Mineral Water Vs Tap Water

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on August 27, 2022 and last updated on July 23, 2023

This topic offers English learners a valuable opportunity to enhance language skills while engaging in an informative and relevant discussion. This introduction delves into the comparisons between these two sources of drinking water, providing learners with descriptive vocabulary to articulate their preferences.

By exploring the advantages, taste and environmental impact of each option, learners can practice listening comprehension, critical thinking and persuasive speaking. Embracing this topic not only enriches language proficiency but also equips learners with essential knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their health and environmental consciousness.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Mineral Water Vs Tap Water

The debate between “Mineral Water vs. Tap Water” has long intrigued health-conscious individuals and environmental advocates alike.

Mineral water is a natural beverage that contains essential minerals. The best mineral waters come from deep underground springs and are naturally filtered by rock and sand. It’s often bottled at the source, so you can be sure that no chemicals have been added after it leaves the ground.

On the other hand, the water you get from your tap is a product of nature and human engineering. The water that comes out of your faucet has been treated and purified, filtered through sand and gravel and finally disinfected by chlorine to ensure that it is safe to drink.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • healthy (adjective)
  • unhealthy (adjective)
  • particles (noun)
  • filter (verb)
  • purify (verb)
  • source (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Which type of water do you usually prefer to drink, mineral water, or tap water?
  • Why do you think some people prefer drinking mineral water?
  • What do you think are the benefits of drinking tap water?
  • In your country, is there a significant price difference between mineral water and tap water?
  • How important is water quality to you when making the decision between mineral water and tap water?
  • How important is water quality to you when making the decision between mineral water and tap water?
  • Can you feel any difference between the taste of mineral water and tap water?
  • Have you ever tried different brands of mineral water? Did you notice any variation in taste or quality?
  • Do you know other alternative to mineral and tap water?
  • Is it better to drink mineral water or tap water?
  • Some argue that the environmental impact of plastic bottled mineral water is detrimental. Should there be stricter regulations or bans on bottled water?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.