Tess & Ravi

Our listeners' musical talents are the topic for discussion this episode. Tess and Ravi tell you all about the drink British people are famous for loving.

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Do you drink tea or coffee? How do you make it? With or without milk? With or without sugar? What other things do people in your country like to drink?

We always enjoy reading your comments and we read some of them out in the following episode.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


I prefer drinking cofee.I can't imagine my day without coffe. Coffe when i'm coming at work-it's ritua for me.l It's black cofee,without milk.I can drink coffe only with sugar,usally it's 2 spoons. But when i drink coffe with some sweets, i try to put less sugar. Sometimes i drink tea too and it's green tea without sugar. Scientists and nutritionists believe that green tea more useful than black tea. Via green tea is cleaned our body and removed toxins. On the whole i'm sticking this opinion too. I use to drink a lot of very sweet of tea before ,but it's in the past..)) By the way my favorite tea is milk oolong,it's really tasty.I think it can replace tea with milk)

Hi, Usually I drink coffee, It's the national drink and It has several ways to prepare it, You can drink like an express, with milk, Capuchin, the coffee could be served cold or hot, Normally You'll see more kinds of varieties of coffee's preparation.
Sometimes, mainly when I'm sick, I drink aromatic´s water, They are similar to the Tea's recipe, but They use aromatic plants.

I prefer drink coffee with condensed milk, but there is also tasty tea which I like when I am tire of coffee, regarding the people of my country I think they are drink both of that drinks in equal quantities.


Series 3 episode 9 - How I use the podcast

Today I want to write something how I use these podcasts.
First of all I want to mention that Elementary podcast series 1 and 2 are more difficult than podcast series 3.
I first listen 4 times to the podcast without transcript. Then I listen to it 4 times again and I also read the transcript.
I mark all words which I don't know and look them up. I don't learn words which aren't very common e.g. 'cuppa' or 'brew'. I also mark the sentences which doesn't sound familiar.
I repeat the podcast so often because I want to know by heart which prepositions are used and the different ways to express ideas.
My aim is to be able to 'hear' if something is right or not.

I drink tea every day. When i am in Republic of Bashkortostan at village of my grandma, i drink tea with milk because it is our ritual. Actually i am not very like drinking tea with milk but i just can't fail my granny in this not easy custom. When i am in city, i drink tea without milk. From where i come from Republic of Bashkortostan tea is more popular than coffee because coffee was arisen a little bit later than tea. I drink coffee too but very rarely. We used to drink tea from piala but now from teacup. Also we add different useful herbs to tea like that mint and etc.

I sometimes drink tea or coffee, but in Japan tea is usually Japanese green tea. Yes, we have Westerners' "red" tea, but I drink less frequently. And if I say "a drink", I usually refer to a variety of juice, milk, or coke, especially cold one, not hot drinks. Japan is located southern than U.K, so its climate is warmer and more humid, so people like cold drinks rather than hot drinks. I once travelled aborad and I ordered "iced coffee" but they didn't have any iced coffee, the place was Dubai, which is in a hot country and yet they didn't have iced coffee! I was shocked.

Coffee is more popular than tea in my country. People drink tea in the main in winter to keep warm.

We are going To London this holidays with m'y family
And i have any questions about pubs
Can we go To the pub with my teenagers ( 13 and 14 )?
Thanks for answers

Hello Nathalie,

Yes, it's quite common for families to take children to pubs for a meal or just to sit down and have a drink, especially in the afternoon. Of course, they can't drink alcohol! Naturally In the evenings the atmosphere in pubs varies and some might not be suitable for children for that reason, but it's certainly not uncommon to see families together in pubs. Pub food especially is a long-standing tradition in the UK, and many pubs have 'beer gardens' where people can sit outside. Some even have facilities for children to play which their parents relax.

In certain rare cases the landlord may have a rule about not allowing children inside. If you are not sure then you can always ask the person behind the bar.



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I don't drink tea so much. but I often drink a cup of coffee. I make it with special butter. Put some the butter into a cup of coffee and drink it. It doesn't taste good but it helps diet. I used to drink this coffee every morning. Once I drink it, I don't feel hungry for five or six hours. so I can stay without eating breakfast until lunch time. but Obviously, this might not be healthy.