Episode 10 - Sportsman

Sammy shows Julia some photos of him playing different sports. Why is she not impressed?


Julia: Hi, Sammy!
Sammy: Hi, Julia.
Julia: What are you doing?
Sammy: I'm using my phone.
Julia: Right. So what are you doing on your phone? Are you writing a romantic SMS message to me?
Sammy: I'm looking at some pictures.
Julia: Oh. Can I see? Have you got some good ones?
Sammy: Sure! Do you want to see some pictures of me doing sports? I'm pretty good.
Julia: Why not?
Sammy: OK. Here's one. That's me playing tennis.
Julia: What?! You're not playing tennis! You're just ...
Sammy: Oh! And this one ... this is me and my dad.
Julia: Oh, yes. And you're playing tennis?
Sammy: What? We're not playing tennis. We're boxing.
Julia: Oh, yes. Right. ... Yes, of course you are. You're boxing. Silly me.
Sammy: Here's another one.
Julia: Oh. It's your sister.
Sammy: That’s right!
Julia: And she's ... I'm sorry, what's she doing?
Sammy: Playing golf!
Julia: She's playing golf?! But where's the ...
Sammy: You're not really into sports, are you?
Julia: I love sports!
Sammy: But you don't really know about sports, do you?
Julia: I know lots about sports, but your photographs ... I mean, this one! Are you playing golf here, too?
Sammy: No, I'm playing badminton! Can't you tell?!
Julia: No!
Sammy: I'll show you another one.
Julia: No. It's OK, really. You don't ...
Sammy: So what about this one? What am I doing in this one?
Julia: I don't know. Playing football for England, probably.
Sammy: Oh, thanks.
Julia: Well?
Sammy: Cricket.
Julia: Really?
Sammy: OK. So what am I doing in this one? What am I doing here?
Julia: Jumping like an idiot?
Sammy: Ha, very funny! No, I'm swimming. My dad and I are having a race.
Julia: Right. But if you're swimming, why are you laughing? I mean, you can't laugh and swim fast.
Sammy: Because I'm winning! Look at my dad. Just look at his face. You can see he's losing. And he knows I'm the best. And look at ...
Julia: No. Sammy, I don't want to see any more. Listen, Sammy. Number one, you're always talking about yourself. And number two, you're always looking at photographs of yourself.
Sammy: And number three?
Julia: Number three, OK. Number three, these aren't sport! They're just stupid games on your computer!
Sammy: No, they're not! They're like ... they're like, you know, real sports.
Julia: How, Sammy? How are these like real sport?
Sammy: You can hurt yourself.
Julia: Hmph.

Task 1: Check your understanding 1


Task 2: Check your understanding 2


Task 3: Present continuous 1


Task 4: Present continuous 2


Task 5: Present continuous questions


Task 6: Present continuous or simple? 1


Task 7: Present continuous or simple? 2


Task 8: Making sentences


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Submitted by Bardtinova on Sun, 06/02/2022 - 16:05


I don't like taking photos.

Submitted by Pawani on Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:42

I would like to take selfies, pets, nature and special situation.
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Submitted by TP on Wed, 05/02/2020 - 12:24

It depends on the situation. Sometimes I take pictures of people including myself. I usually like taking photographs of sceneries of nature.

Submitted by shahhoseini on Fri, 10/01/2020 - 06:40

Hi, I have a question about episode 10. What is the meaning of the following sentence, exactly: "You can hurt yourself."

Hello shahhoseini

'hurt yourself' means to cause injury (hurt) to yourself. In this case, Sammy is saying that video games are sports because when you're playing video games you can get hurt. Julia doesn't seem to agree and is not impressed!

All the best


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Submitted by Dariusz on Sun, 24/11/2019 - 16:38

I don't have many photos of myself but I have a lot of photos of scenery and mine son.
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Submitted by Adolfo Felipe on Thu, 02/05/2019 - 01:30

Hi, I really enjoy watching these videos, they are a great help. They really do it very well
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 13/03/2019 - 12:03

A photo can hurt A photo can hurt sometimes But it's the only thing that I know When it gets hard You know it can get hard sometimes It is the only thing that makes us feel alive We keep this love in a photograph We made these memories for ourselves .........hold on. I've got no such a photo... Ed (;´༎ຶ益༎ຶ`)♡

Submitted by cagla on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 13:19

when ı was child, my dad took a lot of photos of me so that ı have a lot of memories, but now ı don't like taking pictures of me because when you focus it, you have to spend so much time for this and you may miss the moment...
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sat, 16/02/2019 - 07:52

In reply to by Hosam Mohamed

It's a good question! For me, it's easier to pronounce /æn /es em ˈes/, rather than /ɒ/ es em ˈes/. Have a try! (^ε^)-☆!!
DMI, attar_adv. Yes, your question has a point. Thanks to helpful clear explanations by admins, we're always motivated to keep our learning! BTW, my big question at the moment is that how to pronounce your name and how many seconds do you need to say this sentence? => Attar and I wannna go a fab adventure without the Advs. ₍₍ (̨̡ ‾᷄⌂‾᷅)̧̢ ₎₎
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Submitted by Peter M. on Sat, 16/02/2019 - 08:11

In reply to by Hosam Mohamed


Hello attar_adv,

We treat 'sms' as a word and its first sound is not /s/ but /es/.

The choice of 'a' or 'an' depends on the first sound of the word, not the first letter.



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Submitted by esrahassan on Mon, 14/01/2019 - 05:25

i don't like take photos to my self