Views #319 | Intermediate 4

Food for You

Raphael talks about what he eats with his busy schedule.

Todd: Raphael, let's talk about dinner. (Yes) Did you have dinner tonight?

Raphael: Yes, I did.

Todd: And what did you have?

Raphael: I had sandwiches from the D-mart, and it's not really good.

Todd: Sandwiches from the D-mart! What kind of sandwich? (Sorry!) What kind of sandwich?

Raphael: You know the usual ones you find in Japan like tomatoes and then tuna and some mayonnaise, yeah, basic triangle, you know, bread sandwiches.

Todd: Yeah, not good stuff.

Raphael: No, it's not really good.

Todd: Um, what do you normally have for dinner?

Raphael: Well, the same kind of things. (Why?) The truth is, like almost everyday I eat outside cause it's quite easy to eat outside in Japan, yeah, but when I eat home like pasta or pizza.

Todd: Oh, OK. Oh, and what can you make? What type (myself) yeah?

Raphael: French gratin. Gratin. (Oh, gratin.) Yeah!

Todd: What is that?

Raphael: It's basically baked potatoes with milk, onions, bacon, and what else, butter, what, that's it. You can add several things. Cheese as well of course.

Todd: So how do you make it?

Raphael: Well, you cut the potatoes in slices and you make like, you put, you need a big dish. Put the potatoes and a bit of bacon and a bit of onions and then you put cheese and potatoes again until you go to the top where you add the milk and you put some butter on top of it make it bake for 45 minutes and it's done

Todd: Sounds good!

Raphael: It's easy. It's quite easy actually. I'm not a good cooker at all. I can smell it though. Yeah, I haven't had dinner so that sounds good.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


Did you have dinner tonight?

'Dinner' is the meal that people eat in the evening. It is the last meal of the day.

Notice the following:

  1. I am going to cook spaghetti for dinner.
  2. Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

eat outside

It's quite easy to eat outside in Japan.

When you 'eat outside' you eat your meal in the open air instead of in a building.

Notice the following:

  1. I love eating outside, I think it makes the food taste so much better.
  2. Shall we have and picnic and eat outside at lunch?

eat home

When I eat home like pasta or pizza

'Eat home' means when you have your meal at your house.

Notice the following:

  1. I have no money so I will eat home.
  2. We are going to get a take out and eat home at the weekend.


You can add several things. Cheese as well of course.

'Several' means a few or more than three.

Notice the following:

  1. I spent several years in Germany as a student.
  2. He is very rich, he has several servants.


You need a big dish.

A 'dish' is a bowl or glass container in which you can put things like food that you will eat or serve to others.

Notice the following:

  1. I bought a new serving dish today.
  2. Please be careful this dish is very hot.


Answer the following questions about the interview.


Vocabulary Quiz
dinner • outside • eat home
several • dish
  1. Would you prefer to eat or inside?
  2. He drinks Coca Colas a day and it's really bad for his teeth.
  3. Do you have a big for me to put this salad in?
  4. I'm not hungry this morning because I had a late last night.
  5. Food is usually healthier when you than when you eat in a restaurant.