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Date: Oct 19 2015

Themes: Family, Food, Friend

Grammar: Simple Present Tense


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Except for water, tea is consumed more than any other beverage in the world. People have been drinking tea for thousands of years as part of social rituals and for its medicinal effects. Tea is a drink with a long, rich tradition.

Not much has changed in today’s world. When hosting guests, we offer them coffee or tea. Friends meet for tea to study and catch up. Teas are used to treat anything from stomach pain to insomnia to even cancer. Tea is definitely here to stay.

Read on to learn what tea means to Greta and Lily in this English lesson about an internationally beloved beverage.





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Greta:  Lily, are you a coffee or a tea person?

Lily:  Totally tea. How about you?

Greta:  You know, I’m both, but if it’s after 10am, it’s tea.

Lily:  Yeah, tea is a good staple to have in your beverage repertoire. Yes, exactly! Because it doesn’t get you all hyped-up like coffee does.

Greta:  And I appreciate all the tradition around it. The “high teas”, and having tea and a biscuit, and teapots. There’s just so much more tradition surrounding it than coffee. The beautiful teapots and teacups, and the tiny little sugar cubes and all of that… it’s more fun.

Lily:  And there are so many different varieties, too. No matter what, you can always find something that suits you, right?

Greta:  That’s true. I wonder if that’s where the saying “It’s not my cup of tea” comes from. So, my favorite black tea is orange spice, and I also really like Lady Grey.

Lily:  Lady Grey is good. I like chai a lot.

Greta:  I also love the herbal teas, especially in the evening. I’m a big fan of Lemon Zinger, and peppermint is kind of my go-to, I-don’t-feel-good tea.

Lily:  And chamomile is good if you want to get to sleep.

Greta:  Yeah.


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Lily and Greta are discussing what they like about tea. Lily appreciates all of the varieties of tea that she can drink. Greta enjoys some of the traditions of tea, like British “high teas” and using fancy teapots and teacups.

Greta drinks different teas at certain times of the day. She prefers herbal teas at night, for example. Lily points out that chamomile is helpful when you want to fall asleep. Their conversation shows some of the ways and reasons that people drink tea.

Is drinking tea a tradition in your family? Why do you drink tea? For your health, for the taste, or perhaps for other reasons?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

tea is definitely diuretic,avoid to drink before going to bed!

03:33 PM Nov 22 2015 |

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we were the land of tea but not more in this days because of Qat tree.

09:23 AM Nov 21 2015 |

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addict to tea 

06:21 AM Oct 31 2015 |




Tea is life

10:55 PM Oct 30 2015 |




We like drinking tea because it is good for our health. It’s said that drinking oolong tea after meals helps to slim down. And green tea has been proven to be able to prevent cancers. Drink a cup of tea without artificial sweeteners everyday to stay in health.

06:15 AM Oct 28 2015 |


Sri Lanka

Bright, breezy evening….

Sitting in the garden….

Having hot tea with yummy cookie


It’s not a tea, it’s AMRITA

(which comes from heaven….)

03:26 AM Oct 22 2015 |

faisal abdo


also aim

05:42 PM Oct 19 2015 |




Yeah . I think the Iraqis like there is no love tea. I am the first people I love drinking tea?

03:13 PM Oct 19 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like to drink tea,it is delicous and you know i am the best tea maker in my family😀😀

01:58 PM Oct 19 2015 |



United States

I drink tea evry day. I love tea.


12:59 PM Oct 19 2015 |




My country (Morocco) it’s the biggest tea consumable in the world after turkish country..

11:22 AM Oct 19 2015 |




I’m totally coffee person. I can drink tea only as a medicine:)


10:38 AM Oct 19 2015 |

rabindra shrestha


Tea is my morning gift. 

05:56 AM Oct 19 2015 |



Usually, we drink tea when is so cold here. In others days, se drink cofee and milk :)

04:19 AM Oct 19 2015 |




you can’t hate moroccan tea.if you make it contact me.


01:55 AM Oct 19 2015 |

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United States

I love to dring some kinds of tea like limon tea for medicinal purpose, but really I am a coffe person. 

12:36 AM Oct 19 2015 |

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Russian Federation

I’m a tea person. As for me drinking tea like a ritual. One of my favorites tea is “Pu Erh”.

It’s one of the healthy tea in the world. It’s protect from cancer, good for digestion and very invigorating tea.

But you should know how to prepare this tea. It’s like a ritual, you shouldn’t do it in a hurry, you need to relax, and have a pleasant time for a drinking tea

04:57 PM Jul 26 2015 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes drinking tea has become a part of my family and also my country people habit.in my family especialy my father .drinking tea with breakfast and also after lunch is a regularly task.we wont eat breakfast with out black tea…i drink tea not only for it tastes but also because drinking tea has a lot of benefits for us :Tea can boost exercise endurance. Scientists have found that the catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract increase the body’s ability to burn fat as fuel, which accounts for improved muscle endurance/Drinking tea could help reduce the risk of heart attack. Tea might also help protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases/Tea is hydrating to the body (even despite the caffeine!).and there are so many reasons that why drinking tea is good for health

11:07 AM Aug 08 2013 |



In my dad´s site of the family drinking tea is kind of a tradition. Whenever we get together, my grandma is having tea and milk for everybody. So I´m not drinking tea regularly, but I enjoy the tea-and-milk combination every once in a while, because it reminds me of those get togethers:) I also like the iced green tea you get at the gas station:)

09:32 AM Aug 08 2013 |

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In Poland we love tea and drink it every day :)

05:21 PM Jul 01 2013 |

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