The Reading / Listening - Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 5

Whatever next? A food maker in Japan has invented a new product that could become a huge, global bestseller. The imaginative new culinary product is sliced mayonnaise. The food company believes its handy new food will catch on big time. The mayonnaise slices are called "mayo sheets" in Japan. The packaging describes them as being a "sheet-like condiment" that is good for "easy cooking". The mayo slices (or sheets) come in two flavours – spicy cod roe and tuna. The company hopes people will add its mayo slices to liven up sandwiches or enhance pasta dishes.



The new product will sell in Japan for $1.80 for a pack of four slices. The company is sure it will be very popular with consumers, especially in Japan. However, the social media jury is out on whether it is a good idea. The cnet.com website wrote: "Both mayo fans and haters chimed in…about the new slices." Gizmodo.com wrote: "Slapping a slice of mayo on a plate of fresh pasta isn't exactly a serving suggestion Americans might embrace, but the next time you're making a…sandwich in a hurry, you might actually be happy to reach for a quick slice."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 4 or  Sliced Mayonnaise - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/mayonnaise-by-the-slice-innovation-or-curse-from-the-gods/
  • https://gizmodo.com/you-can-thank-japan-for-inventing-convenient-sliced-may-1841829600
  • https://www.foodandwine.com/news/mayonnaise-slices-japan


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A food
  2. a huge, global
  3. The imaginative new culinary product
  4. its handy new food will catch
  5. a sheet-
  6. come in
  7. add its mayo slices to liven
  8. enhance
  1. on big time
  2. pasta dishes
  3. like condiment
  4. is sliced mayonnaise
  5. up sandwiches
  6. maker in Japan
  7. bestseller
  8. two flavours

Paragraph 2

  1. The new product will sell
  2. $1.80 for a
  3. very popular with
  4. Both mayo fans
  5. a serving
  6. the next time you're making
  7. you might actually be
  8. reach for a
  1. happy
  2. and haters
  3. quick slice
  4. suggestion
  5. pack of four slices
  6. in Japan
  7. consumers
  8. a sandwich

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Whatever next? A food maker in Japan has (1) ___________________ that could become a (2) ___________________. The imaginative new culinary product is sliced mayonnaise. The food company (3) ___________________ new food will catch on big time. The mayonnaise slices are called "mayo sheets" in Japan. The packaging describes (4) ___________________ a "sheet-like condiment" that is good (5) ___________________. The mayo slices (or sheets) come in two flavours – spicy cod roe and tuna. The company hopes people will add its mayo slices (6) ___________________ sandwiches or enhance pasta dishes.

The new product will sell in Japan for $1.80 for (7) ___________________ four slices. The company is sure it will be (8) ___________________ consumers, especially in Japan. However, the social (9) ___________________ out on whether it is a good idea. The cnet.com website wrote: "Both mayo (10) ___________________ chimed in…about the new slices." Gizmodo.com wrote: "Slapping a slice of mayo on a plate of fresh pasta isn't (11) ___________________ suggestion Americans might embrace, but the next time you're making a…sandwich in a hurry, you might actually be (12) ___________________ for a quick slice."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whatevernext?AfoodmakerinJapanhasinventedanewproductthatco
uldbecomeahuge,globalbestseller.Theimaginativenewculinaryprod
uctisslicedmayonnaise.Thefoodcompanybelievesitshandynewfood
willcatchonbigtime.Themayonnaiseslicesarecalled"mayosheets"inJ
apan.Thepackagingdescribesthemasbeinga"sheet-likecondiment"
thatisgoodfor"easycooking".Themayoslices(orsheets)comeintwofla
vours–spicycodroeandtuna.Thecompanyhopespeoplewilladditsma
yoslicestolivenupsandwichesorenhancepastadishes.Thenewproduc
twillsellinJapanfor$1.80forapackoffourslices.Thecompanyissureitwi
llbeverypopularwithconsumers,especiallyinJapan.However,thesoci
almediajuryisoutonwhetheritisagoodidea.Thecnet.comwebsitewrot
e:"Bothmayofansandhaterschimedin…aboutthenewslices."Gizmod
o.comwrote:"Slappingasliceofmayoonaplateoffreshpastaisn'texactl
yaservingsuggestionAmericansmightembrace,butthenexttimeyou'r
emakinga…sandwichinahurry,youmightactuallybehappytoreachfor
aquickslice."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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