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It's okay to be weird

This is an English exercise book meant for lower secondary school students.

Keywords: TESOL

In Case NO One Told You….




A book on embracing the
weirdness around the world.
So you know, the rest of us are
weird too. In our own way….


Suitable for lower secondary school students


• IT’S OKAY TO BE WEIRD is an English
exercise book meant for lower secondary
school students.

• With the main purpose to expose the
students to the other lovely yet bizarre
‘weirdness’ in this world, it is our hope it’ll
provide the students with the knowledge
they need to be a global citizen.

• This book is divided into three units:

UNIT 2 FOOD P-PM0149/19


PLACES P-PM0129/19

• We wish it’ll bring you joy and happiness
along with new knowledge as it brings us
by making this book.

~Happy working~


In this

➢ Listen and Watch – Exercise 1.1 a
➢ Vocabulary – Exercise 1.1 b & 1.1 c

➢ Speaking – Exercise 1.2
➢ Reading & Comprehension Questions

Exercise 1.3 a & 1.3 b
➢ Guessing

➢ Writing a recipe – Exercise 1.4
➢ Cooking Show Project – Exercise 1.5

➢ Revision – Exercise 1.6
➢ Word Search – Exercise 1.7

➢ Answer

Listen and watch

How hungry would you have to be to eat
fermented shark? What about some fried
Tarantula? Watch the video to find out
about the world’s weirdest food. Scan the
QR code or go to this link:

Exercise 1.1 a

Match the weird food with the country and write a - k next to the
numbers 1 - 11. An example is given. If you’re not sure. Watch
the video.

1c Thailand a escargot
b bird nest soup
2 ____ Japan c fried locusts
d fugu
3 ____ USA e fried tarantula
f hagis
4 ____ Philippine g surstromming
h fried cobra
5 ____ China i hákarl
j fried silkworm larvae
6 ____ Korea k fried brain sandwich

7 ____ France

8 ____ Sweden

9 ____ Scotland

10 ____ Iceland

11 ____ Vietnam


Exercise 1.1 b

Remember the video that you watched? Do you think
These are the words from the video. Say them out loud. there are
Tick ( √ ) the words that you know. The words that you’re other new
not familiar with, use a dictionary to look for the meaning. words that
you hear
1 delicacies 6 poisonous from the
2 embryo 7 detract video?
3 appetite 8 edible If there are,
4 epidemic 9 fermented share with
5 seasoning 10 saliva the class.


Exercise 1.1 c

Now, let’s see if you can use the words correctly. Write four
sentences using the words above. You can choose four or
more words.

1. _____________________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________________

4. _____________________________________________________________

Speaking Think-Pair-Share (TPS) is a collaborative learning strategy
in which students work together to solve a problem or
Exercise 1.2 answer a question about an assigned task. This technique
requires students to (1) think individually about a topic or
answer to a question; and (2) share ideas with

Think-Pair-Share (TPS)

Are you from one of the countries in Exercise 1.1? Do you eat this dish? Is your
country famous for other dishes? What is a popular dish in your country? Tell the




Reading Haggis

Haggis is one of the most famous
traditional Scottish food. It has
chopped liver, heart and lungs of a
sheep, diced onion, spices and
oatmeal. Then the mixture is pack
in a sheep’s stomach, tightly
secure the ends and boil it for a
few hours. The most traditional
way to serve haggis is with
mashed potatoes and mashed
yellow turnips or as the Scots call
it 'mashed tatties and bashed
neeps'. Haggis has been banned
in the United States since 1971.
The US Department of Agriculture
(USDA) has long objected to one
of the key ingredients in haggis –
sheep’s lung.

