BBC英语六分钟 第173期:待用咖啡


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Jen: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. My name is Jennifer and I am joined in the studio today by Neil.


Neil: Hi there.


Jen: In this programme, we are going to talk about coffee and an interesting new project which is going on in many European cafes. Do you like coffee?


Neil: Yes, I do like a cup of coffee.


Jen: Whats your favourite type of coffee?


Neil: Well, when I was younger, you could only get two types of coffee: black (without milk), or white (with milk). But now there are so many to choose from: latte, cappuccino , espresso… I think my favourite would be a latte, with caramel syrup.


Jen: That sounds delicious. I prefer espresso.


Neil: An espresso is too small for me, Jen. I like value for money from my coffee!


Jen: Well, that's interesting, because our story is about paying for coffee which you don't drink yourself, but first, a quiz question for you.


Neil: OK I'm ready!


Jen: You said you like value for money – but this question is about a very expensive coffee. It's produced from coffee beans which are eaten by an animal called a civet – but how much can it cost per kilogram? a) $5 b) $50 c) $550

你刚刚说你喜欢物有所值的咖啡,不过这道题说的是一种非常昂贵的咖啡。它从灵猫所食的咖啡豆中提取出来的,你知道这种咖啡每公斤多少钱吗?A.5美元 B.50美元 C.550美元。

Neil: I think $5 is too cheap and $550 is too expensive, so I'll say b) $50.


Jen: We will find out whether you're right or not at the end of the programme. Back to our story, which is all about buying coffee. How much is a regular cup of coffee, Neil ?


Neil: Where I live, there are lots of coffee shops. The price is usually around 2 pounds for a cup of coffee.


Jen: 2 pounds for a coffee? How often do you buy one?


Neil: Hmm, I buy one every day before I catch the train for work.


Jen: So, a 2 pounds cup of coffee, Monday to Friday – that's 10 pounds per week. That's quite a lot of money! But what would you do if you did not have enough money to pay for a coffee though, if you couldn't afford it?


Neil: I suppose I would have to go without. If you go without something, you don't have it.

那就不买了呗。在这里,go without是“没有”的意思。

Jen: Well, lots of people don't have money to spare for a coffee, but now a new scheme means that they can go to a cafe…


Neil: Are coffee shops giving away free coffee?


Jen: No, no, no, not quite. A new trend, or pattern, has started around Europe, where people can pay for a suspended coffee.


Neil: I know that train services can be suspended. But, what's a suspended coffee?


Jen: A suspended coffee is where you donate, or give, money for a coffee that someone can drink later.


Neil: So, someone can come into a coffee shop and ask for a coffee that someone else has paid for?


Jen: That's correct. So, when you buy your morning coffee, you might hand over 4 pounds – that's 2 pounds for the coffee you want to drink and 2 pounds for a suspended coffee for someone else.


Neil: That's an interesting idea. So who would drink a suspended coffee?


Jen: Let's listen to a clip from Hettie Clark, who works in a cafe, to find out who might ask for a suspended coffee.


A suspended coffee is where someone buys a coffee for somebody else who is in need of it. So, they could be homeless, they could be hard on their luck or it could be collaborative with the refugee centre down the road.


Jen: So, Hettie Clark mentioned three different types of people. Did you hear who they were?


Neil: She said “They could be homeless”. If you're homeless, you don't have anywhere to live.


Jen: Hettie also said “They could be hard on their luck”. If you are “hard on your luck”, you are unlucky.

第二种是运气不佳的人。hard on your luck,即运气差。

Neil: What was the third group of people?


Jen: Hettie said “It could be collaborative with the refugee centre”. Refugees are people who flee their home country because of danger or war. Let's listen to that clip from Hettie again:


A suspended coffee is where someone buys a coffee for somebody else who is in need of it. So, they could be homeless, they could be hard on their luck or it could be collaborative with the refugee centre down the road.


Jen: So, Neil , do you think you would buy a suspended coffee for someone in need?


Neil: Yes, I think so. It's a chance to do a good deed for someone who needs it. What about you, Jen?


Jen: Yes, I think it's a really interesting idea. I think it will be really good for communities too, because it will bring people together.


Neil: I agree.


Jen: Well, all this talk of coffee is making me feel rather thirsty. Let's go and make a cup.


Neil: Hold on, you need to give the answer to the quiz question first…


Jen: That's right. I asked how much civet coffee can cost, per kilo. Was it: a) $5 b) $50 c) $550

哦,是的。我问你,灵猫咖啡每公斤多少钱?A.5美元 B.50美元 C.550美元。

Neil: And I said b) $50…


Jen: And you were wrong! It is $550. Coffee from beans passed through the civet is the most expensive in the world. Do join us again for another edition of 6 Minute English from BBC Learning English. Bye for now!


Neil: Goodbye!


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