Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water –– and from sugary Turkish Rize tea to salty Tibetan butter tea, there are almost as many ways of preparing the beverage as there are cultures on the globe. Where did this beverage originate, and how did it become so popular?




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Fill in the gaps in the excerpt of the video with the words in bold below.

beverage        cultivated           revived        edible          grind

consumed      heat           highlights          chewed           cure

During a long day spent roaming the forest in serach of 1. …………. grains and herbs, the weary divine farmer Shennong accidentaly poisoned himeslf 72 times. But before the poisons could end his life, a leaf drifted into his mouth. He 2. ………. on it and it 3. ……… him, and that is how we discovered tea. Or so an ancient legend goes at least. Tea doesn’t actually 4. …….. poisonings, but the story of Shennong (…) 5. ………. tea’s importance to ancient China. Archeological evidence suggests tea was first 6. ………. there as early as 6,000 years ago (…). That original Chinese tea plant is the same type that’s grown around the Word today, yet it was originally 7. ……… very differently. (…) After hundreds of years of variations to the preparation method, the standard became to 8. …….. tea, pack it into portable cakes, 9. ……… into powder, mix with hot water and create a 10. ……… called muo cha, or matcha.

Now listen and check your answers.


Key: 1. edible; 2. chewed; 3. revived; 4. cure; 5. higlights; 6. cultivated; 7. consumed; 8. heat; 9. grind; 10. beverage





  • to revive – to return to consciousness or life; to become active again
  • lucrative – producing a great deal of profit
  • to cede – to give control or possession of something, esp. land to someone else, often unwillingly or because forced to do so
  • covert – concealed or disguised; secret
  • perilous – full of danger or risk
  • commodity – a substance or product that can be traded, bought, or sold



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  • What’s your favourite kind of tea?
  • How do you take your tea?
  • Do you believe in tea’s ”special power”?
  • What kind of tea is the healthies, in your opinion?
  • Has tea ever helped you cure your condition?


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