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begging • deep down • good at
makes perfect • so they say
  1. He's working on secret movie project now, .
  2. If practice then why am I still so bad at playing my violin.
  3. She's really basketball event though she never practices.
  4. Stop me for money and go get a job.
  5. You have to know that this is a bad idea.
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889 National Sport
Brian and Fanny talk about the national sports of their respective countries.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

begging my dad

I was always like, begging my dad and asking him but he always said, 'no'.

When we beg for something, we ask someone in a strong, urgent and persistent way to help us.  Notice the following:

  1. As kids, we were always begging our dad to take us to Disneyland.
  2. In high school, I begged my dad to by me an old car, and he did!

deep down

Deep down I think he didn't want to drive me.

We use the phrase deep down to talk about a strong and sincere feeling or belief we feel in our heart.  Notice the following:

  1. Deep down he misses his ex-girlfriend.
  2. He looked confident, but deep down he was scared.

I'm quite good at it

Fanny says "I'm quite good at it".

The word 'quite' has the same meaning as 'very'.  Notice the following:

  1. Learning English is quite difficult.
  2. Be careful with the soup.  It's quite hot.

Practice makes perfect

Fanny says practice makes perfect.

'Practice makes perfect' is an idiom that means the more time we spend practicing something, the better we become.  Notice the following:

  1. When we study English, remember "practice makes perfect."
  2. 'Practice makes perfect' is an old but true idiom.

So they say

Brian agrees, so they say.

We use the phrase 'so they say' to talk about information we hear from other people or news organizations, but we are not sure if it is true.  Notice the following:

  1. The course is difficult, so they say.
  2. The fighting at the border has stopped, so they say.