Starbucks Milano – L’invasione americana a Milano

Watch this YouTube video from CBS (published November  25th 2017) and listen for the following phrases:

  • “coffee is simple and straightforward
  • “makes for awkward conversation here”
  • “tradition runs deep
  • “is Italian coffee culture under threat?”
  • “are catering to American tastes
  • “to stay at the counter
  • “there’s plenty
  • lamenting the looming US import”
  • “to concoct something else strong”
  • “to hold their ground

Can you hear them? Listen again to check.

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What do they mean? Look at the alternatives below:

  • coffee is not complicated, and easy to do
  • causes uncomfortable conversation
  • tradition is very serious and old
  • is Italian coffee culture in danger?
  • are giving Americans what they are accustomed to
  • to remain at the bar surface, not at the table
  • there’s a lot
  • expressing sadness about the imminent American import
  • to create something else strong
  • to stay where they are, to not retreat

Have you visited the new Milan Starbucks yet? Or Starbucks in another country? Tell us what you think about it’s arrival in Milan in the comments below!

To practice your English further, write a summary of what you watched in the video. Include your own opinions if you’d like!

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Key phrases to know for Fashion Week

Fashion week is here!

Milan Fashion Week 2018 means that the city is full of models, designers and celebrities. Everybody’s talking about fashion, both positively and negatively, and with all these foreign people visiting the city during the week there’s even more English being spoken than usual!

If you want to join in the conversations though, you’ll need to know some fashion-specific vocabulary to help you sound like a true expert!

  • Catwalk/Runway [noun]

The long, narrow stage that models walk along in a fashion show.

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  • Pattern [noun]

Any regularly repeated arrangement, especially a design made from repeated lines, shapes, or colours on a surface.

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  • Mannequin [noun]

A large model of a human being, used to show clothes.

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  • Accessories [noun]

Something added to clothing that has a useful or decorative purpose. e.g. She wore a green suit with matching accessories (shoes, hat, bag, etc.).

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  • Baggy [adjective]

Something that hangs loosely because it’s too big or has been stretched. Opposite = tight.

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  • Pose [verb]

To move into and stay in a particular position, in order to be photographed or painted.

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  • Must-have [noun]

A must-have product is a fashionable one that a lot of people want to own.

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  • Tweed [noun]

A thick material made from wool of several different colours. e.g. A tweed jacket.


OK? Get them? Now practice using them in sentences, and then try our quiz (below) to check that you’re perfect!

Fashion Week

Match the vocabulary with the definition.

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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