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Dinner or Supper: changing lifestyles

Dinner or Supper: When “you must come to supper” means the opposite When: 19.00 – 20.30 Dinner is a formal evening meal with at least three courses (starter, mains and dessert), probably with wine, and cheese, if you are lucky. There are many different types of dinner, from grand occasions with speakers and ceremonies, to more intimate … Continue reading

Afternoon Tea: the most important meal the British ever invented

Afternoon Tea and High Tea When: From 15.00 – 17.00 Probably the most important meal ever invented by the British, the afternoon tea party has been immortalised by writers including Lewis Carol (The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party) and Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest). Afternoon tea is back in fashion. For £25.00 you can go to … Continue reading

Lunch or Dinner: Dinner ladies and ladies who lunch

Lunch or Dinner? When: From 12.00 – 15.00 At midday you can have an  “early lunch”.  Or you can meet a friend for lunch at one o’clock. This is the regular time for lunch. Or you may decide to have a late lunch at 2 o’clock. In the early part of the 20th century people used … Continue reading

Breakfast brunch and break time

Breakfast, brunch, and break time, also known as “Elevenses” When 07.00-10.00 Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is usually taken before 10.00. When a UK citizen says “I haven’t had breakfast yet”, it means they are incapable of working until they have had breakfast. When someone says “I don’t eat breakfast”, it means … Continue reading

Eat around the clock: Real English Meals

One of my students asked me to explain the difference between lunch, dinner and supper.  This is quite a hard question because whatever I say, somebody will disagree with me. This is partly because eating habits in the UK have changed a lot in recent years, and partly because people have always done things differently depending … Continue reading

Real English for Job Interviews

How to survive a job interview in English People often ask me to help them prepare for a job interview. Interviews are about listening and speaking. Interviewers ask the questions, and interviewees give the best answer they can. The aim of this blog is to give you some words and phrases that will help you … Continue reading

What is the meaning of ‘wobbly’?

I love it when my students ask me the meaning of a word or an expression. Continue reading