What do you normally have for breakfast?
Emily is going to visit Catherine so Catherine is thinking about what food she might need to buy. In this conversation you’ll hear Catherine asking Emily about what she normally eats for breakfast. You’ll hear lots of different food mentioned. How many of these foods do you know? Is your breakfast similar to Emily’s?
Catherine: Hey Emily, I’m looking forward to you coming to visit.
Emily: So am I.
C: What do you normally eat for breakfast?
E: Well, Monday to Friday I have cereal with milk and a cup of tea.
C: And what do you have at the weekend?
E: At the weekends, usually pancakes or sausage sandwiches. Sometimes we’ll have a full English breakfast.
C: Meaning like sausages, bacon and eggs and everything?
E: What do you have for breakfast?
C: Umm, I guess normally I have a boiled egg with toast, but sometimes for special occasions I’ll have something like a croissant.
How much of the conversation do you understand? Try and select which of the following options complete the sentences.
Emily eats pancakes / cereal / toast on a Tuesday for breakfast.
Catherine usually has a boiled egg / cereal / croissant for breakfast.
At the weekend, Emily doesn’t eat pancakes / cereal / sausage sandwiches.
Answers are at the bottom of the page.
What do you normally have for breakfast? Write in the box below.
Days of the week
E: Hmm, Monday to Friday I have cereal with milk. Then I normally have a coffee.
C: And at the weekend?
E: Often we have toast and jam, but sometimes we have pancakes.
Monday – lunes
Tuesday – martes
Wednesday – miercoles
Thursday – jueves
Friday – viernes
Saturday – sabado
Sunday – domingo
weekend – fin de semana
In English, we capitalize the first letter of the days of the week, and we tend not to put an article before the name of the day. It is ‘I will see you on Monday’ not ‘I will see you on the Monday‘.
The important thing to realize is that in different cultures people eat different amounts at different times. This is a long list of different meals. Of course in England, we don’t eat all of these meals every day. Things like afternoon tea are saved for special occasions.
breakfast – first meal of the day eaten in the morning | La primera comida del día, por la mañana
lunch – midday meal | la comida a mediodía
dinner – main meal of the day | la comida principal del dia
supper – a snack eaten late in the evening | colación por la noche
elevenses – a snack eaten at 11am | colación a 11:00 por la mañana
brunch – a cross between breakfast and lunch | una mezcla de ‘breakfast’ y ‘lunch‘
tea – name of evening meal in the north of England | cenar en el norte de Inglaterra
afternoon tea – a cup of tea, cakes, scones and small sandwiches, traditionally eaten at 3pm | una comida tradicional: una taza de té, queque, ‘scones’ y sandwiches pequeñas, normalmente para las 3 por la tarde.
When I first moved to Chile I got very confused about the meal everyone calls ‘once’ because I translated it directly as ‘eleven’ and thought that like ‘elevenses’ in England it was eaten at eleven o’clock. Obviously it’s not.
cereal – cereales
milk – leche
toast – tostada
boiled egg – huevo hervido
pancakes – panqueques
croissant – medialuna
jam – mermelada (not citrus)
marmalade – mermelada (citrus fruit)
So what is ‘a full English breakfast’? Don’t worry, we don’t eat this every day. It’s more of a breakfast for a special occasion. We also call it ‘a fry up’.
Catherine: And at the weekend?
Emily: Often we have toast and jam, but sometimes we have pancakes. For special occasions we have a full English breakfast.
sausages – salchichas
bacon – tocino/panceta
eggs – huevos
fried bread – pan frito
mushrooms – setas
tomatoes – tomates
baked beans – porotos en salsa de tomate
black pudding – morcilla
Do you have something different to eat for breakfast at the weekend? Or on a special occasion? If so, what?
Write a short conversation between two people discussing what they normally eat for breakfast.
One of my favourite things about travelling is trying all the different food. For breakfast though, my favourite place is probably France, with fresh bread and good butter. However, when I was living near Barcelona there was a little café with the most amazing chocolate croissants. Now you have described what you normally have for breakfast, could you do the same for the other meals you eat?
Emily eats cereal on a Tuesday for breakfast.
Catherine usually has a boiled egg for breakfast.
At the weekend, Emily doesn’t eat cereal.