March 4, 2014
BBC 6 MINUTES - Drinking around the worldhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/general/sixminute/2014/02/140220_6min_drinking.shtml
- Today we’re talking about something many of us are familiar with – drinking in a bar or a pub. Now Neil, do you have a favourite bar or pub?
- One in particular is a pub I used to go to after work with friends and colleagues where you got personal service – they brought the drink to you, which is very unusual in this country.
- I like the old-fashioned-style English pubs, with plenty of ale on offer, cosy little corners to sit in and a roaring log fire. I’m not so keen on those bright, loud and modern bars – and the drinks are expensive there too!
- So let’s start talking about boozing – an informal way of saying drinking alcohol. As you know, in the UK we have the pub as a place where we can socialise – or meet friends – and drink together. But all around the world people have places to come together and share a drink – and not necessarily an alcoholic drink.
boozing=alcoholic drink (informal)
Now he's off the booze (= he has given up drinking alcohol), he's a different person.
- A pub is also sometimes called a tavern or even a saloon – that’s the sort of drinking den you would see in an old cowboy film! But a bar tends to be the most well-known word for describing a place to have a drink.
Tavern = bar = saloon
Drinking den = Someone's drinking friends or companions are people they regularly drink alcohol with.
- A bar is also the word to describe the long wooden counter that drinks are put on when you order – or ask for – a drink. There are some amazing bars to drink in around the world. I drank in one in Sweden that was completely made of ice: even the glasses were made of ice!
- I find wherever I go in the world there is always an Irish-themed pub where you can usually get a pint of Guinness! In fact it’s claimed the highest pub in the world, on the route up Mount Everest, is an Irish pub!
- Walking up there must be thirsty work. One of the remotest pubs in the world is in a corner of Greenland.
thirsty work = hard physical work that makes you want to have a drink.
- There’s only one pub, a windowless bunker where country and western music plays whilst local men and women, mostly dressed in tracksuits, woolly hats and hiking boots, sit almost silently around the sparse collection of ripped banquettes and wobbly wooden chairs.
Bunker = a strongly built shelter for soldiers or guns, usually underground
- concrete/underground/secret bunker
- It has no windows and he compares it to a bunker – that is a place that is usually underground and built to protect people from bullets or bombs.
- Yes, just a few ripped banquettes – these are small seating areas arranged around a table. And some wobbly, wooden chairs. Not the place for a riotous evening.
- noisy and/or violent, especially in a public place
The organizers of the march were charged with assault and riotous assembly.
- Only beer is available, the Danish brands - spirits were completely banned in this part of Greenland five years ago due to the quite astonishing levels of consumption by the local population.
- Consumption – or the drinking of – spirits has been stopped, or banned, because people drank too much of it.
- It’s not good for your health and you get a terrible hangover – you feel ill – the next day.