Todd: Sarah, so what sports do you like?
Sarah: My favorite spectator sport is football. I support Newcastle United in England.
Todd: Newcastle United.
Sarah: Newcastle United, yeah.
Todd: Are they a good team?
Sarah: Yeah, I think they're pretty good. They finished fifth in the premiership this year, so they're near the top.
Todd: OK, so right now we have the Euro cup and last night England played.
Sarah: They did.
Todd: Yeah, did you see the game?
Sarah: No, I was going to watch it tonight actually in Shibuya but I'm thinking maybe not now because we lost on penalties.
Todd: Yeah, what was the score?
Sarah: The final score was 2 all (2-2) and then it went to penalties and I think it was 6-4. So England always lose on penalties.
Todd: They always lose on penalties?
Todd: Well, sorry. Maybe in the World Cup, next time.
Sarah: Maybe. Yeah.
Todd: Now do you ever play football?
Sarah: No, I've never played.
Sarah: Never played, no.
Todd: OK. Do you ever go and watch games in Newcastle?
Sarah: It's very difficult to watch games in Newcastle because it's a big club and it's Premiership and you have to book in advance quite a few years but I've seen some first division football clubs
play against each other.
Todd: You have to get tickets two years in advance?
Sarah: For the big clubs, yeah. They're booked up.
Todd: That's pretty intense. So when there's a game on TV then what do you do? Do you watch it at home? Do you go to a pub?
Sarah: It depends on the game. I like it and I like Premiership football and I like World Cup football and Euro 2000 but I wouldn't watch particularly a first division game on the television but normally I would go to the pub with friends and watch the game.
Todd: Do you think that athletes make too much money?
Sarah: I think footballers do. Yeah, I think they do. I think they do a good job but I think they're incredibly overpaid.
Todd: Yeah, I think it is the same thing in the States. I think they make too much money.
My favorite spectator sport is football.
A 'spectator sport' is a sport that you watch. The example is specifically referring to a game that is fun to watch, but not necessarily play. Notice the following:
- Some sports are fun to play, but really boring spectator sports.
- Boxing is her favorite spectator sport.
The Newcastle United finished fifth in the premiership this year.
A 'premiership' is a championship competition in which people or teams from a number of different sporting clubs compete. Notice the following:
- Have you ever been to a premiership?
- We are having a party to watch the premiership game.
To be able to watch games in Newcastle, you have to book in advance.
When used like this 'book' is a verb that means to reserve something. Notice the following:
- When do I have to book my flight?
- We need to make some decisions about this vacation because I want
to book a hotel.
Do you think athletes make too much money?
In this case 'make' can be replaced with 'earn' or 'receive.' Notice the following:
- It isn't polite to ask someone how much they make.
- He is looking for a way to make a little extra money.
Football players do a good job, but I think they're overpaid.
Someone who is 'overpaid' receives too much money for what it is that they do. Notice the following:
- All of the executives here are overpaid.
- He is definitely overpaid considering I do most of his work.
made • overpaid