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(intermediate level)


(Are the two statements true or false? Choose from the box.)


  • English people drink tea at any time during the day.
  • 'Afternoon tea' is a meal.



  • The English usually eat sandwiches or cakes and biscuits for afternoon tea.
  • The English often finish the day with a hot drink. It's usually tea or cocoa.



  • When you say 'a drink' you don't necessarily mean alcoholic drinks.
  • The English drink far more tea than coffee or milk.



  • The English drink tea with milk rather rarely.
  • You never start an English breakfast with orange or grapefruit juice.



  • The tealeaves are to be put into the kettle when the water is boiling.
  • You use a kettle only for boiling the water. Tea must be made in a teapot.



  • You must pour the milk on the tea when it is still in the pot.
  • You never boil water in a teapot. But you heat the pot up with hot water.



  • English breakfast is usually quite a large meal.
  • Lunch in England is often merely a snack.



  • The English may eat bacon and eggs or buttered toast and jam for breakfast.
  • They usually have cornflakes or cereals for lunch or before lunch.



  • Porridge is a typical evening dish. It's usually eaten with vegetable dressing.
  • Milk is never poured onto cereals and cornflakes in England.



  • Cornflakes and cereals are eaten with a spoon.
  • They may be the first course of breakfast. Cold milk is usually put on them.



  • In England there are picnic areas where the prices of restaurants are very low.
  • You can park your car in a picnic area and have a meal out in the open air.



  • You may be a guest in an English house for weeks without ever having soup.
  • Forks and knives are usually laid on the same side of the plate in England.



  • They never have sweets after a large meat dish in England.
  • You always have a salad with the meat in an English restaurant.



  • You usually leave the tip on the table in an English restaurant.
  • Or you don't give a tip at all.



  • There're usually as many glasses laid as drinks you're going to have.
  • You shouldn't leave the spoon in your cup when drinking tea or coffee.



  • You lay your knife and fork side by side when having finished eating in Europe.
  • In England they may lay them criss-cross but many people consider this impolite.



  • They do not usually wish good appetite in Britain.
  • You thank the host or hostess for dinner only after leaving the table.



  • It's very rude to refuse to try your host's favourite dish in England.
  • They never heat the plate before serving a hot meal in England.



  • You shouldn't put your elbows on the table while eating.
  • You don't normally smoke at the table before having eaten the dessert.



  • A ladle is used for cutting meat into even pieces.
  • A ladle is used for baking cakes in an oven.



  • Take-away restaurants provide hot food that you can take and eat at home.
  • It's not so expensive to get your meals from a take-away restaurant.



  • You can have a quick meal quite comfort-ably at a Wimpy bar.
  • Alcoholic drinks are not normally served in a Wimpy bar.



  • The origins of the traditional English pubs go back before the Middle Ages.
  • The English drink more beer than wine or champagne.



  • You can't have wine and spirits in an old English pub.
  • Ale is always made from ginger.



  • You can't have bottled beer in an old English pub.
  • Beer can be bitter or mild. Porter is a kind of dark-brown bitter beer.



  • The continental type of light beer is called lager in England.
  • Soft drinks never contain alcohol.



  • The inn-keeper will say 'time is up' when he wants to close the pub.
  • Pubs are always open from morning to evening in Britain.



  • Pubs are usually closed between 12 a.m. and 3 or 4 p.m.
  • There is no music in an English country pub.



  • 'Simmering' means cooking something at almost boiling-point.
  • A frying pan is used for broiling meat or potatoes.



  • Hard boiled eggs will be better if you scramble them before serving.
  • You can't put a lump of sugar into your teacup.



  • Your coffee will be stronger if you make it in an electric coffee grinder.
  • Soft boiled eggs are usually cooked for more than four minutes.



  • Champagne is served in mugs in a fine restaurant.
  • Starchy foods can make you fat.



  • There isn't much protein in meat and eggs.
  • Carbo-hydrates are considered to be fattening.



  • An egg whisk is a dish similar to an omelette or scrambled eggs.
  • There is no difference between early morning tea and high tea.



  • The directions for preparing a dish of food are called the recipe.
  • A recipe usually starts with the list of ingredients.



  • A grater is used for grinding coffee.
  • They never put grated cheese on Italian spaghetti.



  • You can't buy milk or cheese in a dairy.
  • 'Mutton' is the flesh of sheep used as meat.



  • Roast beef is usually sliced after being cooked.
  • The English often eat fish and chips with salt and vinegar.



  • Mussels and whelks are often referred to as shellfish or sea fruits.
  • Shops selling sea fruits by the seaside are as popular as fish and chips shops.



  • You have to pay an extra charge if you want to have vinegar with the mussels.
  • Fish and chip shops offer you a smaller variety of foods at reasonable prices.



  • You can't have a hot meal in a cafeteria in Britain.
  • A cafeteria is a kind of self-service restaurant.


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