Student: Sophy (IX form)
Teacher: Smirnova T. V.
P L A N:
Food celebrates life.
Food nourishes language.
Food for different cultures:
From land and sea
From high in the mountains
Meals in Britain
American food and drink
Kazakh traditional dishes
Food is symbolic.
Food as a fad or cult.
Plan a healthful diet.
Food is the staff of life.
“Every man is the builder of a temple called his body (1817-1862) ”
Thoreau, Henry Davia
English will have become an important tool for communication and
discovery rather than just another class to attend. And we would like to
look at the all-important topic, Food.
Food Celebrates Life.
Have you ever noticed how much of our life is centered on food? Look
at all the meetings held, decisions made, and mergers consummated over a
meal: power breakfast, power lunch, dinners, banquets, receptions, and
those endless toasts. Consider all the celebrations where food is
all-important: weddings, birthdays, religious feast days, national
holidays, etc. Food is the great icebreaker when people meet for
pleasure or business. Food is at the center of many of our important
Food Nourishes Language.
Because of this importance, much of our language (regardless of the
language) contains references to food. These references conjure up
images worth a thousand words each. The idiom page contains several
references to food and shows how these are used in a non-food-related
discussion. Think about the idioms and expressions in your native
language related to food and how and when you use them. Do you use food
expressions to describe someone’s physical characteristics (e.g., He’s
as skinny as a string bean; his belly shakes like a bowl full of
jelly.); or, to describe someone’s personality (e.g., Harry is a cre3am
puff; she’s as sweet as sugar.) or, to describe a situation or activity
(e.g., Something is fishy here; That crossword puzzle is a piece of
cake.). How we use food expressions depends on how we perceive the food,
or the culture associated with the food.
Food For Different Cultures.
Have you ever stopped to really think about what you and your
everyday and why? Have you ever stopped to think what other people eat?
In the movie Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom, there are two scenes in
which the two characters are offered meals from a different culture. One
meal, meant to break the ice, consisted of insects. The second meal was
a lavish banquet that featured such delicacies as roasted beetles, live
snakes, eyeball soup, and chilled monkey brains for dessert. Some
cultures eat such things as vipers and rattlesnakes, bush rats, dog
meat, horsemeat, bats, animal heart, liver, eyes, and insects of all
Often the differences among cultures in the foods they eat are
related to the differences in geography and local resources. People who
live near water ( the sea, lakes, and rivers) tend to eat more fish and
crustaceans. People who live in colder climates tend to eat heavier,
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