1. What sports do you enjoy watching?

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Paul: Yes, I'll be watching the Olympics and the Paralympics this year. I always try and watch as much as I can, but usually I'll watch the highlights at the end of the day if I'm working. I like watching most sport, really, and the Games are a great way to see so many different sports over a short time. The sports I enjoy watching most are the cycling events, but also the kayaking and rowing races. Looking forward to seeing the surfing again at the Olympics and some of the new events, like breakdancing and climbing. At the Paralympics I love the wheelchair rugby. You should watch it. It's one of the best sports. 
Jo: This year the Olympic Games are taking place in Paris, France, which is where I live, so I'm particularly excited about them. So I will definitely be watching. I'm really looking forward to the Opening Ceremony, to watching events on TV, and I even have tickets to go and see some volleyball. When it comes to the Olympics, I really enjoy watching the athletics. I find that really exciting. The gymnastics – I just really admire everything that they can do – and in general the sport that I most enjoy watching is tennis.
Jonathan: Yes, I am going to watch the Olympic Games and I'm really looking forward to it, although there's a time zone difference between France and where I live, so I won't be able to watch that much of it, but I'll definitely try to watch some of it. In the Olympic Games, I really enjoy watching some sports that I've never seen before, something totally new. Um, I'll usually just switch on the TV and then watch whatever's on. So I don't mind if it's any kind of sport, like fencing, swimming, taekwondo, yeah, whatever's on I'll just watch it, and it's really fun to see something new.
Felix: Yes, I'm going to watch the Olympics, especially because the host country for the Olympics is France, which is the country that I live in, which is going to be very useful in terms of time zones, because the last Olympics was in Tokyo, which made it really hard for me to watch the Games, and I didn't really get to watch much of it. I enjoy watching all sports. I kind of just watch whatever's on, but I'm especially looking forward to watching tennis, and also maybe even the diving, and some of the new sports also, like skateboarding and BMX.
Joanna: Um, I'm not a huge fan of the Olympics, but I will be watching a little bit this summer. And I'll especially be watching the kite surfing because my sister's niece is kite surfing for Italy, Maggie Pescetto, so I'll be watching her, and my sister's going to watch in Marseille. So I will be watching that. And I'm not really a fan of watching sports on TV, generally. I'd much rather be doing them. But good luck to Maggie.

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  • Are you going to watch the Olympic Games this summer?
  • What sports do you enjoy watching, and why?

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Submitted by ilaydatpyrt on Fri, 05/07/2024 - 23:05


Actually i am not interested in sports really. But in these times, as you know UEFA 2024 is currenlty being played that i watch sometimes for my national team. Except this, i do some individual sports for human health such as fitness, gymnastic, yoga. Olympics are a bit boring for me, i guess.   

Submitted by yoamoamiperro on Thu, 04/07/2024 - 22:03



I'm not used to watching the Olympic games on Tv, but I usually enjoy to watch the Opening Ceremony because I like to see the athletes with their countries' flags.




Hi Patricia,

I think that's the most exciting part for me too, seeing all the different athletes from around the world. The Paris opening ceremony promises to be a good one! I hope you'll enjoy it.

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)


Hi Nathi,

Thank you for your recording. I hope you enjoy the Games - I plan to watch the gymnastics too.
I must say I find the rules of cricket quite confusing! Even though I've been to several cricket matches, and really enjoyed them :-)

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by Htet Aung Lin on Wed, 03/07/2024 - 15:31


Hi Jo, this is the first time I comment in this section. To answer the first question, I am not a big fan of any kind of sport actually. Watching sports programs cannot be prioritized because of our country situation happening right now. But I used to be into football matches held in our local community and our country. I also like to watch the marathon race and wonder how athletes can run. It's really fascinating and exciting to watch it. What interesting here is that they are all like a flash from the Marvel Movies. Thanks for your interesting topic. Be Happy.

Hi HtetAungLin,
Thanks for your comment - it's great to hear from you. Isn't it amazing that athletes can run 42km? I am in awe of that too!
I'm glad you liked the topic and I hope you'll come back and participate in the next one.

All the best to you,

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by rsequinel on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 19:36


Yes, sure I am going to watch the olimpic games, because is a great cellebration among different nations and people. My favorite sports are mainly athletics, swimming, gym, judo, tennis, and some collectives sports like voleyball, basketball and soccer.  

