General Listening Quiz

“Breakfast Recipes”

Level: Topic: Type: Speakers: Length:
medium food conversation man – woman 01:44

Pre-Listening Exercise

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?


an acquired taste” = something you don’t like at first, but you begin to like it
Eating his food is an acquired taste because he uses so many exotic ingredients.”
bread and butter” = a job or activity that provides steady income
Teaching school is my bread and butter; I do landscaping on the side.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The daughter doesn't want the banana because ____.

Daughter: Dad, that banana's all bruised, and it looks like the cat took a bite out of it last night.

The girl doesn't want cereal because ____.

Dad: Well, just mix up some powered milk. Daughter: Ah, no way. That stuff is nasty and warm. Come on, Dad.

What other food did the father try to prepare before?

Daughter: Uh, no. The last time you made pancakes, they were as hard as a rock. Even the dog wouldn't touch them.

Why is the father preparing breakfast for his daughter?

Daughter: Because you love me . . . plus you said that you'd make something for me if I cleaned the dishes last night.

What is the big surprise at the end of the conversation?

Daughter: Since Dirk gave me this ring! What do you think? Dad: What? Wait. I'm not going to ask. Let me get breakfast on the table . . . Then, we'll have a long chat.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

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?

Online Investigation

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.