A Gastronomical Adventure
Thanks for all your creative responses to last week's homework. The letters to the mouse really made me laugh! When we write an informal letter/email in English, we can start with:
Hi, Hello, Hey, Hiya!
Instead of writing the formal expression 'I look forward to...' we can write 'I can't wait to...': I can't wait to see you this weekend!
At the end of a formal letter we use expressions such as Kind regards or Yours sincerely. When we write to people we know well we can write: Speak soon, See you soon, See you later, Have a lovely day/evening/weekend. When we write to close friends or family we can end a letter/email with 'Lots of love'.
Krisztina, I'm sorry to hear you have mice too! You write: I think it is not too easy to find an 'animal-friendly' solution to this problem. In English, instead of putting the negative particle after the verb 'be' (it is not too easy), it usually goes with the first verb, in this case 'think': I don't think it's easy to find... So remember that when stating an opinion, the verb that expresses the opinion is negative.
Noel, it's interesting to define ethics. You write that 'people have strong arguments to belief in this way.' Remember that the verb is 'believe' and the noun is 'belief'. So here it should be 'people have strong arguments to believe in this way.' = They have strong beliefs.
Rajeeb, in your fun letter to the mouse, you wrote: So, why to wait, get in and have all the fun. Two small mistakes: it should be 'why wait' without 'to'. After 'why / why not' the preposition is not needed: Why not study some English today? And it should be 'have fun' or 'have lots of fun'.
A GASTRONOMICAL ADVENTURE
Do you like to experience new things and try new foods? Last week a colleague at BBC Learning English brought in some coffee for us to try.
You might be thinking that drinking coffee is not exactly a new and uncommon experience. This, however, is no ordinary coffee. It comes from the droppings of animals called civets - animals that look like a cross between a cat and a ferret. So the coffee beans have been eaten and digested by these animals, then processed and sold for a lot of money: it's considered to be one of the most exclusive coffees in the world and can cost up to $800 per kilo! My initial reaction was that this must be some kind of joke: surely people don't pay that much money for coffee, especially not if it comes from faeces? Yuck! But I was intrigued to taste it to find out what all the fuss was about. At first I'm not convinced, can you tell by the expression on my face?
Not too sure about this...
Yummy! I'm a little surprised to discover that it tastes great. Apparently this is because the very best and juiciest coffee beans are chosen by the civets and then fermented in their stomach by special enzymes... giving the coffee a unique, soft, chocolaty, delicious flavour. I might not pay $800 for a kilo, but I'm glad I tried it!
What's the most unusual food or drink you've tasted? Are you adventurous when it comes to gastronomy?
To describe sensations we use the verbs: taste, feel, smell, look, sound. Here are some examples:
This coffee tastes great: I wouldn't have guessed it's been digested by a civet!
You look great today: I love your hairstyle.
It sounds like they're having fun, I can hear them laughing from here!
Now complete the following with the correct tense of these 'sense' verbs:
1) It _______ warm today. The sun is shining.
2) He _________ tired today. He probably went to bed late!
3) I tried to sing in the choir but I _________ terrible.
4) It _______ like burnt toast in here!
5) The coffee _________ a bit like chocolate.
gastronomical - related to eating good food
droppings / faeces - the waste of animals
a cross - a mixture
yuck! - an expression to show disgust
intrigued - curious
fermented - the sugar in a foodstuff changed due to a chemical process
what all the fuss is about - why it is so famous or why people talk about it
yummy! - an expression to show something tastes great