martes, 24 de febrero de 2015

Madrid Teacher: Ethical Eating Debate

In our weekly Madrid Teacher video,  four teachers discuss the concept of ethical eating. This gives us an opportunity to revise some of the features of spoken  English that they use.

First of all, watch the video through to get the gist of the conversation.
Now watch the video more carefully paying attention to the following:
  • Conversation fillers to gain thinking time: you know; Well
  • Use of so as a linking word
  • Use of hedging to introduce our opinions so as not to sound so dogmatic: I think
  • Showing agreement: Yeah; Certainly; Exactly
  • Use of really to emphasize the adjective

I think, you know, we, if we if you gonna eat meat, you gotta… there's two things first we gotta look after animal welfare… you can’t, we know, we gotta get away from these factory farms with millions of animals crammed into terrible conditions, so from the animal rights point of view I think we gotta improve on that, we've got to have more free range chickens, more free-range pigs and then also it’s… we've got to reduce the amount of meat we eat because it's contributing to global warming, because the meat industry does contribute a lot towards global warming. So I think it's... there’s two things there, and I think we gotta work on both of them.
Yeah. I think Paul McCartney's frontier campaign is a meat-free Monday, trying to encourage everyone not to eat meat on a Monday to reduce just the meat consumption and global warming…
It’s just like I get started with one day, no meat and then hopefully you’ll become a vegetarian in a few years.
It’s a good start!
Certainly this is a good start and they're certainly potential solutions but as Stephen was saying there's some… there are many places in the world where we don't have a choice. People who eat what comes their way and they're lucky to do so, and to just narrow the scope from, from the global hunger issue, if we start enforcing the idea that people only eat these free range chicken and other animals that are extremely expensive, you've got the upper bracket of the economy being able to enjoy these meats and everybody else down below having to eat food that’s awful for them. We need to get some kind of middle-ground and affordable way…
But they’ve shown, they’ve shown meat from, you know, factory farms it's not good and it’s, it’s damaging our health and it’s doing it in a very slow and long-term way, you know, over the long term we’re gonna… it’s not right, there’s a lot of food poisoning…
I think, I can agree that it’s possibly or probably not health food but it’s food, it’s food on the table.
But there are other alternatives to eating meat. There are, you know, there’s vegetarian food, there’s food…
Right, and all that, all those sorts of solutions cost a lot more, and most people today having difficulty making, making ends meet.
Well, a lot of celebrity chefs in the UK shown that you can eat really healthy well sourced-food at a reasonable price [Yeah.], a lot of these, you know, TV dinners and things like it’s quite expensive,
it’s bad food, it’s not good for you.
I think as the western world starts to take a bit more responsibility about these things, the cost of keeping good conditions in the farms will eventually come down and eventually that will be the new way to farm animals.