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The Cooking Class – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 17, 2014 , No comments

Are you an expert in the kitchen? In this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English, you can hear a dialogue from a cooking class, and learn useful English vocabulary to talk about food and cooking.

Woman: First of all, break two eggs into the bowl.

Man: Okay, do we need the yolks1 and the whites2?

Woman: Yes, we don’t waste anything in here! Add some seasoning3.

Man: Salt, pepper, anything else?

Woman: You can add some herbs4 as well, just for flavour.

Man: Right, and then add in the mince5?

Woman: That’s right. Add in the mince, a little bit of flour6, and mix it all up with your hands.

Man: Like this?

Woman: That’s right. It needs to get nice and7 sticky.

Man: Is this okay?

Woman: Yeah, that’s perfect. Now, start rolling the meat into little balls.

Man: This big?

Woman: That’s a bit too big. Make them about the size of a ping-pong ball.

Man: Okay, what next?

Woman: We’ll fry them in a little oil. Turn them every few minutes so they don’t burn.

Man: Shall I start on the sauce?

Woman: Sure. Just fry some onion and garlic, add the tomatoes, and then blend8 it all together. It’s really simple.

Man: Do I need to chop the onion up finely9, or what?

Woman: You’re going to blend it, so it doesn’t make any difference. Just chop it roughly.

Man: Mmm, I’m getting quite hungry! It smells good.

Woman: Well, it’ll be ready in ten minutes, then we can eat!

  1. The yolk = the yellow part of the egg
  2. The white = the white part of the egg
  3. Seasoning = spices and other things which add flavour to a dish
  4. Herbs = plants which have a strong flavour, used as seasoning
  5. Mince = meat which has been cut into very small pieces, usually using a machine
  6. Flour = a white powder, made from wheat, which is used to make bread
  7. Nice and + adjective is a conversational phrase. The meaning is similar to quite = more than a little bit
  8. Blend = use a special machine to mix all the food together using a sharp blade which spins around
  9. Chop something finely = chop into very small pieces

Can you guess the words?

  1. It’s a white powder which adds flavour to food.
  2. It’s a verb which means use your hands to make something into a round shape.
  3. It’s a verb which means to cook in oil.
  4. It’s a kind of food which is a liquid, which you add to a dish.
  5. It’s a verb which means to cut something into pieces.

Complete the sentences with one word

  1. Mix everything _____ really well in a big bowl.
  2. Add _____ the vegetables and a little salt and pepper.
  3. It won’t make any _____ if some are a little bit bigger.
  4. Use some herbs to give it more _____
  5. You need to stir the sauce every minute, otherwise it might _____
  1. Salt
  2. Roll sth up
  3. To fry
  4. Sauce
  5. Chop
  6. Up (together could also be used)
  7. In
  8. Difference
  9. Flavour
  10. Burn
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