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Episode 09

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.


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Intermediate: B1


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.



The LearnEnglish Team

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.

Hello everyone,
I like green tea more than black tea. If I drink hot tea, I don’t like add sugar. But if I drink cold tea, I will add sugar. Because I think cold tea is bitter than hot tea. I must drink tea in the afternoon, it give me good energy. In the night, before go to bed I don’t drink tea, or I can’t sleep. In Taiwan, bubble milk tea is very famous. Sometimes I feel a bit hungry, I will drink bubble milk tea.

Hello everyone!
In Taiwan, we have lots of tea shops on the street. They sell all kinds of tea drinks to customers, such as black tea, green tea, oolong tea, milk tea and fruit tea etc. I personally like to drink Taiwanese milktea -bubble tea the most. It is representative of the“QQ” food texture that I love. I usually drink two or three cups of bubble tea a week.

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.