Traditions , Wine and Dine, Superstitious people
The festival celebrated…
The festival celebrated the centenary/bi-centenary of the country's independence.
The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is always a very flamboyant and raucous event.
The Festival of the Dead is very sombre and atmospheric.
The annual holiday commemorates all those who died in the country's civil war.
This carnival falls in November each year.
The carnival features people dressed in spectacular costumes parading through the city's streets
The festivities go on for days.
be in a celebratory mood
The festival celebrates the New Year
The parade was a very colourful spectacle.
On the anniversary of the battle, soldiers paraded through the streets.
Everyone in the village attends a big feast in the evening.
The festival is a time of renewal. Each year, the festival renews the national spirit of the people.
The celebrations at the end of the war brought renewed hope to the people.
Many customs have their origin in ancient ceremonies. A ceremonial procession goes through the streets of the city.
pop the question
Maria's big day would be one she would never forget. Her dad sais, 'The sky's the limit - you're to have nothing but the best'
get a wedding dress off the peg
Mum wouldn't hear of it
a handmade gown nearly broke the bank
the ceremony went off without a hitch
propose a toast to sb
be speaking from the heart
his emotions got the better of him
He went on and on about...
talk about sb in glowing terms
split the bill
Lunch is on me
join sb for dinner
We'd like you to be our guest.
Let me get this.
I was wined and dined by the New York office.
courteous waiters without being overbearing
sullen, brusque,I find it off-putting
they'll go out of their way to give you what you want.
have a sweet tooth
have to count the calories
have a small portion of dessert
end the meal with something savoury, like cheese.
be a fussy-eater
be a teetotal
have particular dietary requirements
I don't want any more wine, thanks. I don't want to overdo it.
take pot luck
bring a bottle
it isn't a dinner party, it's just an informal get-together
Does anyone want seconds?
-Can I pour you some juice? Say when.
Help yourself to some nibbles.
grab a bite to eat on the way
get a takeaway
it is considered good manners to eat all the food on your plate
wasting food is frowned upon
talking with your mouth full is viewed as being discourteous
customary and respectful to pass food to the elderly first
never stab chopstick into a bowl of rice
this is regarded as extremely disrespectful
it can also be offensive to remove rice from a bowl with a spoon
disgraceful, in poor taste
put my foot in it
be on your best behaviour
take exception to sb's remark
I could eat a horse!
be full up
pick at one's food
eat like a bird
make one't mouth water
polish sth off
burn sth to a crisp/cider
the icing on the cake
have a lot on one's plate
have bigger fish to fry
take sth with a pinch of salt
sell like hot cakes
eat humble pie
that's the way the cookie crumbles
know which side your bread is buttered
chew the fat
let sb stew
butter wouldn't melt in sb's mouth
a recipe for disaster
The host is expected to lay on food and drink
time-consuminf, consider asking others to make a contribution and bring something
a lot of clearing up
Think about disposable plates and cutlery
Parties take a while to warm up
not deafening music which drowns out
party games which liven things up
Don't get carried away. You're planning a party, not a theme park.
have a get-together
get a warm welcome at Laura's
her friends are cliquey
fancy a a bit of company, she's good company
He enjoys his own company
He's awkward (not very good) in company -he's a loner
I'll accompany you