Haggis are easily
found in the
supermarkets in

It is about the size of a human

The tarantula were first eaten by
Cambodians starving under the Khmer
Rouge regime Bizarrely, they became
popular and are now served as a deep-
fried snack throughout the country.
Apparently, they taste a bit like crab. The
legs contain little flesh, while the head
and body have delicate white meat
inside. Certainly, there are those who
might not enjoy the abdomen, as it
contains a brown paste consisting of
organs, possibly eggs, and excrement.
Some call it a delicacy while others
recommend not eating it.

Fried Tarantula

Fugu Fugu is dish prepared using a pufferfish. It is
lethally poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin; and, it
must be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts
and to avoid contaminating the meat. Until this day,
there are no cure to tetrodotoxin poison. Only
qualified chefs with three to four years of rigorous
training are allowed to prepared fugu.
Occasionally, this dish led to accidental death.
Fugu is served as sashimi and chirinabe. Some
said the liver to be the tastiest part, but it is also
the most poisonous. In 1984, Japan banned the
serving of pufferfish liver in restaurants. Fugu has
become one of the most celebrated and notorious
dishes in Japanese cuisine.


Fugu is banned
in many


Hakarl is a proud dish of Iceland. It
is a mystery how anyone
conceived of this dish. It is a
fermented Greenland shark. After
gutting and beheaded, the shark
will be placed in a shallow cave
and cover with sand and stones. It
will be left for two to three months.
Then, the shark will be cut into
stripes and let them dry for several
months before serving. Hakarl
smells like ammonia (the cleaning
bleach for clothes). It is usually
served with in cubes and you eat it
with sticks.

Hakarl are left to
dry in a room for
several months.

The brain can be kept for
more than 2 and a half year.

Brain sandwich is not as common and
popular as it was in the past. However, in
some parts of Ohio River Valley, USA,
you can get this dish easily. The brain of
a cow or a pig is deep-fried. It is put in a
hamburger bun along with desired
vegetables. Brain tastes a bit bland, so it
requires quite a number of sauces.
Brains from cows over 30 months old at
slaughter are no longer permitted to be
sold for. Since the fried brain burger is
like a hamburger, it is usually served with
cheese, pickled, fries or chips.

Fried Brain Sandwich

Century Egg

If you discovered a rotten egg, would you eat it?
Someone in ancient China did, lived to tell the tale
and now it’s an established delicacy. It is called
century egg as it is preserved. It is also known as
hundred-year eggs or pidan. It is covered in clay,
ash and salt for months, by which time the yolk is
dark green and stinks of sulphur. It will give a
greenish to grey yolk with a brown outer sphere.
Thanks to the ammonia and hydrogen sulphide, it
ends up tasting very pungent and salty. Century
eggs can be eaten without further preparation
other than peeling and rinsing them – on their own,
or as a side dish. The century eggs may also be
cut into chunks and stir fried with vegetables.

Some served the
eggs as a
topping for


Exercise 1.3 a

You’ve read the articles regarding The Weird Food. Let’s quiz yourself.
Circle the best answer for Question 1 to 10.

1. Fried Brain Sandwich is a native to _______________ .
A. Scotland
B. Japan
C. China
D. America

2. Haggis has the following ingredients, EXCEPT?
A. liver
B. heart
C. lung
D. brain

3. Rearrange the following steps of making Hakarl in the correct order.

I Place in a shallow cave.
II Gutted and beheaded the fish.
III Cut into strips.
IV Cover with sand and stones.
V Hung to dry.

A. III, II, IV, I , V Can you name the food in
B. III, II, I, III, IV, V the background picture?
C. II, III, I, IV, V A hint: Weird Food from the
D. II, I, IV, III, V sea.

4. The century eggs are preserved by covering them in _______ for months.

A. clay, salt and ash
B. clay, ash and ammonia
C. salt, ash and sulphur
D. clay, salt, ammonia and ash

5. Which of the following statements about Fugu is FALSE?

A. It has tetrodotoxin which has no cure till today.
B. It is made using pufferfish and served as sashimi.
C. The chefs need at least 12 months of training to prepare Fugu.
D. Fugu has led to accidental death.

