Chatterbox #293 – The history and culture of tea in the UK

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Who doesn’t love a hot cup of tea? Most countries have some kind of tea culture. However, the British think of tea as especially important to their culture. In fact, many people think of tea when they think of elements of British culture. In this Chatterbox episode, Anna talks with Andrew about her country’s relationship with tea and how important it is. So put the kettle on and sit back for an interesting conversation!

Chatterbox is a Culips series for high and intermediate English learners in which native English speakers have a conversation on an interesting topic. Listening to this series will help to improve your listening skills and to expand your vocabulary.

Fun facts

In this episode, Anna mentions that Turkey is the country with the highest consumption of tea in the world. The average Turkish person drinks 3.16 kg of tea per year, whereas people in the #2 country, Ireland, drink 2.19 kg of tea per year. Every other country surveyed consumes, on average, under 2 kg of tea per year. There must be some amazing tea in Turkey!

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To come on the scene
  • Fabric of social culture
  • [Something] tea
  • Criminal
  • Just a splash
  • To dress up

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
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23 days ago

Hell Andrew and Anna. I have been a culips member since last year.
To be honest, because I’m a beginner level leaner and it’s a bit hard for me to keep up with your conversation. But thanks to the transcript, I could understand well.
I’m interested in English culture and love tea. So, I really enjoyed this topic. My favorite tea is Earl grey and Japanese green tea.
Tea is important to Japanese culinary culture.
Nowadays, Japanese people often drink tea from plastics bottles.
Japanese style teapot seem to be disappear from kitchen.
I feel regret that.

Reply to  Hiroe
23 days ago

Thanks for the comment. Glad you enjoyed this episode. Don’t worry about understanding 100% of everything, that will come in time.

Bottled tea is popular here in Korea too. Lots of people buy it from convenience stores and drink it instead of bottled water. It can be very refreshing on a hot day!

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