Food Vocabulary Part 1

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 1

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 1

Welcome to our Daily English Listening Practice with this week’s series:

Food Vocabulary

We love to talk about food! This week’s series, Food Vocabulary, while often informal, is important in a lot of conversations with friends and family. Get used to how we use it in the listening practice.

Please listen to the audio files for explanations.
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Notes from the Audio Files

Stuffed **informal

  • To be stuffed: to be completely full from eating
  • Full to burst (UK): maximum capacity
  • Swollen: bigger than normal size
  • Meat sweats **super informal: sweating from eating too much meat
  • To stuff something: to put something into something else
  • Stuffing: bread crumb side dish during Thanksgiving/Christmas

How to use it:
“Oh I would love to eat more, but I can’t, I’m totally stuffed.”
“We went to a buffet on Sunday, we absolutely stuffed ourselves.”

To Gulp/Wolf Something Down **informal

  • Oh crap: oh no (not super polite, but not offensive)
  • Wolfing something down: to eat your meal really quickly
  • Gulping it down: to drink your drink really quickly
  • Take a big gulp: drink a lot in a short amount of time
  • Take a swig: similar, have a taste/drink of something

How to use it:
“Well, she came in, wolfed down a whole sandwich, then left within 15 minutes.”
“He came back from the gym and gulped down his protein shake.”

Dying of Hunger ** informal

  • Out of context: A phrase or word that requires more explaining or some background information to make sense
  • Exaggerated: more dramatic than necessary
  • Starving: incredibly hungry, usually exaggerated
  • Make a point: bring attention to something
  • Up the ante: make it more dramatic

How to use it:
“Guys, if you don’t hurry up I’m gonna die of hunger out here.”
“The kids said they were dying of hunger, so we stopped by McDonald’s on the way home.”

Peckish/ “I could eat” **informal

  • I fancy that: I want that
  • Tide you over: Help in the short-term, enough to sustain you for the moment  
  • “I could eat”: I’m not super hungry, but I’ll go with you to eat food.

How to use it:
“So I just ate lunch a couple hours ago, but if you’re going to that new burger place, I could totally eat.”
“I’m only a bit peckish, so I’ll just have an appetiser.”

To Eat a Ton/ne **informal

  • Ton: American Spelling Tonne: UK Spelling
  • Stuffed it into my face: I ate and ate and ate some more.
  • Overindulgent: too much of a good thing

How to use it:
“Thanksgiving is a great family tradition: cook too much food, eat a ton, pass out, then eat leftovers.”
“We usually end up eating a tonne at all-you-can-eat buffets, then getting too tired to go out afterwards.”

Food vocabulary can be a very informal affair, as a lot of meals are spent with friends and family. Be sure you use a lot of these phrases in casual situations!


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