"Out of politeness, eat whatever your host mom is serving for dinner. Even if you don't really like it, just eat a little of it. "
That's true, I went on the french exchange with school in summer '99 (the week Marti lost 1st rd at wimby
Anyway, things to do, if none of them can speak the language well, you have to really push the boat out with your linguistical skills.
But regarding food, when I was asked "do you like tomatoes", I said "yes!". I presumed they were going to put tomatoes in stuff. Imagine my horror when I got a plate of tomatoes for my lunch. Yes, a place of sliced tomatoes and some bread. I eat it all, and to be honest that's a bit unfair cos they did cook me some good stuff too.
But another incident was when I was asked if I liked Tea. Now I love tea, I love the drink which comprises of tea, milk, sugar and hot water. I very rarely turn down a cuppa.
Imagine my horror when they come back from shopping with 8 litres of ICED TEA. I had to drink it, well, I go through one bottle before I just had to tell them. I think iced tea is awful... (I said it more politely than that). Plus one of me mates unbelievably got uncooked bacon in their butties from their exchange parents.
But ya, it's worth doing...