Would your table manners shock the world?

Would your table manners shock the world?

Discover global cultures through this table etiquette quiz.

As a language learner you will come across really useful vocabulary which we sometimes overlook when learning a new language.

Also the quiz will get you thinking about different cultures and our relationship with food.

Bon appétit !!

Would your table manners shock the world?

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In most restaurants in the world we TIP at the end of the meal. What do you think is the original meaning of the word tip?

2 / 22

Keeping in the theme about tipping, in which country is a 20% tip expected?

3 / 22

Asking Polite questions in English

However, in some countries tipping is considered an insult, where is this the case?

4 / 22

10 Killer Questions Emmanuel

Seasoning is an important part of the meal, but in which country should you never ask for more salt or pepper?

5 / 22

If you are offered a cup of ‘cafezinho’ (‘black coffee’), accept it unless you have a good reason to refuse. In this country, coffee is a symbol of hospitality and is widely consumed.

6 / 22

In which country, it is advised to slurp away when eating noodles with chopsticks?

7 / 22

In this country, no one is permitted to take a bite until the oldest person has started eating — a custom that’s viewed as a sign of great respect.

8 / 22

When dining in Thailand, what should you do with your fork?

9 / 22

In many restaurants around the world the waiter asks you to test the wine before pouring it to other guests. Why?

10 / 22

During a formal dinner in Britain, how should you break the break?

11 / 22

In which culture is it impolite to leave your chopsticks sticking upright in a bowl of rice?

12 / 22

In which country, using a knife and fork to eat a taco, would make you look like a snob.

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In which country, eating with your hand is part of the culture and you should only eat with you right hand?

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In France when you clink glasses in "cheers", what should you do or else people consider that you're very rude?

15 / 22

In which country is it considered rude to refuse a second helping?

16 / 22

What is considered the correct way to eat peas in the UK?

17 / 22

In France - the word pourboire means a tip - what does it directly translate to? 

18 / 22

In which culture is it customary to offer a toast before taking the first sip of a beverage?

19 / 22

In which country is it acceptable to place or hands on the table but ever your elbows?

20 / 22

In this country, burping after a meal is not considered rude. In fact, it indicates to your host or the chef that you enjoyed your meal.

21 / 22

Can you name the food?

In many countries, finishing your meal is a sign you enjoyed it - but in which country should you never finish your whole plate (it accuses the host of being stingy with the food)?

22 / 22

In which culture is it customary to say "bon appétit" or its equivalent before starting a meal?

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You may not know the answer immediately so try to consider which answer options are probable, likely, possible, highly unlikely or just a joke !

Enjoy and Bon Appétit. 

 

Using Music to work on grammar

Using Music to work on grammar

23, May, 2024

Episode 215: Using Music to work on grammar

One way of working on grammar in English, and a great way to memorise some grammar patterns and rules is to use popular songs.

Welcome to our latest episode of the English podcasts! In this captivating installment, we’ll be exploring a unique approach to language learning: using music to work on grammar.

Notes

Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of music and its powerful impact on grammar acquisition. From catchy tunes to rhythmic patterns, music has long been recognized as a valuable tool for enhancing language skills.

In this episode, we’ll uncover the science behind why music is such an effective teaching aid for grammar. We’ll explore how musical elements such as melody, rhythm, and repetition can help learners internalize grammatical structures and concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Recap & Takeaways

Whether you’re a teacher looking to spice up your grammar lessons or a learner seeking new strategies to master language skills, this podcast is for you. Tune in as we harmonize grammar and music to create an unforgettable learning experience.

So, grab your headphones, turn up the volume, and join us on this melodic journey through the world of language learning. Don’t forget to subscribe and share your thoughts in the comments below. Let’s explore the power of music to transform grammar learning together!

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Veronique travelling in Australia

Veronique travelling in Australia

23, May, 2024

Episode 214: Mega Europe Trivia Quiz

Think you know about Europe? Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. Test your general knowledge with some off the wall questions about culture, history and knowledge of countries, customs and cities in Europe.

If you love quizing and increasing your knowledge of fun facts and trivia about Europe – this quiz will really stretch your knowledge and help get those neurons bouncing.

Notes

Welcome to the Mega Europe Trivia Quiz, where we embark on a journey through the diverse and fascinating continent of Europe!

From the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps, Europe is a treasure trove of history, culture, and innovation.

Recap & Takeaways

In this quiz, we’ll test your knowledge on everything from famous landmarks and historical events to culinary delights and pop culture phenomena. So, gather your wits, sharpen your pencils, and get ready to uncover the secrets and surprises of Europe in this ultimate trivia challenge!

Are you ready to prove your expertise and discover new tidbits about this remarkable continent? Let’s dive in and see how well you know Europe!

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Sip and Share: Tales from The Seven Sisters Pub in Toulouse

Sip and Share: Tales from The Seven Sisters Pub in Toulouse

23, May, 2024

Episode 212: Sip and Share: Tales from The Seven Sisters Pub in Toulouse

Welcome to another episode of English Podcasts the podcast where we unravel the secrets to understanding natural English conversation.

Your hosts Chris and Sue today talk to Paul, the co-owner of The Seven Sisters Pub in Toulouse France.

Today, we’re diving into the world of business and hospitality with the story of Paul, who came to France and ended up in the beautiful sity of Toulouse, running a pub – was it a good idea?

Listen in and find out.

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Notes

Listen to some of the language used as paul talks to Chris and Sue about starting a business in France with all of the ups and downs.

How much of a challenge is it?

What are the highlights and what really works in an English pub in Toulouse, France?

Recap & Takeaways

This may be a challenge as the podcast was recorded in the Seven Sisters Pub in Toulouse, France on a normal day, with custoemrs in the pub and background music playing.

Find out how Paul ended up running hiw own pub along with his associates and what do they have planned in the future.

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What is thanksgiving all about?

What is thanksgiving all about?

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Episode 204: What is Thanksgiving all about?

Thanksgiving is a North American tradition that comes around every year at this time of year, but what is it all about?

The last Thursday in November is a major celebration day in the USA, it is a national holiday and a time for friends and family to get together.

You have surely heard of Thanksgiving, it is often portrayed in American movies and TV series, but do you really understand why it’s so important to Americans.

In this podcast Chris and Sue, as 2 Brits, discuss some of the interesting traditions, facts and controversies surrounding this North American national holiday .

Why is it celebrated? How many Thanksgiving Dinners were there? Who were the first Pilgrims? Where did they come from? What do people eat at this dinner?

 

Notes

But even though Thanksgiving is a special holiday and a precious time spent with friends and family for many North American, Chris and Sue raise the issue that  for many others it is considered to be a “national day of mourning” to be viewed as a terrible time when colonists wiped out Native Americans and their culture. They feel that this period of history is “white-washed” out of history – which leads many Americans to ignore the holiday.

 

Recap & Takeaways

Enjoy the podcast and listen out for useful vocabulary, and of course you can consolidate your knowledge and vocabulary by doing the Thanksgiving quiz with 20 great questions.

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