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It's not my cup of tea

I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China

It's as good as a chocolate teapot

b)Fill in the gaps with the correct idiom and enlarge upon each context adding 3-5 sentences.

· I would never invite him to my house again – not ________________________________.

· The new diet you’ve advised me is ________________________________________________.

· Action movies ________________________________. I prefer dramas and comedies, to be honest.


9. Comment on the following sayings (try to make your idea clear in 2-3 sentences):

1) ‘Tea’ to the English is really a picnic indoors.

2) What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.

3) There are in England sixty religious sects, but only one sauce.

10. Read the quotes and proverbs about food and answer these questions:

• What is the meaning or implication of each proverb/quote?

• Which proverbs or quotes do you agree with?

• Are there any which you disagree with?

• Which is your favourite?

• Do you have any proverbs in your own language which refer to food or diet?

Food Proverbs

ü ‘To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.’ La Rochefoucauld

ü ‘Stomach: A slave that must accept everything that is given to it, but which avenges wrongs as slyly as does the slave.’ Emile Souvester

ü ‘The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.’ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

ü ‘When diet is wrong medicine is of no use.

When diet is correct medicine is of no need.’ Proverb

ü ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Proverb

ü ‘You are what you eat.’ Proverb

ü ‘Hunger is the best sauce in the world.’ Cervantes

ü ‘Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.’ Harriet Van Horne

ü ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ Virginia Woolf

ü ‘A smiling face is half the meal.’ Proverb

ü ‘There is no sincerer love than the love of food.’ George Bernard Shaw

Home Assignment(to be done in writing):Look through the text "TEA". Imagine that you are the sailor's mother who is retelling this story to her neighbour. Mind that you are a bit angry because you didn't like this product.

"Fancy that: my son returned home at last and brought ............."


We like to begin every morning with tea. We drink a few cups of tea during the day. But only 300 years ago most people in Europe did not know anything about tea.

This is a story of an English sailor who brought some tea-leaves as a present for his mother. She told her friends about the present and asked them to dinner to taste tea. When her friends came, the old woman brought in a dish and put it on the table. There were brown leaves on it, they were boiled. The guests began to eat those boiled leaves. Of course, nobody liked them.

At that time the sailor came in. He looked at the table, smiled and said, "Mother what is the matter with the tea-leaves?"

"You told me to boil them."

"And where is the water?"

"I threw it away, of course."

"Now you may throw away the leaves, too," said her son.

Perhaps, this story never took place, but it shows that people in England at that time knew very little about tea.

The Chinese were the first people in the world to grow tea. More than 2000 years ago Chinese people knew about tea and liked it.

Nowadays most people in the world like tea very much.

Supplement 1. Tea. George Mikes. “How to be an Alien”


(George Mikes. How to be an Alien)


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