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  • Ordering Breakfast in English – Listening Exercise

    The video for this English listening exercise is from one of my favorite movies and this scene is a great example of ordering food at a ‘diner’ style restaurant in the United States. A diner is like a mix between fast food and a café. Usually at diners you order your meal by a number, but you have a waiter come to your table to take your order. This specific exercise has some good terms you might hear at a restaurant.

    Watch the video clip and answer the questions below:

    Listening Exercise. Answer the questions in comments and we’ll respond.

    1. How much are they allowed to spend?

    2. I’m going to have the ______  _____ with ______.

    3. Number 7 ____  ____ with grapefruit juice.

    4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have chamomile? with ______, please.

    5. I would like the lumberjack and _____ and extra _____.

    6.  What does Olive order with her waffles?

    7.  Olive, Richard is an idiot. I like a woman with ____ on her _____.

    8. What does the above idiomatic expression mean?

    9. Does anyone want my ice-cream?

    Writing Exercise: 

    In the video you see there is some worry over Olive, the little girl, ordering ice-cream. In your country do parents regulate their children’s diets? Do you have unhealthy options at restaurants, like ice-cream for breakfast? What is the best way to keep your children healthy? How do you explain that ice-cream and candy are not good for them? Is obesity a problem in your country?

    • Muhsin Kassem

      hi
      very useful clip and they talking in usually words which used to dealing with other.
      but should be giving answer in order to check my understanding for learning.
      thanks so much

      • LOIEnglish

        If you answer the listening here, in comments, I will correct them.

    • Carlos

      How much are they allowed to spend? 4 dollars

      2. I’m going to have the number five with
      coffee.

      3. Number 7 ____ ____ with
      grapefruit juice.

      4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have
      chamomile? With honey, please.

      5. I would like the lumberjack and coffee
      and extra bacon.

      6. What does Olive order with her
      waffles? Ice cream

      7. Olive, Richard is an idiot. I
      like a woman with meat on her bones.

      8. What does the above idiomatic
      expression mean? That he likes the fat girls

      9. Does anyone want my ice-cream?

      • LOIEnglish

        Carlos, good work!
        Question #3: over easy (This is how the egg is cooked. In the United States, you can have your egg, sunny side up, over easy, over medium, over hard, or scrambled.) I look for pictures of the different styles to share with our students.

        Question #8: meat on her bones doesn’t necessarily mean fat, maybe curvy is a little closer.

    • Silvia Deplano

      1)4 dollars
      2. I’m going to have the number 5 with ______.

      3. Number 7 of rice with grapefruit juice.

      4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have chamomile? with honey, please.

      5. I would like the lumberjack and caffe’ and extra bacon .

      6. What does Olive order with her waffles? An ice cream

      7. Olive, Richard is an idiot. I like a woman with – on her bounds.

      8. What does the above idiomatic expression mean? Skinny

      9. Does anyone want my ice-cream? The video stops…no answer

      • LOIEnglish

        Silvia…Good.

        Question 2: with coffee
        Question 3: over easy, see the explanation I give to Carlos.

        Question 7: meat on her bones
        Question 8: actually this expression means, not skinny, maybe not fat like Carlos said but perhaps curvy is the correct word.

        Good listening Silvia, I think you are improving, keep it up!

    • LOIEnglish

      Thanks Monica…Sometimes we have listening exercises with the dialogue. It is good to practice both. Most of the tests: CAE, TOEFL, First Certificate do not include the dialogue with their listening exercises.

    • Ilka

      1. How much are they allowed to spend?

      Four dollars.

      2. I’m going to have the number five with cofee.

      3. Number 7 ____ ____ with grapefruit juice.

      4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have chamomile? with honey, please.

      5. I would like the lumberjack and cofee and extra _____.

      6. What does Olive order with her waffles?

      Ice cream

      7. Olive, Richard is an idiot. I like a woman with ____ on her _____.

      8. What does the above idiomatic expression mean?

      A woman that is not so thin and not fat.

      9. Does anyone want my ice-cream?

      It doesn’t show.

      • LOIEnglish

        Ilka,
        #3: over easy (it is a style in which eggs are cooked)
        #5: extra bacon
        7: meat on her bones
        8. curvy, not skinny

    • Rafa

      1. How much are they allowed to spend? 4 dollars

      2. I’m going to have the number fiver with coffee, please.

      3. Number 7 ____ ____ with grapefruit juice.

      4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have chamomile? with honey, please.

      5. I would like the lumberjack and coffe and extra bacon.

      6. What does Olive order with her waffles? Ice-cream

      7. Olive, Richard is an idiot. I like a woman with meat on her bones.

      8. What does the above idiomatic expression mean? A little fat person

      9. Does anyone want my ice-cream? Yes the little girl

      • LOIEnglish

        Rafa,

        Good listening! Question #3 is ‘over easy.’ It is a way of preparing fried eggs. A little meat on her bones means not ‘a little fat person’ but a person that has a little bit of fat on them. So it doesn’t mean a fat person it means ‘not skinny’

    • Wellington

      1. How much are they allowed to spend? They were allowed to spend 4 dollars.

      2. I’m going to have the numbre 5 with coffee, please,

      4. I would like a fruit plate. Do you have chamomile? with honey, please.

      5. I would like the lumberjack and coffee and extra bacon.

      6. What does Olive order with her waffles? She ordered an icecream with her waffles

      7. Olive, Richard is an idiot. I like a woman with meat on her bones

      • LOIEnglish

        Good work.

    • Wellington

      In my country which is Dom. Rep. parents do not regulate their children’s diets. There are some sorts of restaurants that have much less care as to how they do things. I do not like ice-cream for breakfast. The best mothod for keeping our children healthy is giving them the things that are good for health. For explainig to the children that ice-creams are not good for them I would say: that if they eat too much ice-cream they would grow up fat and ugly and the would be the laughing stock of everybody. In my country I think we have the average amount of obese poeple, therefore it is not considered as a struggle.

      • LOIEnglish

        Wellington be sure to use your commas: In my country, which is Dom. Rep.,

        There are some restaurants that care less how they do things. In my country I think we have AN average amount of obese people therefore it is not considered AN ISSUE. Thanks Wellington for the response. It is interesting, in the Dominican Republic is there a problem with body issues for women? Are women constantly trying to lose weight and do you have problems with anorexia or bulimia?