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Lesson 4: Satisfaction
The soup wasn’t spicy enough.

I can express how satisfied or unsatisfied I am after a meal.

INTRODUCE

Expressing satisfaction with a meal is a great way to compliment a restaurant. Expressing dissatisfaction can help a restaurant improve its food and service.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

undercooked

overcooked

dry

juicy

tender

mushy

II. Which of the words above describe a satisfying meal? Which describe an unsatisfying meal?

  • satisfying

  • unsatisfying

III. Practice reading the words.

/ʃ/

/ʒ/

mushy

measure

seashore

seizure

assure

azure

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use enough and too with adjectives to say whether or not something is sufficient.

Use (adjective) enough to say that something is sufficient.

  • The beef was tender enough.
  • The soup is warm enough.

Use not (adjective) enough to say that something is not sufficient.

  • The vegetables are not crispy enough.

Use too (adjective) to say that something is more sufficient than necessary and you need less.

  • The shrimp is too spicy.

Use a bit too (adjective) to say that you need a little less. Use way too (adjective) to say that you need a lot less.

  • The chicken is a bit too dry.
  • The peas are way too mushy.

UNDERSTAND

SPEAKING

Ai and Jake ate at one of the restaurants they read about online and are now walking back to their hotel.

Jake:

Are you sure that was a three-star restaurant? The food wasn’t even that good.

Ai:

Oh, really? Well, I enjoyed it.

Jake:

You enjoyed it? It was horrible! The salad was too dry, the soup wasn’t spicy enough, and the stir-fried noodles were way too salty! And, honestly, I think the lobster rolls were overcooked too.

Ai:

Are you serious? I agree that the stir-fried noodles were a bit too salty, but I thought the lobster rolls were cooked just right. They were tender enough for me. I enjoyed the tom yum soup and salad too. Also, the dessert was amazing. It was just sweet enough. I think the problem is you, not the restaurant!

Jake:

Maybe your standards are too low.

Ai:

Well, I did marry you!

Jake:

(laughs) True, true.

TRIVIA

In many cases, the phrases I disagree with you or I don’t agree with you can sound like you’re trying to start a fight. To express your disagreement politely, you can use Oh, really? or Are you serious? instead.

 

    A: Tim’s a bit rude.

Δ B: I disagree with you. I think he’s nice.

 

    A: Tim’s a bit rude.  

O B: Oh, really? I think he’s nice.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Complete the sentences with too or enough.

1. The customer said that the food was not good ______, and she wants her money back.

 

2. According to her, the chicken satay was ______ dry.

 

3. She complained that the meat was not tender ______.

 

4. She also said that the vegetables were way ______ mushy.

STEP B EXERCISE

You had a bad experience at a restaurant, so you decided to leave a comment on the restaurant’s social media page. Complete your comment with enough or (way / a bit) too and the information below. More than one answer may be possible.

ex. waiter = extremely slow

  1. meal = slightly cold
  2. squid calamari = mushy
  3. chicken in the curry = very dry

 


I had a really bad experience at your restaurant earlier this evening. (ex.) The waiter was way too slow/not fast enough. When my order finally came, (1) ________. Also, (2) ________. And that’s not all: (3) ________! I don’t recommend this restaurant to anyone!


 

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

You were invited by your chef friend to attend the opening of his restaurant. After the meal, he came to you to ask your opinion about his food.


Tell him what you think.

Today's grammar tip

  • (way/a bit) too
  • (not) enough

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

SATISFACTION AND DISSATISFACTION

2

COMPLAINTS

3

FOOD QUALITY

1

SATISFACTION AND DISSATISFACTION

  1. Which do you express more often, satisfaction or dissatisfaction?
  2. Do you often express satisfaction or dissatisfaction in public?
  3. How do you usually express satisfaction or dissatisfaction (ex. post on social media, tell a friend)?
  4. Do you ever lie about being satisfied with something (ex. friend’s cooking)?

2COMPLAINTS

  1. How do you think cooks feel when you complain about their food?
  2. Other than food, what else can you complain about at a restaurant?
  3. Do Japanese people often complain?
  4. What is the funniest complaint you’ve ever heard?

3FOOD QUALITY

  1. What should a good steak be like?
  2. What should a good dessert be like?
  3. What makes a food good quality (ex. good ingredients, nice appearance)?
  4. Do you agree that high-quality food should be expensive?

FEEDBACK

I can express how satisfied or unsatisfied I am after a meal.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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