General Listening Quiz

“Hamburger Restaurant”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult restaurants two men 1:59

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of items would you expect to find at a fast food restaurant? Also, name three possible problems that could occur at such a restaurant in terms of service and food preparation.


fill up on” = become full
Hey, don’t fill up on potato chips before lunch. You still need to eat your vegetables.”

whip up” = quickly prepare
Could you whip up a simple salad for the barbecue?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The customer doesn't buy the recommended sandwich because ____.

Customer: Uh. I don't think so. I'd probably have heartburn for a week after downing that monster.

The combo meal doesn't come with ____.

Server: Well. It's our house special this week, and it comes with fries, and a large specialty drink called "Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink."

How does the specialty drink get its name?

Server: Well, it's a little mix of everything in a large cup: Pepsi, Sprite, Fanta Orange, and lemonade with crushed ice and a scoop of ice cream.

The man is surprised with the price of his meal because ____.

Customer: Ten ninety? For just a hamburger?! You've got to be kidding Server: Well, the one-pound super deluxe hamburger is nine dollars. Customer: Hey, I didn't order a one-pound burger. I just wanted a simple burger. That's all.

At the end, the customer _____.

Customer: Okay, okay. I'll take the giant burger and a bottle of your spring water. The sandwich should feed me for a week.

Post-Listening Exercise

Discuss your favorite fast food restaurant and why you choose to eat there. Include details about price, food selection, quality, customer service, atmosphere, and convenience. Compare two fast two restaurants in your city using the points above.

Online Investigation

Although there are many fastfood restaurants, their menus are not the same. In fact, the nutritional value of their items can be quite different. Use the Internet to compare the ingredients of hamburgers from two or more restaurants including (1) the serving size, (2) number of calories, and (3) total amount of fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. Finally, make a recommendation on which hamburger provides the best money and nutritional value.