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Welcome to Larisa English Club #17

What’s in The News? It’s True: Coffee Can Add Years to Your Life.

Speaking Practice. Catching a Bus.

English Grammar. Comparative Adjectives and Quantifiers.

What’s in The News?

It’s True: Coffee Can Add Years to Your Life.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? For many Americans, the day begins by trudging to the coffee pot or stopping for a daily latte before rushing into the office. Coffee is a daily ritual in Blue Zones areas, as well. Sardinians, Ikarians and Nicoyans start their days with a cup, lightly sweetened without cream. In addition to a daily cup of coffee, Blue Zones centenarians drink water, tea and wine. While coffee is often a hotly-debated health topic, it’s shown to carry many health benefits.

In all five original Blue Zones areas, people drink up to two or three cups of black coffee per day! The American Heart Association found that consuming coffee, both caffeinated and decaf, was associated with a lower risk of total mortality. Other major studies confirm that coffee drinkers live longer than those who don’t drink it, and have lower risks of early death.

Five science-backed ways coffee benefits life expectancy and overall health:

  1. It provides essential antioxidants.

Coffee, similar to Cannonau wine from Sardinia, leafy green vegetables and blueberries, contains polyphenols that are effective at neutralizing free radicals and helping to prevent some diseases. In a study published by The Journal of Nutrition, consumption of coffee, wine and vegetables reduced the risk of major chronic degenerative diseases. The antioxidant intake was most drastically affected by the intake of coffee. For most Americans, coffee provides more than just a jolt of energy—it’s where we get the majority of our daily antioxidants.

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Speaking Practice.

Catching a Bus.

Steve: Is this where I catch the bus for the zoo?

Alan: You can take a T­30 from here, but then you have to walk about six blocks.

Steve: That doesn’t sound too bad.

Alan: Actually, if you go to the bus stop in the next block, you can take a Z­8 which will let you right off in front of the zoo.

Steve: Maybe that’s what I’ll do. Thanks a lot.

Alan: You’re welcome.

Language Notes

Catching a bus = getting a bus

T­30 = number of a bus

That doesn’t sound too bad. = That doesn’t appear to be difficult.

Z­8 = number of a bus

Let you right off = take you exactly to

English Grammar.

Comparative Adjectives and Quantifiers.

Comparative adjectives are used to compare two things.

Quantifiers show if the difference is big or small.

Quantifiers showing a big difference:


a lot






a great deal


Quantifiers showing a small difference:


a little




a bit

a shade

a hair

a tad

These quantifiers can be used both to show a “more” difference and a “less” difference:

This car is a bit more expensive than this motorcycle.

This motorcycle is a bit less expensive than this car.

This house is way bigger than that apartment.

That apartment is way smaller than this house.

These quantifiers CANNOT be used with the “not as_____as” structure:

My brother is much not as old as me.(Not correct)

My brother is much younger than me. (Correct)

Jill is a little not as tall as Kim. (Not correct)

Jill is a little shorter than Kim. (Correct)

Bonus grammar!

More polite ways to say something with tag questions.

She is so short, isn’t she? (Not polite)

She isn’t very tall, is she? (Polite)

This room is so dirty, isn’t it? (Impolite)

This room isn’t very clean, is it? (Polite)

He is very rude, isn’t he? (Impolite)

He isn’t very polite, is he? (Polite)

Until next time…

Every students ambition is to speak and understand English fluently. You can reach your goals by doing what you like. Study and practice your English as often as possible. The main key is to make daily progress.

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