6. “…….as as it contains a brown paste consisting of organs, possibly eggs,
and excrement.” The word excrement can be best replaced with?

A. poop

B. bone

C. flesh

D. abdomen

7. These food are not allowed in America.

I Fugu
II Hagis
III Hakarl
IV Fried tarantula

A. I, II Can you name the food in
B. II, III the background picture?
C. I, III A hint: Weird Food in a tree.

8. Which of the following statements is TRUE?.

A. Hakarl is made off Greenland shark.
B. Cambodians first ate the tarantula for its delicate meat.
C. Haggis is no longer banned in America since 1971.
D. The brain for Brain Sandwich can be kept for three years.

9. Find the correct match. Country Can you name
Food China the food in the
I Century eggs Scotland picture?
II Hakarl Cambodia A hint: Weird
III Fried Tarantula Iceland Food from the
IV Haggis ground.


D. I, IV

10. Match the words from the text to their synonyms. Write a - k next to the
numbers 1 - 11.

1 ____ notorious a conserved

2 ____ permitted b strong

3 ____ preserved c recommend

4 ____ pungent d fatally

5 ____ established e famed

6 ____ recommend f infecting

7 ____ lethally g allowed

8 ____ contaminating h recognized


Exercise 1.3 b

You’ve read the articles regarding The Weird Food. Answer the questions
below. Write your answer in the space provided.

1. James is an adventurous food traveller. He is a vegetarian and loves
exotic food. What type of weird food would you recommend him? Why?

2. “Some food we find delectable, others identify it as horrible”.
Why do you think so?

3. Which of the weird food would you be willing to try? Give reasons for
your answer.

Can you name the food in
the background picture?
A hint: Many legs

These are other weird food from
around the world. Do you know
what are their names and where
they are from?



Bird’s Nest Soup

A dish dated back to 400 years ago,
bird’s nest soup is prepared using
edible bird's nest from solidified saliva
of swiftlets, which are harvested for
human consumption. The Chinese
believe that it stimulates good health,

especially for the skin.

Bird’s Nest Soup Recipe Makes 6 servings

Ingredients: Tips: Don’t overcook
the bird’s nest, it will
• 18 pieces of Jujube – Dried become gummy and
Red Dates break apart, ruining the
very expensive delicacy
• 60 gram of bird’s nest
• 4 chunks of rock sugar to


Preparation Steps:

1. Soak the bird’s nest 2. Clean any impurities 3. Boil a pot of water and
overnight. on the bird’s nest. put the bird’s nest for 10

minutes. Then drain and

rinse it with cool water.

4. Boil 6 cups of water. 5. Add in 4 medium 6. Serve warm.
Add in the drained bird’s chunks of rock sugar.
Turn off the heat and Adapted from:
nest and jujubes. Keep just let the sugar slowly
dissolve. 44260-chinese-birds-nest-
the heat on low and cook soup-recipe.html

for 30 minutes to 2hours.

Writing Have you read the bird’s nest soup recipe?
It is a sweet soup. Now, you’re going to
Exercise 1.4
write a recipe of your own weird food. You

can go online to get some ideas.

Recipe: _______________________
Makes: __________



Preparation Steps:



Exercise 1.5


This is an example of a cooking show. Click the QR
Code to watch it or go online at:

You’ve written the recipe. Let’s do a
cooking show.

Steps in making a good cooking show.

1. Planning is crucial.
2. Decide which dish do you want to make.
3. Try it out first.
4. Watch other videos to get the ideas.
5. Create a storyboard and decide how are you going to shoot it.

6. Since it is a group work, you can write the dialogue
for each one of you.

7. You can assign the role. Who is going to:
❖ shoot the video
❖ be a chef, or perhaps two chefs?
❖ act as a kitchen helper
❖ be the commentator

8. You MUST have a practice round.
REMEMBER! Practice makes perfect.



Revision Exercise 1.6 Name the dishes below.

