453 Being Vegetarian


Ruth talks about why she is a vegetarian.

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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.

immoral

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.

omelet

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.

mind

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.

grateful

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.
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Complete the sentences with the words below.
project • find • immoral
omelet • mind • grateful
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  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.