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Eat Your Heart out in the USA

Anyone who thinks that food in the United States of America is all junk food will be astonished by variety of the true cooking of the country. Scrapple, grand central oyster stew, jambalaya, tacos, cioppino and hashed browns are all American dishes, yet they come from different traditions and different regions of the country.

There are six main cooking regions in the USA: New England, New York, Deep South, Mid Mex and West Coast. Here’s a quick guide to what you can eat there.

- In New England they eat a lot of fish and shellfish. Many dishes are left on the stove to be eaten all day, such as boiled beef and chicken stew and Boston is the home of the famous baked beans.

-New York is where people from all over the world meet, and you can see this in its cooking: Greek, Italian, Russian, Chinese and many others. Pizza and pasta are favourites, and it’s the home of the hot dog and the hamburger.

-In the Deep South, it’s a mix of English, French, African and Caribbean cooking, with spicy seafood, beans and rice, pork dishes, peacan pie and of course, southern fried chicken.

-The farmland of the Mid West produces corn-on-the-cob (maize), steak, tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce, and baked hams. The people who live there came from Europe, so you can also try Hungarian goulash, Swiss, Dutch and English cheese and Scandinavian coffee cake.

-Tex Mex is hot and spicy, with green and red peppers, beans, tomatoes, mangoes, avocados, chocolate sauce (mole) and the fiery chilli con carne.

-The West Coast is known-for its fruit especially oranges and lemons, and for its seafood, crabs, lobster and mussels. A lot of cooking is with wine.




Spring (March, April and May) sees Britain at its most glorious as the countryside awakens after the winter to a carnival of colour. Carpets of bluebells and golden daffodils cover the woodlands and hillsides whilst the branches of trees grow heavy with the buds of fragrant blossom. Newly born lambs frolicking in the lush green grass are evidence of the renewed vitality that characterizes the warmer, brighter days of spring.


I. Use the appropriate articles wherever necessary.

… tea was delicious.

Do you want … tea, darling?

Let me arrange … little lunch.

Shall I ring for … tea?

She went out with Max to buy meat for … dinner.

Come back to … tea if you can.

We had … pleasant dinner on Sunday.

I usually have … breakfast at 7 o’clock.

I like to have … hot breakfast in the morning.

– What do you usually have for … breakfast? – I usually have … eggs, … bread, … butter, and … tea. – It’s … very substantial breakfast, isn’t it?

I like to have … lunch at work.

… dinner is already cold, we must warm it up.

III. Put the verbs in brackets into the past simple, past continuous, present perfect simple or present perfect continuous.

1. A: Why is Carol tired?

2. B: She … (clean) the house all morning.

3. “… (you/see) my watch? I........... (look for) it since yesterday.”

4. A: … (you/have) a good time last night?

5. B: Yes, the party … (be) great.

6. A: … (you/cook) all morning?

7. B: No, I … (just/start).

8. A: Where … (you/be)? I … (call) you all afternoon.

9. B: I … (work) in the basement and I … (not/hear) the phone.

10. A: What … (you/do) when the storm … (begin)?

11. B: I … (drive) to work.

12. A: Where's Dad?

13. B: He is in the garage. He … (repair) the car all morning.

14. A: … (you/finish) packing your suitcase yet?

15. B: Almost. How about you?

III. Quiz yourself. Make your choice among some, any, no.

1. Have you got … butter in your fridge? – Yes, I’ve got …

2. He asked for … more coffee.

3. Would you like … juice?

4. I’d like you to do … shopping today. We need … bread and butter, eggs and lemons.

5. She doesn’t quite like this restaurant. There is … her favourite pizza.


IV. Build up sentences with after, before, when, as soon as. Use the prompts.

1. To fill the petrol tank; to stop at a petrol station.

2. To be going to Mexico; to learn Spanish.

3. To leave at 8 (abut train); to be at the station.

4. To fix the car; to come at 6.

5. To meet a lot of people; to come to the party.

6. To call you; to book tickets to the theatre.

7. To write a letter home; to have a bit of free time.


V. Make sentences for the situations with if.

Perhaps the sun is going to shine. You’ll sit in the garden then.

