Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Toyo Gakuen University Homestay English Unit 3: At Dinner

In today's lesson we will learn about different kinds of food. Also, we will learn about good table manners.

Japanese eat a morning meal (朝食), a midday meal (昼食) and an evening meal (夕食). Many people in other countries eat these meals too. So three meals a day is common everywhere, but sometimes the food is different.

In Canada, many people skip breakfast on weekdays. Some people only have a very light breakfast on weekdays. For example, some people just have coffee. Some people just drink a glass of juice. Some people eat fruit. Some people have a muffin and a coffee.

A muffin and a coffee is, perhaps, the most common weekday breakfast in Canada. Many people eat breakfast on the way to work. They buy a muffin and a coffee at fast-food restaurants including: Tim Hortons, Coffee Time, and Second Cup.

On weekends, sometimes Canadians eat big breakfasts. Click this link to see some popular breakfasts in Canada: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mc_sensei/sets/72157607825427625/

Britain is famous for it's breakfast. What kinds of food are in a full British breakfast? Click the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joits/164373609/

Click this link to learn about breakfast around the world:

The midday meal in the United States and Canada is called lunch.
Click this link to read the wikipedia article about lunch in English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunch
Click this link to read the wikipedia article about lunch in Japanese: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%98%BC%E9%A3%9F

The picture below is a picture of me having lunch at my aunt's house.

Look at the table. Many Canadians serve each dish in a separate bowl or on a separate plate and put the dishes in the middle of the table. Everyone serves themselves. This is very convenient. You can take the dishes that you like.

You can see the dishes I chose in the picture below. Click the picture. What kind of food is on my plate?

Lunch, originally uploaded by mick62.

Now, let's learn about dinner.
Dinner is the main meal. In Canada, people eat dinner in the evening. In some countries, including Trinidad, people eat dinner in the afternoon. In England, dinner is called tea.

Finally, let's learn about table manners in America and some general etiquette in Canada and the United States.

Bon Appétit


  1. Ham, relish, mac n' cheese, coleslaw and egg salad with buttered french bread. Did I get it right?

    Looks good, I'm hungry.

    I think some Canadian and American students could read the part on table manners too.

  2. You got it mostly right. No egg salad. It's marshmelow fruit salad: Marshmellows, fruit cocktail, coconut, and sour cream - my aunt's recipe.
    As for table manners, I could use a refresher course myself!