This episode's vocabulary
- Major (adj.) - more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type.
- In passing - while talking or thinking about something else.
- Aftermath (noun) - the period that follows an unpleasant event or accident, and the effects that it causes.
- E-sport (noun) - the activity of playing computer games against other people on the internet, often for money, and often watched by other people using the internet, sometimes at special organized events.
- Debatable (adj.) - not clear or certain because different people may have different opinions.
- Competitive (adj.) - involving competition.
- Competition (noun) - a situation in which someone is trying to win something or be more successful than someone else.
Questions and Answers
M: Rory, are you ready?
M: Let's talk about sports. Do you like sports?
R: Probably not as much as some people but I keep abreast of the biggest matches when I can. I think I prefer doing sports, and, well, doing exercise more than actually watching either of them happen.
M: Do you like watching sports programs on TV?
R: Well, like I said, it's not really my thing, unless it's something major, like, I don't know, my own country or city playing against another team. And even then I only really have a look in the passing. I don't have a great deal of time for it these days.
M: Do you like to watch live games?
R: Oh, I think the last time I did that was when I was a child. Getting tickets to these events and then actually getting to them can be a bit expensive and demanding. Especially now there's always, well, there are crowds anyway, but it's quite crowded. And then just the general atmosphere is not something I want to be part of at the moment.
M: Who do you like to watch sports games with? Who?
R: I suppose whenever I do, it's usually my parents, since they'll have them on TV. Though sometimes my friends and I discuss matches and their aftermath from time to time.
M: What kinds of games will you watch in the future?
R: That's a very good question. Some e-sports are getting quite popular these days. Though it's debatable whether or not they count. But certainly if there were people that were playing a game that I liked online, as unlikely as that is, then I would probably watch it.
M: Did you do any sports when you were younger?
R: To varying extents yes. But I distinctly recall not being a big fan of the experience or experiences, to be honest with you. I wasn't a very sporty child.
M: Do you do any sports these days?
R: I exercise these days. I don't think that's the same as doing sports like rugby, which was like, organized and competitive.
M: Thank you, Rory, for your answers! So they kept us in good shape. Right. Okay.
R: Thank you for giving me a sporting chance! Sorry, that was a terrible pun, but nevermind.
M: So sports, now, we do sports. What else do we do with sports apart from doing it?
R: Do sports, play sports, participate in sports, compete in. Maybe not compete in sports, but compete in sporting competitions or tournaments. Go on tour.
M: Do we say sports or sport?
R: It doesn't matter.
M: Yep. And Rory was saying that he does exercise now. Right. So he doesn't do any sports. But he does exercise. But what about these martial arts? So now you're into martial arts thing?
R: Oh, yeah. I do that.
M: What is it? Karate.
R: Is that a sport though or is that just for general fitness? I didn't think about that, when I was answering, actually.
M: Oh, I have no idea. So if you are into karate or boxing, or, I think it's kind of sports, right?
R: Oh, yeah, it's a contact sports.
M: Contact sports. Yeah. So or you can say like, okay, I'm into martial arts. I do karate. So we do karate. And Rory, you do Jiu Jitsu?
R: Yes. Which is almost the same thing. Except karate is offensive and jujitsu is defensive. But I don't think I'm terribly proficient in it. My coach would definitely agree.
M: So when the examiner asks you if you like sports, you say, I keep abreast of the biggest matches.
R: We've heard that one before.
M: But this is so strange. I keep abreast? What? It's like "a breast".
R: Keep abreast of the news. Keep up to date.
M: Oh, come on. This is so strange. It's "a breast".
R: Fine then. Be boring and say keep up to date with the latest matches. But if you want to sound band "niny" or band "eighty", then I keep abreast of the latest developments.
M: Yeah, of the latest matches, of the biggest matches. Matches like football matches, right. And Rory, I thought, that all British people, maybe Scottish people also, enjoy your football. You guys, you watch football. So it's a big thing. So you're kind of, you didn't sound too enthusiastic about all that. So you're kind of not into the game. Not into this "footy".
R: I don't have time to be into it. I have work to do. I have university courses to complete. Even if I'd had the free time I wouldn't be doing that. I would be reading. I need to read. I like reading.
M: Oh, so not "footy". Good old "footy". Football.
R: You must stop.
