Getting Ready

Match each picture with the correct word.


 play baseball


 play golf

 go to a gym

 play tennis

 play basketball

 play volleyball


10   play soccer

11   ride a bike

12   run


1 j   2 c   3 i   4 a   5 d   6 f

7 b   8 k   9 g   10 h   11 e   12 l

Listening 1

People are talking about sports and exercise. Listen and number the pictures.

Answer & Transcript

A 4   B 6   C 1   D 3   E 5   F 2



A:   Do you play sports on weekend, Rita?

B:   No, I hate sports.

A:   Really? So what do you do on weekend?

B:   Uh, I watch my favorite programs on TV.

A:   Well, that’s not too tiring!


A:   Do you like sports, Curtis?

B:   Sure, I play a lot of sports.

A:   So, what sports do you play?

B:   Well, everything. Baseball, volleyball, swimming – but my favorite sport is tennis.

A:   Oh yeah?

B:   Yeah, I play every day after work.


A:   You’re in great shape, Robert.

B:   Thanks.

A:   So, how do you do it?

B:   Well, I go to the pool about three times a week, and I swim for about two hours.

A:   Two hours? Are you practicing for the Olympic Games or something?


A:   How do you keep in shape, Jon?

B:   Me? I travel.

A:   What do you mean, you travel?

B:   Well, I ride my bike about 20 miles every weekend.


A:   Wow! What happened?

B:   I went skiing.

A:   Gee. That looks pretty bad.

B:   Yeah.

A:   Do you ski often?

B:   No. It was my first time.


A:   Do you get much exercise, Joe?

B:   Yes, I do. I walk a lot.

A:   Where?

B:   To McDonald’s. Yeah, I walk there about four times a week to get a hamburger and fries.

Listening 2

Task 1

What sport or activity is the person talking about? Listen and circle the correct answer.

1   a   swimming

     b   going to the gym

     c   jogging

2   a   playing volleyball

     b   playing golf

     c   playing soccer

3   a   playing baseball

     b   playing soccer

     c   playing tennis

4   a   playing tennis

     b   watching TV

     c   reading

5   a   swimming

     b   jogging

     c   windsurfing

6   a   diving

     b   riding a bicycle

     c   walking


1 b   2 a   3 c   4 b   5 c   6 c

Task 2

Listen again. What do you think each person says next? Circle the correct answer.

1   a   Yes, about three times a week.

     b   Yeah, I’m getting lazy.

     c   Yeah, I’m tired.

2   a   Yeah, I’d love to.

     b   I enjoy skiing.

     c   Yeah, you’re right.

3   a   Volleyball is tiring.

     b   Volleyball. It’s my favorite.

     c   Tennis is expensive.

4   a   I know, but I’m lazy.

     b   No, thanks. I’m tired.

     c   Yeah, reading is fun.

5   a   It’s too hot.

     b   Yeah, I’d love to.

     c   I don’t like the cold.

6   a   In the car.

     b   In the morning.

     c   In the park.

Answer & Transcript

1 a   2 a   3 b   4 a   5 c   6 c



A:   You look like you’re in great shape, David.

B:   Well, I go to the gym every day after work, and on Saturdays, too. I love it. Do you work out?


A:   Do you play a lot of sports?

B:   Yes, I do.

A:   Do you like volleyball?

B:   Yeah, I play volleyball during the week.

A:   Want to play with me and my friends tonight?


A:   You’re in good shape, Zach. Do you play a lot of sports?

B:   Yes, I do. I love sports. I play volleyball on Thursdays, and on Saturdays and Sundays I play tennis.

A:   Which one do you like best?


A:   Do you like playing sports?

B:   Nah, not really. I don’t like exercising at all. But I do watch a lot of baseball on TV!

A:   You really should get some exercise.


A:   What kinds of sports do you play?

B:   Let’s see. Well, in the summer I enjoy windsurfing. But I don’t do anything in the winter.

A:   Why not?


A:   So, do you get any exercise?

B:   Well, not much. I don’t have a lot of free time, but about once a week I walk for an hour.

A:   Oh. Where do you walk?

Listening 3

Task 1

People are talking about how they spend their free time. Listen and check (✓) the correct information.


Exercises a lot

Exercises a little

Never exercises

1   Bill

2   Liz

3   Victor

4   Maria

5   David


Exercises a lot   1, 4

Exercises a little   2, 5

Never exercises   3

Task 2

Listen again. Match the names on the left with the activities on the right.

1   Bill

2   Liz

3   Victor

4   Maria

5   David

a   golfs

b   bicycles

 plays baseball

d   takes walks

e   plays video games

Answer & Transcript

1 c   2 d   3 e   4 a   5 b



I think exercise is so important to good health. There’s a really good sports club near my school. During the week, I play tennis there for an hour before school starts. On weekends, I usually work out at the gym near my house for a few hours. I also play baseball with some friends from school. It’s so much fun!


I don’t like jogging or doing anything too energetic. I prefer taking walks. I like to take a short walk every day through the park across from my house. Sometimes my boyfriend goes with me. It’s nice to talk and look at the flowers and trees. On Sunday, I like to swim, but for only about a half hour. I sleep the rest of the weekend.


I am a big soccer fan, but I only watch it on TV. I can’t stand playing it! There are great games to watch on weekends. I also enjoy watching tennis. I’d like to learn someday, but I don’t like to sweat. I love chess and often play with my younger sister. She’s really good at it and usually wins. On weekends, I love to play video games with some of my friends.


I just love to exercise! I like many different sports. Let’s see… I like swimming a lot. I get up very early, around 5 a.m., and swim for two hours from Monday to Friday. I also enjoy basketball and play with a group of friends from work every Tuesday night. And I’ve also started playing golf this year. Before playing, I jog to warm up.


I enjoy exercise, but I don’t do it as much as I should. I meet a friend every Wednesday and we play tennis. I’m not a very good player, but it’s fun and we usually play for an hour. On weekends, I like to bike around our neighborhood. I guess I spend an hour or two doing that. Oh, and I love baseball, but only watch it while sitting on the couch eating popcorn!

Conversation Corner: Talking about sports

Task 1

Listen to the conversation. Write the missing words.

A:   Do you ………………… any …………………, Nick?

B:   Yes, I love playing sports. But my ………………… sport is ………………… .

A:   Really? Are you on a team?

B:   Yeah, I am. It’s a lot of ………………… .

A:   How ………………… do you …………………?

B:   Oh, about ………………… a ………………… . So, how about you? Do you play sports?

A:   Well, it depends. Do you think playing video games is a sport?

B:   Umm…. I’m not sure about ………………… .

Task 2

Practice the conversation with a partner. Be sure to stress the correct words.

Answer & Transcript

A:   Do you play any sports, Nick?

B:   Yes, I love playing sports. But my favorite sport is volleyball.

A:   Really? Are you on a team?

B:   Yeah, I am. It’s a lot of fun.

A:   How often do you play?

B:   Oh, about twice a week. So, how about you? Do you play sports?

A:   Well, it depends. Do you think playing video games is a sport?

B:   Umm…. I’m not sure about that.

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