Improve your social skills with Bar English!!!


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 goes here. I got intoxicated in about
five seconds. The police had to be calles. 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 “intoxicated” 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.

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