14 de fevereiro de 2018

Exercise to improve READING FLUENCY (intermediate)


What time do you have breakfast? What’s the best breakfast you’ve ever had? Have you ever had a breakfast in a foreign country? What did you have? What did you like about it?


1. What do you have for breakfast? What do people have in your country? Make a list of all the things you eat or people generally eat or drink.

2. Reading I
Read the article once. Which breakfast sounds the most delicious? Why? Which one would you like to try?

3. Reading II
Read the article again. Then write a name next to each description of what the person has for breakfast.
a) A banana and a Greek yogurt.
b) Olives marinated in olive oil, garlic and lemon.
c) Scrambled eggs, tomatoes and orange juice.
d) Scrambled eggs with tomatoes, tortillas and “frijol” beans.
e) Porridge with soy milk and cinnamon.

by Christian Olijve

We asked several people what they have for breakfast and what it’s typical to eat in their countries. Here’s what they told us.

“A typical Greek breakfast would be some cheese and black olives marinated in olive oil, garlic and lemon. It’s a good start to the day, with a cup of black coffee of course.” Zacharias, Greece

“A typical breakfast in Mexico is probably “huevos rancheros” (ranch-style eggs) with fried eggs, tortillas, rice, beans and chili sauce. I really like this kind of breakfast but not every morning. Normally, I have scrambled eggs with tomatoes, tortillas and frijol beans.” Carolina, Mexico

“Breakfast for me usually consists of a banana and a Greek yogurt, and sometimes I’ll add oatmeal, oh, and I can’t function properly without a cup of coffee. When I go to eat breakfast in a restaurant, I usually have eggs, toast and bacon, which is more typical.” Roberto, USA

“I think most people from Spain have coffee, cereal or toast, or some biscuits or a muffin for breakfast, but I don’t really have a big appetite in the morning because I have to get up really early. So, I usually have some orange juice and cereal with milk. It’s also typical here to have “churros” (fried sticks of dough).” Carmen, Spain

“I’m from the Netherlands and a typical breakfast here is wholemeal bread with butter and Gouda cheese with a glass of milk. However, I usually have porridge with soy milk and some cinnamon. I also have some fruit. On special occasions we have croissants with jam, eggs, orange juice and some
yogurt with fresh fruit.” Jochem, The Netherlands

“A typical breakfast here would be an English breakfast, with sausages, hash browns, bacon, fried eggs and beans, but hardly anyone I know has that in the morning. I usually start the day with some scrambled eggs and tomatoes and fresh orange juice. We have a full English breakfast on special occasions, but we usually go out for it as it’s too much hassle to make at home.” Cynthia, England

“Here in South Africa my breakfast mostly consists of a cappuccino with some oats, scrambled eggs and rye toast with peanut butter. On special occasions, we have our own version of the English breakfast with scrambled eggs, rye bread, beef sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes. We love a big breakfast!” Tom, South Africa


to marinate: if you “marinate” meat (for example), you keep it in a mixture of oil, vinegar, spices, herbs, etc. before cooking it 
tortilla: a thin, flat piece of bread made from eggs and corn or flour
“frijol” (beans):  (Spanish / Mexican) dried seeds from a bean plant that you can cook and eat
Greek yogurt: a type of yogurt that is thick and creamy. It has no whey (the watery part) of sour milk 
an appetite: if you have an “appetite”, you’re hungry 
“churros”:  (Spanish / Mexican) a type of breakfast food that consists of a stick of fried dough 
dough: a type of food made from flour, water, fat and sugar
Gouda cheese: a type of yellow cheese made from cow’s milk. It’s from the Netherlands 
soy milk: milk that is made by soaking dry soybeans and mixing them with water 
cinnamon: a spice from the bark of a tree 
a hassle: if something is a “hassle”, it’s difficult and involves problems
cappuccino: coffee with froth (milk with air) and powdered chocolate on top 
rye: a cereal grown in cold countries. Its grains can be used to make flour or bread 
peanut butter: a brown paste made from peanuts. You can put it on bread

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