【暑期班】生活英语听说(2016暑期班) Unit 3
People in different countries cook various kinds of food. The historical, geographical and climate features of where they live and their ways of life influence their cuisines. People in South Korea love to have pickles. In Thailand, most people enjoy spicy food, as Thai curries can be really hot. The Japanese prefer to have raw food and sea food, for they live in a small island. In Italy, most people have pizza and pasta with every meal. There are many specialty pizza restaurants all over the country. The British love fish and chips. The traditional foods in the United States are hot dogs, cokes and other fast foods. American style fast food chains are currently on the increase all over the world. Most people in Europe or Britain have a simple but nutritious breakfast such as whole-meal bread, juice, milk and bacon. Some Americans have a sandwich and coffee for lunch on weekdays. Chips are also called French fries or fries for short.
Similarly, food is the best way to explore Chinese culture. Chinese traditional food is mostly made of grain. Balanced nutrition is important in Chinese food. Western people value time very much, so sometimes they eat fast food to save time as well as keep enough energy.
This is quite different from the Chinese attitudes towards food, as they often eat together to communicate with friends and family. Unlike the West, where everyone has their own plate of food, in China the dishes are placed on the table and everybody shares. They tend to cook more than enough, especially when they treat our guests at home, as they will do their best to show their warmth.
We are what we eat, and we choose food to suit our ways of life.
Fabian: Hey, Madison. Who are you waiting for?
Madison: Oh, I’m not waiting for anybody. I am just trying to decide what I want to for lunch.
Fabian: You know some friends and I are going to a Korean restaurant. Would you like to join us?I am sure you are going to have some traditional Korean food.
Madison: Well. I don’t really like spicy food very much.
Fabian: Not all the dishes are spicy. They have for example Zicaibaofan and they have Dajiang Tang. I am sure you will like them
Madison: Well, thanks for inviting me, but I’d rather not bother you.
Fabian: Well, we can have lunch another time then.
Yunling: I am really hungry. I really want to have a pizza right now.
Madison: I don’t really like pizza. It’s too greasy for me.
Yunling: Really? I am crazy about pizza.
Madison: Well, I’ll have something different today.
Yunling: Ok, well, in that case, I will go to Zijing cafeteria and have a pizza. So see you later.
Madison: Bye! Enjoy your pizza.
Graham: Oh, hey, Madison. What are you doing here?
Madison: Well, I’m trying to decide what I want for lunch.
Graham: Ok, what do you normally have for lunch at home?
Madison: Well, I usually have sandwiches or hamburgers. But my favorite are hotdogs.
Graham: Well, we don’t have too many junk foods in China, but we have a lot of Chinese food. But it’s very nutritious and delicious
Madison: Well, do you have any suggestions? Because there are so many different kinds of Chinese food.
Graham: Well, I’m going to have rice noodles with beef. Would you like to try it?
Madison: What is that?
Graham: Well, the noodles are made with rice and the beef is boiled and added into the soup and noodles. It’s really tasty and it’s very popular in the South of China like Guangdong province.
Madison: That sounds great! I’ve never had that dish before.
Graham: Ok! Well, should we go to the Cafeteria now and try it?
Graham: So how are you enjoying living in China?
Madison: I really love it, especially the Chinese culture.
Graham: Ok, how are you enjoying the food?
Madison: I don’t really know much about it, because there is such a wide variety.
Graham: What sort of foods do you like? Maybe I can recommend you some Chinese food.
Madison: Well, I really like chicken and beef. But I can’t eat a lot of spicy food like hotpot.
Graham: Ok, maybe you’d like foods from Shanghai or Guangzhou Province. They’re quite light, not too spicy, tasty and very healthy.
Madison: That sounds really nice. At home, we have a lot of junk food, so I’d really like to try that.
Graham: Ok, well, I hope you enjoy trying it and the rest of your experience in China.
Madison: I’m sure I will. Thanks for the advice
Jennifer: Guys, can you believe it? It has been a month here and I really miss home.
Cindy: Yeah, I am looking at all these pictures of Melbourne. I really miss home too.
Jennifer: Yeah, actually, what is Melbourne like?
Cindy: Melbourne… well, for one, coffee is really good.
Kirk: What is the food culture like there?
Cindy: Well, we have barbecues a lot, so I guess every weekend, it would be a tradition for most families to have a barbecue out in the back yard. Usually, lots of sausages meat pies. It’s very quintessential Australian. And of course, as I was mentioning about the coffee, we drink a lot of coffee.
Jennifer: Have you ever tried kangaroo burgers.
Cindy: No. I actually haven’t. I don’t think that’s a pretty big thing in Australia. We have normal beef burgers.
Jennifer: Oh, that’s a shame. I thought you were all barbarians down under.
Cindy: No. I think Angus beef is really popular and actually Hungry Jack’s, which is a fast food chain store. They have Angus beef burgers, especially for Australia.
Kirk: What are the beaches like in Australia?
Cindy: Well, the beaches… Bondi beach in Sydney is very famous. I remember a couple of years back, Paris Hilton went to Bondi beach during her Australian trip. It’s just in the summer, there are lots and lots of people. It’s completely packed. Yeah, beaches are an integral part of Australian culture. I mean, you have your barbecues and then you have your beaches.
Jennifer: Have you ever been to Gold Coast?
Cindy: Well, I’ve actually never been to the Gold Coast. But I’d really like to go. They do have a lot of adventure parks over there, like Dream World, Water World. So that would be nice.
Jennifer: My impression of Australia is, in general, is that they’re very laid back. Is that a stereotype, or is that true?
