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?

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I like coffee very much. In Brazil we don't have habit to drink tea. In the afternoon between 3:00 at 4:00 hour, in our region the people drink coffee with or not milk and a bread.That is, of course depend of the region, because Brazil is a country but is similar a continet therefore exist diversity of the habit so is difficult for us to know the behave the other regions. Do you think to knew Brazil? visit us because we are a generous people.

In this podcast, Ravi said "you can't beat a nice up of tea". Did he mean tea is really fantastic that everyone must try? I looked up the word "beat" on dictionary. I saw another example. It is written:"You can't beat Italian shoes". Is it the same with the other in this podcats?

Hello blueroses,

Yes, that's quite a good summary. When we say you can't beat something we are saying that there is nothing better than it. So here Ravi is saying that there is nothing better than a nice cup of tea.


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In my hometown - Ho Chi Minh city - people drink coffee a lot. For our life, coffee, now is becoming a life style, a culture aspect. The elders usually wake up early and gather at the coffee shop to drink and share their story in the morning. In the afternoon and the evening, it's time for many people who want to escape from their workplace and try something more relax when they work, so that why they grab a cup of coffee from a coffee shop. Especially at night, the coffee shop is chosen by the young people as a place where they can hang out with their friends or just simple want to enjoy a acoustic music night. For many people, the coffee became a popular and important drink that they have to drink everyday because it make them awake, refresh, and provide more energy to work or relax after a long day working.

I love drinking weak tea without milk and sugar both within today and in the evening. I mostly prefer tea-bag rather than brew because it is more practical than brew. I also enjoy drinking coffee though not as much as tea. In my country, People absolutely like drinking tea more than drinking coffee. We have tea culture and most of the people always drink tea from morning till night namely all day long.

It's really an interesting topic about tea, coffee and how the people in Britain make it, actually there is not much difference between making tea in britain and our country but we usually boil raw milk and some people boil the pasteurized milk as well, actually when milk is boiled it is more tastier, i drink 3 cups of tea everyday on average and most of times with milk.

Hi everyone. For me both tea and coffee are very good and I like them very much. I start my day from cup or two cup green tea. The green tea is very good for healthy. After when I'm at work, I start my job and drink cup of coffee with sugar. After two or three hours work I drink another cup coffee. At work I'am addicted from coffee.
In Poland people drink lots of tea and coffee too. Nowadays people in Poland drink them in the same quanites.

I love tea. I almost drink tea everyday, without sugar or milk, you know, is healthier without sugar, sometimes with milk but not too much as Ravi says. I rather drink tea than coffee, although here in Mexico coffee is drunk more than tea. I don't blame them, we make good coffee here! XD

thanks Kirk

Dear team, British Council
I need an explination on the passive and how we form it and use it and GET is sometimes used in place of the verb TO BE; Sometimes I do not undestand the difference and the context for use it.
Thank you.