Food & Eating
I. Dietary Habits: (vocabulary 1,
Are you a vegetarian? Why? If you are not a vegetarian, do
you eat vegetables in your meals? Give five of your favorite vegetables.
At what times do you usually eat your meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)?
What do you usually eat for dinner/lunch?
Are you health conscious in eating? What do you think a nutritious
meal is? What kind of food that you think is the least healthy?
What kind of food that you think is the most healthy?
How often do you eat in a restaurant? (How often do you eat out?)
How often do you eat fast food? Do you consider it healthy?
Do you usually want to eat dessert after dinner?
Have you ever been on a special diet? If so, how long did you stayed on
Do you tend to skip means? Do you often eat between meals or at night?
What do you usually snack on?
Is there any food whose temptation you cannot resist? Are you addicted
to any food?
II. Restaurants, Dishes and Recipes:
III. Types of Foods and Personal Preferences:
What's the best restaurant you've ever been to? What restaurants
in this city do you recommend?
Why is it a good place?
About how much does a meal cost?
What is the cheapest place to eat that you know in Taipei or around campus?
About how much is a meal?
Where is it?
How often do you go there?
About how many different color foods did you eat for dinner last night?
Do you think about color when you are preparing a meal?
Are you a good cook? If so, introduce one of your favorite recipes.
If not, introduce one dish you often eat.
Ref. a recipe
Conversation from Etweb.
IV. Food, Eating and their Cultural Implications:
What's the strangest food you've ever eaten?
What's your favorite food? Dessert? Drink in the summer?
Fruit? Junk food or snack? Cuisine? Vegetable or Meat?
Are there any foods that you wouldn't eat as a child that you eat now?
What food do you hate now?
Which of the three meals is the most important one for you? With
whom do you usually eat dinner with? What do you feel about
What special foods do you eat on holidays? (Christmas, New Year's Day,
Which Taiwanese food do you want to introduce to a foreign tourist visiting
Taiwan, or to a foreigner having lived here for a while?
What table manners do you observe?
What are the differences between what we called "Western" restaurants and
Chinese restaurants? Or Taiwanese foods and cuisine of another place?
Introduce the other cuisine (of a nation or a province in China) you know
and how/whether you associate them with the people of that place.
kinds of foods:
snow pea, beans, carrot, turnip, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, egg plant,
cabbage, Chinese cabbage, water chestnut, sea weed, kelp, bean curd, leek,
asparagus, cucumber, zucchini, pepper
greens: spinach, romaine lettuce, more
. . .
to consider: nutritional value/information, expiration date, ingredients,
calories, food pyramid & food groups (grains, fruit, vegetable, dairy
products, meat and nuts group reference
organic foods, whole grained bread,
(genetically modified) foods, insecticide, chemical additives, artificial
colorings/flavoring, artificial sweetener, processed food, styrofoam plate
mode: grab a bite, wolf down one's meal, be on a diet, on a low-sugar
food: stinky tofu, rice cake, sticky rice, hot pot,
Other Chinese foods: Dim Sum, Shark fin,
The vocabulary is made with
reference to the following two books:
This is a page for English majors
on the intermediate level. Please go to Daily
English for English Conversation lessons for college students.
The questions are taken from
the following two sources, and then revised and sorted out for the English
majors at Fu Jen.
Tracy Su. Tung Hua Book Company, 2001.
Good Chats: Guided Open Oral
Discourse for Advanced Students of English. Lynne Sandsberry
& Paul Sorenson. Bookman, 1994.
-- from Dave's ESL Cafe's Idea Cookbook