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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




Language level

Beginner: A1
Pre-intermediate: A2


Generally, I take photografies about my work of electrical assemblies and too in our familiar meetings, this is wich I don't have many photos of I self.

Hi, I have a question about task 4, from episode 10 about Sammy and Julia. In sentence 2 "an SMS" is used. Why is the article an, not a, used?

Hi Siv,

That's very observant of you. The reason we say 'an' is because of the way we pronounce 'SMS'. The way to pronounce the letter 'S' is /ɛs/. As you can see, the word begins with a vowel sound when we pronounce it, which is we use 'an'.

The opposite happens with some other words. For example, although the word 'university' begins with the letter 'u', it begins with a consonant sound (/j/). Therefore, we say 'There's a university in my town' and not 'There's an university in my town'.

It's a little difficult to write about pronunciation, but I hope that makes sense. Please feel free to ask again if not.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

sorry, i don’t get that.. what that does mean? ..(who are your pictures)? is that how are your pictures? ..or you just meant who’s the person are takes pictures of you.
and is that correct to say who is the person are taking picture of you.
..thanks in advance

Hello eldi,

'Who are your pictures of?' is a question asking who appears in your photos. For example, is it mostly members of your family who appear in pictures? Is it buildings? Flowers? I hope this gives you the idea.

You could say, 'Who takes pictures of you?' to ask about the person who takes pictures of you.

Please let us know if you have any other questions about this, and thanks for asking.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Does any one can tell me why at last Sammy says, "You can hurt yourself."
Does this sentence implies Julia doesn't understand some kind of Sammy's black humor or what? Thanks in advance for replying me. :)

Hi anoranor,

The way I see it is that Sammy is trying to find an excuse that will justify the time he spends on these games. His excuse doesn't convince Julia, and I think Sammy realises in the end that his reason is not convincing for him, either.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I and my friend just do text messages back and forth.
She is having a short training in Australia in three months and lives with five people. She just send me some photos about her dinner today. It looks delicious.

Hi can you help me with this question?

Julia: Number three, OK. Number three, these aren't sport! They're just stupid games on your computer!<---why dose Julia say "these aren't sport!" Can I use sports here?

Sorry to bother you with a grammar question again. May I ask you questions like this or this section is not for the Q&A?

Thank you!

Hi Hung,

Both 'sport' and 'sports' are possible here.

If you use 'sport' then you are talking in general terms, saying that the examples do not have the characteristics of sport. If you say 'sports' then you are saying that they are not part of the group of activities we call sports.



The LearnEnglish Team