British Kitchen English Vocabulary Essentials Ep 693

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From Saucepans To Syntax: Dive Into English Phrases With A Culinary Twist.

Jump into #BritishKitchenBasics with our latest English vocabulary lesson and learn everything about British kitchens, from a saucepan to a spatula! Expand your culinary vocabulary and learn #EnglishCookingTerms with our fun and interactive English lesson! From pans to chopsticks, #LearnEnglish terms and cook up your language skills with Adept English!

  • 🍳 Dive into the heart of a British kitchen with our unique English lesson.
  • 🔍 Focus on 30 essential British kitchen vocabulary words.
  • 👂 Enhance your listening skills and learn to recognize everyday kitchen items.
  • 📚 From beginner to advanced learners, this lesson is a must for anyone wanting to speak English fluently.
  • 🇬🇧 Embrace the British lifestyle and learn English language kitchen utensils.
  • 👩‍🍳 Improve your English with cooking - a fun, engaging way to learn new vocabulary and phrases.
  • 🧑‍🏫 Whether it's for an exam, test, or just personal growth, our course offers practical study tips and real-life applications.

✔Lesson transcript:

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.
⭐ Virginia Woolf

In this lesson, you will dive into the heart of everyday British life: the kitchen. It's not just about learning words; it’s about connecting them to real objects and actions. Imagine you're cooking in a British kitchen. Each word becomes a tool in your hand, from 'pan' to 'spoon.'

You're not just memorizing; you're experiencing English as it's used in daily life. This immersive approach enhances your listening skills and vocabulary in a practical, enjoyable way, making English more than a language - it becomes a part of your world.

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.
⭐ Sophia Loren

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your English vocabulary and listening skills with Adept English! Join us and cook up your language success! 🎓🍽️

More About This Lesson

Embark on a thrilling culinary journey with an Adept English British kitchen vocabulary lesson! Designed for English language learners, this lesson offers a unique opportunity to dive into the heart of British culture through its kitchen. From common utensils like saucepans and spatulas to culturally unique items such as the 'fish slice', this lesson is not just about learning words; it's about immersing yourself in the British way of life. With over 30 essential kitchen terms, you'll transform your English skills and feel at home in any British kitchen.

If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers.
⭐ Linda Henley

Things you will learn in today's English vocabulary and phrases lesson:

  1. Kitchen Vocabulary Mastery: Learn over 30 essential kitchen words.
  2. Listening Skill Enhancement: Improve your ability to understand spoken English.
  3. Pronunciation Practice: Opportunity to work on consonant sounds.
  4. Cultural Immersion: Gain insight into British kitchens and habits.
  5. Visual Learning Support: Descriptions provide mental imagery.
  6. Real-world Application: Learn vocabulary relevant to daily British life.
  7. Differentiated Learning: Suitable for auditory and visual learners.
  8. Engagement with a Native Speaker: Exposure to natural speaking style.
  9. Variety in Learning: From utensils to appliances, a wide range of vocabulary covered.
  10. Interactive Learning Experience: Encouraged to test your knowledge.

Benefits of our listen & learn approach to learning

  • Familiarize with British Kitchen Vocabulary: Learn essential terms to navigate a British kitchen confidently.
  • Enhance Listening Skills: Improve your comprehension of spoken English in everyday situations.
  • Refine Pronunciation: Practice speaking with clear pronunciation to avoid misunderstandings.
  • Cultural Immersion: Gain insights into British customs and kitchen practices.
  • Practical Learning: Connect vocabulary with real objects and actions for effective learning.

Sharpen your English listening skills in a fun way.

  1. Over 30 Essential Terms: Master a wide range of kitchen vocabulary.
  2. Real-life Context: Learn words connected to actual kitchen items and scenarios.
  3. Cultural Insights: Understand British kitchen habits and etiquette.
The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.
⭐ Julia Child

Diving into the British kitchen scene can be a fun and educational experience. This lesson helps overcome fears like feeling lost in a new environment, miscommunication, and pronunciation errors. It's designed to make you feel comfortable and confident while cooking and conversing in English. Whether you're living in or visiting English-speaking countries, this lesson is your key to unlocking a more enjoyable and authentic experience.

