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If I were an Olympian…
If I were an Olympian…

Learn English meaning of ‘If I were an Olympian…”

Date: Aug 22 2016

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture, Sports

Grammar: Adjectives


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Do you dream of being an Olympian? Even if you aren’t very good at sports, you can imagine becoming an Olympic champion. Which sport do you think you would like most? Some people played volleyball when they were younger. For them, beach volleyball might be a very fun sport. On the other hand, some people would like to do a traditional Olympic sport, such as discus.

Almost anyone can try track and field. Running, jumping, and throwing things are activities that most humans can enjoy. Can you narrow down your three favorite Olympic sports? Perhaps, you want to shoot arrows from a bow, like Jean-Charles Valladont. Or maybe, you would like to pick up a sword and try fencing, like Ibtahaj Muhammad. Or your favorite Olympic sport might just be watching the games on TV.

Sheila wants to know what Kelsey’s favorite Olympic sports are. Listen to today’s English lesson to find out.


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Sheila:  Hey! Good to see you again, Kelsey.

Kelsey:  Yeah! Have you been watching any of the Olympics?

Sheila:  I have not. But I wanted to ask you… since I’m an expert on the Olympics… What sport would you want to compete in if you were an Olympian?

Kelsey:  Wow! That is so hard. There are so many good ones. I would like…

Sheila:  What’s your top three?

Kelsey:  Top three… OK. Volleyball.

Sheila:  Volleyball.

Kelsey:  Beach volleyball, obviously.

Sheila:  Beach volleyball, number one.

Kelsey:  Archery.

Sheila:  Archery! Number two. Very Hunger Games. Number three?

Kelsey:  I don’t know. I think just those two.

Sheila:  OK, not even a top three. We’ve already narrowed it down.

Kelsey:  Yeah. What about you?

Sheila:  I would like to be a discus champion.

Kelsey:  OK, so you don’t want…

Sheila:  I don’t know if they still do that, having not watched the Olympics, yet.

Kelsey:  OK, that’s your top goal?

Sheila:  It’s my dream. I would like to throw the discus.

Kelsey:  Did you do that in high school or anything?

Sheila:  Never! Never did track and field. You know, my question is… Is it like a frisbee?

Kelsey:  It’s pretty heavy.

Sheila:  Is it an aerodynamic disk?

Kelsey:  I’ve actually thrown one.

Sheila:  Really?! Is it stone?

Kelsey:  No, it’s heavy, and it’s, like, rubber.

Sheila:  Just a heavy discus…


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Sheila didn’t have time to watch the Olympics, but she still enjoys talking about Olympic sports. She asks Kelsey what she would play if she could be an Olympian. It’s a difficult choice, but Kelsey is able to narrow it down to two sports. First, she would play beach volleyball. Second, she would enjoy shooting a bow and arrows in the archery competition.

Kelsey asks Sheila which Olympic sport she would like to do. Although she doesn’t know if it’s still in the Olympics, Sheila wants to be a discus champion. She likes the idea of discus because it is a classic Olympic sport. However, she doesn’t know much about it. In fact, Kelsey is the one who has tried discus before. She tells Sheila that the discus is very heavy and made of something like rubber.

What are your top three Olympic sports? Do you play any of these sports regularly?



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Hmmm..I think my top three Olympic sports would be: Volleyball, running, & swimming I like these sports, I find them much fun and interesting :)

06:31 AM Aug 22 2016 |


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I think the topic of Olympic Games will only stir the interest in children to learn English. Recently I had to write my essay on Olympic games in London 2012, I was so excited with the names of sports. Olympic games stir interest in learning English not only among children, but also adults too!

05:04 AM Aug 22 2016 |

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