“Dinner is better when we eat together” is a true statement! We get together and share meals at our community table five days a week and have fun speaking English during our meals. Food tastes more delicious when we share it with friends.
Our students at English Steps come from all over the world, and it is exciting to share different kinds of food! We cook dinner together three nights a week and cooking together is far more fun than cooking alone. We’ve had students share their regional food from so many different countries, the farthest being China, and the closest being France. It is enjoyable to taste new dishes from around the world.
Here is a photo of some English Steps students getting ready to enjoy our Italian student’s homemade food.
Our student from France prepared some of his regional cuisine for us to try.
So, what was tastier, the food from Italy or France? It is difficult to compare because both meals were made with love and care and were quite different. We can agree that the Italian food was heartier and the French food tasted slightly lighter.
Two nights a week we take a break from cooking and eat out. Friday night is by far the most authentic English food night because every Friday we eat fish & chips from a local restaurant! Fried food is not the healthiest for us, but the fish is the crispiest you’ve ever tasted in your life!
Here is the local favourite meal, the famous fish and chips from England.
Many English Steps students have said that mealtimes are the happiest part of their days because the food is prepared with love and shared with smiles. The things we have in common are our love for food and improving our English, so mealtimes are the easiest time to practice speaking English.
People feel more relaxed around the common language of food. The famous chef Julia Child once said “People who love to eat are always the best people.” Food that is prepared and enjoyed with love speaks from one heart to another regardless of a person’s native language!
mini grammar lesson
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
- Explanation: The comparative form of an adjective can compare two or more nouns or pronouns.
- Rule: Add er to the end of an adjective to make the comparative form.
- Explanation: The superlative form of an adjective compares more than two things or people.
- Rule: Put the word “the” in front of the adjective and add est to the end of the adjective to make the superlative form.
For most adjectives with two or more syllables, adding the word “more” forms the comparative, and adding the word “most” forms the superlative. Example: colorful, more colorful, most colorful.
Some adjectives are irregular and completely change when using the comparative and superlative.
Examples: good/better/best bad/worse/worst.
Modifiers with adjectives/adverbs:
- We use 'far', 'a lot', or 'much' + comparative adjective or adverb for a BIG difference
- We use 'slightly', 'a little', or 'a bit' (informal) for a small difference
Example - Italy is far warmer than England, but only a little less expensive
Modifiers with superlatives:
- We often use 'by far', 'much', and 'easily' to modify superlatives.
Example - London is by far the most expensive UK city.