Do you Take Tea? ( English Mylotters)

United States
July 21, 2012 6:52pm CST
Call me curious. In England does everything stop at 4pm for tea these days? Or is this a relic of a bygone time?
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
22 Jul 12
Hi.. I have heard of this tradition in England. They passed this habit to Indians, while they ruled us for a 150 years. So all the elderlies in our family, must have tea at around 4pm everyday. I am not into tea much. I'm addicted to coffee and smoking. That is caffine and nicotine... LOL.. I recently went through a little training about Brits (as I work for an UK based company now). We were told that Brits are early riser- at least most of 'em. Also that many go to sleep at 7pm or 8pm at the most. I've been talking to British people over the phone for a month now. It was tough in the beginning. I used to roll my 'r's, like the Americans. But the Brits don't even pronounce it. A kind and old English lady, said to me the other day, I don't understand you. I'm still getting used to it. :-)
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@mr_pearl (5037)
• India
22 Jul 12
LOL... I know, it wasn't about India. When I read your post, I remembered how the tradition here is. So I was tempted to write. I'm controlling the nicotine addiction, Sarah. I mean, I've reduced the number of smokes per day. I've reduced it by 50%. I appreciate you wanting me to stop it. We're best friends, ain't we?
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Dear friends on our way to being Behen ans Bhai.I'm so proud of you! I know that must have been hard! I can worry less now!
@GreenMoo (11842)
23 Jul 12
Many people go to sleep at 7pm or 8pm? The children perhaps!
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@BabyCheetah (1913)
• Australia
22 Jul 12
I love tea. I'm in Australia though. I don't have it at a particular time but as I write this I am enjoying a cup of earl grey I know there are places even here where you can go and enjoy a high tea, I've never been to one though as it's pricey but one day I think I shall try it out just to say I've done it
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Thanks Love. I hope you get to have high tea someday.I had no idea it would be so expensive.
• Australia
22 Jul 12
Well it is in my opinion but I probably wouldn't mind as much if I had a full time job and could afford to indulge in something. You're welcome
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Keep the Faith is what us Yanks say when we wish people luck on the hard things in life. So I say Keep The Faith. You will fins that job you want!
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
22 Jul 12
Can I join? Well, I don't really drink tea, I prefer coffee instead. But I have some friends in Pakistan (it's a commonwealth country of England) who stop their work right at 5 pm. for a tea break. They will have around half an hour until one hour for this break as it's also a Muslim country so they use it for praying too. And I have a British friend who regularly comes to my city every 6 months. I think he never makes any effort to drink tea every afternoon. I don't know, maybe it's because he's not in his country or something. Heheheh...
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Of course! Thanks for your response. I totally forgot about how the countries that were once ruled by Britain! Another person told me tea is taken in India too! You learn something everyday!
@MissPiggy (1751)
• Indonesia
22 Jul 12
True. And don't forget that the Chinese and Japanese also have what is called a tea ceremony.
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• United States
23 Jul 12
So true. h=They taught the English About tea!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
22 Jul 12
I wonder about that, as well as the nap, (for the life of me I can't remember what it is called, only that it starts with an "s") that Mexicans take after lunch. Maybe in this faster paced world, there is no longer time for tea or naps ...:(
• United States
22 Jul 12
A siesta. They take a siesta because in the middle of the day it gets Real hot. But I assume with AC it may not be observed. That is another Good Question.
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• United States
22 Jul 12
That's it..Yeah, I guess it was because of the heat, but it sure would be wonderful to be able to take a short nap if one feels especially tired... Unfortunately when I get tired, it is around 4 or 5, too late for a nap..
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
22 Jul 12
Some of my friends who work in England state that this still happens today. :) This is the time when they get together to discuss about all topics from weather to sports. So I think this is still very much how the English day looks like at 4:00. Cheers! Ram
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Thanks.I'm glad it still happens.
@GreenMoo (11842)
22 Jul 12
No. And people don't eat a full English breakfast each morning either. Both are the preserve of tourists!
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• United States
22 Jul 12
Thanks Love. I wondered could most of Britain just stop for tea?
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Jul 12
I just drink the stuff, I don't have a specific time that I do it. Except not after 5 pm or I won't sleep.
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@shahamed (93)
• Singapore
22 Jul 12
I used to drink many cups of coffee and tea previously. My family always boils a pot of tea during tea breaks in the evening. And also adding various spices to tea makes it taste much better. Recently however in an effort to lose wight, i have been cutting down on all sweet beverages consumption
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
22 Jul 12
I don't know if they still do it in England, but I think it's a neat thing to do. I've thought about doing it myself, just taking a break and having tea (probably iced, with the weather so hot!), but then I drink tea or whatever when I'm working, so that part wouldn't be much of a break. I'm curious, too, if the English still take tea in the afternoon.
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@Rick1950 (1565)
• Lima, Peru
22 Jul 12
I drink tea sometimes. I like it, although I like more to drink coffee. I don't know if the tea comes direct from England, however it is distributed by an English enterprise. Furthermore, there are any cafes, where also tea of some Asian countries will be sold, and it tastes really good, although it is a little expensive. I think that in England a lot of people don't use anymore to drink tea at 4pm due to modern life. So have I read it.
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@Dominique25 (9475)
• United States
22 Jul 12
I'm not a tea drinker. I'm more of a coffee drinker. But it does amaze me at how many people drink tea and how often. It's like people actually really do love tea. I just can't drink it like I do coffee. And I have tried to really like it.
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