What actions do you when you are cooking? Here is a list of vocabulary for the various actions we take when we cook.
stir and mix are very similar. Usually we say stir when cooking and mix before cooking. you can use either one.
whisk is when you mix using a whisk
roast and bake are almost identical in meaning. There is almost no difference between the actions. Roast usually takes a long time. a few hours.
usually a recipe will ask you to bring to the boil and then simmer this means to boil and then reduce the heat
the difference between deep fry and fry is the amount of oil you use. deep frying uses more oil.
pour is often used with in or into e.g. pour the mix into the frying pan.
barbeque can also be an action e.g. lets barbeque the steaks
That said the action you are doing on the BBQ is the same action as grill e.g. let’s grill the steaks on the BBQ.
Once you are finished cooking you can serve the food.
This has been vocabulary for cooking, next week we will do a vocabulary building blog on ingredients.
This month we studied relationships. i.e. How you know someone.
Here is the Vocabulary:
|More personal relationship words
step- (father, mother)
half – (brother, sister)
friend from (high school)
|More professional relationships
We also learnt words for talking about relationships:
|More verbs to discuss relationships
|get along with
have a good relationship with
look up to
hit it off
have a crush on
go out with
break up with
to be/get engaged to
|Idioms about relationships||fair-weather friend
keep someone at arm’s length
be at odds with somebody
be on the same wavelength
be on nodding terms with someone
be crazy about someone
go out with someone
The grammar point for the month was a range of tenses. Here is a summary:
We also practised our viewing skills using the following video from English Firsthand 2:
In the final week we looked at talking about bad news. Specifically how to be empathetic.
We used this guideline:
- Share your experience and ask how about you?
- Listen and then ask how do you feel about that?
- listen well, so that you understand their story and then share a similar life experience you had.
This weeks topic was “How do you plan. . . ?”
I noticed that my students didn’t understand what this question meant. They thought it was asking what their holiday plans were at first.
“How do you . . . ” questions are asking for a step by step procedure.
How do you make rice?
First you wash the rice with cold water. This will remove the starch. Next you let the rice soak in water. The longer it soaks the quicker it will cook. After that you should drain the rice. . . etc
The four questions were:
How do you plan your holiday?
How do you plan a special occasion?
How do you plan a work week?
How do you plan your career?
As an example, my answer to the question “How do you plan your holidays?” is:
First I decide where I want to go. Then, my wife and I check the calendar to find out when we can go. After that we book the tickets if we need too . . .
After that we discussed various statements about planning methods.
Making lists of things to do is a waste of time.
You should plan your retirement from an early age.
If you make a plan, you should stick to it.
There are some things you can’t plan for.
We had a very interesting conversation about the statements.
For homework I set the task write a paragraph about whether or not you agree with the final statement “There are some things you can’t plan for.”
Here is a sample paragraph from one of the other statements:
Some people say that making lists of things to do is a waste of time. I disagree with this statement for the following reasons. First, making a list doesn’t take much time to do. It shouldn’t take longer than five minutes to make a lists of things you need to do that day. Secondly, even if you have a great memory, it’s still easy to forget things. Making a list can help you remember. Just don’t forget you made a list. Thirdly, it can speed up the amount of work you do rather than waste it as you can easily see what needs to be done. For these reasons, I often make lists of things to do.
The paragraph has a topic sentence.
three supporting points
Now it’s your turn.