The English are a nation of tea-drinkers. Everything stops for a cup tea. The English couldn't cope without their afternoon cup and all the social rituals and formalities that come with it... Or could they? Perhaps these are all just nonsense stereotypes and, in fact, the English don't drink tea at all.
Words and expressions from the programme
it sets me up for the day
it gives me energy and makes me feel better
A nice cup of coffee really sets me up for the day.
a staggering amount
an amazingly big number
People in the UK drink a staggering amount of tea.
a small paper bag with tea leaves which you put in your cup to make tea
a container in which you usually put loose tea leaves to make tea before pouring it into cups
not modern, associated with the past
She wears really old-fashioned clothes.
old-fashioned - can be in an attractive, unusual way
The village is very old-fashioned and pretty, with quaint little houses.
old-fashioned and too formal and serious
He's a really stuffy old man, I can never relax around him.
Programme script (pdf - 21k)
Audio - Download 'Tea' (mp3 - 1.9mb)
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