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Sport Scene 1 - Language Focus

Rob and Ashlie review some gym vocabulary and how to use ‘going to’ to talk about plans.

Watch the video. Then go to the Tasks and do the activities.


Language level

Intermediate: B1


Dear BBC team,
Once I said "running machine" and I was corrected that it was supposed to be "treadmill". So I googled it and found all the people say "treadmill", but now I ssee this vedio says running machine,so both are correct, right? Thanks

Going to and future forms are really interesting and difficult to use and to understand.
You have to practise a lot to understand the real meaning of them, you can exercise a lot on a book but if you don't speak you won't able to improve properly!

I am going to learn English.

The expression "I've got not idea" is the same as "I've not idea"? Got is used just to emphasize the word "idea" in this case?

Can I use the same in other sentences as for example "I've got not vacations" to say that I am not going to have vacations in a certain situation?

Hi Mayela,

'have got' is another way of saying 'have', though it has a more limited range of uses than 'have' does - for example, 'have got' is never used as an auxiliary verb.

The negative form of 'have got' is formed by negating 'have', e.g. 'I haven't got', and so 'I've got not idea (or not vacation)' is not correct. Please also note that 'vacation' is an uncount noun in this construction in English (unlike Spanish), so 'vacations' isn't correct in these sentences.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear BC staff,
I have a question about sport.
When should I use "do", "go", or "play" for sport?
Do you have some trick to remember?
Thank you

Hello chanwit,

Both 'do sports' and 'play sports' are possible.

When referring to individual sports there is no hard-and-fast rule, but there are some rules of thumb which can help with this.

If the sport has a ball or is a competitlve sport (against another person or team) then it is usually 'play'. Examples include football, chess, tennis, baseball, billiards, bridge and most games (monopoly, ludo etc).

'Do' is usually used for sports without a ball, or sports that are generally done in a non-competitive way, as part of a group rather than against another team or person. Examples include judo, karate, gymnastics, aerobics and weightlifting.

'Go' is also used for some sports/pastimes, especially where travel is involved (to a place in order to do the activity or as a part of the activity iteselfc). Examples include skiing, fishing, jogging, running, cycling, swimming and walking.

I hope that helps to clarify it for you. Remember that these are tendencies and patterns rather than fixed rules, so there are exceptions and unusual cases to learn as well.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Can we say "I am not paying more than..."
or; "I am rising lots of money"...?

Hi ecocharlie72,

Your first phrase sounds correct to me (though I don't know what the rest of the sentence is). In the second one, we speak about 'raising' money when we are collecting it in the way Ashlie does in this episode.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for ur learning bc