How To Speak Better English And A Clever Hotel
Summary: How To Speak Better English
How to speak better English through interesting stories. Today’s story is about hotels, food, and the English vocabulary involved in talking about food. The story has a twist to it. It takes an interesting look at how a hotel chain is trying to address a ridiculous food waste problem.
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So if you’ve never listened to one of our podcasts before, the idea is that you learn by listening. You listen to the podcast a number of times – and you use the transcript, the written version to help you. So this week the topic for our podcast is a news story from the BBC website. It’s another story about Norway, this time about one of their hotel chains. A ‘chain’ in this context, means a company which owns a number of hotels (or other businesses). So one Norwegian hotel chain is trying to address the problem of wasted food, and the problem of obesity at the same time.
The BBC website says that approximately one third – that’s 33% of the world’s food is wasted, is thrown away, put in the bin. So food waste is a terrible problem, especially when some people haven’t got enough to eat. And at the same time, obesity, O-B-E-S-I-T-Y – obesity is a terrible problem as well. Obesity means the problem of people being overweight, too heavy, eating too much. And there are all kinds of health problems which come with obesity. So two great big, world-wide problems there.
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How the Norwegian Hotels are addressing the problems?
So the chain of hotels in Norway have changed the way that they serve their buffet food. The word buffet – B-U-F-F-E-T is a noun and it’s used to describe how hotels often serve food. They do it especially with breakfast. If it’s a buffet, the food is arranged on tables, in big dishes, on sometimes what are called ‘hot plates’. These are dishes or pans which are heated to keep the food warm. And basically if it’s a buffet, you serve yourself. And there’s such a lot of food, you probably serve yourself quite a lot.
So there are already some bits of vocabulary which may be new to you – hotel chain, obesity, buffet. So, ‘How to speak better English?’ Well - useful vocabulary practice like this. So what is it that the Norwegian hotels have changed about their buffet? Well, they’ve reduced, they’ve made smaller the plates, the serving dishes, they put out less food altogether. Even the spoons, the tongs, or whatever the food is served with, are smaller. Smaller plates, smaller dishes, smaller cups, smaller serving dishes, smaller portions. What happens is that the hotel guests automatically eat less. Somehow, if you are serving yourself food from very large dishes onto very large plates, you put more on your plate. And then at the end of the meal, you can’t eat everything, so you throw it away. And this happens all the time with hotel food. If everything is smaller, you serve yourself less – and maybe you even appreciate the food more. The Norwegian hotels have found that a) they spend less money on food – so it’s good for their profits, b) there’s less food waste – they’ve managed to reduce their waste food by 10% and are aiming to reduce it by 20% next year. And c) the hotel guests don’t mind because many of them travel a lot, they eat hotel food all the time and they don’t want to put on any more weight. So everyone is happy with it. And if you do want more food, then it’s a buffet, so you can always go back for more.
Does anyone else find that they’re served too much food?
So for anyone who finds that when they eat out in the US, the UK, Europe that the plates are too large and that the portion, the amount of food is too much and they can’t eat it all, this is such a good idea! Less food wasted, less obesity, fewer health problems. Why do the Norwegians have so many good ideas?!
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PS: What kind of world throws away 33% of its food?
It seems crazy to waste so much food when so many are hungry. Today's article will hopefully make people think about the problem of food waste. Although the Finish hotels idea seems a good one. It is unlikely that it will solve the bigger problems around people who are eating too much food and those who have too little.
I hope you enjoyed the article and learned some new vocabulary. I think most English speakers would agree that “buffet” is a word associated with hotels there are some “all you can eat” restaurants in the UK that do the same food service. It seems very wasteful to server a lot of food and hope people will eat it.
If you are interested in the original BBC article about the fight against waste, it is here.
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