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Welcome to EnglishClass101.com’s English in Three Minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English.
Hey everyone, I’m Alisha!
In this series, we’re going to learn some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English. It’s really useful, and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to ask someone about their tastes in food.
Food is another great topic for getting to know someone. You might also find out some interesting things about the food culture in the other person’s country!
Of course you can ask someone straight out:
“What kind of food do you like?”
“What sort of food do you like?”
If you ask these questions, though, it might seem a little too open, like there can be too many answers. This might slow the conversation down.
Instead it’s much better to choose a particular food - such as a famous one from your country, or one that has come up previously in the conversation - and ask if the other person likes that food.
For example:
“Do you like sushi?”
Possible answers to this are:
“Yeah, I do!”
It’s then a good chance to expand the conversation a little, and say something about the food, why you like it, etcetera. For example:
“Yeah, I do! My favourite type is eel.”
Or even something simple, like:
“Yeah, I do! It’s so delicious.”
But what if you hate sushi? How to give a negative answer?
Again you have to consider the other person’s feelings and not be too critical of the food - even if you hate it more than anything! - in case it’s their favorite!
So you could say something like:
“Not really...”
Or a more idiomatic phrase:
“I’m not a huge fan.”
Again, it’s good for the conversation, and polite, to give a reason why you don’t like the food.
Some good reasons are:
“I don’t like the texture.”
Or simply:
“I just don’t like the taste.”
Now it’s time for Alisha’s Advice!
If you meet someone who likes the same kind of food that you do, a nice way to continue the conversation is to ask them if they know about any good restaurants that serve the food.
Say for example, that you both like sushi, you can say,
“Do you know a good sushi place?”
If there’s another type of food you are interested in, just take out sushi and put in the food in the plural form.
“Do you know a good place for burritos?”
When you meet people at a party, do you know how to ask them how they know each other? Find out in the next lesson I’ll see you next time!