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Part 2

Describe a famous athlete you know

This episode's vocabulary


  • To accomplish (verb) - to finish something successfully or to achieve something.
  • Feat (noun) - something difficult needing a lot of skill, strength, courage, etc. to achieve it.
  • Fame (noun) - the state of being known or recognized by many people because of your achievements, skills, etc.
  • Coverage (noun) - the reporting of a particular important event or subject.
  • Go to someone's head (phrase) - if success goes to your head, it makes you believe that you are more successful or powerful than you really are.
  • Paparazzi (plural noun) - the photographers who follow famous people everywhere they go in order to take photographs of them for newspapers and magazines.
  • Spotlight (noun) - public attention
  • Glorious (adj.) - deserving great admiration, praise, and honour.
  • Achievement (noun) - something very good and difficult that you have succeeded in doing.
  • Enlightening (adj.) - giving you more information and understanding of something.

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Questions and Answers


M: Now Rory is gonna describe a famous athlete he knows. Athlete, a sportsman or a sportswoman, athlete. He's going to say who he or she is, how he knows him or her, what he or she has achieved. And Rory is going to say why he or she is famous. Rory, are you ready to rock and roll?

R: I am, let's get cracking.

M: Bring it on. Off you go.

R: Well, I'd like to talk about Emma Raducanu. I'm pretty sure everyone became aware of her following her terrific performance at that big tennis competition in America. I think it's called "Open" or something like that. The media were going wild about her. And I think they still are, by all accounts. She's all over social media as well. Like I said, she did a great job winning all of her matches at the tennis. But the most extraordinary thing is that she did this when she was only 18 years old. Admittedly after years and years of practice, but still, it isn't something that's exactly common among young people these days. In addition to accomplishing this feat so young, she was also the first British person to do it in decades. It's like 40 years or something since a British person won this award, so that's great for her. I suppose with the 24-hour news cycle of day, she's got an advantage in terms of being able to gain fame so quickly. However, that doesn't discount all the work that she put in. As if that isn't impressive enough, it turns out, she speaks Chinese as well. So, well, she was able to give a speech to people in China very fluently, and she said, Thank you for supporting her, which is probably a nice thing to do, I think. Despite all this media coverage, it doesn't seem to have gone to her head though. And she presents herself really well in public. And, though, hopefully, the paparazzi will let her have some time to herself when the media spotlight moves on and she can have a reasonably stable life after such a glorious achievement. But yeah, I'm really pleased that such a person has come from my country, and hopefully that's been enlightening and informative for everybody else who's listening to that.

M: What about your friends? Do they know her?

R: I think everybody knows her now. Thanks to the media.

M: I don't. Well, now I know.

R: How can you not know?

M: I don't know.

R: Google her. She's a very famous person now.

M: Yeah. I am googling her. Yes, dear listener, also, please Google Emma Raducanu.

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Discussion


M: So she's from Scotland. A British professional tennis player.

R: I don't think she's from Scotland. She's British.

M: She was born in Canada, actually.

R: Yes, but she's British.

M: Oh, she's 18 years old. Wow. She was born in 2002.

R: Were you listening to anything I said? Of course, she's 18 years old. I told you.

M: I was, I was. Yeah. Cool. Okay, dear listener, you can choose an athlete that you do know. For example, you can talk about Messi. Alright?

R: Talk about Emma.

M: Messi is a football player. Yeah, you can talk about Emma. You can talk about Usain Bolt, Serena Williams, Conor McGregor. Is he Scottish, Conor McGregor guy?

R: Conor McGregor is Irish.

M: Irish. Oh, yeah. Irish, sorry. Irish, Scottish, you know. So, yeah, Messi, then Cristiano Ronaldo. Or, you know, just like, pick one. Right? Oh, Michael Phelps. There we go. Okay, then you can say that I'm pretty sure everyone knows about Messi. Or everyone knows about Usain Bolt.

R: So you could start with I'd like to talk about and then who the person is. I'm pretty sure everyone and then became aware of is a good way of saying, well, they knew about her instead of saying people know about them. And we can talk about the media specifically the media going wild which just means that they do a lot of reporting on this person.

