Tea-time in the UK – Reading Comprehension Exercise

Is it tea-time yet?

How many coffees do you have each day? Having coffee in Italy is a part of most people’s daily ritual, and tea performs the same role in the UK.

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A cup of tea (a ‘cuppa’ in British English) is most often enjoyed with breakfast, as a mid-morning break and at ‘tea-time’ – about 5pm. A tea-time cuppa usually also involves a small snack (biscuits/cake etc.). The elegant “Afternoon Tea” or “Cream Tea” with lots of sandwiches, scones and cakes is only for special occasions.
N.B. Working-class Brits sometimes use the phrase ‘tea-time’ to mean dinner, if they eat their meal at about 6pm. This is usually builders, plumbers, gardeners.

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A typical ‘cuppa’ is strong tea with milk and sugar. This is usually called “builders’ tea”.
Earl Grey tea is also quite popular, while Darjeeling/Mint/Green/Chamomile tea etc. are not standard.

The UK market is dominated by five brands – PG Tips, Tetley, Typhoo, Twinings and Yorkshire Tea.

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The UK population is around 65 million people, so how many of cups of tea do they drink each day? About 165 million cups daily or 60.2 billion per year!
Tea became incredibly popular in Britain because of the British Empire. Tea-drinking was encouraged by the British government because of the money from tea tax.

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How to Make British Tea
Choose your tea. This is by far the most important step to making perfect British tea….
Boil the water….
• Put your teabag(s) in the pot or mugs….
Pour boiling water over the teabag, and stir….
• Wait!…
Remove the teabag….
Add milk and sugar to taste….
Enjoy your tea!

Tea Time in the UK: Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading this text, click here to take the test and check your comprehension!

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English Homework: Cultural Tips for Visiting Milan

The following piece is by one of our talented students, Sofia, who is also a photographer by profession. After learning about British Etiquette in one of our English lessons, her homework was the following:

Write an email to a friend who is coming to Milan. She wants to do all the touristy activities. Give her some advice on how to act around the locals, like your “rules of etiquette”!

Hi Giulia!

I’m so glad to hear that you’ve decided to visit Milan. I’m sure you know where to go and what to see.
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Remember! You can’t miss the Duomo and the Castello Sforzesco, but let me give you some advice on how to act around the locals!
Italians are really in love with food, and there are some rules of etiquette you need to respect! First of all, please, don’t have a cappuccino while eating lunch or dinner, it’s something really really inappropriate.
Cappuccino, pranzo, inglese, Milano
No cappuccino with food!
Another thing you must not do is putting parmesan on fish, I can’t tell you why. We are used to drinking wine while heaving lunch or dinner, it’s for pleasure not a way to get drunk, so don’t overdo it!
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Easy on the wine.
Milanese people are really in love with fashion, so please, when you visit the city try to dress properly. Do not dress like you have to do a mountain expedition or a walk at the beach. Please remember that if you want to visit a church you need to have your shoulders and legs covered.
That’s all! And if someone calls you “Bella” in the street, it’s just a compliment!

E voi invece?

 

Avete dei consigli per come si deve comportare qui a Milano? Lasciateceli nei commenti!

British Etiquette | Esercizi di inglese con video

La cultura britannica è molto particolare, infatti spesso potrebbe essere difficile da decifrare. Basta pensare al recente Royal Wedding per capire quante regole ci sono da seguire, quanti comportamenti sono disapprovati, e quanto viene valorizzato la propria immagine.

Per questo, ti abbiamo preparato una lezione di inglese sul tema di “British Etiquette”, ovvero l’educazione britannica e come si dovrebbe comportare in un tipico pub inglese. Comunque, come tutti gli esercizi di inglese qui a Scrambled Eggs Milano Scuola di Inglese, aggiungiamo un tocco spiritoso con un video divertente e anche molto informativo. Enjoy!

Exercise 1: Vocabulary match

First Exercise: match the following vocabulary to the definitions. If you need help, try using wordreference.com.

British Etiquette: Vocabulary

Match the new vocabulary words with the definitions below.

Exercise 2: Watch the Video

Now watch the video. Listen for the words from part 1. Can you hear them all? If not, please check the transcript here: British Etiquette Transcript

Exercise 3: Multiple Choice

Finally, try exercise 3, where we will test your understand of the 5 rules about pubs from the video:

British Etiquette: Multiple Choice

Watch the video again, and pay attention the the rules expressed in it. What are they? Can you identify them in the questions below?