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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.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


It's unusual to drink tea with milk in Ukraine. But of course it's very popular drink. I think there isn't one special drink in our country. We drink lots of different kinds of drinks such as compote (which is made from different kinds of fruits), juices, coffee, just water. But if we think about special drink which is related to national traditional drink, so it's definitely Uzvar. It's made from dried berries like pear and others. Plus you can add some honey. I's usually serviced at Christmas and other national holidays.

In my country people mostly prefer coffee to tea. Usually we drink tea when the weather is cold. And we hardly ever drink tea with milk.

The coffee is the most popular drink in my country, as well as beer! Many people love coffee, my grand mother drank about eight cups everyday. I prefere tea and sometimes i like to drink cold coffee with milk in summer, i have learned to drink it in Spain!

I love tea. I drink a cup of tea after every meal, in the morning with breakfast and after lunch and dinner and my family do that, too. We make tea by boiling water in the teapot. Then we put the tea leaves into the teapot which has a strainer inside and wait for about five minutes or more. Then we put sugar in the tea cup and pour the tea into the cup tea and move it with a small spoon. We never put milk with tea but sugar is very necessary, I couldn't imagine tea without sugar. Here in my country tea is very popular drink, most of people really love tea but for coffee, I do not like it. We just serve it in special occasions.

I like coffee, i do not like much tea.

In brazil, we not drink much tea. We like most of coffee.
In brazil, people no put milk in tea. We put only water and sugar.


There is a sentence that often make me get confused, and I'm not sure what the form of that sentence. This is a kind of the sentence "By looking at the instant the big bang occurred, we are
able to see how the universe formed" I get confused with this "the universe formed" Is it passive sentence or just past tense in the active sentence. If it is a passive sentence, why these phrase not add 'be' in this cause being "the universe is formed"? Could anyone explain me, please? Thanks.

Hello Erwin_dwi,

The verb 'formed' here is an example of an intransitive verb, which means a verb which does not have an object. It is a regular past form but has no object. Another example would be:

When the water boiled, bubbles formed.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot, Peter.
I really have felt enlightened. However, I still don't get on this sentence "... and you will occasionally see this system used for page numbers" the word "used" is not intransitive verb, is it? Because it is followed by object "for page numbers". So, could you explain what the kind of these verb "used", please? Why did it use past participle?
Thanks again,
Best wishes


I'd like to ask you one more question about this sentence "They’ll be talking about a
very British drink – any idea what it is?" is it corect "what it is"? or it should be "what is it?"
How should we make such questions?

Thank you very much
Best wishes.

Hello dato86,

The question is correct because it is part of an indirect question, though it's not easy to see that here. The full question is '(do you have) any idea what it is?', though obviously 'do you have' has been omitted. This may seem strange at first, but is actually extremely common in informal speech.

In reported questions and indirect questions, the word order inside the wh-clause is normal, i.e. subject + verb - that is why 'what is is' is correct here. There is a fuller explanation of this on our reported questions page.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,
The LearnEnglish Team