a second or third time at a later date with somebody else, as a way of revision, and you are sure to notice that you are able to explain things faster and more effectively.
  • Where possible, expand on your answers, give more details.
  • If you’re asking the questions, remember to use follow-up questions too. If the conversation goes off on a tangent that’s totally fine – as long as you’re practising, you’re learning. 
  1. What are your favourite fruits?

  2. What are your favourite vegetables?

  3. What are your favourite herbs and spices?

  4. Do you prefer sweet or savoury foods?

  5. Do you eat meat or are you a vegetarian?

  6. What are your favourite pizza toppings?

  7. What foods can’t you stand?

  8. When was the last time you ate out? Would you go back to that restaurant?

  9. Do you have any favourite restaurants? What kind of food do they serve?

  10. Which is you favourite foreign cuisine? And how often do you eat it?  Do you ever prepare it yourself?

  11. What are the advantages and disadvantages of fast food?

  12. Do you enjoy cooking? What dishes do you typically make?

  13. What’s your best dish? What are the ingredients and how do you make it?

  14. What’s your favourite dessert?

  15. What are your favourite cakes or biscuits?

  16. Do you like baking? If so, what do you usually bake?

  17. Do you batch cook? (= prepare several meals at the same time)

  18. What do you usually have for breakfast?

  19. What do you tend to drink with your meals?

  20. If someone visited your country what three foods or dishes would you recommend that they try?

  21. Are you a fussy eater or do you eat most things?

  22. Is there something you eat too much of?

  23. Do you like trying new recipes or do you tend to eat the same things every day?

  24. What foods or dishes do people eat when celebrating holy or special days in your country?

  25. What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten?

  26. How much water do you drink every day?

  27. Do you ever make smoothies?

  28. How much tea or coffee do you drink?

  29. What’s your favourite drink in the summer?

  30. Do you drink alcohol? If so, what do you usually drink?

  31. How often do you meet a friend for a coffee or for a meal?

  32. What was one of your favourite meals when you were a child?

  33. What snacks do you eat?

  34. Do you make an effort to eat healthy every day?

  35. Do you pay much attention to food labels?

  36. How often do you get take-out?

  37. Tell us about the last time you ate out.

  38. If you could have a dinner party and invite three famous people (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

  39. If you had your own restaurant….
    a) what kind of food would you serve?
    b) what would the decor be like?
    c) where would it be located?
    d) what music would you play? (or wouldn’t you play music?)