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Talent and Borlee

Presenter

Hi I'm Natalie and welcome to Talking Sport.

Today we will be hearing about athletes who are twins and we will be learning the words: talent, combination and pedigree.

So does sporting talent run in the family?

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talent: استعداد

Presenter

So do people in the same family often have the same sporting talent?

Well identical twins Jonathan and Kevin Borlee seem to have a similar talent.

They're two of Belgium’s top athletes and both compete in the 400 metres.

Let's hear previous Olympic medal winner Michael Johnson talk about Jonathan and Kevin Borlee.

What does he think of the Borlee twins?

Listen out for the words combination and pedigree.

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I think they are talented. I think it’s really a combination of their talent, you know, there’s obviously pedigree there with their Dad being a coach and having been an athlete himself.

Presenter

Let's listen again for the words combination and pedigree.

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I think they are talented. I think it’s really a combination of their talent, you know, there’s obviously pedigree there with their Dad being a coach and having been an athlete himself.

Presenter

Well Michael thinks the Borlee brothers are talented!

Michael said he thinks their success is a combination of their talent and their pedigree.

combination

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combination: ترکیب

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It’s really a combination of their talent and their pedigree.

pedigree

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pedigree: نبوغ ارثی ،اصل و نسب

Presenter

Here is an example sentence: the twins have a very good pedigree.

Well so far we have learnt the words: talent, combination and pedigree.

Now let's look at the noun talent and the adjective talented a bit more.

Let's listen to people in London using these words.

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I have a talent for playing tennis.

One of my talents is writing.

My sister is a very talented painter.

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I have a talent for playing tennis.

One of my talents is writing.

My sister is a very talented painter.

Presenter

I'm Natalie and that’s all from Talking Sport.

See you next time.

Athletics vocabulary

Below are some common words used in athletics:

a false start: when an athlete starts before the signal is given

a lap: one circuit of the track in a race

a sprint: a short, fast race that is usually less than 400m

a relay race: a race between teams, in which each member of the team competes in a part of the race

Now complete the sentences with the adjective or the noun.

1. He was leading the race and then he fell over in the last _____________!

2. Usain Bolt made _____________ in the 2011 World Championships and he was disqualified.

3. In next year's Olympics there will be a lot of competition in the 100m _____________.

4. Russia won the women's 4 x 100m _____________ in the Beijing Olympics.

Reflexive pronouns

In the video Michael used the reflexive pronoun'himself':

"…there's obviously pedigree there with their Dad being a coach and having been an athlete himself."

We use a reflexive pronoun when the subject and object are the same.

"…there's obviously pedigree there with their Dad being a coach and having been an athlete himself."

Here are some more examples of reflexive pronouns:

You can use reflexive pronouns to emphasise the subject or object.

e.g. A: Who made this cake?

B: I made the cake myself!

Now complete the sentences with the correct pronoun or verb from below.

herself myself yourselves

1. Claire introduced ____________ to the other pupils in the class.

2. A: Did you take your car to the mechanic?

B: No, I repaired it ____________.

3. I haven't seen you both in ages! Please come in and make ____________ at home.

Answer

Athletics vocabulary

1. He was leading the race and then he fell over in the last lap!

2. Usain Bolt made a false start in the 2011 World Championships and he was disqualified.

3. In next year's Olympics there will be a lot of competition in the 100m sprint.

4. Russia won the women's 4 x 100m relay race in the Beijing Olympics.

Reflective pronouns

1. Claire introduced herself to the other pupils in the class.

2. A: Did you take your car to the mechanic?

B: No, I repaired it myself.

3. I haven't seen you both in ages! Please come in and make yourselves at home.