Buckle up for our second series of free English classes! This is the first lesson in our Sports in America series. Get ready to learn more about American sports, including the history, terminology, and types of sports you’ll find in the United States.
Approximately 15 minutes
Sports in America
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Sports are a fun pastime around the world, but they take on a special significance in the United States. From baseball in the spring and summer to football in the fall and winter, America loves to watch sports year-round. Additionally, Americans love basketball, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, and a number of other fun and entertaining spectator sports!
Americans don’t just like to cheer their teams on from the sidelines, either. Nearly 20% of Americans participate in sports or some other form of physical activity every day. Despite its reputation as an obese nation, America does like to stay fit with the help of sports! Even those who are 65 or older often participate in low-impact sports and workouts like aerobics, golf, cycling, jogging, and aquatic activities.
However, America is also the perfect place for fans of high-intensity contact sports. One of the most brutal and popular sports in the United States is American football. Players must wear helmets and thick padding to avoid concussions or other serious injuries. Despite the risks involved, millions of viewers tune in each week to watch professional football teams compete to appear in the biggest game of the season—the Super Bowl!
While the NFL (National Football League), NBA (National Basketball Association), and MLB (Major League Baseball) are the three most popular sports leagues, there are plenty of non-professional sports teams that get a lot of attention as well.
In fact, the United States is one of the few countries in the world where college sports are just as popular as the professional ones! You can turn on the TV on any given day and watch your favorite collegiate teams compete in football, baseball, basketball, and more! Watch this clip to get a better idea why Americans go crazy for college sports.
Finally, America has a lot more to offer than the major sports you see on TV. Plenty of recreational sports have niche appeal, while still allowing the athletes to showcase their impressive strength, skills, and dexterity. For example, many hardcore American athletes participate in triathlons, which combine the sports of running, cycling, and swimming into one intense competition!
Here’s a great video on sports vocabulary you’ll need to learn to understand sports in America.
Let’s take a closer look at some important vocabulary from the passage:
Take a look at the following sentences from the passage:
Do you notice any similarities? All three of these sentences begin with an adverb. Starting a sentence or independent clause with an adverb allows you to connect two or more ideas. However, the kind of adverb you use will depend on the idea you want to express.
Here are a few common adverbs and how they are used:
*Note: Adverbs at the beginning of a sentence or independent clause must be followed by a comma.
Now, let’s look at a few questions to review the passage, vocabulary, and grammar:
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