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  • Hi. James from EngVid. I've had a little to drink. Hold on. Sorry. James from EngVid.

  • I had a little to drink with my friend Mr. E. Today we're going to do "bar talk", and

  • why it's very important. You know what you're getting.

  • So let me tell you a little story, okay? I was sober when I started this video, and then,

  • well, Mr. E invited me out to a bar. He said, "It's on me." I'm not a rich man, but I'm

  • a smart man, so I said, "Sure, I'll go with you." So, you know, we go to the bar, and

  • he said, "You know what? It's cheaper to get a pitcher than it is to buy a glass of beer."

  • And I went, "That's great." So he goes up to the bartender, and he says, "Bartender

  • -- barkeep, he said, what's on tap? What's on tap?" "Well", the bartender said, "Well,

  • what can I get you? Bud? Blue? Ex? Amsterdam Light? Whatever." Mr. E -- pardon me. So Mr.

  • E said, "Sure, but I've got my own drink, and it's my own creation. It's two parts beer,

  • one part vodka, one part you don't need to know." Okay, so it doesn't matter. He brings

  • this back. I'm sitting at the table. I drink it. After two seconds, I'm moving around like

  • this about to fall because this drink was really potent, terribly potent. You can see

  • the worm is here. I got intoxicated in about five seconds. The police had to call.

  • And you know what? The bartender said, "Hey, dude, you're cut off, and take the worm with

  • you." Long story. Now, this is "bar talk". Because in Canada

  • and many places across the world, we use a lot of the words I've given you, all this

  • vocabulary, to explain or express things. And today, I'm going to let you into our secret

  • world, so you can socialize and improve your English.

  • So let's go back to the beginning. What did I say? I said I was "sober". Well, if you

  • don't have any alcohol whatsoever, which is this, okay? You don't have any of this, you're

  • going to be "sober" -- no alcohol. I have no alcohol in my body.

  • Now, here's the good thing: When you go to a bar, you want somebody to say to you, "It's

  • on me". What that means is they are paying. Now, if you say these magical words, "it's

  • on me", you're paying. Please take this from your vocabulary. Otherwise, they're always

  • going to go, "Who's paying?" "It's on him." "Great. He's paying." Okay? So "sober" is

  • the first word -- no alcohol. So when you're driving, you should be sober, really. "It's

  • on me" -- somebody's paying money, right? Whoever says that, they're the one who's going

  • to pay. Now, here is a "mug". It's not a word I put

  • in for your little quiz at the end. Don't forget you have a quiz. But there's a mug

  • or a jug of -- a mug of beer. A pitcher is bigger. It's like a big thing. So it has two,

  • three or four glasses of beer. Because it has so much in one container, it's called

  • a pitcher, and it's cheaper. So you can go to a bar in Canada and go, "I want a pitcher

  • of beer", and they'll give it to you, and it will be cheaper than buying bottles. Remember

  • the bottle I showed you? Right? It would be two, three, four of these. Save money. Drink

  • more. "On tap": This is a -- well, it's because

  • it's different. "On tap" means it's not from a bottle; it comes from, like, a "tap" -- in

  • your house, where you wash your dishes. It comes from a keg. And a keg looks like this.

  • I'm a really horrible drawer, so forgive me, okay? Forgive me, for I am about to sin in

  • many ways. A keg looks like something like that, and it's on tap. So the beer comes out

  • of that. Yeah, I know. Listen, this is an expensive special effects department we have

  • here, okay? Imagine this, and your mug goes here. There's your pitcher, and they put the

  • beer in there. So it comes from a keg. So if you say, "What's on tap?" -- at every bar,

  • in Germany, and other places as well, in Japan, they have these taps, and they pour the beer.

  • You've seen them do that. They pour the beer from there -- not a bottle, which is more

  • expensive. So you go, "What's on tap, man? Give me some good Canadian stuff."

  • Next, the bartender will probably say -- if you're not talking about beer, which is the

  • first part, but you want other alcoholic drinks, he or she might say, "What can I get you?"

  • You think "get" is "go somewhere", and they're meaning, "Yes, I'm going to leave talking

  • to you, go behind, arrange or make a drink for you, and bring it back." And they usually

  • say, "What can I get you?" Yeah, you're slowing it down now, saying, "What did he say?" "What

  • can I get you?" "What can I get you?" That is, "May I help you? May I serve you?" Cool?

  • Okay, so we're moving from here. We've got something off of tap. The next part of the

  • story: Remember Mr. E gave me some kind of vodka, beer? I don't remember. My head still

  • hurts from the drink. Well, when somebody says "It's my own brew" or "my own creation",

  • it means this isn't normal -- a normal drink you can buy. I, at my own house, invented

  • or created it. I have a drink, and you're going to like this. So if you're watching

  • and you're under 18, go watch The Simpsons or something, okay? My drink is called a "Pink

  • Lemonade", okay? It is one part vodka, so that's one ounce vodka. Two San Pellegrino

  • -- you've got another part San Pellegrino. Then you get a blueberry smoothie, and you

  • mix it together. It looks like pink lemonade, and it is potent. There you go, "potent" -- "strong".

