You are going to listen to five people
talking about different aspects of sport.
What is he or she doing?
Listen to each audio file carefully and
choose the best alternative from the menus. There is one extra
comment which you do not need to use. Then check your answers.
THIS SPEAKER IS...
Sporting life (II)
Now, listen again while you check their
comments with the audio transcriptions.
MAN: I'm afraid it's a case of 'practice makes perfect'. There's
no way to avoid it!! I joined up with my coach when I was 12 and
had tennis lessons every day. Keeping going can be tough, but I
knew it was the only way to get better. It worked too because by
the time I was 14 I was the best player in the country. And that
meant that I had the chance one day to play the best in the
WOMAN: For those of you who
want to maintain fitness in today's busy world it's quite simple
really: you just need to make sure that you look after yourself
in all areas of your life. This means doing some form of
exercise, preferably a sport, on a regular basis, as well as
eating well and regularly, making sure you have a relaxing half
hour at some point during the day - and going to bed early!!
MAN: The hardest thing for me
has been coping with all the injuries. It started when I was
19 and hurt my back. Since then I've injured my knee,
damaged my heel and had a back operation. It's so
frustrating not being able to run and it's hard to keep
making comebacks. I've only been back for seven months and
I've hurt my knee again.
WOMAN: We at the Department
of Health are worried about the health and fitness of
children today. A recent survey has shown that children are
not taking enough exercise, which means that when they grow
up they are more likely to have problems with their health.
This will cost the whole country money, so it's in
everyone's benefit that we get each and every child
interested in a sport.
MAN: You may think football
violence is a modern problem but in fact it's over 600 years
old. Back in the 14th century, being on the losing team
could not only put you in a bad mood but in fear of your
life. After his side lost against a team of students from
Oxford, a young man, known only as Adam from Salisbury, was
actually killed by angry supporters!!
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