Tastes in English in Practice

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How to Describe Tastes in English

Today we will talk about food in English. We will learn new words that will help describe taste. To speak English freely, you need to know many words and terms to describe taste sensations and characteristics of food. To start, let’s get acquainted with new words, their meanings and usage examples in English. After learning the words, we will do an exercise to test our knowledge.

How to Express Flavor in English? 15 English Words for Describing Tastes

  1. Fragrant [ˈfreɪɡrənt]
    • Explanation: Having a pleasant and appetizing aroma.
    • Example: “The fragrant flowers in the garden attracted butterflies and bees.”
  2. Smooth [smuð]
    • Explanation: Having a soft, velvety texture; often used to describe food melting in the mouth.
    • Example: “The ice cream had a smooth texture that melted in my mouth.”
  3. Sour [saʊər]
    • Explanation: Having a sharp, acidic taste.
    • Example: “The lemonade was too sour, so I added a bit of sugar to sweeten it.”
  4. Dry [draɪ]
    • Explanation: Lacking moisture or water.
    • Example: “After spending the day in the sun, my skin felt dry and needed moisturizing.”
  5. Full [fʊl]
    • Explanation: Having eaten to the point of satisfaction.
    • Example: “I had a full breakfast, so I wasn’t hungry until late in the afternoon.”
  6. Thirsty [ˈθɜrsti]
    • Explanation: Feeling a need to drink.
    • Example: “After the workout, I felt extremely thirsty and drank a bottle of water.”
  7. Rich [rɪtʃ]
    • Explanation: Containing a large amount of fat, flavorful ingredients, often used in the context of food.
    • Example: “The chocolate cake was incredibly rich, with layers of ganache and cream.”
  8. Starving [ˈstɑrvɪŋ]
    • Explanation: Suffering from hunger; colloquially used to describe extreme hunger.
    • Example: “After a long day of hiking, I was absolutely starving and devoured a hearty meal.”
  9. Bitter [ˈbɪtər]
    • Explanation: Having a sharp, pungent taste; often associated with unsweetened cocoa or pepper.
    • Example: “The medicine had a bitter taste, so I quickly drank water to wash it down.”
  10. Succulent [ˈsʌkjələnt]
    • Explanation: Juicy and tasty, often used in the context of fruit or meat.
    • Example: “The grilled peaches were so succulent that they practically melted in my mouth.”
  11. Moist [mɔɪst]
    • Explanation: Slightly wet, often used positively to describe the texture of cakes and bread.
    • Example: “The chocolate chip cookies were perfectly moist in the center.”
  12. Hot [hɒt]
    • Explanation: Causing a burning sensation in the mouth, often associated with spiciness.
    • Example: “The soup was so hot that I had to blow on it before taking a sip.”
  13. Sweet [swiːt]
    • Explanation: Having the taste of sugar or honey; opposite of sour.
    • Example: “The fruit salad was refreshingly sweet with a mix of ripe berries.”
  14. Well-balanced [wɛlˈbælənst]
    • Explanation: Having a harmonious combination of different elements, such as flavors.
    • Example: “The chef created a well-balanced dish with a perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.”
  15. Just right [dʒʌst raɪt]
    • Explanation: Cooked or seasoned perfectly; neither too much nor too little.
    • Example: “The steak was grilled just right, with a perfect balance of tenderness and flavor.”

An exercise to test knowledge of English vocabulary for describing taste

Read the sentences and fill in the missing word using this list: fragrant, smooth, sour, dry, full, thirsty, rich, starving, bitter, succulent, moist, hot, sweet, well-balanced, just right.

Food exercises

1. A lemon or an unripe apple tastes .
2. After eating a lot or when something can’t have more put in it, we say .
3. What word means not having enough water, liquid, or moisture? .
4. This word is most often heard when talking of wealth. When a cake or sauce contains a lot of dairy products such as butter, cream or eggs we say it is .
5. When a person wants a drink they are .
6. What word is used favorably about cakes and bread and is the opposite of dry? .
7. The real meaning of this word is to die or suffer from hunger, but we use it colloquially to describe being hungry. This word is .
8. A word used when talking about fruit or meat that means it is juicy and tastes good is .
9. Something that taste like unsweetened cocoa or pepper is said to be .
10. The opposite of sour and means that something tastes of sugar or honey is .
11. The sensation of food being too spicy and causing a burning feeling in the mouth is described as .
12. When food has a pleasant and appetizing aroma, we say it is .
13. Describing a dish as having a pleasant combination of flavors, such as sweet, salty, sour, and bitter, is often referred to as being .
14. Food that is cooked to perfection, neither undercooked nor overcooked, is said to be .
15. The feeling of food melting in your mouth, especially when it comes to chocolate or a perfectly cooked steak, is often described as .

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