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High School Sports
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High School Sports
高中体育运动

Practice the Simple Past Tense

Date: Dec 12 2011

Themes: School, Sports

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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Americans love their sports. And not just professional sports. From Little League to college bowl games, we love to cheer for our favorite teams.

In some cities in the US, and especially in smaller towns, high school sports are hugely popular. Athletes are their school’s royalty, and games are major social events. Of course, American football is the biggest sport of them all.

Dale played varsity football for his high school. Hear him tell Jason about his experiences.

美国人热爱自己的体育运动,而不仅仅是职业运动。从青年棒球队到美国大学生橄榄球杯赛,我们喜欢为自己最爱的球队加油。
在美国的一些城市,尤其是较小的城镇,高中体育运动广受欢迎。运动员是学校的象征,并且比赛是主要的社交活动。当然,美式橄榄球是所有运动当中最大的一项体育运动。
德尔是自己高中的橄榄球队的主力。听他向詹森讲自己的经历。

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Dale

Dale

Jason

Jason

Jason:  I started dating this girl not too long ago, and it came up that her high school didn’t have any sports.

Dale:  That’s odd.

Jason:  Which I thought was really bizarre. But it was just a really small high school, so they couldn’t really field a team of anything, I guess.

Dale:  It’s almost every kind of American cliche to have a high school varsity football team, and I think that I was at least very honored to go through that during my high school days. I played on the football team.

Jason:  Yeah.

Dale:  So I really, really love it.

Jason:  Did you have to work really hard to make varsity at your school?

Dale:  Oh, absolutely, absolutely. You started as JV, started as freshman football, and you just got up there. But then now, I don’t pay attention to it at all.

Jason:  You don’t keep track of your old high school.

Dale:  Don’t even know. Don’t even know where they’re at, how they are. Don’t know anything at all.

Jason:  Were you actually a jock, would you say?

Dale:  Yes. But then after high school, after the football season was over, it just went away.

Jason:  So you were just a jock for this brief period of time, and then you went back to being a normal person who isn’t obsessed with sports.

Dale:  Exactly.

 

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Jason recently started dating a girl who went to a high school that had no sports teams. He thinks that is very unusual, and Dale agrees. In the US, most high schools have sports teams, and in many places, high school sports are very important.

Dale played on the varsity football team at his high school. He says it was a big honor. He had to work really hard to make the varsity team. But he doesn’t keep up with his old team anymore. He doesn’t know if the team is doing well and winning a lot of games now.

Are sports an important part of school where you live? Do people care about high school sports in your country?

 

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inezaltar

inezaltar

Portugal

There is no particular emphasis on sports in Southern European schools I think. I live here since my childhood it is not my country.  I do not think thereis any particular interest in high school sports in South-western Europe.

12:48 PM Dec 17 2011 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Of course people do care about sports since sports has become a commercial thing these days and everything that can be percieved as business is always of public interest.


I wonder doesn’t Jason date Devan?

06:55 AM Dec 14 2011 |

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Anthony Milk

Brazil

Oh! yes, the sport is very important in my country. all chidren like to play football, volleyball and basketball. I love to watch football maths and I’m Flamengo’s fan I don’t to live without sports.

02:21 PM Dec 12 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Sanaz.a   . keep on playing basketball , follow your dreams ever.

12:08 PM Dec 12 2011 |

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sanaz.a

sanaz.a

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

BaSkeTbaLL Is My LiFe !!!! i have played basketball for 3 years … honestly , i can’t live without basketball , if i don’t go to the gym every week , i won’t be able to sleep !!! :)) lol !!!! Unfortunately in my country , the teenagers like me , specially girls in this age , they don’t pay much attention to sports … and it makes me feel sad … becouse I know how much sports are important in our life … a suggestion to my friends : NEVER EVER LEAVE DOING EXERCISES IN YOUR LIFEIT WILL HAVE A BAD RESULT 4 YOUR BUDDY AND HEALTH !!! :) !! IF your are a basketball player to , just push the like button :D !

10:57 AM Dec 12 2011 |

friendlover

Turkey

In Turkey, we have high school sports. Mostly football. I didn’t play football at high school team but I played at secondary school. So we have teams at secondary schools too. I was playing football. I was a defense player.

08:37 AM Dec 12 2011 |

javier_man

javier_man

Mexico

Incredibly, in my country there are many collages which doesn’t count with enough places to sports, I hope in the future all mexican collages can count with at least the minimum requirements in this area

08:11 AM Dec 12 2011 |

741787918

741787918

China

I like it very much .When i was in the high school,I awalys went to playground to watch the basketball match, because their had many handsome boys and girls ,they were all excited to it and shout it .I think it’s very exciting.

06:08 AM Dec 12 2011 |

jinning

jinning

China

I love sport too, especially table tennis and basketball. I usuallly play it when in high school. In my mind, it is good to do sport. It make a person charming,vivid, relax and most important healthy. What a pity, i seldom sport this year because of the limited leisure time.

05:45 AM Dec 12 2011 |

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sandeep789

sandeep789

India

I love to play Basket ball!, when i was in High school. I love this game play and always looks excited to play it with my friends.

02:36 AM Dec 12 2011 |

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mangojoy

mangojoy

United States

Many people are crazy about sports in my city and the country where I live. I was in love with baseball growing up during high school. I didn’t go as far as being obsessed over it, but I did experience a strong desire and attachment to seeing my favorite baseball team win.

11:20 PM Dec 11 2011 |

leevyzhang

China

When I studied at high school, I liked the school sports very much. I have played basketball with classmates. It was really very exciting and cool to see our fans yelling to encourage us to win the game.

09:49 PM Dec 11 2011 |

selvgali

selvgaliSuper Member!

Honduras

I was a goal keeper in my high school, It was so cool to hear our fans cheering, but my joy didn´t last too much when I broke my leg and now I have to conform myself with watching

08:30 PM Dec 11 2011 |

babimild

babimild

Thailand

ohhhh!!

08:22 PM Dec 11 2011 |

enzo2us

enzo2us

United States

Yeah!!!

06:55 PM Dec 11 2011 |

wwongsapun

wwongsapun

Thailand

My country like to play foot ball.It’s favorite sport for many school at here. When I was in high school. I like to cheer my friend they’re the player team for support them to fight in the field.

06:11 PM Dec 11 2011 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

High school sports are so popular that any young player that stands out  in  football , basket ball , hockey , is likely to receive a scholarship  to study  and play for that  high school team. 

07:55 AM Dec 09 2011 |

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