How to Talk About Mealtimes

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This lesson looks at the vocabulary of meals. It looks at the difference between meal and dish. It looks at the names of the meals that we eat throughout the day including, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, high tea, afternoon tea, teatime, and supper. You will also learn some vocabulary that useful when talking about meals including, course, dietary, dish, filling, foray, full, meal, pastries, pudding, replete, snack, starter, stuffed, and sweet. I have used a video English lesson from the Daily Dose of English series that I made back in 2010. This lesson is finally what I would have liked to have made back then, had the technology been available at that time.

To not eat food for a period of time is known as fasting . When we sleep at night we cannot eat and are technically fasting. The fast comes to an end in the morning when we eat the first food of the day. The first meal of the day is breakfast and its name comes from breaking your fast. | There’s a difference in the naming conventions for meals between the north and the south of England. While breakfast is the same in the north and the south, the midday and evening meals are different. The midday meal in the south of England is normally referred to as lunch , while in the north of England it’s normally referred to as dinner . Confusingly, dinner is used in the south of England to refer to the evening meal. In the north of England, the evening meal is known as tea , or teatime . | There are some minor meals that I did not mention in the video. A meal eaten midway between breakfast and lunch is referred to by the portmanteau word, brunch . A snack in the afternoon is often known as high tea or afternoon tea. It normally consists of a cup of tea with biscuits , cakes, or scones with jam and cream. | course: Part of a meal served before or after other parts. | dietary: Relating to what we eat. | dish: A particular item of prepared food. | filling: A quantity of food satisfying your appetite. | full: Filled to satisfaction with food or drink. | hunger for: A strong desire for something. | meal: Food eaten at a fixed time of day. | pastries: Any of various baked foods made of dough or batter. | pudding: The dessert course of a meal. | replete: Filled to satisfaction with food or drink. | snack: A light, informal meal. | starter: Food served before a meal or as the first course. | stuffed: Crammed with food. | sweet: A dish served as the last course of a meal. 

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