1) What sport does each of them talk about? Why does he/she love it?
Use the Word Box to learn the meaning of the highlighted words.
Alex: Just imagine: the ocean, wind, your board, you and your friends. That’s fantastic! Surfing was invented in Hawaii. It is a main water sport in the USA, Australia, South Africa and South America. Thousands of young people go surfing. It helps them to keep fit and enjoy themselves. A surfer needs a good sense of coordination, balance and, of course, good swimming skills. Experienced surfers have developed special techniques. Some of them even ride the boards standing on their heads. I can’t do it but I hope to master this technique. I hope surfing will be included in the programme of the Olympic Games.
Philip: Skateboarding is one of the most popular sports for teens. Speed, high jumps and excitement. You can practise skateboarding in the park or even in the street. Bu if you want to be a professional, you need to be patient and tough and train a lot at a special track. Skateboarding is a dangerous sport. It causes a lot of injuries. You need special clothes to protect yourself. I started doing skateboarding two years ago. I have already taken part in the championship which takes place in our city. I was third. I hope to win next year. I don’t like to lose.
Thomas: I spend two or three hours every day — all the year round practising American football,* basketball and weightlifting. When the school year starts I spend five hours or more every day in the gym. I have chosen all these sports myself. The reason is that I love sport. I have become stronger, more disciplined, accurate and self-confident. My father says that I’m too competitive. That’s right, I don’t like to lose. But, unfortunately, you can’t always win. If I lose, I work much harder.
to keep fit- быть бодрым и здоровым
to master — достичь вершин мастерства
speed — скорость
patient — терпеливый
tough - выносливый, упорный, суровый
an injury — рана, ушиб
to take place - происходить, состояться
to lose (lost; lost)- проигрывать
a gym - спортзал
strong - сильный
accurate -верный, тщательный, точный, меткий
(self-)confident - уверенный в себе
competitive — соперничающий , конкурентоспособный
Words to guess
coordination n - ?
balance n - ?
technique n - ?
disciplined a - ?
About surfing, skateboarding, football, basketball, weightlifting.
They love these sports, because they make them better.
2) Find the sentences with reflexive pronouns and translate them.
Grammar for revision
The teens enjoyed themselves. — Подростки развлекались.
She found herself in gymnastics. — Она обрела себя в гимнастике.
2) What character traits' and skills does sport develop?
3) What are downsides of the sports the teens are talking about?
4) Have you ever tried any of the sports the teenagers are talking about? Would you like to try any of them? Why? Why not?