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V. Key vocabulary to help you speak about your home:

Types of home: house, apartment, condominium, cottage

Rooms and parts of house: bathroom, bedroom, dining room, garden, garage, hall, living room, terrace

Equipment: answering machine, CD player, coffee machine, cooker, dishwasher, DVD player, fridge, MP3 player, shower, vacuum cleaner, washing machine.

FOOD. EATING OUT.

  1. The cuisine in Belarus

Delicious and warming, modern-day Belarusian cuisine is a mix of two key factors: the people’s relationship with the land and local produce and influences from neighboring countries and migrant settlers. For these reasons, food in Belarus is quite similar to the cuisines of Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland. Belarus dishes are typically based on local vegetables and cereals, especially: potatoes, beetroot, mushrooms, berries, barley. Potatoes deserve a special mention as they have formed the basis of many of the Belarusian dishes for hundreds of years. Traditional Belarusian potato dishes are potato dumplings, thick potato pancakes (draniki), baked grated potato pie (babka). Potato dishes are often stuffed or accompanied with vegetables, mushrooms or meat.

The following products are popular in Belarus: pork, pork sausages, salted pork fat, beef, chicken, milk and dairy products, such as fresh white cheese, sour cream, fermented cheese. Salads are also popular in Belarus, in particular: cabbage salad, beetroot salad, tomatoes, cucumbers and garden radish salad. Onions, garlic and greens (parsley, a coriander and basil) are widely used. Soups are a firm favorite in Belarus too.

II. Read/listen the story and correct the sentences given below:

There are so many places to eat in my town nowadays. For example, there is a new café which is very near to my house. It is in front of the old cinema in Gibson Street. I wanted to try it. So last Saturday evening I went there with three of my friends. It is probably one of the best cafes I have ever been to. The quality of food, the service and the interior design were great. It was more like a restaurant than a simple café.

There was a lot of variety. It was possible to order Italian and Indian dishes as well as more traditional English food. I ordered a steak which was absolutely delicious. They served it with chips, onions and tomatoes. My friends Paula has lamb with boiled potatoes and so did Nick. There were some vegetarian options on the menu so Anne selected a Quiche Lorraine. I was the only one who had dessert – a chocolate-flavored ice-cream which I liked a lot. Everybody had a cup of coffee and we stayed and chatted for a while before we paid the bill. The price was very reasonable. The waiter who served our table was Portuguese and he was very friendly. He told us some interesting things about his country. We had a great time and I am certainly going to recommend this place to everyone in the future.

(Total English, Teacher’s resource, Pre-Intermediate)

Are the following sentences true or false?

1. All four friends had coffee after meal. 2. The speaker does not live far from the new café. 3. The food was the only thing that he liked there. 4. You can order not only English food but also foreign food there. 5. The speaker is a vegetarian. 6. There were four people sitting at the table including the speaker. 7. The group of friends left immediately after finishing the meal. 8. The meal was very expensive. 9. The speaker thought that the waiter was a nice person. 10. The will never return to this café.

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