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566 Water


Al and Todd share their thoughts about water.

Todd: So, Al, we're going to talk about water. How much water do you drink every day?

Al: I guess about three liters, so six of those 500 millileter, five or six of those 500 millileter bottles.

Todd: Yeah, that's a lot. That's about what I drink. Yeah, I think I'm addicted to water.

Al: I definitely am.

Todd: Yeah, it's my security blanket. I must always have a bottle of water nearby to drink.

Al: And you have a theory to about why I always feel like I get thirstier the more water I drink, and you have a theory about that don't you?

Todd: Yeah, that's right. I think that the water bottle people somehow put a special chemical that always make you want to drink more water.

Al: I agree.

Todd: Yeah, cause haven't you noticed that if you drink water from a tap, from the sink, you have a glass of water, you're not thirsty after you finish the glass, but when you finish a bottle of water, you're still thirsty.

Al: One bottle is not enough. Yeah, definitely. A glass of tap water I would rarely finish the glass, but a bottle of bottled water, I need more, and like you said I need to know there is more close to me or I get upset.

Todd: Well, do you still drink tap water?

Al: No, never.

Todd: Never?

Al: I cook with it but I don't drink it.

Todd: Why?

Al: Ah, it tastes like crap.

Todd: Yeah, it does taste pretty bad. Well, we both live in Japan, how is the water in England?

Al: It's about the same. It's kind of, it's drinkable in theory but it has this weird processed taste to it and doesn't smell all that good, so it's supposed to be safe to drink but I don't really believe that, for a minute.

Todd: Actually the water where I'm from in Norhtern California is pretty good.

Al: Is it?

Todd: Yeah. Ah, that's the one thing you can drink from the tap but people still drink bottled water. Actually, I think the next time there's a huge, massive world war, it might be over water.

Al: Yes.

Todd: It's kind of scary.

Al:It's like we live on this planet that is mostly water and we can't manage it properly. There isn't enough for everybody.

Todd: Yeah, no kidding, so anyway, for all you people out there, remember, be thankful for your water.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

security blanket

It's my security blanket. I must always have a bottle of water nearby to drink.

A 'security blanket' is something that makes you feel more comfortable.  Notice the following:

  1. My sunglasses are my security blanket.  I feel very vulnerable without them.
  2. She uses lipstick as a security blanket.

theory

You have a theory about that don't you?

A 'theory' is an idea or something that you believe to be true about a person or situation.  Notice the following:

  1. I don't agree with your theory about fish having emotions.
  2. What is your theory about why they broke up?

tap water

A glass of tap water I would rarely finish the glass.

Water that comes out of the faucet in the sink is 'tap water.'  In many places it is impossible to drink the tap water without getting sick and people must drink bottled water.  Notice the following:

  1. He got sick from drinking the tap water when he first moved here.
  2. I don't like the taste of the tap water in my new house.

don't believe that for a minute

It's supposed to be safe to drink but I don't really believe that for a minute.

If you don't believe at all that something is true, then you 'don't believe it for a minute.'  Notice the following:

  1. He didn't believe my lie for a minute.
  2. You are six feet tall?  I don't believe that for a minute.

manage

This planet that is mostly water and we can't manage it properly.

To 'manage' something is to determine how to use it.  We can use this word to refer to money or resources.  Notice the following:

  1. They manage their children well, especially in public.
  2. She never manages her time very well and always stays awake all night before an exam.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
security • theory • water
minute • to manage
  1. The tap tastes a little funny in this house, so we use a filter.
  2. It will be hard for her to quit, because smoking cigarettes is like her blanket.
  3. He will have to learn his money if he ever wants to buy his own house.
  4. I have a about why you are always so cold in the afternoon.
  5. Most of what he says I don't believe for a .