Talking about Food

This is a speaking topic for students. Click here to read the introduction to the series.

Students, remember to only speak English while you do this activity. Don’t speak your native language for at least one hour. You can do it!

Teachers, you can adapt these for lessons or give them as homework.

Topic: Food

Objectives: After the discussion, you should be able to discuss food

Materials: Pictures of food (for example, a food magazine or a computer with internet so you can find them)

Grammar: Present Simple


Listen and repeat these expressions.

Mmmmm! Say this after something tastes good
Would you like to try it? Say this to offer your food to another person
What looks good? Say this to learn what your friend likes on the menu
It’s delicious. Say these after you try good food
It tastes great.
It’s too salty for my taste. Say this after you eat food with too much salt.
It’s too sweet for my taste. Say this after you eat food with too much sugar.
It’s too spicy for my taste. Say this after you east really hot food.
I’d love to try that. Say this after you see good food.
Yuck. Say this after you eat/see bad food.
I couldn’t eat another bite. Say this when you can’t eat more food.
It tastes like heaven. Say this after you eat really good food.

Vocabulary: full, hungry, delicious, salty, sweet, spicy, bite, yuck, dish

Vocab Activity: Do a Google image search for each word and discuss the pictures with your partner. (You can also draw pictures of each word and discuss the pictures with your partner.)

Controlled Activity Think of a great meal you ate in the past. Write answers to these questions (example answers are in italics):

What did you eat? I ate chicken, beans, and potatoes.

Where did you eat? I ate at a restaurant in Chicago.

Why was it great? The food was really great. The chicken was juicy and the vegetables were very tasty. I think the best part was the sauce. I don’t know what it was, but the potatoes tasted great with it.

Question Time Now, open up a magazine with lots of pictures of food, or go to a website with lots of pictures of food (examples:,

Look at the pictures of food or look around the website, and ask your partner these questions:

What looks good?

What would you like to try?

Do you like cooking?

Do you think that’s delicious?

What food makes you say “yuck!”

What is your favorite food?

Do you like to try new foods?

What kinds of food does your mom make?

Do you like to cook? Why/Why not?

Your Questions Now write five questions about food. Ask your partner your questions.

Shopping Trip Now go to a grocery store. Speak English the whole time. Choose some ingredients and make dinner together.

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