Now that Thanksgiving is upon us this week, it’s time for students at our English Center in Miami to understand the importance of leftovers. When we are done eating, whether it be at home or in a restaurant, there will inevitably be leftovers. If you’re in a restaurant, you can ask the waitstaff to provide you with a small box so you can take your leftovers home. If you are eating at home, you can simply put your leftovers in containers in the fridge for the next day. Frequently, we will take our leftovers to work (or school!) the next day for lunch. Leftovers are obviously the food from the previous day that wasn’t eaten. There’s no need to throw it away! Last night’s dinner can be today’s lunch!
When talking to my students here at our English Center in Miami, one of the first things that I tend to learn about them is that they all have a sweet tooth in one way or another. It’s not like that have to say it to me specifically, because I see them every day eating candy, drinking soda, etc. Just this past week, on Halloween, many students could be seen wolfing down candy, just like many others that celebrate Halloween! Clearly, if you have a sweet tooth, you enjoy eating sweet things a lot. Another useful idiom to use during the month of November, in preparation for Thanksgiving!
Last week, you learned about what it is to pig out. Students that are preparing for an ESOL Test in Miami should also know that another expression that means almost exactly the same thing is wolf down. Think about how a wolf (or any other animal, really) eats its food: there is nothing slow or methodical about it. They want to eat, and they want to eat quickly. So, to wolf down your food means that you are eating very quickly (because you are very hungry). This is probably a good idiom to know if you are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving this month!
November in the USA is a month of feasting and giving thanks. That’s what the holiday of Thanksgiving is all about, and we’re no different at our English Center in Miami. Spending time with loved ones, eating, drinking, and visiting with those that you care about. Food is a big part of this holiday, and we tend to pig out when it’s Thanksgiving. Lots and lots of food is prepared, and we eat a lot! Very simply, pigging out is to eat A LOT. And when you take a look at a typical Thanksgiving dinner, you will see exactly what I mean!