General Listening Quiz

“Dinner Recipes”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
Intermediate dinner recipes man – girl 01:26


Pre-Listening Exercise

What are typical foods you eat in your country for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? Is there a another small meal or snack between the main mealtimes? Who usually prepares the food in your home?


dig in” = let’s eat
Okay, the food is ready. Dig in!

eat like a horse” = eat a lot
You’d better cook a lot tonight. My brother eats like a horse.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The father is cooking dinner because his wife is ______.

Daughter: But what is it, and where is mom? Father: Now, mom put me in charge of dinner because she's not feeling well tonight.

The problem with the father's cooking is that he ____.

Father: It's pizza. I just followed an old family recipe here, and . . . Daughter: Let me see that . . . Oh, Dad. [What?] You're missing a page! Father: Oh, uh, well, uh . . . well I couldn't find the second page of the recipe, but don't worry. I have plenty of experience around the house. Daughter: Let me see that . . . Oh, Dad. [What?] You're missing a page! Father: Oh, uh, well, uh . . . well I couldn't find the second page of the recipe.

The meal turned out ______.

Father: Well, wait, wait, here let me try a piece first. Here, let me, let me cool this off here. Ohhh, yeah. Oh, this is great stuff. Daughter: Yeah right. Why are you making that face? Father: Well, well, it's just, just a little rich for me. That's all.

The man added _____ to the pizza.

Father: Oh, well, well, that's just part of my own adaptation to the recipe. I added some pumpkin.

At the end, they decide to ____.

Daughter: Well, how about some cold cereal . . . You can't mess up on that, Dad.

Vocabulary Practice

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

Post-Listening Exercise

What is a typical meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in your country? What are the ingredients for the dish, and how is it prepared? Are any unique utensils or tools used to cook these foods? Who usually cooks in your family? Explain how to prepare the dish using transition words of time including firstsecondthennext, and finally.

Online Investigation

Although including chicken in different food dishes isn’t uncommon around the world, how the food is prepared and what additional ingredients are included in the meal can vary widely. Use the Internet to look for two different meals that include chicken cooked in different ways. What are the ingredients for each, including any item that is unique to a particular region of the world? Is there any historical or religious significance to the meal?