In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: drinking. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.
|black out||(idiom) to suddenly become unconscious
e.g. What’s the last thing you remember before you blacked out? [=passed out, fainted]
|tipsy||(adj) unsteady or foolish from drinking: slightly drunk
e.g. I got a little tipsy at the party last night.
|booze||(n) alcoholic drinks
e.g. We bought some chips and booze for the party.
|hangover||(n) a sick feeling or condition that comes after drinking too much alcohol at an earlier time
e.g. She woke up with a hangover.
|DUI||(acronym) driving a vehicle while drunk [=driving under influence]
e.g. He was arrested for DUI.
|liquid/liquor courage||(n) Used when explaining alcohol as a catalyst for bravery, particularly in a public setting. Best used in conjunction with moments involving aggressive behavior.
e.g. Yup, James is full of the liquid courage so hopefully, he will not get into a fight.
|social drinker||(n) a practice of only drinking when out with friends, but usually not when alone.
e.g. Gina only drinks to socialize; she’s a social drinker.
|drink to someone or something||(idiom) a saying when you take an alcoholic drink in honor of someone or something and/or to wish good health and/or good luck to someone, and then everyone drinks at the same time.
e.g. Let’s drink to Jessica’s new job.
|have a low tolerance (to alcohol) / can’t hold their drink||(idiom) if someone can’t hold their liquor, or if someone has a low tolerance, they get drunk after drinking very little alcohol.
e.g. He only had two drinks and he’s a mess! He can’t hold his liquor.
Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.
- How often do you drink? When and where?
- Do you enjoy drinking? Why or why not?
- How does alcohol change your behavior and personality?
- How old were you when you first tried alcohol? Who were you with?
- What part does alcohol play in the culture of your country?
- Share the craziest thing you did under the influence of alcohol.
- Have you ever said or done something under the influence of alcohol that you later regretted?
- Do you respect people who can drink a lot? Why or why not?
- Does alcohol help people to get to know each other? How?
- “I drink to make other people more interesting.” — Ernest Hemingway. What does Hemingway mean? Share your thoughts with your Cambly tutor!