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Friday, 12 November 2010

Tea: A British Custom

Tea is a hot brown drink made by pouring boiling water onto (= on top of) leaves of a special kind. It is thought of as a typically British drink:
a cup of tea
Do you take milk and sugar in your tea?
Tea is especially popular in the UK, where people drink it regularly. As soon as friends arrive at a person’s home, they usually put the kettle on (= start boiling water for tea) and ask them if they want a cup of tea, sometimes informally called a cuppa, or a brew.
Tea is usually served with milk and sometimes sugar. If you feel worried or have just experienced something bad or shocking, a British person will typically tell you to sit down while they make you “a nice cup of tea”, because it is believed that tea makes you feel calm, comfortable, and cared for.

English-Spanish Glossary

herbal tea: té de hierbas; infusión; tisana
iced tea: té helado
lemon tea: té de limón
milk tea: té con leche
mint tea: té de menta
rich tea / tea biscuit: galletita para el té
tea-bag: saquito de té 
teacup: taza de té 
tea-party:  merienda
teapot: tetera
tearoom: salón de té; confitería 
tea set: juego de té 
teaspoon: cucharita de té 
teaspoonful: cucharada  
tea-time: hora del té 
tea-towel: repasador

Did you know?

Tea drinking and tea parties became more popular when Queen Anne (1665–1714) chose tea as her regular breakfast drink.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Very British: Cream Tea

Cream tea is a light meal taken in the early afternoon consisting of small cakes (scones), jam, and cream, usually also with a pot of tea. It is considered to be typically English and is often something people have when in holiday.
It is also called "Devonshire tea". The name Devonshire tea comes from the county of Devon in England, where it is a local speciality.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

The many meanings of candy

Candy apple: an apple that is covered with caramelized sugar. In Spanish, manzana acaramelada
Candy bar: a bar covered with chocolate and filled with a variety of different sweets:
What's your favourite candy bar?

Candy cane: a stick of hard red and white sugar with a curved end.

Chewy candy: a soft candy, usually with a fruity flavour. In Spanish, caramelo masticable.

Stick candy: a long cylindrical hard candy. They are also called barber pole because they usually have at least two different colours  in a spiral pattern, resembling a barber's pole. In Spanish, palitos masticables o palitos de la selva.

Candy-inspired Cloth

Candy-striped cloth is material having narrow coloured lines on a white background:
a candy-striped blouse

Candy striper: a nickname given to a hospital volunteer. This name comes from the red-and-white striped jumpers that female volunteers traditionally wore in the United States, which looked like stick candy. The name and uniform are used less frequently now.

An island for the rich and famous

Martha’s Vineyard is a small island off the coast of Massachusetts.  The Vineyard is only accessible by air or boat, and because of that, it has traditionally been known as a summer getaway for the rich and famous. U.S. President Bill Clinton spent vacation time on the island during and after his presidency, along with his wife, Hillary Clinton, and their daughter, Chelsea. Former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis maintained a home in Aquinnah, a town located on Marthat's Vineyard.
The original inhabitants of the island, the members of the Native American tribe Wampanoag, still remain on the island today. English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold named the region with its current name in 1602. He possibly chose the name to honour his daughter, Martha, who had died in infancy. For some time it was called Martin’s Vineyard, after Gosnold’s ship’s captain, John Martin, but it became more commonly known as Martha’s Vineyard. Martha Gosnold’s gravesite lies between St. Mary’s Church and the Cathedral, in England.

Did you know?

- The original Stephen Spielberg movie Jaws was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard and a few of the island’s residents appeared as extras in the film.
- Martha's Vineyard was actually the site of one of the earliest documented deaf communities in the U.S., and a unique dialect of sign language emerged, specific to the island, that remains in use today.
- On July 16, 1999, a small plane crashed off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. In this accident John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren Bessette lost their lives.