Views #174 | Mid Intermediate 5

Adjectives - Opposites

Matt is given a word, an adjective, and says the first work that comes to his head.
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Todd: OK, Matt, we're going to talk about adjectives. What is strong?

Matt: Austrian coffee.

Todd: Yeah, Austrian coffee is strong. Can you get Austrian coffee in Japan?

Matt: Well, I'm not sure. They serve Viennese coffee. Which is supposed to be from Vienna, but when you go to Vienna, the coffee there is just small strong coffees. Viennese coffee in Japan has like cream on top and things like that, so it's like a new take on Austrian coffee.

Todd: Wow, that's bizarre. OK, what is weak?

Matt: What is weak? English coffee, I suppose. The English aren't really very good at making coffee compared to other people, other countries in Europe, so yeah, English coffee is generally weak.

Todd: OK, well it's the same in America, so. Alright, what is heavy?

Matt: Metal.

Todd: Metal!

Matt: Yeah, as in the music.

Todd: Oh, OK. Do you listen to heavy metal music?

Matt: I used to. I used to be in a rock band when I was at college, and it was kind of punk, heavy metal, but I used to listen to a lot, not so much anymore.

Todd: Did you play?

Matt: I was the singer.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


Austrian coffee is strong.

Something that has a lot of flavor is 'strong.'  Notice the following:

  1. Some people don't like espresso because it has a very strong taste.
  2. How much rum did you put in this drink?  It's really strong.

new take

It's like a new take on Austrian coffee.

A 'new take' on something is a new or modern version of something old or traditional.  Notice the following:

  1. They are trying to increase sales by creating a new take of their most popular items.
  2. This is the designer's new take on 1960s style.


English coffee is generally weak.

'Weak' coffee does not have a lot of flavor and you can generally see through it.  Like brown water.  Notice the following:

  1. Can I have another tea bag?  This tea is really weak.
  2. Do you like weak coffee?


What is weak? English coffee, I suppose.

We can use the phrase 'I suppose' when we mostly agree with something, but maybe we have some doubts about it.  Notice the following:

  1. We can always order pizza for the party, I suppose.
  2. I suppose the new action movie is good.

as in

Yeah, as in the music.

In this case 'as in' refers words that might be confusing because they have different meanings..  Notice the following:

  1. We lost the tape. Tape, as in the video.
  2. I sell nuts. Nuts as in metal rings for bolts, not nuts as in peanuts or almonds

Vocabulary Quiz

strong • new takes • weak
suppose • as in
  1. Can I have a second tea bag? This tea is a little .
  2. The movie had a on the cost of college education.
  3. I you have a good point, but that's not how I would do it.
  4. Some kinds of fish have a really flavor.
  5. I cut it with a nail. Nail the tip of my finger.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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