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You may have to talk about what foods and drinks you like and dislike during your speaking exam.

Here are some examples of the types of questions you may be asked, together with some ideas for the answers:

Question: Answer:
1. Was isst du gern? Ich esse gern Hähnchen mit Pommes, weil sie lecker sind.
2. Was isst du nicht gern? Ich esse nicht gern Blumenkohl, weil er nicht gut schmeckt.
3. Was trinkst du gern? Ich trinke gern Kaffee und auch Milch. Milch ist gut für die Gesundheit. Man sollte nicht zu viel Kaffee trinken.
4. Was trinkst du nicht gern? Ich trinke nicht gern Tee.
5. Was hast du heute früh zum Frühstück gegessen und getrunken? Heute früh habe ich zum Frühstück ein gekochtes Ei, Toast mit Butter und Marmelade gegessen und ich habe eine Tasse Kaffee getrunken.
6. Was wirst du heute zum Abendessen essen und trinken? Ich werde Spaghetti Bolognaise essen und ich werde ein Glas Mineralwasser trinken.
7. Was isst du in der Schule? In der Schule esse ich manchmal in der Kantine, aber normalerweise bringe ich ein Butterbrot mit.


You may be asked to buy snacks or order food from a café or restaurant in a role-play. Here are some ideas of the sorts of phrases you need to know. There are a few basic structures here and the rest is vocabulary, so make sure you know it really well. Then you'll have no problems on the day!

Say you would like to reserve a table. Ich möchte einen Tisch reservieren.
Say you have reserved a table. Ich habe einen Tisch reserviert.
Ask the waiter for a fork. Ich möchte eine Gabel, bitte.
Ask for the bill. Zahlen, bitte / die Rechnung, bitte.
Say enjoy your meal. Guten Appetit.
Find out where the telephone is. Wo ist das Telefon, bitte?
Find out where the toilets are. Wo sind the Toiletten, bitte?
Find out if service is included. Ist die Bedienung inbegriffen?
Ask for two portions of chicken and chips. Zweimal Hähnchen mit Pommes, bitte.
Say that the meal is delicious. Das Essen ist lecker.
Say you would like some ice-cream for dessert. Ich möchte ein gemischtes Eis zum Nachtisch.
Say you would like a cup of coffee with cream. Ich möchte eine Tasse Kaffee mit Sahne.
Find out what there is to drink. Was gibt es zu trinken?
Say you would like a glass of orange juice. Ich möchte ein Glas Orangensaft.
Ask if there is a table free. Haben Sie einen Tisch frei?
Say you would like a table next to the window. Ich möchte einen Tisch neben dem Fenster.
Say you would like a table for two people. Ich möchte einen Tisch für zwei Personen.
Say you would like one chocolate and one lemon ice-cream. Einmal Schokoladeneis und einmal Zitroneneis, bitte.
Ask for two hamburgers, one with ketchup and the other with mustard. Zweimal Hamburger, bitte, einmal mit Ketchup und einmal mit Senf.
Ask for the butter. Kann ich bitte die Butter haben?
Say you would like another glass of water. Noch ein Glas Wasser, bitte.
Say you've had enough to eat. Ich bin satt.

You may have to write a letter to a pen friend talking about foods and drinks.

There is a lot to say on this topic.

Here are some ideas on what you could include in your letter:

  • First of all remember to start the letter appropriately. Lieber (m) and liebe (f).
  • If you are talking about foods and drinks you like and dislike, remember to give reasons. You will gain extra points if you can give opinions accurately.
  • Try and use more complicated structures, such as weil... (because). Remember to send the verb to the end after weil.
  • You could talk about the differences between German and British foods, such as the differences between the breakfasts. Give an opinion. Say which you prefer and why.
  • Talk about the different foods eaten at Christmas and other festivals.
  • Talk about foods you like eating when you eat out. Say whether you eat healthily and how you could improve on your diet.
  • Have you ever tried a slimming diet? What are the advantages and disadvantages of diets?
  • Remember to try and ask your friend some questions that they could then reply to in their next letter to you.
  • Close the letter appropriately.
  • Always check your spelling, genders, word order. Make sure you have answered the question and covered everything you have been asked to do.