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Belgium Cuisine

Chris talks with Adelina about some of the best foods from his country of Belgium.

Ade: So according to you what is the most popular thing in Belgium regarding to food?

Chris: Well it maybe doesn’t give us a good name but I have to say chocolate. I mean Belgian chocolate is the most famous thing we have. You see chocolate everywhere, whatever occasion we have for celebration, there’s chocolate. With Christmas we make these figures out of chocolate, Easter in the same, all these Eastern figures out of chocolate, waffles with chocolate. Everything with chocolate. You should just visit one of our cities and I think every 10 shops is a chocolate shop.

Ade: Wow! So that means you are very sweet people.

Chris: I hope so.

Ade: So chocolate, that’s it, something else?

Chris: Well, chocolate is the most famous one, but of course we have more. Not all that tasty because what’s also really famous are these Brussel Sprouts, but they’re not really my favourite. But something else that’s really famous in Belgium is these places where you have all kinds of fried things It’s actually like a McDonalds or a Burger King, but we have these little places where … I mean a lot of people go there, they have their hamburger, they have their fries, some really … it’s difficult to explain because it’s actually something only Belgium, where you get your meat, but it’s actually competition with McDonalds. A lot of Belgians have tried because it’s had so big success in Belgium that they tried and opened one of these things in Spain for example, but they always failed. I don’t know why. It must be really something Belgian, these fried places.

Ade: Wow! It seems that you really don’t have a healthy diet, eat there in Belgium.

Chris: Yeah. Well it really much looks like it but of course that’s not our everyday dish.

Ade: Gracias Chris.

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

according to

notesSo according to you what is the most popular thing in Belgium?

According to means as stated by or said by. Notice the following:

  1. According to the weather report, it's going to rain.
  2. She's good at basketball, according to her friends.

give (someone) a good name

notesIt doesn’t give us a good name.

To give (someone) a good name is to show someone's good points. Notice the following:

  1. His hard work has given him a good name here.
  2. Her ability gives her a good name.


notesIt's not all that tasty.

Tasty is a common way to say delicious. Notice the following:

  1. This soup is really tasty.
  2. I could eat a tasty burger now.

not my favorite

notesThey’re not really my favourite.

This is a polite way to say you do not like something. Notice the following:

  1. Dancing is not my favorite thing to do.
  2. I can eat sushi but it is not my favorite.


notesWe have these little places.

The word place can refer to a store or restaurant. Notice the following:

  1. I know this great place for coffee.
  2. I like going to bars, but most of the places in my town are expensive.

Vocabulary Quiz

tasty • place • not my favorite
according • good name
  1. Most people love pizza, but it's .
  2. Most pastas with sauce are very .
  3. He does not want to ruin his .
  4. It is a good place to eat to Bob.
  5. I know a great little for curry.

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