🎧 Join us on this exciting culinary adventure! Follow and subscribe to Adept English for more engaging lessons that make English learning both easy and enjoyable. Enhance your vocabulary, listening skills, and pronunciation - start sounding like a true Brit today! 🌟

Questions You Might Have...

Embarking on Adept English's kitchen journey is like diving into a culinary treasure chest, where each utensil and ingredient unlocks a new level of fluency in the savoury world of British English. 🍳🔑🇬🇧

  1. What's the purpose of focusing on kitchen vocabulary in English learning? Focusing on kitchen vocabulary is beneficial for understanding daily conversations and culture in English-speaking countries, especially the UK. It's an essential part of daily life, so mastering this vocabulary helps you interact more naturally and confidently in real-life situations, such as cooking or dining.
  2. How can learning kitchen-related English words improve my listening skills? By listening to descriptions and uses of kitchen items, you train your ear to understand varied English vocabulary and accents. This practice enhances your ability to comprehend spoken English in different contexts, not just in the kitchen but in everyday conversations too.
  3. Is it necessary to know different types of pans and utensils in British English? Yes, knowing different types of pans and utensils is part of immersing yourself in British culture and language. Recognizing items like saucepans, frying pans, or tongs helps in following recipes, understanding cooking shows, or conversing about food and cooking, which are common topics in the UK.
  4. Can this lesson help with pronunciation, especially with challenging sounds in English? Absolutely! The lesson introduces words with various sounds, offering practice in pronunciation. For instance, words like "spatula" or "casserole" can help you practice tricky sounds and improve your overall pronunciation skills.
  5. Is this lesson suitable for beginners in English, or is it too advanced? This lesson is designed for learners at different levels. Beginners can familiarize themselves with basic vocabulary, while more advanced learners can refine their understanding of nuances in British English and improve their listening skills.

Most Unusual Words:

  • Hob: The top part of a cooker where you cook food in pans.
  • Saucepan: A deep cooking pot with a handle, used for cooking liquids like soup.
  • Frying: Cooking food in oil.
  • Tongs: A tool used for picking up or holding hot things in the kitchen.
  • Spatula: A flat tool used for lifting or spreading food.
  • Fish slice: A tool like a spatula, used for turning or serving fish and other food.
  • Ladle: A large, deep spoon with a long handle, used for serving soup.
  • Casserole: A large, deep dish used for cooking in the oven. It also refers to the food cooked in it.
  • Cafetière: A coffee pot with a plunger used to strain coffee grounds while making coffee.
  • Ounces (oz): A unit of weight used in recipes to measure ingredients.

Most Frequently Used Words:


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Transcript: British Kitchen English Vocabulary Essentials

A kitchen cooking adventure

Hi there, let's do something different today. Let's have a kitchen and cooking adventure. Imagine you're in a British kitchen and you want to make a cup of tea or maybe some eggs on toast. And you're surrounded by kitchen utensils and equipment. Do you know your kitchen vocabulary? Would you recognise the words?

Our podcast today will not only sharpen your kitchen vocabulary, but also help you work on your listening skills. So, today it's 'things that you might find in your kitchen', specifically a British kitchen. See how many words you know in this podcast. Test yourself if you like!

Hello, I’m Hilary, and you’re listening to Adept English. We will help you to speak English fluently. All you have to do is listen. So start listening now and find out how it works.

The Adept English Consonant Pronunciation Course

The Adept English podcast ranges wide. Sometimes we talk about 'big world issues', broad issues, abstract ideas. And sometimes it's very specific, very specific vocabulary. So, this will help you if you're living or staying in an English-speaking country. Master the kitchen in English from pans to chopsticks! In this podcast, we have over 30 essential words that you might use in a kitchen.

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Don't forget, if you've been learning English for a while and you're keen to work on your pronunciation, then, we have a whole course which focuses on English consonant pronunciation. This is a subject which can be difficult, puzzling, and completely illogical. But if you want to sound more like a native English speaker, and grow your confidence in pronunciation, then the Adept English Consonant Pronunciation Course is waiting for you. Want help with things like silent letters, pronouncing CH, SH or TH, it's all in the course. And in fact, I've tried to cover every aspect of English consonant pronunciation. You'll find that course on our Courses page at adeptenglish. com.

