Work in pairs. Read the questions and let your partner answer them.
What American presidents of the twentieth century do you know? What are they famous for?
Where are American laws made?
Can you name any mighty American rivers? What are they? Where do they rise and flow?
Where are the Great Lakes situated?
Why do you think the US has almost every kind of weather?
Why is the Grand Canyon one of America’s main tourist attractions?
What is the symbol of Scotland?
What city is the largest and busiest in Scotland?
What are the most interesting attractions in Scotland?
What Welsh cities can you name?
Will you call Wales an agricultural or an industrial country? Why?
Read the text and say: what you think about American food and drink; if there are any fast food restaurants in the place where you live.
American Food And Drink
(by Terry Tomsha)
68. What is “American” food? The answer is that it is part Italian, part British, part German, part Mexican, part Chinese… When people from other countries came to live in the US, they brought different cooking traditions. Some of them opened restaurants. Today Americans enjoy food from all over the world. Over the years some foreign dishes changed a little. Doughnuts1 were originally from Holland. In 1847 a young American boy told his mother that her doughnuts were never cooked in the middle. He cut out the centres and his mother cooked them — and they were very tasty!
Maybe the US is most famous for “fast foods”. The first fast food restaurants served hamburgers, but now they serve other kinds of food too. Inside there is often a “salad bar”, where you can help yourself to as much salad as you want.2
Americans eat a lot, and when they go to a restaurant, they don’t expect to be hungry afterwards. Most restaurants will put a lot of food on your plate — sometimes it can be too much. But if you can’t finish it all, don’t worry: they will give you a “doggy bag” and you can take it home.
Most Americans now have a light breakfast instead of the traditional eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee. But on weekends there is more time, and a large late breakfast or early lunch (“brunch”) is often eaten with family or friends.
1 a doughnut — пончик
2 to help yourself to as much salad as you want — взять себе столько салата, сколько хочется