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Smalltalk auf Englisch - Wie schmeckt es Ihnen?

Schlagwörter: Smalltalk Englisch, Smalltalk auf Englisch, English Smalltalk, English Meals, How was your meal

‘How’s your meal?’ a colleague may ask. What’s the usual response? ‘Good!’ Per¬haps if you’re enthusiastic, ‘Very good!’ Sometimes demonstrating a good com¬mand of the language requires more than a shake of the head, a smile, and the word good. The problem is that sometimes a simple good without any detail can sound insincere. Here’s how to be more specific.

Words for good

High-level

Try these words instead of: good
delicious
— appeals positively to every sense
delectable
— appeals positively and deeply to every sense
delightful
— enjoyable to eat
divine
— so good it should be reserved only for gods
superb
— it couldn’t be better
yummy
— really good (informal)
outstanding
— one of the best you’ve ever had
exquisite
— flawless in every sensory aspect
excellent
— extremely good

Examples

The soup was delicious, thank you.
This wine is superb.
What a delightful meal! (refers simulta¬neously to good food and conversation )
The chocolate mousse is exquisite.


In detail

zing
— leaving a sharp, spicy sensation
full-bodied
— having richness and intensity of flavour and aroma, usually used for wine and coffee
creamy
— having a texture similar to cream

Examples

The curry has a real zing. ( It’s quite picante ).
I especially like the sauce; it’s so creamy.
The salad is quite fresh.

Words for bad
High-level

Try these words instead of bad:
interesting
— arousing and holding the attention

Yuck!
— used for something that is repul¬sive in any way, including the way it is served
indigestible
— not able to be processed by the human body without discomfort
inedible
— not able to be eaten by the human body because of a negative flavour or psychology
tasteless
— tastes like nothing, implying not worth eating
tasteless
— boring in every way
bland
— lacking in taste and excitement
In detail

funky
— strange, with a sensation similar to swamp water, possibly having gone off
dry
— not wet or moist in any way, making it unpleasant to eat
sugary
— something that is too sweet, often with a granular texture
salty
— having too much salt
greasy
— having too much oil left from the cooking process
mushy
— having an unexpected amount of moisture, making the texture unpleasant
rancid
— having an unpleasant taste and smell as the result of being too old and text
having ‘gone off’
pungent
— having a strong, unpleasant taste or smell
rank
— strong and offensive in smell or flavour
treacly
— being syrupy and overly sweet to the point of being sickening
vinegary
— being so acidic that it has the sensation of tasting like vinegar

Examples

The potatoes are very dry.
There’s something rank about my steak.
The salad dressing is too vinegary for my taste.
I think this butter is rancid.
The peas have been cooked too long; they’re really mushy



Descriptions that go either way

These common words are usually used to avoid saying something negative, but can also be used in the positive if you provide further detail.

High-level

unique
— one of a kind
palatable - acceptable to the taste; has the same ambiguous

The menu was certainly unique, I’ll say that.
The food there was quite palatable



In detail

hot
— having a pungent element that makes the mouth burn, usually from pep¬pers like chillies

fiery
— so hot that it’s like having fire in the mouth
spicy
— hot or having the sensation of being highly spiced, which may or may not include chili
rich
— having a large amount of flavourful and especially fattening ingredients
sharp
— be careful of this false friend, which refers to a strong, pungent flavour and smell. Foods that are hot, fiery, or spicy are not sharp. Sharp
is often used for cheese, as in ‘sharp cheddar’.

Tips

Aftertaste

The flavour or sensation left in your mouth af¬ter you have eaten or drunk something is the aftertaste

This can be positive or negative:
The salad dressing has a strange after¬taste, don’t you think?
The dessert has an unexpected and very pleasant aftertaste.


Saying you’ve had enough
I’m stuffed.
I couldn’t eat another bite.
I’ve had enough, thank you.


Don’t forget to follow such a statement with a compliment using one of the words meaning good!

Example:
I’ve had enough, thank you.
What an excellent meal!


Schlagwörter: Smalltalk Englisch, Smalltalk auf Englisch, English Smalltalk, English Meals, How was your meal

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