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Do you remember the "How to be English" episode from Charlie? Well, now here's the second part. If you liked that cup of tea, you'll loooove this one.

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Hello, My name’s Charlie McDonnell. Welcome to the first episode of “How to be English... Extreme!”.

So I am pretty sure I asked my sister to make me a cup of tea about half an hour ago.
Still waiting on that cup of tea
Yea. I’ll make it now. I forgot.
Oh yea, sure you did.
You know I did.
Tea! ... yeah.
And now you’ll get to see the reason as to why I needed this cup of tea. Are you ready?

So last year I showed you how to make a simple, humble cup of tea. But in this week’s show, although we will be making tea, we will be using tea making techniques passed down by the tea gods themselves.

This is pretty hardcore stuff, but if you think you’re ready to become a tea-master then listen closely to my words of wisdom:

You will need a kettle, a teapot, a mug, some milk, a tea spoon, some tea leaves, some sugar, and least but not last, a tea strainer, ok? I don’t know what that is.

Firstly boil some water in the kettle, pour the water into the teapot to warm up the teapot and then pour the water out of the teapot. I... I don’t really understand this step, if I’m perfectly honest, but my mum says that if you're gonna make proper tea, this is the only way that you can start off, by warming up the teapot a little bit. Don’t ask me, just do it!

Who wants a cup of tea?
Me, please.

You want to have one tea spoon of tea leaves per person and then one for the pot.

Pour in some boiling water and leave it to brew for about two or three minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea to be. If you want some sugar make sure you add it at this point. Place your tea strainer on top of your mug. Pour the tea through the tea strainer to catch all of the tea leaves. Add some milk to taste. Stir. And then you will have what is, without a doubt, the perfect cup of tea.

I’ve been Charlie Mcdonnell, and if you are more of a coffee person, then you can go die in a hole.

SURE YOU DID= Of course you forgot.

HUMBLE= Modest, unpretentious, simple.

WE WILL BE MAKING TEA: we use the future continuous tense to talk about how we are going to spend the time in the future.
- today I'm painting the kitchen, tomorrow I'll be painting the bedrooms.

PASSED DOWN= When something, such as knowledge, tradition, etc. is transmitted from older generations to younger generations.

TEA GODS THEMSELVES= Tea gods are people who really know a lot about tea. THEMSELVES is the emphatic pronoun (same as the reflexive pronoun but used to give emphasis).

STUFF= (coll.) Things.

HARDCORE STUFF= In this context it refers to something (techniques) which belongs to just a group of experts, so it’s very exclusive knowledge.

A TEA MASTER= A specialist in making tea.

WISDOM= The ability to use one's experience and knowledge to make sensible decisions or judgments, specially because you have lived many years and you know better. The use of the word "wisdom" in this context by Charlie is not too appropriate, since he is just referring to "knowledge" or "technique", but he uses the phrase "words of wisdom" to make it sound more pompous and important.

KETTLE= A kitchen pot to boil water.

TEAPOT= A pot to make tea: you pour hot water inside, add some tea and leave it there to rest so that the water will get the taste of tea. But you don’t usually use a teapot to boil the water, for that you use a kettle (at least in England).

LEAST BUT NOT LAST= The correct expression is “and last but not least” (= it is the last thing in time, but not in importance). Changing the order makes it sound very funny.

A TEA STRAINER= It is that object you can see on the video.

BOIL= To heat water till vapour comes out from the bottom and it starts to bubble.

POUR= To make a liquid flow out of a container (usually into another).

IF YOU GONNA MAKE= (coll.) If you’re going to make.

PROPER TEA= Good tea, the correct way.

START OFF= Begin a process, make the first step in an activity.

BY WARMING UP= To explain how something is done we use the form BY + -ING.
- You can open that door by pushing these two buttons at the same time.

DON’T ASK ME= I don’t know, so I can’t give you any reason.

PER PERSON= (formal) For every person.

ONE FOR THE POT= One spoon for the teapot. It simply means "an additional spoon", another one.

BREW= To make (a beverage) by boiling, steeping, or mixing various ingredients.

ADD SOME MILK TO TASTE= The phrase “to taste” means “depending on how much you like”, so if you like your tea very milky add a lot of milk, and if you don’t like it milky add just a little (or not at all).

STIR= Mix (usually a liquid) by turning around a stick, spoon or similar.

YOU CAN GO DIE IN A HOLE= (a bit rude) Bad luck. Tough. Too bad.
You can use any of the above expressions to mean “if you don’t like it, you have no option so you have to suffer it”. Or it can also be a rude way to say "if you don't like it, go away".
In colloquial English (esp. in AmE) we sometimes use the verb GO followed by infinitive without to:
- Please, go to call my sister = Please, go and call my sister = Please, go call my sister.



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