M: Okay, okay. All right. So when the examiner asks you do you like watching sports programs on TV? So we watch them on TV. You can say, well, it's not really my thing. I don't have a TV. Or you can say okay, I watch them on YouTube, for example. Here, can I say that it's not my cup of tea, or would it be a bit strange? Old-fashioned.
R: You seem to be determined to get people to say it's not my cup of tea.
M: No, no, I kind of... I prefer it's not my thing. I think it sounds a bit more natural... It's not really my thing. It's not my thing.
R: Yeah. I hate like, no, hate is a strong word. I just like it when people say it's not my cup of tea.
M: You like it?
R: I don't. I think it's really contrived.
M: Ah, you don't. Okay. Yeah, yeah. So let's avoid this. If it's not something that you do you say, okay, it's not really my thing. So do you do sports? It's not really my thing.
R: But then again, like maybe people will start using in a nutshell again. And because of me, so I shouldn't be too harsh on people who insist on saying it's not my cup of tea, because it's something they like. They like.
M: Let's set the trend. Everybody now says quality. Okay, so quality here, quality there.
R: I put a question on Instagram the other day, and so many people replied with quality. It was it was quite quality. Quality.
M: Yeah. So you see, we are the trend setters, we set the trends, and people follow. Quality. Okay, and tell us about this I only really have a look in the passing. In the passing.
R: That's just like when I pass by. I don't actually, do you know, it's funny, I don't even know if this is a, this is an expression that other people use, or it's just one that I use, but like in the passing is just, do you know, it's not like you, it's not what you're there for. It's like you're passing by, and you just happen to notice this. You hear things in the passing, you see things in the passing. That's what my understanding of it is, and but I've never heard anyone else say it. That's the thing.
M: When you talk about games, your country can play against another team. So that's the expression, right? So my country, I usually watch games when my country is playing against another team. When you watch sports, you can watch live games, so we spell it like live, but we say live games, so live sports, live games on TV or on YouTube, right, or somewhere else. I don't know. And you can use this like I used to do something when I was a child. So yeah. Rory sometimes watches sports with his friends and discusses their aftermath. Maths, aftermath?
R: Yes, the aftermath is just, well, to be honest with you, the aftermath is usually used to describe something negative, like what happens after a disaster. However, it can also just mean, what happens after a large event. So a football match would be, or a major football match would be quite a good example.
M: Yeah, so you discuss aftermath, aftermath. You talked about eSports. That's interesting. So like eSports like what? Like eFootball? So people, I don't know, what do they do? They play a computer game, or they play football virtually inside their computers? Or eSkating. eSports? Electronic sports.
R: Pretty much. Yeah. Anything that people, well, it's like anything connected to a video game that you can watch people playing with each other in order to win is counted as eSports. Although even against a computer, if they're playing that, then that would be an eSport too. The key thing is it's about video games and being competitive.
M: You said that, so do you like watching sports on TV? And you say, well, it's not really my thing, unless it's something major, like my country, playing against another team. Tell us about this unless thing. Because unless might be tricky to use.
R: Yeah, so it's like saying... How best to describe unless? it's like a conditional structure, isn't it? It's just like in reverse. So when we compare a negative thing to a positive thing, or vice versa. It's not really my thing in general, unless meaning here's the exception to the rule. It's something major.
R: I don't like bananas, unless they're on fire away from me.
M: Yeah, there we go. Also, another good structure is starting your sentence with -ing verbs. So for example, getting tickets is a bit expensive, right? Doing sports is great. Right? Or watching live games with your friends is exciting, because blah, blah, blah. So you start your sentence with -ing. And also in the last question, Rory said that some eSports are getting popular. Present Continuous. Why is this present continuous used here? Rory, tell us. What's the rule?
R: It's just it's talking about what's happening now. Like, in this modern time.
M: Yes. Like esports are getting more popular, or something is getting more and more popular. More people are watching live games, right? Or more people are watching games online, rather than going to the stadiums. Right? So when you talk about a change, also, you can talk about a change, a weather change. Oh, it's getting darker, it's getting warmer, or it's getting colder. What about... Could you comment on the weather status in Scotland?
R: Oh, I hope it's getting warmer, but I'm much more concerned about my holiday in Italy in a couple of weeks time.
M: Alright, Rory is going to Italy. Oh, how lovely.
R: I am, yes. And we have so much recording to do between now and then. It's ridiculous. So thank you for being very understanding.
M: Anyway, thank you very much for listening! And we'll... What?
R: See you next time.
M: We love, hug you and listen to our next episode soon! Bye!
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