elllo - English Listening Lesson LIbrary Online
Views #1354 | Beginner A2

Soup for Supper

Sarah talks with Todd about how she loves making soup and the what she does with the extras.

Todd: Okay. So Sarah, I see you eat soup every day at work. Why are you eating soup every day?

Sarah: That’s because I love to cook soup.

Todd: So you make the soup?

Sarah: Yes, it’s very easy to make.

Todd: So you cook it and then you just bring it to work everyday?

Sarah: Yeah. I just make a lot on Monday and then I bring it to work everyday of the week.

Todd: Oh nice. So how do you make the soup? What’s your secret?

Sarah: Well, I like to cook very easy. So I buy meat that’s already cut up, usually, chicken and then some rice, usually brown rice and then I buy some vegetables. So after I bought the ingredients, I chop them up and I put them all together in water until boils and add some seasoning.

Todd: Okay. So you say the water boils, so as soon as the water boils that’s when you put in all the ingredients?

Sarah: Yes, that’s right.

Todd: So you don’t put in the ingredients before the water boils.

Sarah: No. I guess, it’s just easier for the water to be hot because then the vegetables and the meat cook a little faster.

Todd: So how do you give the soup flavoring?

Sarah: I usually add salt and pepper, maybe some garlic. And depending on the type of soup, either maybe some soy sauce or lemon juice.

Todd: Okay. Do you put in the flavoring after you put in the ingredients or before you put in the ingredients?

Sarah: Maybe after but usually, right about all at the same time.

Todd: Okay.

Sarah: So I just put everything in at one time.

Todd: And then after you cook the soup, do you put the soup in the refrigerator? Do you let it sit outside?

Sarah: I usually eat some right then, and I also put it in containers for the week. But I let it sit in the containers out on the counter for a while for it to cool before I put in the refrigerator.

Todd: All right. And so, you don’t put it in the refrigerator until it is cool?

Sarah: Until it’s about room temperature.

Todd: Okay, nice. And then how do you heat it up? Do you heat it up in a pot or do you heat it up in the microwave?

Sarah: In the microwave. It’s the easiest.

Todd: Yeah. Nice. So you make enough for five meals?

Sarah: Maybe, sometimes. If I think I will get tired of eating it during the week then maybe I’ll just make enough for three or four meals. But if it’s some kind that I think is really delicious and I know I want to eat it everyday, then I’ll make a lot.

Todd: Well, if that happens, when you make the soup, you can make it for six or seven and give me a bowl.

Sarah: Okay. I’ll do that next time.

Todd: Oh great. Thanks.

[End of Transcript]

Answer these questions about the interview.
Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary



I add some seasoning.

Seasoning is spices and flavors added to food. Notice the following:

  1. This soup needs more seasoning.
  2. Do you add seasoning?



You don’t put in the ingredients before the water boils.

Ingredients are the food items you add to food. Notice the following:

  1. What ingredients are in the soup?
  2. We only use fresh ingredients.




I put it in containers for the week.

Here, a container is a box with a lid that holds items. Notice the following:

  1. Put the food in the containers.
  2. I do not like to use plastic containers.


let it sit


I let it sit in the containers

When you let some food sit, you leave it out before you eat it or put it in the refrigerator. Notice the following:

  1. Let the soup sit and cool for awhile.
  2. If you let it sit too long, it will get cold.

heat it up


How do you heat it up?

You heat up food to make it warm enough to eat. Notice the following:

  1. Are you hungry? I can heat up some chili.
  2. It takes just minutes to heat up in the microwave.

get tired of


I will get tired of eating it .

When you get tired of doing something, you do not want to do it anymore. Notice the following:

  1. I am getting tired of waiting.
  2. On my diet, I got tired of eating lettuce every day.

Vocabulary Quiz

container • ingredients • seasoning
heat up • let it sit • get tired of
  1. This soup has only healthy .
  2. I watching commercials.
  3. It tastes bland. Add some .
  4. There is some leftovers in a plastic .
  5. Do you want me to some water for tea?
  6. This is too hot to eat. I would .

Related Lessons

1303 Life in Portugal
1353 City Superlatives
The best and worst of SF.
Video 1353
What is your city like?

Other Lessons

1304 When in Portugal
1355 Proud Papa
Jeremy talks about becoming a dad.
1302 Change Climate Change
1352 Foreign Flicks
Talking about Foreign Films.

1301 Climate Change
1351 Hollywood Hits
Is Hollywood bad for movies?


Courses for Students and Teachers

One Minute English Videos

Views English Lessons

Mixer English Lessons

Learn Academic English with News Stories

About the Teacher / Creator

Hello, and welcome to elllo. My name is Todd Beuckens. I've been an ESL teacher for 25 years. I created elllo to provide teachers and students free audio lessons and learning materials not usually found in commercial textbooks.
Contact Me Here