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Learn to talk about coffee shops in 6 minutes


English from BBC learning english hello
I’m Catherine welcome to 6 minute English where we engage in some lively
debate and discuss six stimulating items of vocabulary and let’s start here’s
your cup of coffee Rob ah thanks but what took you so long Catherine
oh sorry Rob I bumped into someone I knew in the cafe and we stopped for a
chat okay well that fits well with today’s
show where we’re talking about cafes or coffee houses did you know Catherine
that coffee houses were originally a meeting place for lively debate and
intellectual discussion really I didn’t know that Rob and a debate by the way
means a discussion that a lot of people take part in so how long ago was this
debate in society well the first coffee house was set up in Oxford in 1650 but
they quickly became popular and soon they were all over London – you paid a
penny to get in and this included access to newspapers and stimulating
conversation if something is stimulating it encourages ideas and enthusiasm and I
expect the coffee held without a bit did it no it certainly helps me first thing
in the morning which brings me on to today’s question Rob how many cups of
coffee do we consume in coffee shops or stores in the UK every year consumed by
the way is another word for eat or drink so is the answer a 2.3 million B 23
million Oh C 23 billion mmm oh I don’t mean oh but it’s got to be a lot so I’m
gonna go for C 23 billion that sounds like a lot of coffee but I buy several
cups a week and I expect you do – Catherine I do indeed but I have to say
while I was getting our coffees earlier there was nobody as in the cafe talking
except me my friend everybody else was sitting on their own
tapping away on their laptops let’s listen now to Douglas Fraser BBC
Scotland’s business and economy editor describing the vibe or atmosphere in a
typical 21st century cafe ten or so in the morning the cafe has
five people at tables with their backs to the wall each staring into a screen
plugged in ears plugged the flow of bytes through this coffee shops free
Wi-Fi is transporting these customers to diverse destinations far from the person
beside them collaborative working research grant application a potential
blockbuster novel and inevitably someone distracted by kitten pictures on social
media so the spirit of those 17th century coffee houses had disappeared
then no more lively debate and intellectual discussion seems so Rob as
Douglas Frazer says many people sit alone plugged into their laptops and
they’re all doing different things working writing messing about on social
media and I think the cafe owners should turn off the free Wi-Fi and force these
cafe squatters to move on I don’t think people should be allowed to sit all day
using the internet hogging tables and not talking to anybody especially when
some of them don’t even buy coffee that’s a bit extreme Rob cafe owners
need customers and they encourage people to stay by having comfy sofas and
newspapers to read and the free Wi-Fi a squatter by the way is someone who lives
in an empty building without paying rent and if you hog something you use most or
all of it in a selfish way I suppose you’re right Katherine now how about
telling us the answer to today’s question then okay so I asked how many
cups of coffee do we consume in cafes or stores in the UK every year is it
a 2.3 million be 23 million Oh see 23 billion like hooch in a cafe using their
free Wi-Fi to search the answer but I had a guess and I say 23 billion well
you didn’t need that free Wi-Fi Rob because you were absolutely right ah 23
billion coffees per year works out on average at forty five cups per adult in
the UK okay I think it’s time we look back at the words we learned today our
first word is debate a discussion that a lot of people take part in forex
I took part in a number of stimulating debates at school number two if
something is stimulating it encourages new ideas and enthusiasm for example
it’s hard to have a stimulating conversation with someone who’s looking
at their phone all the time that’s very true let me just slide my
phone in my pocket our next word is consume another word for eating or
drinking but it can also mean to use for example my car consumes a lot of petrol
or how do I calculate my car’s fuel consumption so consumption there is the
noun number four is vibe which means the mood or atmosphere in a place for
example Oxford is a city but it has a small-town vibe well I’m getting bad
vibes from our next word which is squatter that’s someone who lives in an
empty building without paying rent the building is called a squat so for
example I lived in a squat for two years really you squatted in a squat Rob no no
no it’s just an example I am NOT a squatter oh so you’ve never squat it’s
no I now look we’re wasting time here we need to move on to our final word hog if
you hog something you use all or most of it in a selfish way for example Rob
you’ve hugged the only comfy chair that’s so selfish I admit it Katherine
I’m a chair hog that’s the noun okay well before we head off for another cup
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