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Re: Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day

by gregorovius (Friar)
on Oct 18, 2001 at 03:50 UTC ( #119593=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Average number of caffeinated beverages per work day

I live in Chiapas, Mexico, one of the foremost places in the world to live at for coffee fans. I can get freshly roasted highlands organic coffee for 2 dollars a pound. :-)

Too bad I suffer from chronic heartburn. Most mexican native americans do, from drinking so much of it. Sometimes I swallow my morning Zantac with my first sip of coffee.

Here's a link to some text by Balzac that used to be posted by the "all you can drink" Espresso machine we had at school:

From Harper's magazine: "Balzac died in 1850 at the age of 51; according to his physicican. the cause of death was 'an old heart complaint' aggravated by 'the use or rather the abuse of coffee, to which he had recourse in order to counteract man's natural propensity to sleep." Balzac wrote 85 novels in 20 years.

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[LanX]: both acceptable
[LanX]: Friend of my worked for an international cooperation in Singapore and said the guys with the biggest communication problems were the native speakers ... pointing out an australian guy who needed a year to notice that nobody understood him
[Eily]: ah yes, I've starting feeling more confident about my accent when I realised I'm always going to be pronuncing it wrong for someone anyway :)
[Eily]: started*
[ambrus]: LanX: native speakers are close, but they aren't on the top. there are a _few_ foreigners who have such a thick accent that it takes more time to get used to it and understand the words behind than even the worst native speaker accents.
[ambrus]: but yes, typically native English speakers, who think that English is still their exclusive property, are the worst.
[LanX]: Eily: do you live in an English speaking country?
[LanX]: I think foreigners tend to simplify their phrases, whereby often native speakers don't know how to adapt
[Eily]: nope, France
[LanX]: That's pretty true for every language

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