  • Because it tastes so nice like real lemonade, you drink it -- you don't even notice what's

  • happening. Why is this word important? "Potent" means "strong". So my own creation -- you

  • heard me say "parts". In alcohol, when people talk about what's in the drink -- you say,

  • "What's in it?" They'll go, "One part this, one part that, two parts this". And they're

  • telling you, "This is how much you should put of each one." So usually, an ounce of

  • each one equals a "part". So the bartender says to you, "In a Brown Cow, there're three

  • parts vodka, one part vermouth." Everybody now knows I don't drink because I don't know

  • what's in a Brown Cow. So don't make fun of me on YouTube. Anyway.

  • So they'll tell you what the parts are, how to make the drink. And they'll say, "My own

  • creation is this." Mine is the -- remember? That's right, Pink Lemonade, baby. I've got

  • another one. You're going to love it. So you can make it "potent". It means that it has

  • more alcohol than anything else, okay? So when you say "potent" -- more alcohol than

  • anything else. So "potent" drink. So let's go from here. If something's potent,

  • and you have many of them, you're going to have something called "intoxication". To be

  • "intoxication" means - it comes from "toxicity" or "toxin". You have more alcohol than you

  • should in your body, and it's now becoming poisonous, or as we like to say, "drunk",

  • okay? If you're intoxicated, the word we use normally is "drunk". It means "I have had

  • too much alcohol in my body, and now I cannot think properly or clearly." "Intoxicated".

  • Now, do not drink and drive or be drunk while you're driving your car or intoxicated, because

  • the police will stop you. And if you're making too much noise while walking on the street

  • while intoxicated, they will arrest you as well. So remember this word. Potent drink

  • -- possible intoxication. Next -- where are we? If you are too intoxicated,

  • you will -- what? You will be "cut off". This -- what they mean by "cut off", in Canada

  • anyways, other places as well. In Canada specifically, it means "you have had too much alcohol, and

  • the place where you're staying does not want to be legally responsible for you." So they

  • will say, "You are cut off. No more alcohol because we will be responsible." They might

  • even say, "Give me your car keys so you cannot drive." Serious stuff, friends. Now, in other

  • places, if you cause trouble -- like, you get into fights or you talk to the girls like,

  • "Hey, baby. What's up?" -- they will cut you off real quick: "Cut off, and get out!"

  • Now, I've got one more thing I've got to tell you. These are -- excuse me. These are the

  • worst two words. When you're at the bars, you never want to hear this. It's called "last

  • call", or as Americans say, "last call". This means you have 15 minutes to drink your drink,

  • order, and get your butt out of the bar, and the good times are over, okay?

  • Well, I've got to go through this very quickly before we hit our last call for this video.

  • So there are ten things I want you to learn. Try and remember which are the ten things

  • because one's not on the board. But I said it. It was the last thing I said. See? There's

  • the hint. Listen. And you're going to go to the quiz and check it out to see if you remember.

  • Okay? First, you arrive sober when you go to a bar,

  • right? Okay. So you arrive sober. But if you're lucky, you have friends with money, they'll

  • buy it. The drinks will be on them. Anyone who says it's on them, that person's paying.

  • "Pitcher": College students, you guys are all studying because you're young, got no

  • money. Get pitchers; don't buy bottles. It's cheaper. Get drunk faster. I said it. Next:

  • "on tap". You ask them, "What's on tap?" They'll tell you the two, three, five, or six beers

  • that they have that's in a funny-looking thing called a "keg". This is called a "keg". Remind

  • me to talk about "kegger" when I was in university. You'll want to hear about that. Anyway. Next,

  • bartenders, especially in nice restaurants -- bars -- go, "What can I get you?" or "What

  • can I get you?" Okay? Practice that. All right? Next. If you have your own drink, you might

  • have -- you might make your own creation or your own brew. Some people actually make wine

  • at home and they'll say, "This is my own brew because I made it at home" or their own beer.

  • Welcome to Canada, eh? Okay? "Parts": When they say, "What parts?" What's in there? How

  • much liquid: alcohol, water, seasonings, flavours, whatever, right? Hops. How many "parts". Finally,

  • you drink too much, and especially if it's strong -- it's "potent". It'll be "potent".

  • You'll get intoxicated, or the common word is "drunk". See my worm? Drank, intoxicated,

  • fall down flat. Now, that's why we said here, "You've got to 'cut off' the worm", okay?

  • So I've done a quick review. I hope you remember all this. Go back to the story at the beginning.

  • See how much of the story you understand from the words, and -- oh, I'm sorry. It's last

  • call. I've got to get going. My beer is waiting for me, so last call for me, son. Oh, before

  • I go, www.engvid.com, where "eng" stands for "English" and "vid" stands for "video". That's

  • the commercial break. So go there: www.engvid.com. I'll see you. We have, like, seven other people,

  • I don't know. We're all going for a drink after this. Anyway. Take care. Got to get me some cold, frosty ones.

Hi. James from EngVid. I've had a little to drink. Hold on. Sorry. James from EngVid.

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