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Beginner Dialogue: Cooking


In this dialogue you will practice speaking about daily routines by focusing on cooking. Notice that the present simple is used to speak about daily routines. Adverbs of frequency tell us how often we do something and include 'usually', 'sometimes', 'never', etc.. Practice the dialogue with your partner and then interview each other about how you do certain tasks you enjoy.


(At a friend's house)

Carol: This is a lovely house!
Martha: Thank you. Carol, we call it home.

Carol: It's very close to work, isn't it?
Martha: Yes, it is. I always walk to work - even when it rains!

Carol: I usually take the bus. It takes so long!
Martha: How long does it take?

Carol: Oh, it takes about 20 minutes.
Martha: That is a long time. Well, have some cake.

Carol: (taking a bite of some cake) this is delicious! Do you bake all of your own cakes?
Martha: Yes, I usually bake something at the weekend. I like having sweets in the house.

Carol: You're a wonderful cook!
Martha: Thank you, it's nothing really.

Carol: I never cook. I'm just hopeless. My husband, David, usually does all the cooking.
Martha: Do you often go out to eat?

Carol: Yes, when he doesn't have time to cook, we go out to eat somewhere.
Martha: There are some wonderful restaurants in the city.

Carol: Too many! You can eat at a different restaurant every day. Monday - Chinese, Tuesday - Italian, Wednesday - Mexican, on and on ...

Check your understanding with this multiple choice comprehension quiz.

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