Posted by: snaed | July 27, 2009


meals Eating is supposed to be one of the most pleasant things in life. Sometimes we are not sure if we eat to live or live to eat. However, these days, many people are being deprived of regular meals. Some folks claim they are too busy to take the time, or they skip a meal because they are dieting. The meal that is most often missed is breakfast, so the eater or fixer can stay in bed longer, even though health experts usually insist this is the most important meal of all. In some cases, this phenomenon is because wives are working outside the home, in others because husbands do not insist on breakfast. More convenient Western ideas about breakfast are becoming popular: eggs, toast, cereal, coffee.

Later in the day, lunches are also becoming more problematic, especially for salaried workers. The variety and quality of food seem to be declining, even as the restaurants themselves become more crowded and expensive. After work, it is usually an informal requirement to join co-workers in a meal and drinks, so a family meal at home is out of the question for a lot of male workers.


1.  Which meal is considered the easiest to skip?

2.  How many reasons are given for not eating?

3.  What does a Western breakfast consist of?


1.  Do you usually have breakfast?

2.  Who prepares breakfast in your family?

3.  What do you think about having a modest Western-style breakfast?

4.  What do you usually eat for lunch?

5.  What do you most look for in a lunch outside the home?

6.  What you think about carrying a lunch box to work?

7.  What is your favorite dessert?

8.  Do you usually volunteer to pay for your fellow workers’ lunches?

9.  What do you think about Dutch treat?

10. Do you think it’s a good idea to take a nap after lunch?

11. Do you think one hour is enough time for lunch?

12. What is your favorite food?

13. Do you like Western food? If so, which?

14. Do you drink coffee after a meal?

15. How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?

16. Do you try to maintain a balanced diet?

17. Do you usually buy fruit in a department store, or in the market?

18. Are you worried about pesticides when you eat fruit?

19. Do you peel your apples?

OPINION SAMPLES – comment on these

1.  For too long we have thought that common courtesy demands that one person pay for everyone’s meals. Oftentimes this leads to an embarrassing struggle over who will pay. Of course, each person is expected to take turns, but the order is not always clear and this may lead to resentment by the others. Meal costs are also constantly rising, so paying for multiple meals at one time is often inconvenient. We could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we would agree to go Dutch—each pays for his own meal.

2.  I’m very concerned about getting poisoned by what I eat. I can never be sure if any fruit is pesticide-free, even after I wash it. So I try to peel it before I eat it. As a result, I shy away from some of my favorite foods, like strawberries. My health is more important than my palate.

USEFULL EXPRESSIONS – explain and comment

1.  Don’t argue at the dinner table. The one who is not hungry always wins the argument.

2.  Children who are reared in homes of poverty have only two mealtime choices—take it or leave it.

3.  Exercise doesn’t make you nearly as hungry as thinking does—especially thinking about food.

4.  The best exercise is to exercise discretion at the dinner table.

5.  More and more food is coming canned or prepackaged—including food for thought.

6.  There is a new diet that will reduce weight like nothing else. It’s called the high price of food.

7.  Most kids think a balanced diet is a hamburger in each hand.

8.  Eating plenty of onions and garlic will help you live longer, claim dietary authorities—but you will die very lonely.

9.  Table manners must have been invented by people who were never hungry.

10. Many people seem to be allergic to food for thought.

Issue 3


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