1. ________________ 2. ________________ 3. ________________

4. ________________ 5. ________________ 6. ________________

7. ________________ 8. ________________ 9. ________________

Exercise 1.7 These are the nouns and adjectives describing
the weird food discussed in this unit.

Play this puzzle online at:

Or you can scan the QR Code here to
play online.


Exercise 1.1 a Exercise 1.3 a Can you name the
food in the
1c 1D background picture?
2d 2D A hint: Weird Food
3k 3D from the sea.
4e 4A
5b 5C Answer:
6j 6A Surstromming
7a 7A
8g 8A Can you name the
9f 9B food in the
10 i background picture?
11 h 10 1. e A hint: Weird Food in
2. g a tree.
Exercise 1.6 3. a
4. b Answer:
1 Surstromming 5. h Fried silkworm
2 Balut 6. c
3 Century Eggs 7. d Can you name the
4 Fugu 8. f food in the
5 Fried brain background picture?
Can you name the A hint: Weird Food
sandwich food in the from the ground.
6 Haggis background
7 Escargot picture? Answer:
8 Hakarl A hint: Many legs Escargot
9 Fried
tarantula Fried Scorpion


2.1. Weird Wedding Practices


1. What is the weirdest or strangest wedding culture
you have ever seen? Why do you think they did that?

2. Listen to an extract given in the QR code
about wedding in Germany. Answer the
questions below.
a. What happened a night before wedding?
b. What is the name of the party?
c. What is the reason behind holding this party?
d. Why did many Germans get married to the same person twice?

3. Listen again. Put the stages of the ceremony in the correct order
by numbering each item.
They will throw cups, plates and even toilets.
The couples need to clean up all the mess.
Many couples invite their friends the night before the

4. Listen to the description of Tujia’s people of China wedding custom.
Who will cry with her? For how long do they need to cry?

5. Complete the first three phrases in the box below by writing in the
details the night before the Tujia’s wedding.
Describing tradition

a. It takes place _________________________________
b. It is an occasion for ____________________________
c. It symbolizes the



6.. What are the unusual events or Adjective
customs that take place before or
after a wedding in your country? Look at the italic words
below and replace with
7.. Choose one and prepare a suitable adjectives.
description using the box to help you.
Think about: a. Future mothers will have
pleasant and swift labour.
Describing wedding tradition
b. Local tradition also says
a. The timing of the event. that being pregnant with a
b. The sequence of the events. baby boy makes mom’s
c. Its significance. hair lush and full.
d. Any special symbols used.
c. However, if your skin
looks brighter and radiant
during pregnancy, it is said
that the mom is carrying a

d. Folklore states that a
father should give his
laboring partner a shirt that’s
still damp.

2.2. Weird Pregnancy and Baby Tradition


1. Look at the images above. What
similarities do you think they have?

2. Listen to the explanation of these
two traditions in the QR code
given. Why do you think they
perform this custom?

3. Listen again. Mark the sentences T (true) of F (false).
a. In Spain, during the festival of El Colacho, babies are
placed on the street covered in blanket.
b. Men are dressed as devils run around and fight pious
c. The men jump on the babies to keep them safe from
sin and disease.
d. In India, few Muslims and Hindus parents wanting the
spiritual protection by throwing their babies off 50 feet
from the window.
e. The babies are supposed to be caught in a sheet
below according to the plan.


4. In pairs, choose 5 things to talk about from the list below.


a. A tradition or custom you found weird in your culture.
b. Why do you think some people practice weird or unusual

c. How do you define “weird culture”?
d. What is considered weird in your culture?
e. How important culture is to you?
f. What is the most commonly held misconception about

your culture?
g. Do young generation still practice this culture?
h. Do your grandparents and other relatives celebrate the

same occasions?

