Views #947 | Low Intermediate 4

Sports on TV

Marion and Todd discuss the various sports they like to watch on TV.

Todd: So, Marion, do you like to play sports?

Marion: I don't play sports at the moment cause I don't really have the time, or it feels like I don't have time. It's been a long time since I did sports regularly.

Todd: Yeah, me too, but I love sports. I love to watch sports on TV.

Marion: Mm-hm. But that's not really taking part in sports is it? It's not the same. That just means that you like TV.

Todd: No, I don't like TV. I like watching sports on TV. There's a big difference.

Marion: OK, so, what kind of sports do you like watching on TV?

Todd: Well, I think you know, baseball.

Marion: But of course. Anything else?

Todd: No anything, pretty much basketball, baseball. I watch anything but there are sports I really dislike.

Marion: Hmm, like what, for example?

Todd: Ice-skating. I hate ice-skating. It's torture. Like I can't watch...

Marion: The girls doing their pirouettes and stuff like that?

Todd: Oh, yeah, plus.

Marion: Figure skating, is that what you mean?

Todd: Yeah, yeah, so when you watch it you think, they're gonna fall, they're gonna fall, and they've got the music on in the background, and they're going around really fast, and then maybe you like one of the skaters, and then you're nervous cause you think, she's gonna fall, or he's gonna fall. I mean they're terrific athletes, but to me that's not a sport, that's an art. It should be like dancing or ballet. Like they don't put ballet on the sports network, so they should not put ice-skating on the sports network either.

Marion: OK, I see where you're coming from, but I think if you watch a race like say the 100 meters, or something like that, you might also be nervous and afraid that one of them is going to fall, if you have that kind of investment in somebody.

Todd: Yeah, I don't think so, and I mean maybe it's just me but, yeah!

Marion: If you've got and American runner, which you usually do, in the 100 meters, do you not feel really nervous for them?

Todd: No, cause I know they're gonna win. No just kidding! Actually, they haven't been winning recently, but, yeah, I guess a little bit, maybe the hurdles. You fell that way about the hurdles, a little bit.

Marion: Yeah!

Todd: So, but do you like watching ice-skating?

Marion: Um, I don't mind, but I do find it a bit boring after awhile, really.

Todd: Yeah! Yeah!

Marion: I find, to be honest I find most sports boring to watch after a certain length of time. An hour and a half is about my limit. I like watching soccer, but soccer is always changing so, I don't find that a chore to watch but everything else really, an hour and a half and I'm done.

Todd: Well, I guess that's better.


Learn vocabulary from the lesson

It's torture

I hate ice-skating. It's torture.

We use the phrase 'it's torture' to talk about an activity we really hate.  Notice the following:

  1. It's torture to listen to a two-hour lecture.
  2. It's always torture to take a very long flight.

in the background

They've got the music on in the background.

Background music plays softly and is not the focus of a situation.  We hear it while watching a movie or in a department store.  Notice the following:

  1. You can hear the TV on in the background.
  2. There was a CD playing in the background.

I see where you're coming from

I see where you're coming from, but I disagree with you.

The phrase 'I see where you're coming from' means that we understand the opinion of the speaker.  Notice the following:

  1. That is a good point. I see where you are coming from.
  2. I see where you are coming from, but I still can't help you.

an investment in someone

I am nervous one of the skaters will fall if I have an investment in them.

We have an investment in someone or something we care very much about.  Notice the following:

  1. All sports fans have an investment in their teams.
  2. Good teachers have an investment in their students.

a chore (to do)

I don't find soccer a chore to watch.

A chore is an activity we don't like or is very difficult to do.  Notice the following:

  1. I find it a chore to sit through an opera.
  2. It is a chore for me to read a book over 300 pages.

Vocabulary Quiz

torture • background • coming from
 investment • chore
  1. I don't think you understand where I'm .
  2. Their music is absolute to listen to.
  3. Who is with you?   I hear voices in the .
  4. For him it's a to walk more than 50 meters.
  5. She has made a real in this company.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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