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Reading comprehension. I. In the text find the English equivalents to the following words and word combinations

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I. In the text find the English equivalents to the following words and word combinations. Explain the following words in English. Use English-English dictionary if necessary. Make up your own sentences with these words.

потерять вкус, быть сладкоежкой, особенность русской кухни, здоровое питание, полуфабрикаты, специи, ограничение, быть ужасно голодным, стрелки часов, придерживаться диеты, закуска, гарнир, перекусить, считать калории, вафли, блины.

II. Find the appropriate translation to the following words:

1. ограниченный, скудный

a) limited b) restrained c) bounded


2. соблюдать диету

a) be dieting b) to watch one’s diet c) to keep to a diet


3. легкий утренний завтрак


a) light breakfast b) continental breakfast c) European breakfast


4. сложный, замысловатый


a) intricate b) difficult c) complicated




a) cake b) bun c) loaf of bread


6.ужасно голодный


a) be hungry b) lack of food c) starving


III. Complete the table using the text:

  British Russian
time breakfast lunch dinner supper    
typical dishes    
popular drinks    
popular dishes    
places to eat    

It is interesting to know…

Some British and American people like to invite friends and colleagues for a meal at home. But don’t be upset if your English friends don’t invite you home. It doesn’t mean that they don’t like you!

Dinner parties usually start between 7 and 8 pm and end at about 11. Ask your host what time you should arrive. It’s polite to bring flowers, chocolates or a bottle of wine to your hostess.

Usually the evening starts with drinks and snacks (ask for a soft drink if you don’t like alcohol.) Do you want to be extra polite? Say how much you like the house, the pictures, or your hostess’s dress. But remember-it’s not polite to ask how much things cost.

Dinner will usually start at about 8 or 9 o’clock. In many families, the husband sits at one end of the table and the wife sits at the other end. They eat with their guests.

You’ll probably start the meal with soup, or something small as a “starter”, then you’ll have meat or fish with vegetables, and then a dessert (sometimes called a “sweet” or a “pudding”), followed by coffee. It’s polite to finish everything on your plate and to take more if you want it. Some people eat bread with the meat, but not everyone does.

Most people ask “Do you mind if I smoke?” before they take out their cigarettes after the meal.

Did you enjoy the evening? Call your hostess the next day or write her a short “thank you” letter.

Perhaps it seems funny for you, but British and American people say “thank you”, “thank you” all the time!

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