So utensils and equipment in your kitchen, basic items to do with cooking today. I'll give you some visual prompts, but if you're listening and you don't have video, you can test yourself to see if you recognise these items from my description. See how many of these words you know. So


An AI image of a table setting with knifes, spoons, plates and forks. Boost Kitchen Vocabulary: Learn over 30 essential British kitchen terms!

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Pans for cooking on the hob

  1. Imagine you're about to cook a delicious meal. You'll probably need one of these.

That's a pan, P A N.

So you use pans on the hob, that's H O B, and it means 'the top of the cooker'. You might have an electric hob, a gas hob, or even a ceramic hob to do your cooking on.

So, pans come in various shapes and sizes. This one I showed you is a saucepan. There we go. That's a saucepan. So, that's S A U C E P A N. And you would use a saucepan for cooking or warming things which are liquid. So it might be a hearty soup or a nice custard.

There's also what we call a 'frying pan'. So this one is a much bigger pan.

So 'frying', F R Y I N G, comes from the verb 'to fry'. That's F R Y and it means 'to cook things in oil'. So that frying pan is what you would use to cook your sausages or your steak, your eggs, perhaps, fried eggs, or even your pancake, maybe.

So that's a quick introduction to pans, a 'saucepan' and a 'frying pan'. Of course, there are many other types of pans, but those are the ones you need the most.

Utensils for using with pans

  1. What if you want to stir or poke around the food in your pan? Well, there are various utensils that you might need to do this.

So you might use a pair of tongs. These are plastic ones, but there are also metal tongs, so that's for moving around hot things in your pan. And that's spelt T O N G S, and it's different from the tongue in your mouth, which is spelt T O N G U E. So that is 'a pair of tongs', a bit like a pair of trousers - it's one of those nouns that we make plural, even though it's just one item. So that's tongs.

What else might we use when we're stirring a pan? Well, if you're warming something in your saucepan, you might want to stir it with one of these to stop it sticking. So that is a wooden spoon. So 'wooden', W O O D E N, meaning 'it's made of wood' and a spoon, you can see it's a spoon shape. Or you might use a wooden spatula. So you can see that's flat, so that's a 'spatula', S P A T U L A. ' That wooden spoon is S P O O N, just like the metal spoon that you might use at the table to eat with. You might use a wooden spoon also if you were making a cake, to stir the cake mix with.

Other things that you might use when you're cooking with a pan, this one is called a 'fish slice'. A fish slice is just another type of spatula really.

And if you're cooking something long and slippery, like noodles or spaghetti, you might use one of these. This is a 'grabber' or a 'spaghetti server'. I use it sometimes for taking my boiled egg out of the pan. It's useful for that as well!

And if you want to serve soup, then we would use something called 'a ladle'. So, it's basically a big spoon, specially for serving soup or stew maybe. So those are utensils that you might use when you're cooking on top of the hob in pans.

What about if you want to use the oven? That's O V E N. So

What if you like to bake? Baking trays and cake tins

  1. You might like baking, B A K I N G, from the verb 'to bake', like 'The Bake Off'. You might know that. ' Baking' generally is 'making things that involve flour'.

So baking requires things like 'cake tins'. A tin, T I N, is what we might use for a 'can', C A N of food, and a 'can' is like a 'can of Coca Cola', but in this context, we're talking about different types of trays that you might use to bake in.

So there are various things that you might bake where you would use a flat metal baking tray like this. So if you were heating up your samosas maybe, then you might use that. Or if you were making flapjack, maybe you would use a baking tin like that. A 'baking tray'.

If you want to make a cake, then it might be one like this, which is round. That's a 'cake tin'. And then there are ones like this that you might use for making individual cakes or even your Yorkshire puddings. So that one is a 'six hole tin'. And of course, you can buy things like a '12 hole muffin tin'. So 'muffins', M U F F I N, would be made in a baking tray like that . Or even mince pies. Little mince pies that we like at Christmas would be made in something like that. So that's 'baking tins' for pastries and pies and cakes.

Casseroles - 'Tu chantes comme une casserole!'

