Food Vocabulary Part 3

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 3

English Listening Practice Food Vocabulary 3

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

Food Vocabulary

How about we go out to eat? Part 3 of this week’s series, Food Vocabulary, looks at different words and phrases when going out to eat.

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Notes from the Audio Files

To Pick Up the Bill/Tab

  • Stingy: someone who isn’t often willing to spend money
  • We’d all thank you: We would thank you
  • Pay your own share: pay only for your own meal/drink/products
  • Divide the bill / Split the bill:
    • Split it down the middle: divide by 2
    • Split it 3 ways
    • We’ll each pay for our own meals: everyone pays for what they ate/drank

How to use it:
“Hey, how do you wanna split the bill? –Actually, don’t worry about it, I already picked up the tab, consider it my treat!”
“In Korean culture, the boss always picks up the bill for the whole group.”

Getting It To Go/ Take Away

  • UK: do you want take away? Do you want to order cheap and easy food
    • Do you want it to take away? Do you want to take the food home
  • USA: Get take out: get cheap and easy food 
    • Get something to go: order food to take home
  • To Go box: the container that the food leaves the restaurant in
  • Call ahead: call and before you go to the restaurant

How to use it:
“I’ve done so well eating healthy all week, but I really could go for some greasy take out or something quick to go.”
“I couldn’t eat another bite. Do you want to get the rest to go?”

Fast Food / Delivery

  • Get something delivered: have food delivered to your home for a fee or charge
  • Independent apps: smartphone applications
  • Classy restaurants: expensive restaurants
  • Junk food: unhealthy food ex. chips, salty, sugary or greasy snacks
  • Uber: an app-based taxi service
  • To your doorstep: your front door
  • Drone it in: deliver it by drone

How to use it:
“I’m so tired of junk food. We’ve had pizza delivered twice this week and I’m sick of those greasy boxes sitting next to the trash can.”
“When I have a hangover I think fast food is the only thing I want.”

To Wine and Dine

  • Person A wines and dines someone else: Person A pays for everything
  • Being treated to something: Getting something as a gift or for free
  • Buttering them up: flattering someone into getting your own way

How to use it:
“I guess one of the perks of looking for a new home is getting wined and dined by the real estate agent.”
“Our holiday was fantastic. We wined and dined all over the city.”

To Grab a Bite

  • Quick snack: a fast meal
  • Spontaneous: without planning
  • Grab a drink: often alcoholic but doesn’t have to be
  • We wouldn’t make a night out of it: wouldn’t spend the whole night drinking/going out

How to use it:
“Hey, since we got out of that meeting earlier than expected, do you wanna grab a quick bite before the next one starts at 1?”
“I’ve got half an hour free, do you want to grab a bite down the street?”

This is an interesting mix of vocab today, if you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments below!


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