Cindy: That is extremely true. I think we are some of the most laid-back people in the world. I mean that is just an assumption. But if you come to Australia and I think you have, haven’t you?
Jennifer: Yeah, I’ve actually been to Sydney and Brisbane. I really enjoyed my trips.
Cindy: Yeah, what did you think about the people?
Jennifer: Yeah, I thought, basically, I stayed with a host family in Brisbane. It was a really nice house by the coast. I just thought that Australians in general are just really friendly personable and yeah, I am a big fan.
Kirk: But I think, I’d really like to go one day.
Cindy: Yeah, that would be great. I will show you around.
Prof. Yang: Hurry, Stanley. It’s time for breakfast.
Stanley: Ok, I’ll hurry up. So what do we have for breakfast?
Prof. Yang: We have biscuits, bread and milk.
Stanley: Oh, the same old stuff again. Can we have something new, like an egg?
Prof. Yang: I cooked two eggs for you yesterday. You didn’t finish one.
Stanley: Ok, so why don’t you just make one egg? I can finish that.
Prof. Yang: Ok, one egg for you.
Stanley: And what are we having for dinner?
Prof. Yang: Dinner… let me think. You don’t like noodles. You don’t like bread. You don’t like rice. How about dumplings?
Stanley: Oh, great! I haven’t eaten them for a while. I miss the taste.
Prof. Yang: Ok, I will cook dumplings for you and your friends. Do you want to bring An Lu and Xu Tao back home?
Stanley: Sure, I can do that.
Prof. Yang: Last time they loved the dumplings I made. I’m sure they will like it this time. Umm...That’s very good news.
Stanley: Thank you mom.
Stanley: Hi, Mike. Let’s go for lunch.
Mike: That’s right. Ok. But I don’t really like the food there though.
Stanley: Guess what dish would they offer?
Mike: Same as yesterday. I think they are always the same every day, such as pizza, and some vegetables.
Stanley: Oh, I’m fed up with the food in canteen.
Mike: Yes, I really miss my mother’s food a long time.
Stanley: My home is not far from here. So I used to go home for lunch. But now my parents are busy in working and I have to prepare for my high school entrance exam, so I am stuck with the canteen.
Mike: That’s right. We will have to wait for a long time to eat the delicious food.
Stanley: We are hungry.
Prof. Yang: OK, let’s have hotpot for dinner.
Emily: Ok, but where are we going.
Prof. Yang: I know there is a restaurant near the south gate. We will go out to eat.
Stanley: I’m tired. I don’t want to go out.
Prof. Yang: But you still want hotpot.
Stanley: Of course.
Prof. Yang: Ok, let me see… I will go to buy some bottles of beer, some mutton, some fish balls, and some vegetables. I’ll buy some stuff and we’ll go home and have hotpot here.
Emily: Wow! That sounds great to eat at home, eating and chatting.
Stanley: And it's also very cheap.
Prof. Yang: You know me the best, honey.
Waitress: Hi, do you have a reservation sir?
Paul: No, I am afraid we don’t.
Waitress: Oh, I am sorry, the tables are full. You may have to wait for a while. So would you like to have a bottle of water first?
Paul: Uh, no, thanks. We will come back later. Could I reserve a table for three please?
Waitress: Of course, please take your ticket at the front.
Paul: I’d like to sit by the fence if we can.
Waitress: We will arrange it, but I can’t guarantee it.
Paul: That’s fine Thank you.
Waitress: Hello, your table is ready sir. Please step this way.
Paul: Thank you. May I see the menu please?
Waitress: Here you are.
Pail: Thank you. What’s the speciality today?
Waitress: I recommend crispy duck.
Paul: No, we don’t want that. Perhaps we will begin with mushroom soup and then seafood and chips.
Waitress: Oh, that’s great. Do you want any desserts?
Paul: No dessert, thanks. Just a bottle of juice.
Paul: Thank you!
Waitress: Can I help you?
Jessica: I’d like to order a double cheeseburger please.
Waitress: What kind of drink would you like to go with that?
Jessica: Do you have cola? Or juice will be fine.
Waitress: We have both. Which one do you prefer?
Jessica: Cola, please.
Waitress: Would you like to make it a family set for only 2 RMB more? You will get a large coke and fries instead of the medium. And today we are offering free toys in all the meal boxes.
Jessica: Oh, yes. I’d like that. And can I have a Sprite instead of a Cola please?
Waitress: That’s not a problem. Is that all?
Jessica: Yes, that’s everything.
Waitress: That will be 25 RMB.
Jessica: Brilliant. How long will that take?
Waitress: Just ten minutes.
Jessica: Sure see you then.
I love buffets, because I can eat as much as I want. I am up to it, no matter what kind of food it is. Last Friday, I went to a seafood buffet with my close friends. We spent the afternoon together, chatting. We walked in and the hostess showed us to our table. She asked if we wanted to order any drinks. Drinks other than water were not included in the price.
We got up and got some plates. We went over to the soup and salad station first and then over to the hot food. They had a great dessert table, but we were not ready for that yet. We sat down, ate, and grabbed new plates for the second round. This time, I went for the seafood. All of us tried to load up our plates as much as possible. After two more trips to the buffet, I was ready for dessert. I tried to take a little of everything in the dessert section. At this time, my friends had already finished everything on their plates. Each of them had an ice-cream. We tried to talk about everything that came to our minds, and the conversation went on and on.
We were so stuffed, and none of us could eat another bite. We really enjoyed the meal and the time together.