## The English you can speak, 22 April

 Soju is the ultimate Korean drink made from sweet potatoes. Koreans just love it. As many as 3.4 billion bottles (360ml) of soju were sold in Korea in 2008 alone. That's about 93 bottles a year per person who are legally allowed to drink in this country. Amazing! It's very cheap; only about on U.S dollar per bottle at a store and about three dollars at a bar. Soju has an alcohol content of about 20 percent: not as strong as whiskey but much stronger than a beer. It's served in small shot glasses and is always almost downed in on shot. It's transparent as it doesn't have any color. It tastes the best when it's ice-cold, but you never drink it on the rocks. You can mix soju with beer and drink it like a cocktail, too. Soju goes perfectly with spicy stews like gamjatang or with the Korean pork delicacy samgyeopsal. Just one thing though; you can get a nasty hangover if you drink too much of it.

# My opinion
 Soju is very popular in Korea, including with me, my friends, my father and the people I like. Many Koreans agree that soju is the ultimate Korean drink. These days, the popularity of makgulry is also growing in Korea. Especially when I have troubles, problems or worries, I like to drink Soju in order to forget them. Unfortunately, I always get a nasty hangover, even if I only drink one or two shots of Soju. I know I shouldn't drink too much, but it's difficult to control my desire. The reason why I drink Soju is to socialize. The more I drink with my friends, the more familiar we feel.
 After I ride my bike with the MTB club members, strangely I get many chances to drink a lot. I think the best time to drink soju mixed with beer is as soon as I finish riding. Unfortunately, as my riding ability improves on roads or mountains, the amount I drink also increase!

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