Why Not Take Up Sport?

Recording to Unit 5

1. In each line choose the word with a different sound. Listen and check.

2. Put the following words in the correct column according to the pronunciation of the underlined letter “a”. Listen and check.
  • arrow
  • racing
  • rivalry
  • draughts
  • paddle
  • yoga
  • gymnastics
  • semi-finalist
  • championship
  • relegate
  • amateur
  • agile
  • outclass
  • handicap
  • football
  • spectator
  • lawn tennis
  • stamina
[æ] [eɪ] [ɔ:] [ə] [ɑ:]
3. Transcribe the following words and expressions.
climbing calisthenics biathlon
javelin canoeing referee
opponent international team posture
tournament thigh muscles vicious sports
reigning champion disqualified judo
pole vault competition aerobics

4. Listen and fill in the missing words. Transcribe these words.

A new report from the American Heart Association says in children are lower today than they were 30 years ago. The researchers looked at data from the past 46 years. The statistics were on more than 25 million children in 28 countries. The research team found that today's children run one kilometre about one minute slower than their parents did three decades ago. The figures were the same for boys and girls. The distance a child can run is by around half of one per cent every year. One of the biggest reasons for the slowdown in children’s is . Kids are because they are too much and not enough.

The researchers say their report is . If children are becoming , they will be in the future. Lead researcher Dr Grant Tomkinson said: “If a young person is generally unfit now, then they are more likely to develop conditions like later in life.” Dr Tomkinson said: “We need to help to inspire children and youth to develop that will keep them now and into the future. They need to choose a range of they like or think they might like to try, and they need to .” He added: “Young people can be in different ways. They can be like a , or like a , or like a .”

5. Unjumble the underlined words. Listen and check.

A hangover is one of the worst feelings can . There’s nothing you do to make it go away. You just wait it to wear . It usually takes a whole day can even take two days to disappear. The most stupid thing about a hangover is you never learn. A hangover is body’s warning too much alcohol is bad . When something is painful, you never do it again. Not so with a hangover. When people a hangover, often drink again the next day. This makes original hangover much worse. Many people have their own hangover “cure”. None work . All I can do is suffer. I suppose the best thing a hangover is not to drink at all, least not drink too much.