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Date: Oct 11 2013

Themes: Food, Health

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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The sun is so hot. You’re more than thirsty. Pop! You open your can of cola from the vending machine. The carbonated drink tickles your nose with bubbles. You tip your head back, fill your mouth with sweet, cold cola, and burp. There’s nothing so refreshing on a hot summer day.

So what if soft drinks are just empty calories? So what if the flavor is artificial and the caffeine is going to keep you awake tonight? Sometimes cooling off is more important than worrying about all that stuff.

Read more to find out why Lily and Marni have to agree to disagree in this lesson about soda.


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Marni:  There are just no choices in this vending machine except for soda. I hate it!

Lily:  But there are plenty of choices! There’s a cola, a diet cola, a lemon-lime kind of a thing. They’re all delicious. What’s wrong?

Marni:  They all fall into the category of soft drinks. Soda, pop… whatever you want to call it, it’s all terrible!

Lily:  But all of the bubbles and the caffeine! It’s delicious and refreshing and it makes you burp. It’s great! Come on.

Marni:  All it is is artificial flavors. There’s no health benefit for it. It’s just empty calories. It’s just terrible for you!

Lily:  I know it’s not exactly good for you. Actually, there are some sodas that are good for you.

Marni:  Oh, come on. There are not any sodas that are good for you. You might find them refreshing. You may think that it’s fun to get all of those carbonated bubbles and burp and have a good time. But it’s terrible for you, OK? This is just garbage. We need water. We need juices.

Lily:  I think we can just agree to disagree on this one. I will go over in the corner and burp quietly to myself.


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Marni is frustrated with her choices at the vending machine. It’s all soda, and she thinks soda is completely unhealthy. If it’s full of empty calories, Marni doesn’t want to drink it. She prefers water or juice over something artificial that’s full of caffeine.

Lily, on the other hand, is delighted by her choices. She loves how carbonated drinks make her burp, and she’s not worried about how soft drinks are made. She’s definitely into caffeine, too. Everything she could ever want in a drink is for sale in this vending machine.

What’s your opinion about soda? Is it OK to drink as much as you want?



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Once being on a hiking tour in Crimean peninsular and dying from thirst, we finally got on a bus, bought a carbonated drink there and that drink was the tastiest for me in the world. But the local man sitting opposite me started to scold me why I’m drinking that unhealthy product. He used very harsh epithets that would spoil anyone’s appetite, but not mine as I was so thirsty :) Anyway, I was glued to that can and was enjoying the drink. Let’s put it that way—I agreed to disagree, just to be left alone, enjoy my drink and kill my thirst and he was “preaching, preaching and preaching”. Man, how he hated me for just drinking  a pop. Unbelievable!

06:47 PM Nov 24 2013 |



Saudi Arabia

thankfuly I’m not into Soda :D

05:23 AM Oct 31 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

overdoing in everything is bad.like drinking pepsi or soda but not every day just sometimes at parties.

01:11 PM Oct 19 2013 |



im go no diet , i cant stand soft drink , i love fresh juice

08:06 AM Oct 15 2013 |




I used to drink soda everyday, but had to stop when I realized that my weight was getting about 115 kg, after quiting soda and adjusting my food my weight returned to be 85 kg. ;-)

03:37 PM Oct 14 2013 |

Amido Hernan Rios


yeah I like Coke very much.

10:38 PM Oct 13 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t care what’s the soda’s problem i  love to drink it.

my mom says don’t drink, it’s too bad for u, u shouldn’t drink, but i say it’s ok mommy it’s never botter me at all. i never listen to her. i should drink soda with my lunch and dinner it’s not different be black or orange!

07:36 PM Oct 13 2013 |

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soda makes you get faaaaaaaaat!

06:50 PM Oct 13 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It bothers me when people burp with open mouth .It smell bad.

06:41 PM Oct 13 2013 |



I agree with Marni.  Thankz for the lesson EB I ´ve learnt new words!

04:51 PM Oct 13 2013 |



It’s not healthy to drink it a lot. I like to drink soda in a hot day but not too much.

04:14 PM Oct 13 2013 |

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Some of my roommates love it very much, but i never drink it .I donnot why.

03:01 PM Oct 13 2013 |




SÉRGIO  I  meant burping in front of people is really dicusting , and some people burp strongly .I don’t like it at all 

01:35 PM Oct 13 2013 |

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I like to drink Pepsi ,but because it’s healthy ,I am trying to reduce  the quantity of Pepesi 

01:33 PM Oct 13 2013 |




it’s impossible to drink soda without burp, by the way the best part!

01:11 PM Oct 13 2013 |




it ’s really disgusting to burb after eating or dirnkingv 

11:49 AM Oct 13 2013 |

usama zater616


How can i leave without it

09:16 AM Oct 13 2013 |



Sunday morning, I’m reading all comments about soda ..

as I understand, alot of people are against to drink soda caused of unhealty ..less people prefer it for burping and very less like its taste ..

we have a rich menu of drinks.first of all, Water is main and natural drink,and its very important for human health too.then all kind of juice..tea..coffee..cola ..energy drink..exc.. 

ı drink soda very rare .

08:28 AM Oct 13 2013 |




Water is the thing that can be available by everyone,so the importance of water is not so highligted by us, however, the advertisement of the soft drinking spread around us, it can bring company profit,so the advertisement highlight the sweet taste instead of the harmful of the soft dring.

     actually, water is the best original drinking for human health, hope it is can be kepted as original rather than been polluted 

05:35 AM Oct 13 2013 |



Russian Federation

I donot drink soda at all. It is unhealthy. Water is the best drink.

01:25 AM Oct 13 2013 |

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