5. A tell B about the 5 things. They need elaborate their answer and
later swap role.

2.3. Travelling


1. Imagine you are about to go on a trip to a country you haven’t visited
before to do some research on their culture especially the unusual ones.
What would you want to know about the customs there before you


Hi Dominic,
I was happy to see you the other day. I have something to ask you
since I’m going to Phuket, Thailand next week for my next
research trip on their unique Vegetarian Festival and just
wondered what to expect. I know you have experience of staying
there for years and I need your advice. I don’t want to offend them
so could you let me know anything I should be particularly aware

2. Read the first email. What is Paul asking for?

3. What is he worried about?

4. Look at the italic words. Find the meaning and state their part of
speech. .

Word Part of Meaning
a. unique speech

b. wondered

c. expect

d. experience

e. offend

f. particularly


Hi Paul,
Glad to hear you’re going to Phuket. I think you’ll enjoy it. Anyway, my
advice are:
- the ceremonies are definitely not recommended for the faint-

hearted to witness (Google to know why).
- beware of this firecrackers and stay well away from this deafening

- the ceremonies of the festival take place in the vicinity of the 6

Chinese temples scattered throughout Phuket so plan your trip
Moreover, as a visitor, you can observe and even participate in the
lighting of joss sticks and candles that are placed around the various
gods. Don’t worry much, as long as you respect their culture you will
enjoy the festival.
Good luck and speak soon,

5. Read Dominic’s reply. What is the main advice?




6. What is the most important part when you are travelling to see other
people’s culture?

7. What is the meaning of the bold word and what are the other words
that can replace it ?


8. Why do you think this festival is not for faint-hearted person?

9. Look at the italic words.
Tick (✓) the words that you know the meaning and use a dictionary for
the words you don’t know.

a. recommended e. scattered
b. witness f. observe
c. deafening g. participate
d. vicinity h. respect

10. Now let see if you can construct sentences using the words given
correctly. Write five sentences from the words above. Underline the
words you use in the sentences.
a. ___________________________________________________
b. ___________________________________________________
c. ___________________________________________________
d. ___________________________________________________
e. ___________________________________________________

11. . Write a response to the email that Paul received from Dominic.



12. Work in pairs. Exchange emails. Read your partner’s reply and answer
the questions:
• Is it written in an informal style?
• Has the writer properly thanked for the tips?
• Is the content short and to the point?

2.4. Peculiar Festival Celebration

The Busójárás is an annual
celebration of the Šokci living in the
town of Mohács, Hungary.

Before watching

1. Work in groups. Look at the photo and discuss the questions.
a. What do you think about the image?
b. How does the image make you feel? Do you think most people
would feel the same as you?

2. Work in pairs. Think about the monster you used to imagine when you
were a child. What can you remember about them? Describe the
monster to your partner.

3. You are going to watch a video about a festival in Hungary. Answer
these questions:
a. Which country hold this festival?
b. Why do they celebrate this?
c. What is the key part of this festival?

While watching

4. Watch the video and check your answers from Exercise 3.

5. Watch the video again and answer the questions below.
a. Who created this festival?
b. What is the history behind this festival?
c. What did they wear or make to scare away the Turkish soldiers?
d. When did this festival gain acknowledgement from UNESCO?
e. How long does the festival last?

After watching

6. What is your opinion about this Busójárás festival?

7. Work in group, discuss these questions:
a. Are there any unusual festivals in your country?
b. Why do you think that festival is unusual?
c. Do you like to see/join/celebrate that festival? Why?


The Lopburi Monkey Festival or referred to as the Monkey
Banquet, is a festival that has been taking place since the 1980s after the
idea of a local businessman. His idea was to set up a buffet of fresh fruit and
other food for the monkeys (as Lopburi is home to an extensive monkey
population) as an expression of the town residents' gratitude.