Hi rsequinel,
It sounds as if you're a real sports fan and you enjoy many different sports - both individual and team sports.
Enjoy the Games!

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hi muqtadir,

Thanks for sharing your recording. I hope that you'll have time to watch some of the Olympics live this time - or if not, enjoy the highlights!

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team) 

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Submitted by muqtadir on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 19:00


I am a sports lover, I love cricket. I am also an amateur cricket player 

Submitted by User_1 on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 15:08


Hello Jo,
In the "Community events" section, there is no link to your last grammar lesson: A question of sport.
Thanks for your interesting lesson.
Please, could you check my task?


What sports do you enjoy watching, and why?

As you said, this year the Olympic Games are taking place where you live, 
so Paris is hosting fantastic sporting events.
For sure,I will be watching events on TV.

When it comes to the Olympics, all the games should be admired, but the sport I enjoy watching the most is swimming. Being played in the pool, it reminds me of the sea, and races of different lengths are really engaging.

I am keen on the gymnastics as well, expecially the artistic gymnastics. The ability of athletes to move and bend so easily is amazing.

Many thanks!


I'm glad that you watched the lesson and that you enjoyed it. And for anyone else reading this - here's the link to the lesson! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2yByvDKLWE
In the lesson we talked about different places where sports are played - on a pitch, on a court, on a track, in a pool etc.
In your sentence 'being played in the pool' - it doesn't sound quite right for swimming - I guess because it's a race rather than a match. So, I think we could change that to 'being held in the pool', or 'taking place in the pool'. Sorry, I probably should have explained that in the lesson but there is so little time to cover everything! Anyway I hope that makes sense now.
I agree with you about artistic gymnastics - I love watching that too.
I hope you'll enjoy watching the Games!

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hi Jo,

Thanks for your explanation and corrections to my text.
Sorry if I wrote here, but in the "Community Events" section, there is no link to that lesson.

No problem to write here, it's on the same topic!
I'll see if we can add the video recording to the Community Events section soon.

Best wishes,

Submitted by Nwaytp96 on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 09:15

  • Are you going to watch the Olympic Games this summer?
  • What sports do you enjoy watching, and why?

As I am not sure that i will be going to watch the Olympic Games this summer. However, I might watch when it comes under my eyes while everyone is going to talk about and turning on the channel where it broadcasts. As far as i have seen, I believe there will be various games included, so I think i might watch the games that i have never seen before definitely. I am looking forward to watching soon as I would love to see myself getting excited by gaining knowledge of new games.

Hi Nwaytp96,
There are going to be 32 sports at the Olympic Games and 22 at the Paralympics, so there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Like you, I'm looking forward to discovering some new sports. Here are some links if you want to check out all the sports that will be on:

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by Felizisonfire on Tue, 02/07/2024 - 02:21


I'm not sure about that because watching sports is not my type and I'm not a huge fan of it. But I'm planning to watch the highlights of these games. Although I'm not that much into it, I'm looking forward to watching some games that I've never seen before. I've heard there'll be breakdancing that I've never considered as a sport in this year. So, I'm going to watch it, definitely. And I'll be also watching the Paralympics. This may inspire me to try my best whatever happens to me. As I've mentioned above, sports are not my type. But I think I'll be watching whatever's on TV. I'd much rather be doing sports.

Hi Felizisonfire,
The breakdancing will certainly be interesting to watch! 
You say you'd rather be doing the sports than being a spectator - what sports do you enjoy doing?

Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hello Jo,

Thank you for your reply. I love swimming and it make me relax. And I also enjoy playing badminton. The reason why I prefer doing sports is that it can make us strong not only physically but also mentally.

Have a great day!

Submitted by Mira-nda on Mon, 01/07/2024 - 18:05


I am not  that much into sport , so specifically am not going to watch any   but I could watch maybe any Georgian sportsmen to root for them if I run into that event on Tv:). Not familliar that much with them, but maybe they  must be in judo, wrsetling ,weighlifting and so on.actually I remember I used to watch sometimes in childhood and  how emotional it was. 

Hi Mira-nda,
The Georgian football team did really well in Euro 2024. Well done to them, and good luck to all your Olympic and Paralympic athletes!
Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Hello! Yes, they did their best . they even made me watch football😂

 the same as well!

Thank you!