Topic: Having a BBQ



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: having a BBQ. 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

cookout (n) a BBQ or party at which food is cooked and served outdoors
We invited our friends over for a cookout.
fire up (v – phrase) to start by lighting a fire
I’m hungry! Let’s fire up the grill.
BBQ grill (n) the equipment to cook food over a fire outside
My BBQ grill works with gas.
gas (n) a substance that is burned as fuel
We heat our house with gas.
charcoal (n) a hard black material that is made by burning wood with little air; used for BBQ grills
I need more charcoal for the grill.
cooler (n) a container for keeping food and drinks cold
The cooler is filled with ice, soda, and water.
beverages (n – plural) something you can drink; a liquid for drinking
The beverages are in the cooler.
patio (n) an area of ground with a hard material (brick, wood, or concrete); usually behind the house
The BBQ grill is on the patio.
deck (n) similar to a patio but usually made with wood
We need to buy new furniture for the deck.
patio umbrella (n) used for protection from the sun and rain
Open up the patio umbrella because the sun is hot.


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. Do you have a BBQ grill? If yes, is it a gas or charcoal?
  2. What are some reasons people have cookouts?
  3. Which type of beverages do you like? Why?
  4. What do people do at cookouts in your country?
  5. What kind of food is typically eaten at cookouts in your country?
  6. Do houses have decks or patios in your country?
  7. Has it ever rained at a cookout you attended? If so, what did you do?
  8. Do you think gas BBQ grills are dangerous? Why or why not?
  9. Do you like to cook on the BBQ grill? Why or why not?
  10. When will you have another cookout? Why?


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


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