English Learning for Curious Minds

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Summary

“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years. In today's episode we go into the story behind the meal, and reveal how it went from favourite of lords and ladies to the way the working classes started the day.

Full transcript, key vocabulary, and bonus episodes available on www.leonardoenglish.com

Show Notes

The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years. In today's podcast we go into the story behind the meal, and reveal how it went from favourite of lords and ladies to the way the working classes started the day.

  • Different types of English breakfast
  • The Gentry and their breakfasts
  • Breakfasts for normal British people (and how they weren't very exciting)
  • The emergence of a new merchant class (and how they tried to emulate the gentry)
  • The Victorian concept of breakfast
  • The emergence of the modern 'English breakfast'
  • When half of Britain started the day with an English breakfast
  • Where to find the best English breakfasts
  • When can you eat an English breakfast?
  • What's the difference between a wedding breakfast and an English breakfast?


Key vocabulary: Penultimate, Fueled, Dodgy, Batch, Institution, Deviations, Cornish, Ulster, Bursting at the seams, Mortified, Stuffing their faces, Reserved, Prevalent, Pauper, Nobles, Lavish, Ale, Better off, Stretch to, Dripping, Toiling, Besides, Inheriting, Aspire, Seeking, Enthusiastically, Notion, Flaunt, Go to huge lengths, Secure, Cured, Offal, Sumptuous, Banquets, Precious, Copious, Accessible, Take for granted, Emerge, Bed and breakfasts, Black pudding, Peak, Aspiring, Staple, Decline, Hipster, Natural selection, Longevity, Age-old, Hangover, Pre-reformation, Bride, Groom, Fasted, Communion, Stomach, Comfort foods


Full transcript and key vocabulary available on the website www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/british-food-part-3-the-english-breakfast

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