  1. What about if you want to cook meat or fish in the oven?

So, the word that we would tend to use for that is a 'casserole'. That's C A S S E R O L E. And we use 'casserole' to mean both the food that we've cooked, but also the vessel, the... thing that we've cooked it in. So, a casserole is a type of dish. This is a round one. this is heavy actually, it's, it's iron.

But some of them come with the lid, some don't. So, if you wanted to cook chicken or a stew or some kind of fish dish in your oven, you might use 'a casserole dish' like that.

We talk about 'oven-ware'. So that's oven, O V E N and W A R E. So something like this you might use to cook your lasagne in. It's more 'ovenware'. It's a kind of baking casserole, if you like.

Would you like tea or coffee?

  1. What about if you want to make a cup of tea or a cup of coffee? Well, I haven't got one here, but most British people would use what we call a 'kettle'. That's K E T T L E. And you can have an electric kettle. You fill it with water, plug it in, switch it on and it boils the water.

So it heats it to 100 degrees centigrade. Another type of kettle, don't have one of these, but I have in the past had these, a 'whistling kettle'. So this one you put on your hob, only if you've got a gas hob and it 'whistles', makes a whistling noise when the water boils. So that's the 'kettle'. That's probably what you would use to heat your water.

A British cup of tea, in a cup and saucer!

Now, what about a cup of tea? Well, if you think of a traditional British cup of tea, you're probably thinking of something like that. That is 'a cup and saucer'. That's S A U C E R, 'saucer'. So it goes underneath the cup and catches the drips. But actually, few British people use a cup and saucer. What we're much more likely to use to put our tea and coffee in is a mug, M U G. So, something that looks like that. That's a nice one. That came from Barcelona, that one. Or another one from our collection of mugs. One that looks like that. So tea, coffee, it all goes into a mug rather than a cup and saucer. Sorry if I disappoint you on that one!

So we might make our tea in a teapot, but more commonly, British people use a teabag, straight into the mug or we might use 'instant coffee', which I know other people in Europe don't really like and are surprised at.

Filter coffee

We do do 'filter coffee' though. That's usually what we call 'proper coffee, made from beans'. You might start off with something like this. That's our 'coffee grinder'. That's where we grind our coffee beans. And then use something like this. That's our 'cafetière'. So it's got a plunger on the top. So that's C A F E T I È, with an accent, R E. 'Cafetière'.

So a cafetière - its job is to keep the 'coffee grinds' away from the coffee. And 'coffee grinds' - that's the bit that's left that you throw away G R I N D S.

Words for cutlery

So now to some words that you probably already know, let's cover some easier ones right at the end.

So what are the utensils that we use at the table? Well, a knife, fork or spoon. That is a standard table knife. That's K N I F E. Note the silent K there. A fork. And a spoon, that's S P O O N. So that one is called a 'dessert spoon'. It's what you would use to eat your pudding or your cereal with. It fits nicely in your mouth. This one here, a soup spoon. So it's kind of like the dessert spoon, but it's a bit more round. We also have what we call a 'teaspoon', a little spoon like that, usually 5ml. That's T E A S P O O N.

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Measuring using spoons

And this one is called a 'tablespoon'. And the difference between those three, so that's 15ml. That one's 10ml . This one is 5ml. So, tablespoon, dessert spoon, teaspoon. Why that's important - often in British recipes, that's how quantities are given. So, how much baking powder do you need to put in your cake? It'll probably say half a teaspoon. So you need to know the difference between those types of spoon.

British recipes also use 'ounces' abbreviated to 'oz'. So that's O U N C E S. 'Ounces' sometimes, grammes other times. We're a bit caught between our old imperial system and the metric system which they use in Europe. The old imperial system, of course, is still used in the US.


And actually, on your table, if you like Asian cookery, then you might have a pair of these. We often eat with chopsticks because we like things with noodles. So, chopsticks is C H O P S T I C K S. 'Chopsticks' - nice word.

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Do you want more of this?

OK, there are many, many more terms for items in your kitchen, that it would be useful to learn the vocabulary for. Let us know whether you would like more of this, possibly 'items in the bathroom', something like that, if it would be helpful to you. But give us feedback and let us know how you found this podcast.


And let us know whether it's helpful to have visual prompts like this in the video.

Enough for now. Have a lovely day. Speak to you again soon. Goodbye.

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