It is possible that you are going to get a rise. You’ll buy a car then.

Some people say cigarettes are going to get dearer. You’ll smoke fewer.

Perhaps the boss will give you a rise. You’ll stay then.

Some people say taxes are going to go up. You’ll immigrate to Canada.

There is a chance you’ll fail the exam. You’ll take it again.

Perhaps you are going to miss the bus. You’ll take a taxi then.

VI. Fill in the correct tense.

1. If he … (have) his car, he would give us a lift to the station.

2. If you stopped smoking, you … (be) in better health.

3. If you keep coming to work late, you … (lose) your job.

4. If she … (be) qualified, she would find a good job.

5. If Mother … (have) free time, she would make us a cake.

6. We … (speak) English much better if we were hard-working.

7. If my friends … (have) enough money, they would visit Namibia.

VII. Give your answers to the questions.

What would you do if you were a millionaire?

What would you do if you stopped in St. Pete?

What would you do if you didn’t have a class?

What would you do if you stayed in Switzerland?

What would you do if you had a Rolls Royce?


VIII. Put the verbs into necessary Tense form

1. If it (to snow), the children will play snowballs.

2. If I (not to know) English, I should not be able to enjoy Byron's poetry.

3. I (not to do) it if you did not ask me.

4. If men (to have) no weapons, would wars be possible?

5. You will never finish your work if you (to waste) your time like that.

6. If I (to have) his telephone number, I should easily settle this matter with him.

7. If I (to have) this rare book, I should gladly lend it to you.

IX. Act out a dialogue between a customer and a waiter.

The customer orders steak with chips and peas. He would also like a lager. The total sum is $10.00 and service isn’t included. Now act it out with a partner.



See how this grammar is used in the famous song.




I've paid my dues -

Time after time -

I've done my sentence

But committed no crime -

And bad mistakes

I've made a few

I've had my share of sand kicked in my face -

But I've come through

We are the champions - my friends

And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -

We are the champions -

We are the champions

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions - of the world -

I've taken my bows

And my curtain calls -

You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it -

I thank you all -

But it's been no bed of roses

No pleasure cruise -

I consider it a challenge before the whole human race -

And I ain't gonna lose -

We are the champions - my friends

And we'll keep on fighting - till the end -

We are the champions -

We are the champions

No time for losers

'Cause we are the champions - of the world -




Health and Illness

Words of Wisdom

Health is never a “side dish” to the meal of life, it is the meal. Everything starts with health, and everything comes back to it. And you are in charge.

From "Woman's Life"



Read and compare the service with your country.

Medical care

If you get ill or have an accident while you are in Britain, and you must be treated before you return home, you can get free medical care. Your country may have an agreement with Britain for other medical care, too; ask at the British embassy or consulate before you leave. You may need a special paper from your country’s national health service. If your country does not have an agreement with Britain, you may want to take out health insurance for the journey.

How are you today?

I am very well, thanks. I am fine, thanks.

I don’t feel very well. I must go home and rest. (I’ll probably be OK tomorrow).

I feel ill. Can you get a doctor please. (Perhaps a serious problem).

That fish was bad. I think I’m going to be sick. (I want to vomit).


Everyday problems

Have you got an aspirin?I’ve got a headache.

I’ve got toothache. I need to go to the dentist.

I’m going to bed with a hot drink. I’ve got a cold.

Problems people have for many years / all their lives

I get hay-feverevery summer, from flowers and grass. I sneeze all day.

My little brother has asthma;sometimes he can’t breathe.


Illnesses in hot / tropical countries

In some countries, mosquitoes can give people malaria.

The drinking water was bad, and many children had cholera.

Serious illnesses

My father had a heart attack.

He is in hospital.

Cancerkills many people who smoke ever year.

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