Mixer #18 | Intermediate B1

Junk Food

Listen to how healthy these six people are when it comes to eating.

Anita, Taiwan
speakerWhat junk foods do I eat? I like potato chips, chocolates, candy bars but these days because of diets though I don't usually eat a lot, but of course during the party with my friends we always buy lots and lots of junk food and we'll finish in an hour. Actually I like it, but I'm controlling myself right now.

Mitchell, United States
speakerThe junk food I tend to eat is gummy bears because I like, like the gummy kind of candy, gummy bears, sour patch kids, but I don't think I eat too much junk food because I don't eat too much cake, chocolate, cookies, and the dairy product section, so but if I had to pick a junk food that I eat the most, it's sweets like gummy bears, starbursts, skittles.

Ruth, England
speakerHow much junk food? Well, actually I try really hard not to eat junk food. I try to go for a long time without eating crips and chocolate and cakes, but often I tend to ignore that and eat them anyway. I think it goes in phases. For a long time I'll not have any and then for a week or two weeks I will eat cake, cake, cake, chocolate, crisps, all of the time, so maybe, certainly at those time I eat too much. The rest of the time, no, I think it's OK.

Lucinda, New Zealand
speakerI don't eat junk food, sweet junk food, so I'm actually lying, I don't eat sweet junk food. I like McDonalds breakfast, but any other things to do with junk food I'm not really partial to. I like cholate occasionally, but very bitter chocolate. I quite like eating cooking chocolate bars.

Alan, Canada
speakerWhat junk food do I eat? Well, I enjoy pototo chips and chocolate and cookies. I'm actually what you call a junk food fanatic. I enjoy eating junk food. I try not to eat too much of it. I used to eat more of it when I was younger, but I've kind of trimmed it down a little bit, and I got older, how ever, I still enjoy a good bag of potato chips while I watch TV, or a chocolate bar occasionally, after lunch or dinner, so I would say. I enjoy junk food but I try now to eat too much of it.

Mark, America
speakerActually, I don't eat a lot of junk food, but I try to keep pretty healthy with what I eat, but if I slip and I do eat any food that's not healthy it's usually fast food. Like I almost never eat at McDonald's, but if I'm really hungry, or I'm really broke and don't have a lot of money, or I just want something fast, I might sneak into a McDonalds, once every two weeks or something like that.

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I try to go a long time without eating crisps.

'Crisps' and potato chips are the same thing. In some countries, they are called crisps. Ireland is a good example. In some countries such as Canada, they are called potato chips or just chips.  Notice the following:

  1. Crisps are delicious, but they're really fattening.
  2. I usually eat crisps and a sandwich for lunch at school.

partial to


I’m not really partial to junk food.

To be 'partial to' something means to like it better than other similar things.  Notice the following:

  1. I love dogs and cats, but I'm partial to dogs.
  2. Most European sports fans aren't partial to American football.



I’m a junk food fanatic.

A 'fanatic' is a person who really, really loves something.  A fanatic can be a supporter of serious things like religion or political beliefs. People can be chocolate fanatics or sports fanatics too!  Notice the following:

1. My best friend is a Hello Kitty fanatic.  She collects everything!
2. Michael loves football.  He's a Premier League fanatic!

trim ... down


I used to eat more of it when I was younger, but I've kind of trimmed it down.

To 'trim down' is to gradually reduce something. We most often use this phrase to talk about eating and weight loss.  Notice the following:

  1. Mom's trimmed down 10 kg since she began exercising.
  2. My clothes don't fit.  I need to trim down a bit.



If I slip and I do eat any food that's not healthy it's usually fast food.

When we 'slip' it means that we do something that we know is not good for us. If we are trying to lose weight, but eat a Big Mac Set, that is a slip.  Notice the following:

  1. When I do homework, it's easy to slip and start chatting on MSN or play computer games.
  2. Tomoko's on a diet, but she slipped and ate some ice cream at the mall yesterday.

Vocabulary Quiz

crisps • partial to • fanatics
trim down • slip
  1. He won't go to the fair because he's on a diet and is scared he'll with all that delicious food.
  2. She is trying to a bit before her wedding next fall.
  3. What is your favorite flavor of ?
  4. South America is full of football .
  5. I'm definitely a relaxed night with friends instead of a night out at the clubs.

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