|intermediate||picnic preparations||two men||01:54|
Imagine you have been asked to organize a picnic? Where would you hold the picnic and what food, appetizers, and drink would you buy? Make a list and discuss it with a partner.
"gift of gab" = skill of interesting conversation
"Not only was Allen a great cook, he also has the gift of gab that keeps a crowd entertained."
"not your cup of tea" = not be the kind of thing you like
"I'm sorry, but playing volleyball at a picnic isn't my cup of tea."
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Scott: Dave. I'm going to the supermarket to pick up food and drink for Saturday's picnic later.
Dave: Well, everyone has been talking about having a barbecue down by the river, so why don't you pick up some hamburger and hot dogs?
Dave: You're right. Let's see. I'd better write this down. Uh, let's see about nine pounds of hamburger meat and, uh . . . , seven packages of hot dogs.
Dave: Well, I wouldn't mind that, but you know, she's been very busy working two jobs, so I'd hate to ask her,
Dave: Hey, why don't you whip up some of your oatmeal cookies?
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Plan a picnic or barbecue with a friend or classmate. Where would you have your picnic? What foods would you buy or prepare for the picnic? What activities or games would you plan to entertain your friends? Share your ideas with your class.
Although the most people know the meaning of the word, barbecue, what people do, where they have a barbecue, and what they eat often varies from culture to culture. Use the Internet to find out how people hold barbecues in three different countries or cultures.