Views #16 | Intermediate 5

The Jock

Conrad loves sports. He talks a little about the sport he likes best.
Todd: OK, Conrad.

Conrad: Yeah.

Todd: You're quite the jock!

Conrad: Thanks Todd.

Todd: Yeah. So, we're gonna talk about sports.

Conrad: All right.

Todd: What sports do you like?

Conrad: Well, I like a lot of sports but basketball is my favorite. Definitely.

Todd: Oh, really?

Conrad: Yeah!

Todd: OK. How long have you been playing basketball?

Conrad: Let's see.. Probably about thirty years. I'm thirty seven now and I think I was in elementary school when I started to play at first.

Todd: Wow, at what age were you your best?

Conrad: Let's see.. Probably around 20 maybe. Sometime when I was in college. Yeah.

Todd: What position did you play when you played basketball?

Conrad: Guard. A little bit of forward, depending on what kind of team I was playing on.

Todd: Yeah, were you mainly an offensive or defensive player?

Conrad: Defensive. Yeah.

Todd: OK. Do you still watch a lot of basketball on TV?

Conrad: Well, now living in Japan I don't get many chances to watch the NBA but I do follow it on the internet.

Todd: OK. Do you still play basketball?

Conrad: Yeah. I play about once a week with my-- at the university I work at with the club team there.

Todd: OK. Great. Alright. Thanks a lot Conrad.

Conrad: Sure. No problem Todd.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!


You're quite the jock.

A 'jock' is a person who is really involved in sports and fitness.  Notice the following:

  1. He hangs out with all the jocks at school.
  2. She was a big jock when she was younger.

offensive / defensive

What position did you play? Were you mainly an offensive or defensive player?

An 'offensive player' tries to score in the other team's goal while a 'defensive player' protects their team's goal.  Notice the following:

  1. Our team just couldn't get past their defensive players.
  2. I'm an offensive player on the team.

get a chance

Living in Japan, I don't get many chances to watch the NBA.

If you 'get a chance' to something you have the opportunity to try it.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you ever gotten the chance to meet a celebrity?
  2. Did you get a chance to go to a live game last year?


I don't watch it on TV, but I do follow it on the internet.

If you 'follow' a team or a sport you check for updates and new information about the team and how they have performed in games.  "Follow" can also refer to things like news or topics of interest.  Notice the following:

  1. Have you been following the election speeches?
  2. I don't really follow any team in particular.

no problem

 [Thanks.] Sure, no problem.

We say 'no problem' when something is not a big deal or request.  Notice the following:

  1. It's no problem at all for me to help you.
  2. She said it was no problem if we were late.


Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
jock • a chance • defensive
follow • no problem
  1. Do you celebrity gossip?
  2. He looks like a , but he doesn't play any sports.
  3. Are you sure it is for you to drive there?
  4. When he was young he got to throw the first pitch at a baseball game.
  5. Their players were like a wall.