Coffee or Tea? 咖啡还是茶?

现在,很多人都是忠实的咖啡饮用者。他们无法想象在没有 - 一些人称之为热的“乔杯”(咖啡)的情况下开始他们的早晨。有些人讨厌喝咖啡而更喜欢喝茶。其他人两个都喜欢!

无论你喜欢什么,都知道英语有一些使用茶和咖啡的有用表达。

让我们从家里的东西开始吧。

坐在起居室中间(通常在沙发前面)的桌子叫做咖啡桌。在英文中,我们从不称它为“茶几”。在西方国家里没有“茶几”这样的东西。即使你讨厌咖啡的味道,也从不在这个桌子上放一个咖啡杯,你仍然称它为“咖啡桌”。

如你所知,咖啡可以帮助你感觉更有活力。事实上,很多人早上都会用咖啡醒来。

从咖啡就引申出:“快清醒了!你没有觉察到有事情要发生了吗?”的成语,“Wake up and smell the coffee!”

我们对那些看不到现实情况的人说这个。他们没有清醒。他们应该要嗅到事情的发展。你可以对人使用这个成语,也可以对种情况用这个成语。

如果你真的喜欢某些东西或者真的很擅长什么,那你就可以说,这是我的“cup of tea”。

且慢。现在我们已经不再这么说了。的确在很多年前,当人们才开始使用这个词组的时候,它是作为正面来使用的。但是现在我们几乎总是以负面的方式使用这个词组,就是用在否定方面。

所以,当你要表示某一个项目是你喜爱或者擅长的话,你不说有些东西是你的“cup of tea”。

但是,如果你根本就不喜某一个项目或者不擅长这个项目,你反而可以使用这个词组。如果你不喜欢露营,你可以说露营不是你的“cup of tea”。如果你不擅长跳舞,那跳舞也不是是你的“cup of tea”。

事实上,如果你不喜欢咖啡,你可以说这不是你的“cup of tea”。实际上,这将是一个很有幽默感的表达方式。

现在,有些地方的咖啡享有盛名,而有的地方的茶叶举世闻名。例如,中国以其茶而闻名。中国的茶文化源远流长。这就是我们今天最后最后要讲到的一个表达方式。

一些著名的中国茶非常昂贵。如果你在中国收集了所有的茶,那将是价值连城的。

所以,如果你想说你不愿意做某事......无论代价多高都不会做,你可以说,“我不会为中国所有的茶做这件事。”例如,如果你对高度特别害怕,你可以说“我不会为中国的所有茶叶跳伞”。这种表达就是一种夸张的,比生命更贵重的说法,“不!我绝不会这样做!哪怕你把整个世界给我,我也不会做!”


讨论问题:

  1. 在这篇文章中,你对哪些感兴趣?哪些感到惊奇?

  2. 在你的母语里,有哪些词组使用了咖啡、茶、或者其他的饮料?

  3. 请使用“...for all the tea in China”和“...cup of tea”造句。



Now, many people are loyal coffee drinkers. They cannot imagine starting their morning without -- what some call -- a hot “Cup of Joe.” Some people hate coffee and prefer to drink tea. Others enjoy drinking both!

Whichever you prefer, know that English has some useful expressions using tea and coffee.

Let’s start with something around the home.

The table sitting in the middle of the living room (and usually in front of a sofa) is called a coffee table. We never call it a “tea table.” There is no such thing. Even if you hate the taste of coffee and never set a coffee cup on that table, you would still call it a "coffee table."

Coffee, as you know, can help you feel more energized. In fact, many people use coffee to wake up in the morning.

And that is where we get the idiom “Wake up and smell the coffee!”

We say this to people who are not accepting a situation as it really is. They are not being realistic. They need to face facts. You can say it to someone or about someone.

If you really like something or are really good at something, it is your cup of tea.

But not so fast. That’s not really the way we use the phrase today. Yes, many years ago when the expression came into the language it was used in a positive way. But these days we almost always use this expression in a negative way.

So, you don’t say that something is your cup of tea -- even if you are talking about your beloved cup of tea.

If something is not your cup of tea, you simply don’t like it or are not good at it. The cup of tea in the expression can mean anything. If you don’t like to go camping, you could say camping is not your cup of tea. If you’re not good at dancing, it is not your cup of tea.

In fact, if you don’t like coffee, you could say it's not your cup of tea. And actually, that would be a funny way to use this expression.

Now, some places are known for their coffee and others for their tea. For example, China is famous for its tea. China's tea culture has a long history and tradition. And that is where we get our final expression for today.

Some famous Chinese teas are very expensive. If you gathered all the tea in China, it would be worth a lot of money.

So, if you want to say that you are unwilling to do something ... at any cost, you could say, "I wouldn't do it for all the tea in China." For example, if you are deathly afraid of heights, you could say "I would not skydive for all the tea in China." This expression is simply an exaggerated, or larger than life way of saying, "No way! I won't do it! I don't care what you pay me!"

Source:  https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/coffee-or-tea-/4551468.html


Definitions:

impression n. the effect or influence that something or someone has on a person's thoughts or feelings

positive adj. good or useful

negativeadj. harmful or bad : not wanted

exaggerate v. to think of or describe something as larger or greater than it really is : to make (something) larger or greater than normal


Discussion questions:

  1. What is interesting or amusing to you from this article?

  2. What are some phrases or idioms in your language using coffee, tea or any beverages?

  3. Practice using " ... for all the tea in China" or " ... cup of tea" in a sentence.

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