Mixer #34 | Intermediate B1

Do you prefer to cook or eat out?

Six people share if they like to eat at home or go out for a meal.

Alan, Canada
speakerDo I prefer to cook at home or eat out? I prefer to cook at home. I enjoy cooking. It gives me something to do. It's kind of like a hobby, and I enjoy creating different kinds of food. I enjoy eating them, and actually I enjoy cooking for other people, cooking for them and watching them enjoy the food that I cook.

Jeff, Canada
speakerDo I prefer to cook or eat out? I like cooking. Cooking is fun and it's a nice way to relax and get rid of some stress but eating out is also fun, especially when you have a couple of good friends or your with a good buddy of yours and you can go to a nice restaurant and have someone wait on you and serve you, so I like to eat out but I like to cook at home.

Lucinda, New Zealand
speakerI was raised in the country, so we always cooked at home, so I prefer to eat out any chance I can get I would prefer to eat out than cook at home. Being a student, living on a student budget, we mostly have to cook at home so I pretty much would prefer to go out to a restaurant or a cafe to eat almost any night of the week.

Ruth, England
speakerAt home or eat out? There absolutely no comparison. If you ask me that every time, I would say,eat out. I love eating out. It's so good. I love going to different restaurants, especially if somebody else is paying, but the disadvantage is that it's often less healthy to eat out if you eat at home. You'd know exactly what you're eating so it depends if I'm on a diet or not: if I'm not eating out, If I am eating at home.

Simon, Canada
speakerIf I had the choice to eat out, or to cook at home, I would definitely pick eating out. Yeah, I don't mind cooking at home. I like cooking but going out is an event. I like to go to cool restaurants, fancy restaurants, any kind of restaurant that has a cool atmosphere. Yeah, going out is an event. It's fun, and yeah, that's what I choose.

Todd, The United States
speakerActually this is not a choice because every night I eat out. I pretty much never cook. I cook maybe three or four times a year. I guess because I'm a bachelor and I just hate cooking and I don't know how to cook very well so I just always eat out pretty much, every night and buy my dinner. It's just easy, you know. No preparation. No cleaning up afterwards, just buy it and eat. That's it.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!



I'm with with a good buddy of mine.

A 'buddy' is another name for a friend. It's most often, but not always, used by males. Notice the following:

  1. My buddy and I both love football.
  2. Hey buddy! What's up?

wait on


You have someone wait on you and serve you.

Someone usually 'waits on' us when we have a meal at a restaurant. They bring food and drink to the table. Notice the following:

  1. At fast food restaurants, there's nobody to wait on you.
  2. I love to be waited on. Cooking and washing dishes are not for me.

any chance I can get


I prefer to eat out any chance I can get.

The phrase 'any chance I can get' is similar in meaning to 'as often as possible'. Notice the following:

  1. I practice my English with native speakers any chance I can get.
  2. Working part-time and going to school, I sleep any chance I can get.

no comparison


There's absolutely no comparison.

When we like one thing much better than another similar thing, we say there in no comparison. Notice the following:

  1. There's no comparison between playing Guitar Hero and really playing guitar.
  2. Fast food is no comparison to an old-fashioned home cooked meal.



I would definitely pick eating out.

Here, the word 'pick' has exactly the same meaning as 'choose'. Notice the following:

  1. If I had to choose a favorite ice cream, I'd pick Strawberry.
  2. If I had to pick a favorite ice cream, I'd choose Strawberry.

Vocabulary Quiz

buddies • wait on • any chance
no comparison • pick
  1. There is between Mexican food in Mexico and in the US.
  2. I've worked in a restaurant and some people are just horrible to .
  3. I will buy you one shirt. You can your favorite.
  4. One of my high school is coming to town for the weekend.
  5. He plays video games he gets.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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