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Learn English meaning of tofurky

Date: Nov 30 2016

Themes: Food, Friend, Holidays

Grammar: Simple Present Tense


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Holiday meals are wonderful events where family and friends can share a delicious meal. Often there are traditional foods that people eat during specific holidays. For example, in the US, people usually eat turkey for Thanksgiving, and they might eat it for Christmas, too. But what happens when someone is a vegetarian?

Tofurky is now a popular vegetarian option for the holidays. This interesting food tastes like turkey but is actually tofu. Some people love Tofurky and think it is a delicious and nutritious holiday option. However, other people think that Tofurky is gross. They don’t want to eat faux turkey if they can eat real turkey instead.

Andy is sad because his girlfriend wants to eat Tofurky for the holidays. Marni thinks that this is a wonderful idea. Hear her reasons in today’s English lesson.


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Andy_H:  Everything was going so well. Me and my girlfriend went on this amazing whale watching trip, and then, right after that, we get to Thanksgiving… boom! She’s a vegetarian, so now we’re eating Tofurky.

Marni:  Oh, Tofurky’s fabulous!

Andy_H:  Ewww!

Marni:  Come on… it’s a portmanteau!

Andy_H:  A what? What? What?

Marni:  A portmanteau… when you take two distinct words, and you mash them together to form a new fabulous word. Tofu and turkey

Andy_H:  Tofu and turkey…

Marni:  Tofurky!

Andy_H:  All right, cool. I learned something new. I still don’t like the taste of it.

Marni:  I think it’s important to have a vegetarian option. The turkey is so synonymous with the meal, and so to have the vegetarian option be a tofurky… I think it’s pretty good.

Andy_H:  It’s awesome. It’s, like, nutritious and gross all in one. That’s exactly what I want for my Thanksgiving. No, thank you! I don’t want a faux turkey. Frankly, I’m a little offended by that.

Marni:  It tastes like the real deal, come on.

Andy_H:  And putting lots of turkey farmers out of jobs, I’m sure.

Marni:  Oh, they’re not out of jobs!


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Andy is sad because his girlfriend wants to eat Tofurky for the holidays. She is vegetarian, and she doesn’t want to eat a real turkey. Marni thinks this is wonderful. She loves Tofurky. In fact, she is excited to tell Andy that it is a portmanteau, or combination of the words tofu and turkey. Andy thinks this is very interesting.

However, Andy still doesn’t want to eat Tofurky. He thinks it tastes disgusting. He knows that Tofurky is healthy and good for vegetarians. But he still doesn’t want to eat a fake turkey. Marni tries to tell him that he should just enjoy it, but Andy is not happy about having Tofurky for the holidays.

What is a traditional holiday food in your country? Are there many vegetarian options?



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United States

I just had a fabulous thanksgiving dinner in Ohio. Turkey is indispensible in this holiday. I also saw some live turkeys in a farm in Holmes County. There are many lovey Amish people living there. 

02:17 AM Dec 02 2016 |


United States

When you explain “faux”, you misspelt the word pseudo(psuedo).

01:46 AM Dec 02 2016 |

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