M: Yeah, for example, Messi, he left Barcelona, so the media were wild about him leaving Barcelona. Am I saying this correct? He left Barcelona, right? Sorry, dear listener. I'm not a crazy football fan. So the media were, the media were, okay? Not was, were. The media were going wild about blah, blah, blah. And she's all over social media, or he's all over social media. Rory is all over social media.

R: That just means that there's lots of social media about this person, or there's lots of different social media content about this person, I should say.

M: Then you say, she or he did a great job winning all her matches, matches like tennis matches or football matches. Or she did a great job winning all the tournaments, competitions.

R: And of course, in order to win, you have to practice. And I said, there was years and years of practice, which means just a very long time. Very long period of practice.

M: The most extraordinary thing is that she bla bla bla. Yeah? So the most extraordinary thing is that she won 10 competitions at a time in a row, in a row, one by one. He was the first person to do something. Right, so Usain Bolt was the first person to set the record. Yeah? Or to set as a record, what do we say?

R: To set the record. Or, well, to set the record for and then explicitly what it was.

M: And then you can say, he gained fame quickly, to gain fame. Famous - fame.

R: So that's like another way of saying to get fame, but you have to work for it. So you gain fame.

M: She put a lot of work into training. For example, it turns out she speaks Chinese as well.

R: Yes, just to talk about something that eventually became apparent. It turns out she speaks Chinese, but it's not the first thing you would expect a tennis player to be able to do?

M: Or it turns out that he won his first match when he was 15-17. You do need to know some things about this person's life, right, Rory? To be able to maintain speech for two minutes. You do need to know a few facts.

R: Well, yeah, but most of that will come across in the news story, and usually they only last for about five minutes. So it should be quite easy to pick out bits and pieces that will be useful for two minutes speaking.

M: Yeah, dear listener, if you're not into sports, so make sure that your Google your favorite athlete, and again, you can talk about somebody like everybody knows like Messi or Usain Bolt, or Ronaldo. I think could be easier to talk about, like football players. Are football players athletes?

R: That's a good question, actually. They're sportsmen or sportswomen.

M: Yeah. But like an athlete is a sportswoman or a sportsman. Right? An athlete is just like more politically correct term. Because an athlete is a he or a she. If you say he's a sportsman, sportsman, right? You can say that Serena Williams is a sportsman. She's an athlete. She's a tennis player. So when you kind of Google top athletes, they all come up, like Conor McGregor and Messi, and Usain Bolt and Serena Williams and all these people. So I think we can call them athletes. No?

R: Well, it would mean my first way of talking about them, but if you want to, then you can.

M: And then you said it doesn't seem to have gone to her head. All this fame and media coverage?

R: Yeah. So if something goes to your head, it just means that it's made you arrogant and full of yourself.

M: Yeah, all this fame went to his head. Also, because you're talking about a famous athletes, you should talk about paparazzi, yeah?

R: Yes. Paparazzi are, well, they're basically photographers that collect photographs for different media outlets.

M: Yeah, but photographers has a positive connotation, has a positive meaning but a paparazzi, It's a bit negative, right?

R: Yeah, it's incredibly negative.

M: And then you can say that this person is always in the spotlight.

R: Yes, the media spotlight, but that just means they've got lots of attention.

M: Such a glorious achievement.

R: Yeah, but that just means it's like a really good achievement.

M: Yeah, all those glorious achievements. Yeah. Or he's got plenty of... He's got lots of glorious achievements. Glorious. That's a nice one. Glorious is like fantastic, like marvelous. Great, basically.

R: Very good.

M: Great, yeah, very good. Glorious. What a glorious day. Alright, there we go, dear listener. Any synonyms to famous, Rory? So famous athlete or a well-known athlete, yeah?

R: Oh, you could say that they're well-known., famous known. notorious is like got negative connotations. Popular. They're in the limelight, they're in the spotlight.

M: Yeah, they're always in the spotlight. The media go crazy about them. Also in the cue cards, you have the point, what he or she has achieved. So achieved, Rory has used a synonym accomplish. So in addition to accomplishing this so young, so she accomplished something at an early age, right? So he has accomplished lots of things, or he has achieved or you can turn achieve into a noun saying that all these achievements.

R: Yes. But I think that's enough about our achievement here.

M: Oh yeah, we've achieved quite a lot. Yeah, dear listener, go to Google and choose your favorite athlete. Famous athlete that you can talk about. And we'll see you in part three. Bye!

R: Bye!

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