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BBC 6 minute English-Are you a foodie

BBC 6 minute English-Are you a foodie

BBC 6 minute English-Are you a foodie


Transcript of the podcast

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I’m Neil

Rob: And I’m Rob

Neil: Now Rob, you look like you enjoy a good meal

Rob: Ha. Well, I do like eating out and I like to think I know a good meal when I have one

Neil: Well that should give you an advantage with today’s quiz. In 2016, which is the last year we have statistics for, how many restaurants and mobile food services were there in the UK? Was it

a) about 75,000

b) about 83,000, or

c) about 93,000

Rob: Well, I know there are a lot, so I’m going to say 93,000 – but that is just a guess

Neil: I’ll reveal the answer a little later in the programme. Today we’re talking about being a foodie. Rob, what is a foodie

Rob: Well I would describe a foodie as someone who has a strong interest in food. They like preparing it as well as eating it – they like using good ingredients and they’re probably not fans of fast food

Neil: Angela Hartnett is one of Britain’s top chefs. In the BBC podcast The Bottom Line she talked about this topic. In this first clip how does she describe people who say they are foodies

Angela Hartnett

I think people who say they are foodies buy the books, watch TV and will cook a little bit

Rob: She is saying that people who say they are foodies may not actually know that much about food. They buy books and watch cookery programmes on TV and will cook a little bit

Neil: A little bit is a common phrase that means ‘a small amount’ and if you do something a little bit it means you don’t do it a lot. You could just say ‘a little’, but adding ‘bit’ to the phrase makes it very natural

Rob: Well, we heard a little bit of Angela Hartnett there. Let’s hear more now. What’s her description of a foodie

Angela Hartnett

My idea of a foodie is the very European idea that people go and shop every day, they understand one end of a pig from another. And maybe that’s a bit romantic but I look at my mother, I look at my grandmother and our background, you know. They made food, they knew about what was expensive, they knew about quality and stuff like that

Neil: Rob, do you know one end of a pig from another

Rob: I hope so, but the point Angela Hartnett is making is that a true foodie has a good understanding, for example, of the different parts of an animal that are used in cooking and what they are used for. She says that idea might be a bit romantic

Neil: We normally think of the word romantic when we are talking about love and relationships, but that’s not what it means here, is it

Rob: No. Romantic can also describe a pleasant ideal – an imaginary perfect way of life that forgets about the difficult things of everyday life

Neil: Less hear some more from chef Angela Hartnett now. What is she worried about

Angela Hartnett

I think we think we’re foodies but I think food is expensive in this country. I don’t think it’s affordable for lots of people and I think we are in danger of not knowing, you know, how to cook any more, how to make a meal for a family of four for five pounds

Neil: So Rob, what is Angela Hartnett worried about

Rob: She commented that food was very expensive here in Britain. Many people don’t have enough money to buy it, as she said it’s not affordable. She thinks we might be in danger of not being able to feed out families cheaply

Neil: Can you say a bit more about the phrase in danger of

Rob: Sure, the phrase to be in danger of is followed by a gerund and it means that there is the possibility of something bad happening. It’s not happened yet, but it could happen

Neil: Thanks Rob. Right, well we’re in danger of running out of time so let’s get to the answer to the question I asked at the start of the programme. I asked how many restaurants or mobile food services there were in the UK in 2016

Rob: And I said – it was a guess – ۹۳,۰۰۰٫ But was I right

Neil: I’m afraid you’re 10,000 out! The answer is approximately 83,000

Rob: Right, well I’ve still got a few more to get to before I can tick them all off my list

Neil: Me too! Well, before we go, let’s recap the words and phrases we talked about today. The first was foodie

Rob: Yes, foodie is a modern word to describe someone who is very interested in all aspects of food, from buying, preparing and cooking to eating

Neil: And someone who may or may not know which end of a pig is which

Rob: I think you’re being a little bit silly there, aren’t you

Neil: Well a little bit was our next phrase, wasn’t it

Rob: Yes, a little bit: a very simple but a very natural conversational phrase that means a small amount

Neil: The next word was the adjective romantic. Not used in the context of love here though was it

Rob: No, it wasn’t. A romantic idea here is one that is not realistic but is an imagined perfect situation. For example, we have a very romantic view of our childhoods when every Christmas was a white Christmas and every summer holiday was baking hot and spent on the beach. Of course, it wasn’t like that at all. In reality both Christmas and summer were cold and rainy

Neil: Then we had the adjective affordable, for something we have enough money to buy. Finally the phrase to be in danger of

Rob: Yes, for the possibility of something bad happening

Neil: Well, that’s it for this programme. For more, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our YouTube pages, and of course our website bbclearningenglish.com where you can find all kinds of videos and audio programmes and activities to help you improve your English. Thanks for joining us and bye

Rob: Bye-bye

Neil: Well I have to say, I’m a little bit hungry and if I don’t get some food soon I’m in danger of getting very grumpy

Rob: You’re always grumpy, Neil. But there is a very affordable café around the corner, let’s head over there now, shall we

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