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"chow down" = eat enthusiastically

"The kids couldn't wait to chow down the bacon and eggs for breakfast."

"pig out" = eat a lot of food

"Don't let the children pig out on pizza and soda. They need to eat vegetables, too."

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Breakfast Recipes
And a Small Surprise!
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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mediumfoodconversationman - woman01:44

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are some common things people eat for breakfast in your hometown? Are any of these things unique to your culture that you might not find in other countries? Who usually prepares meals in your house: you, a parent, or someone else? In this activity, you will hear a father and daughter talking about breakfast choices. Which is most appealing to you?

HELPFUL TIP: People say that eating a good, well-balanced breakfast is an important way to start your day because food can help do better at school and at work. Having a good breakfast will also keep your energy level up so you can concentrate, so don't skip it.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Why does the daughter complain about having a banana for breakfast?
A. The banana is still green.
B. Their pet ate part of it.
C. The daughter hates bananas.

2. Why does the daughter not want to eat cereal for breakfast.
A. She has to prepare the milk.
B. There's no cereal left.
C. She ate the same thing yesterday.

3. What other food did the father try to prepare for his family before, but it didn't turn out well?
A. rice and eggs
B. steak and bacon
C. pancakes

4. Why is the father preparing breakfast for his daughter?
A. Because she helped him in the kitchen.
B. Because it's the girl's birthday.
C. Because she can't cook well.

5. What is the big surprise at the end of the conversation?
A. The girl's friend drops by and brings breakfast.
B. The father decides to make his daughter fish.
C. The girl might be getting married.

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? If you had a friend from another country eat breakfast at your house, would he discover something different to eat than he or she is used to?

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Eating a healthy breakfast is often said to be key to both mind, body, and spirit as a means of starting off the day; however, what you eat and how much you eat can vary widely, and eating habits are sometimes influenced by the local culture. Use the Internet to find one article on the importance of eating breakfast and then find two breakfast recipes that support the types of food suggested in the article.

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