Explaining food vocabulary defining relative clauses practice

Choose one of the things below and explain what you are thinking of without say any part of its name (so you can’t say “bean” and you can’t say “curd” if you are explaining “bean curd”). Continue explaining until your partner guesses what you are talking about.

Useful phrases for defining what something is

“It’s an action which…”/ “It’s an action that…”

“It’s a place where…”/ “It’s a place which…”

“It’s a person/ man/ woman who…”/ “It’s a person/ man/ woman whose…”

“It’s a time when…”

“It’s a (Chinese/ Japanese) food/ drink/ vegetable/ fruit/ dish/ ingredient/ animal/ tool/ (cooking) implement/ sea creature/ meal which/ that…”

“It’s an animal/ sea creature whose…”

Vocabulary related to food to define

akachochin bar

amazake

barman

bean curd

beansprout

chawan mushi

cha-ya

chef

chewy rice cake

Chinese cabbage/ Chinese lettuce

Chinese dumplings

Chinese meat bun

chuhai

cinema (= movie theater)

cocktail bar

coffee shop

conveyor belt sushi bar

cream tea

crème caramel

curry donut

daikon

dim sum

dinner time

Easter egg

Easter Sunday

elevensies

English breakfast

family restaurant

fish eggs

G&T

girlie bar

gobo

goya

green soy beans

hanami

happoshu

happy hour

hayashi rice

hina matsuri

horse

hostess bars

izakaya

Japanese horseradish

Japanese-style curry

Japanese-style pickles

Japanese-style sweets

karaoke bar

karaoke box

kitchen knife

Korean barbecue

landlady

landlord

liver

lunchtime

maid café

maître d’

mama-san bar

matsutake

miso soup

nabe

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

night market

October

oden

okonomiyaki

omuraisu

pickled plum

ponzu

pork cutlet

powdered green tea

pub

puffer fish

quail

rice ball

rice cracker

rice wine

salmon

sea urchin

seaweed

shabu-shabu

shaved ice

shochu

slurping

soba-ya

somen

sommelier

sous-chef

soy sauce

street stall

summer festival

Sunday lunch

supper time

sweet plum liqueur

sweet potato

sweet red bean jam

sweet rice wine vinegar

tea shop

tempura

theme bar

tonjiru

Valentine’s Day

waiter

waitress

White Day

white tea

wine bar

wok

Xmas day

yakatabune

yakitori

yuzu

Ask about any words above which you don’t understand or couldn’t explain, working together as a class to explain using phrases like those at the top of the page.

Without looking above, brainstorm relative pronouns.

Compare with the ones in the box above. What are the differences between them?

Are the ones on one line below the same or different?

A place which…/ A place where…

who/ that

that/ which

who/ whose

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