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2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
Holiday meals are wonderful events where family and friends can share a delicious meal. Often there are traditional foods that people eat during specific holidays. For example, in the US, people usually eat turkey for Thanksgiving, and they might eat it for Christmas, too. But what happens when someone is a vegetarian?
Tofurky is now a popular vegetarian option for the holidays. This interesting food tastes like turkey but is actually tofu. Some people love Tofurky and think it is a delicious and nutritious holiday option. However, other people think that Tofurky is gross. They don’t want to eat faux turkey if they can eat real turkey instead.
Andy is sad because his girlfriend wants to eat Tofurky for the holidays. Marni thinks that this is a wonderful idea. Hear her reasons in today’s English lesson.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Andy_H: Everything was going so well. Me and my girlfriend went on this amazing whale watching trip, and then, right after that, we get to Thanksgiving… boom! She’s a vegetarian, so now we’re eating Tofurky.
Marni: Oh, Tofurky’s fabulous!
Marni: Come on… it’s a portmanteau!
Andy_H: A what? What? What?
Andy_H: Tofu and turkey…
Andy_H: All right, cool. I learned something new. I still don’t like the taste of it.
Marni: I think it’s important to have a vegetarian option. The turkey is so synonymous with the meal, and so to have the vegetarian option be a tofurky… I think it’s pretty good.
Marni: It tastes like the real deal, come on.
Andy_H: And putting lots of turkey farmers out of jobs, I’m sure.
Marni: Oh, they’re not out of jobs!
Andy is sad because his girlfriend wants to eat Tofurky for the holidays. She is vegetarian, and she doesn’t want to eat a real turkey. Marni thinks this is wonderful. She loves Tofurky. In fact, she is excited to tell Andy that it is a portmanteau, or combination of the words tofu and turkey. Andy thinks this is very interesting.
However, Andy still doesn’t want to eat Tofurky. He thinks it tastes disgusting. He knows that Tofurky is healthy and good for vegetarians. But he still doesn’t want to eat a fake turkey. Marni tries to tell him that he should just enjoy it, but Andy is not happy about having Tofurky for the holidays.
What is a traditional holiday food in your country? Are there many vegetarian options?