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Learn English with this coffee English lesson

Date: Jul 25 2018

Themes: Food

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations

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First thing in the morning, a smell starts spreading through the house. It’s strong, yet comforting. And the thought of warm coffee is enough to make even the most sluggish people get out of bed.

For many people, coffee is a daily ritual. Whether or not they admit that they are addicts, the caffeine is definitely the reason coffee gives them energy and helps them start the day. It’s a habit that many coffee shops have used to make money. They will brew coffee before it’s light outside, so that everyone on their way to work has a place to stop for their morning pick me up.

Too much coffee can have a negative effect, though. Extra caffeine can make people hyper. Some people start to shake. And, of course, buying coffee all the time can be expensive, too.

Are Marni and Jessica coffee drinkers? Find out in today’s English lesson about a popular drink.

Dialog

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Jessica

Jessica

Marni

Marni

Jessica:  Marni.

Marni:  Um-hm.

Jessica:  I am feeling a little sluggish right now because I have not had my coffee today.

Marni:  Wow. Are you really that much of an addict to coffee?

Jessica:  I am. It’s a daily ritual for me. The caffeine early in the morning. Sometimes a little pick me up in the afternoon.

Marni:  Wow. So, you drink at least two cups a day?

Jessica:  At least. Yes.

Marni:  I just don’t get it. I know everybody in the world loves coffee, but I’m not a coffee drinker, so I just don’t really understand it when people feel the need for coffee.

Jessica:  Really? Does it make you hyper?

Marni:  No, I just don’t really care for it. I never have noticed that caffeine really affects me in any sort of way. I drink tea.

Jessica:  Oh, you do? I love tea as well. There’s less acidity, I think, in the tea.

Marni:  Yeah. It doesn’t make me feel crazy or anything. I had espresso once, and that was just too much.

Jessica:  Oh, I bet. It makes me shake sometimes even when I have espresso. But I desperately need my daily coffee.

Marni:  OK. So, do you take it with cream or sugar?

Jessica:  Half and half, if it’s available. And Splenda.

Marni:  Splenda, wow.

Jessica:  Try to be a little healthier. Although Stevia I’ve recently been introduced to.

Marni:  I would stick with Stevia.

Jessica:  Yes. More natural.

Marni:  All right. Let’s go get you some coffee.

Jessica:  All right. Thank you.

 

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Discussion

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Jessica lets Marni know she’s feeling a little tired. It’s because she hasn’t had any coffee yet, and she normally drinks coffee every day. She needs the caffeine to keep her going.

Marni seems surprised by how much coffee Jessica drinks. She doesn’t understand why so many people around the world love coffee. For her, it doesn’t really taste good. Although Marni says she isn’t affected by caffeine, it turns out she does drink tea.

Jessica drinks tea, too, but it’s not the same as coffee. For her, there is nothing better than a steaming cup of coffee. She does like cream and sugar, although she tries to be healthy by using Splenda or Stevia, two non-sugar sweeteners.

Are you a coffee drinker? What’s your favorite hot drink?

 

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forugh

forugh

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

tea is more popular in my country.I sometimes drink tea when I’m cold, but its beyond me how people drink it in the middle of summer…

02:22 PM Jul 21 2014 |

Chikara129

Chikara129

Japan

I like to drink coffee.
Before I work I usually drink iced coffee.
Drinking coffee is the sign of starting my day.(^^)p

02:20 PM Jul 21 2014 |

bravevivian

Ecuador

I’m not a coffee drinker.  I just drink a cup of coffee here and there, specially with cream, even though here the coffe it’s really delicious, it’s so tasty.  


My problem is I don’t want to get dark teeth.  My dentist told me I should avoid coffee to keep nice teeth.  That’s why I don’t drink much.


I like tea also, specially chamomile tea.

01:37 PM Jul 21 2014 |

mehdimansiz

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I start my day with milk or tea  :-))

01:13 PM Jul 21 2014 |

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foz12

foz12

Saudi Arabia

I love drinking coffee, day without a hot lovely coffee is a problem for my mood especially when I need to concentrate on a project or even in relaxation time , I tried before to cut drinking coffee, but that was a bad idea I had at that time a worse headache I’m angry I can not stand any sounds , you know something I’m a slave to these beans for sure.

11:52 AM Jul 21 2014 |

mahbubeh92

mahbubeh92

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@jecklily


the pick me up is something that makes you feel better especially a drink or medicine. 


(he or she means that she/he starts her day with coffee or something like that which energizes her.0


i start my day with drinking two cups of tea i take it with sugar.

11:52 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

Finally i find my differences with other people,Guess what?After i drank coffee,I want to sleep.However i like chinese tea.Tie-kuanyin is one of my favorate chinese tea


 

11:12 AM Jul 21 2014 |

Jeckily

Jeckily

Serbia and Montenegro

Can someone explain me this construction: “It’s the pick me up that gets me going on my day.” Tnx in advance

11:02 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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Jeckily

Jeckily

Serbia and Montenegro

Can someone explain me this construction: “It’s the pick me up that gets me going on my day.” Tnx in advance

11:02 AM Jul 21 2014 |

bint_4evr

bint_4evr

United Arab Emirates

Eric…wuts d benefits of Chinese tea?

10:52 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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bint_4evr

bint_4evr

United Arab Emirates

Coffee it’s my fvrt :-)

10:51 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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asef

asef

Afghanistan

I like drinking coffee provided some body make it to me, I am very lazy i cant make it every day. 


08:22 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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asef

asef

Afghanistan

I like drinking coffee provided some body make it to me, I am very lazy i cant make it every day. 


08:21 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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Michele1

Michele1

Italy

I brew my first daily coffee at 6 am,with some milk and biscuits, as a breakfast.


I feel so well when the coffee’s smell is spreading through the kitchen, when my neapolitan coffee maker is boiling and does ”  cr…. cr… cr…. cr….”


We must absolutely drink coffee very slowly, sitting  in a bar or at home,having some conversation with our friends and without the think the next living daily problems..     coffee and philosophy togheter…


At the office,if we are not able to solve immediately some job’s problem,the best idea is to stop working for short time and to enjoy drinking with calm a nice coffee and then, all will be easier..try…


We can normaly drink 4 o 5 coffee every day.


In the city of Naples, there is an old popular tradition about the coffe.


Most people here,when they go to drink a coffe in a bar, leave money to offer some coffee to unkown person that will arrive in the bar later. That person (man or woman) will never know who offered the free coffee .this kind of coffee is called  ” Caffè sospeso” ( waiting free coffee).


Wishing a nice day to all the friends here.. Michele ( a neapolitan lover of good coffee) 


enjoy watching the videos:


www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM0Ugs3QhEs


www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM7cpw7LrGA



07:22 AM Jul 21 2014 |

chen_lin

China

I don’t like coffee because it’sbitter.

07:15 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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Mr_Tam

Mr_Tam

Viet Nam

I drink coffee every morning, I drink 3 cups a day.

06:47 AM Jul 21 2014 |

1 person likes this

jayann

jayann

Philippines

yes i can drink a coffee in the morning i like coffee but not too much.


coffee with cream i’d like.:)

06:09 AM Jul 21 2014 |

1 person likes this

arezouuuuuu

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

in morning i drink tea but generally i perefer cold drink than hot

06:01 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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Rainn_00

Rainn_00

Turkey

I don’t like drinking coffee.


I prefer to drink tea :)

03:01 AM Jul 21 2014 |

2 people like this

TTAvril

TTAvril

China

i can’t live without coffee !!!

02:32 AM Jul 21 2014 |

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