Beginners’ French: Food and drink
Beginners’ French: Food and drink

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Beginners’ French: Food and drink

1.1 Talking about food in French

Many French people place a great deal of importance on food – as the British often resort to talking about the weather, French people will fill the conversation with what they had for dinner the night before or what they are thinking of cooking that evening. Despite the growth in supermarkets, most French people still buy their bread from a local baker, and often visit markets to stock up on fresh, locally produced fruit, vegetables and meat. And although the pace of modern life has certainly affected how people eat, preparing food and taking time to enjoy it remain important.

Most regions boast an impressive diversity of dishes. From bouillabaisse (a fish soup from Provence) to choucroute (a dish of sauerkraut, sausages and pork, popular in Alsace), there are dozens of dishes and drinks to try when visiting a new region. Some regional specialities, such as foie gras or champagne , have become internationally famous.

Figure 1 Le foie gras du sud-ouest

Activité 1

Task 1

Can you work out what the following French food items are? Drag the English words against the French terms they correspond to.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. vegetables

  2. ice cream

  3. cheese

  4. red meat

  5. pineapple

  6. sea food

  7. white wine

  8. fish

  9. raw vegetables

  • a.l’ananas

  • b.le fromage

  • c.les crudités

  • d.les légumes

  • e.le poisson

  • f.la viande rouge

  • g.la glace

  • h.le vin blanc

  • i.les fruits de mer

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = d
  • 2 = g
  • 3 = b
  • 4 = f
  • 5 = a
  • 6 = i
  • 7 = h
  • 8 = e
  • 9 = c

Task 2

Claudette Dupont and her husband, Paul, have invited their friends the Lenoirs and the Khalifes for dinner on Saturday. Claudette has made a list of what her guests and her husband like to eat.

Read her notes and for each name, select the item(s) that person likes.

Question 1

Ahmed

a. 

vegetables


b. 

ice cream


c. 

desserts


The correct answers are b and c.

Question 2

Chrystelle

a. 

cheese


b. 

vegetables


c. 

soups


The correct answers are b and c.

Question 3

Benoît

a. 

fish


b. 

sea food


c. 

white wine


The correct answers are a and b.

Question 4

Laura

a. 

cheese


b. 

fruit


c. 

Italian food


The correct answers are a and c.

Question 5

Paul

a. 

fish


b. 

white wine


c. 

red meat


The correct answers are b and c.

Activité 2

Task 1

We asked some French people what they like eating: Qu’est-ce que vous aimez manger ? Listen to the audio track, then select the correct answers below.

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Transcript: Audio 1

Les Français à table

Colette

Interviewer
Qu’est-ce que vous aimez manger ?
Colette
J’aime les légumes, les crudités …
Interviewer
Vous aimez le poisson ?
Colette
Le poisson, oui.
Interviewer
Les moules ?
Colette
Les coquillages, oui, les moules, les huîtres …
Interviewer
Vous aimez la cuisine italienne ?
Colette
Ah, j’aime beaucoup la cuisine italienne.

Maryse

Interviewer
Qu’est-ce que vous aimez manger ?
Maryse
J’aime la viande, le fromage, les légumes, les fruits.
Interviewer
Vous aimez le poisson ?
Maryse
J’aime le poisson.
Interviewer
Vous aimez la cuisine italienne ?
Maryse
Oui. J’aime les pâtes.

Philippe

Interviewer
Qu’est-ce que vous aimez manger ?
Philippe
J’aime bien manger la viande, le poisson…
Interviewer
Vous aimez la cuisine italienne ?
Philippe
J’aime bien la cuisine italienne, les pizzas et les pâtes, bien sûr.

Lionel

Interviewer
Qu’est-ce que vous aimez manger ?
Lionel
J’aime beaucoup la viande, les poissons, le poulet, les … les fruits de mer …
Interviewer
Vous aimez la cuisine italienne ?
Lionel
Oui, beaucoup, surtout les spaghetti.
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Question 1

All the interviewees like fish.

a. 

True.


b. 

False.


The correct answer is a.

Question 2

Maryse, Philippe and Lionel like meat.

a. 

True.


b. 

False.


The correct answer is a.

Question 3

None of the interviewees like Italian food.

a. 

True.


b. 

False.


The correct answer is b.

Question 4

Maryse and Philippe like seafood.

a. 

True.


b. 

False.


The correct answer is b.

Question 5

Maryse likes cheese.

a. 

True.


b. 

False.


The correct answer is a.

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