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Mixer #63 | Intermediate B1

Favorite Sport

Six people discuss their favorite sports.

Adrienne, The United States
speakerWhat is my favorite sport? My favorite sport to participate in is actually swimming, and I used to do it competitively when I was younger. Now I just do it for fun and for exercise, but my favorite sport to watch is soccer or football, depending on where you're from. I had a really good time watching the world cup this year. It was very exciting and very interesting, so I was really happy about that.

Mark, England
speakerWhat is my favorite sport? By far, my favorite sport is football, or in America they call it soccer because I love the passion of football and it's a very fast game, so I look to watch and also play football, but I like most sports really. Usually ball sports: rugby, tennis. I like watching all kinds of sports, but to play football has to be number one.

Lisa, Canada
speakerWhat is my favorite sport? My favorite sport to do is skiing. My favorite sport to watch is ice-hockey. I love ice-hiockey. I think it is the sexiest sport on television today.

Peter, Sweden
speakerMy favorite sport would actually be only badminton because I hate sports. I don't like football. I don't like ice-hockey. I just hate it when my friends always talk about sports and I go like, " Come on. You don't want to do any thing else? No, we only want to talk about sports." But, so the only sports I like is badminton.

Skip, The United States
speakerWhat is my favorite sport? Well, I've played martial arts. I've been doing that for around twenty years. Some martial arts are not really sports. They're more for self-defense but for what I do, and my way to stay healthy, is martial arts and running. As far as watching, that's a good question. I would suppose I would have to say, in Japan Sumo is my favorite sport for watching. I've never tried it myself. I would have to probably be three times as big as I am to even begin to qualify for something like that but, yeah, I enjoy watching it a lot.

Phil, England
speakerWhat is my favorite sport? My favorite sport is definitely football, or as American English says soccer. I am a very big fan of a vary small team called Warsol in the English League. They're in the fourth division in the English League and very, very weak, but when I was in England, I used to travel every weekend to go and watch them play, no matter what the weather or no matter what the results of the likelihood was going to be.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

participate in


My favorite sport to participate in is soccer.

When we participate in an activity, we actually take part in it. Notice the sample sentences:

  1. The new student was too shy to participate in the conversation.
  2. He doesn't like to participate in team sports.

to watch


My favorite sport to watch is basketball.

We watch sport(s) on TV or at a live event, but we don't participate. See the examples below:

  1. I don't participate in sports, but I love to watch tennis on TV.
  2. Jack likes to stay home to watch football all weekend.

by far


By far my favorite sport is football.

Here, "by far" talks about things we like the most. Mark likes many sports, but he likes football (soccer) the most. Notice the following:

  1. I like jazz and hip-hop, but rock is by far my favorite kind of music.
  2. Yao Ming is by far the most famous athlete in China.

as far as


As far as watching, that's a good question.

We use the phrase "as far as" to make the topic more specific. Here are two examples:

  1. I like to play sports with my friends, but as far as watching, I love boxing.
  2. As far as pop, Michael Jackson is probably the most famous performer ever.

no matter what


No matter what the weather, we will go.

"No matter" means that something in not a problem. Phil traveled every week to watch his favorite team. Bad weather was not a problem. See the samples below:

  1. Call me when you get home, no matter what the time.
  2. Disneyland is a lot of fun no matter what your age.

Vocabulary Quiz

participate • to watch • by far
as far as • no matter
  1. He is the best student in the class.
  2. interesting things to see, Peru was the best for ruins.
  3. He never wants to in the games in class.
  4. Traditional dancing is very interesting , but I don't know how to do any of the dances.
  5. what the final score, you can know that you did your best work.
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