As the name of the festival itself indicates, this is a festival where
the monkeys along with the food are the main characters. In Thailand, there is
the belief that King Rama gave a piece of land known as Lopburi to Hanuman
who was the Monkey King. For that reason, nearly 2000 monkeys each year
receive thousands of pounds of food in a big table where public enjoy seeing
them. People from Thailand also believe that monkeys bring good fortune so
this is also made in their honour. Besides of being a local celebration, the
monkeys attract a lot of tourists and the country receives a lot of revenue with
the visits. Just like any other events in Thailand, food plays a pivotal role in
the Lopburi Monkey Festival, and an array of vendors and food stalls serve
up delectable Thai dishes for the humans to enjoy as well.

8. Look at the italic words. Search for the meaning and write it.

a. extensive

b. expression

c. indicate

d. receive

e. honour

f. attract

g. revenue

h. pivotal

i. array

9. Answer the questions based from the extract given.

a. Why do Thailand people appreciate the monkeys?

b. What is the belief behind this festival?

c. Who started the idea of setting up a buffet for monkeys?

d. What kind of food do they serve the monkeys?

e. Do you think it is a good idea to serve the monkeys with plenty of
food? Why?


2.1. Weird Wedding Practices
1. Suitable answer

2. a. Invite friends before the wedding to break the porcelain.
b. A party called Polterabend.
c. Shards of porcelain are thought to bring luck in Germany.
d. Church wedding isn’t recognized by the state so all couples
have to get married first at the Civil Registry Office then later
organize church wedding.

3. a. c
b. b
c. a

4. Mother, grandmother, sisters and aunts will cry with her. They will be
crying for a whole month.

5. a. It takes place in Tujia, China.
b. It is an occasion for wedding.
c. It symbolize the wedding is much happier.

6. Suitable answer
7. Suitable answer

a. good/prompt
b. dense/generous
c. glowing/beaming
d. drenched

2.2. Weird Pregnancy and Baby Tradition

1. On both images have babies.

2. To keep the babies safe.
3. a. T

b. T
c. F
d. F
e. T

4. Suitable answer

5. Suitable answer

2.3. Travelling

1. What things considered rude.

2. Asking for advice to make sure he would not do something rude or

3. He is worried he might do something rude or offensive.

4. a. Adjective = existing as the only one or as the sole example;
b. Verb = to speculate curiously or be curious about
c. Verb = to look forward to; regard as likely to happen
d. Noun = knowledge or practical wisdom gained from what one has
observed, encountered, or undergone:
e. Verb = cause resentful displeasure in
f. Adverb = in a particular manner; specifically

5. The main advice is not to be rude.

6. The most important part is to do research first on their people, food
and culture.

7. The meaning is lacking courage and can be replaced with gutless.

8. Some ceremonies in the festival are gruesome.

9. Suitable answer

10. Suitable answer

11. Suitable answer

12. Suitable answer

2.4. Peculiar Festival Celebration

1. a. Suitable answer
b. Suitable answer

2. Suitable answer

3. a. Hungary
b. To say goodbye or chase away the winter.
c. Local men wearing scary looking mask representative of the
original group of townsmen who took back their home.

4. Refer answers in question 3

5. a. It is created by Mohacs, ethnic Croatian minority people, the Sokei.
b. To scare away invading Turks during Ottoman occupation.
c. They decided to wear scary mask and made a very big noise.
d. In 2009
e. It lasts for a week.

6. Suitable answer

7. Suitable answer

8. a. Covering or extending over a great area.
b. The act of setting forth in words.
c. To be a sign of.
d. To have delivered.
e. Such respect manifested.
f. To draw by a physical force causing.
g. The return or yield from any kind of service.
h. A vital or critical importance.
i. To place in order.

9. a. The monkeys attract a lot of tourist and generate revenue of that
place with the visits.

b. They believe that King Rama bestowed land to Monkey King.
c. A local businessman to show gratitude.
d. A buffet of fresh fruits and other foods.
e. Suitable answer

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