453 Being Vegetarian

Ruth talks about why she is a vegetarian.

story image

Well, I'm going to talk a little bit about why I'm vegetarian. Actually, I became vegetarian when I was 8 years old. We did a project at school and I found out that animals are actually killed for us to eat and as an 8 year-old I thought that was rather immoral, so I went home and I told my parents that I didn't want to eat meat anymore so now I eat everything really except for meat and fish and I don't eat things with animals fats in either. I think really I'm a vegetarian now because it's a habit and if I were to eat meat, I think I would be quite ill. My favorite food is probably tofu although I like broccoli and I like chocolate as well. Sometimes because I like traveling, I go to places and it's really difficult for vegetarians because they don't really have anything for vegetarians to eat, so sometimes I just have like, a bowl of rice, or an omelet, or something like that, but when I'm at home, I like to cook for myself, and I like to cook nice vegetarian dishes, and stews and things like that. My parents didn't mind me becoming a vegetarian, and I think they were really good about it because I don't know many people, who when their child said they wanted to be a vegetarian would except that, so I was really grateful to my parents for being so nice and understanding about it.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

project or found out

We did a project at school, and I found out that animals are actually killed for us to eat.

A 'project,' in this sense, is a research task where students learn and then demonstrate their knowledge.  When you 'find something out' you learn or discover it.  Notice the following:

  1. Will you have time to get together to work on the project tonight?
  2. The neighborhood soon found out that the company was polluting the water.


As an eight-year-old, I thought killing animals to be eaten was rather immoral.

Something that is 'immoral' goes against ethical ideas or principles about what is right and wrong. Notice the following:

  1. They are an immoral company that doesn't pay their employees on time.
  2. Most people think that stealing is immoral.


Sometimes, I just have like a bowl of rice or an omelet or something like that.

An 'omelet' is a dish made with eggs and sometimes vegetables or cheese.  Notice the following:

  1. My favorite breakfast food is an omelet.
  2. You can choose whatever you want in the omelet, and they make it right there.


My parents didn't mind me becoming a vegetarian.

When someone doesn't 'mind' something, it means that it doesn't bother or cause a problem for him.  Notice the following:

  1. So your parents don't mind when you play your music loud like this?
  2. Do you mind driving? My eyes are really tired.


I was really grateful to my parents for being so nice and understanding about it.

When you are 'grateful' about something, you feel thankful for it.  Notice the following:

  1. He gave me a present to show me how grateful he was.
  2. I'm really grateful for all your help.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

Keep Listening

Below are some more great lessons!

Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
project • find • immoral
omelet • mind • grateful
  1. Do you want to use my sweater?  I don't the temperature outside.
  2. Don't expect that he will treat you right.  He's a very person.
  3. Thank you for letting me stay at your house. I am really .
  4. My favorite has eggs, cheese and ham.
  5. Don't worry. We will out who took your shoes.
  6. The is to design a house that shows how solar energy could work.