Topic: Expressing Food Quantities



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: expressing food quantities. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

loaf (n) a quantity of bread that is shaped and baked in one piece; sliced to eat
I need one loaf of bread from the supermarket.
bar (n) a quantity of chocolate
I want to eat a bar of chocolate.
pinch (n) a small quantity; salt, pepper
The recipe calls for a pinch of salt.
box (n) a cardboard container for food; cereal, rice, pasta
He ate the entire box of cereal.
bag (n) a container made of thin plastic, cardboard, or aluminum; potato chips, peanuts, candy
I bought a big bag of potato chips.
slice (n) a quantity of food usually cut thin; cheese, lemon, pizza
She wants one slice of cheese on her sandwich.
bunch (n) a large amount of food together; bananas, grapes
I bought a bunch of bananas at the supermarket today.
piece (n) a quantity of food that is cut and separated from a larger quantity of food; cake
He ate a piece of cake for breakfast.
jar (n) a glass container for food; honey, jam, pickles
The jar of honey is in the refrigerator.
carton (n) a cardboard container for food; milk, orange juice, eggs
She wants to buy one carton of eggs.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Are food quantities express the same or different in your language and country? If so, tell me about some.
  2. What are some other types of containers?
  3. Which types of containers do you store leftover food?
  4. Do you reuse containers after the food or liquid is gone? Why or why not?
  5. Do you recycle the empty containers of glass or metal? Why or why not?
  6. When you buy containers of food at the supermarket, do you check to see if they are sealed tight? Why or why not?
  7. Can you name some containers for non-food items (e.g. tube of toothpaste)?
  8. What is water served in? a) cup b) glass c) vial
  9. Which other containers can milk or orange juice be bought in?
  10. What is cereal or soup served in?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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