Oh, hey. Sorry, guys. Just watching the game.
So I’m Alex. Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this lesson on talking about sports. So
today, I’m going to look at some of the basic vocabulary that we use to talk about our favorite
teams, what happened in the game yesterday… And this is useful to talk about soccer, football,
hockey, baseball — almost any team sport that you can think of and maybe some single
sports as well. So today, I have a sample situation. Realistic or non-realistic, depends
on what year it is, I guess. Here, we have the score of a soccer game in the English
Premier League. It’s Arsenal 2, Chelsea 1. So some of the most common questions that you
ask if you’ve watched the game yesterday in the past was, you know, “Who played?” “What
was the score?” “Who won?” So these are the three most common questions that sports
fans ask about a game that just happened. So I’m going to look at some of the most common
vocab to start, and then, I’ll look at some of the more specific situations. So here are
five different sentences — the five most common sentences that you use when you talk about
one team defeating another team or beating another team. So if we talk about who played
yesterday, you could say, “Arsenal played against Chelsea.” So it’s — we say “played
against”; “they played against.” You could say “with”, but it’s not as common. Normally,
we say, “They played against each other” or, “They played against
one another.” Now, here, the score is Arsenal 2, Chelsea 1.
So we can say, “Arsenal won against Chelsea.” You could also say, “Arsenal won 2-1 against
Chelsea” — the score. And very common, “Arsenal beat Chelsea.” So very common verb
when talking about sports is “beat”. Now, on the other side, if you want to talk
about the loser, we can say, “Chelsea lost against” or, “Chelsea lost to arsenal”, okay?
So, “Chelsea lost against arsenal. They lost to Arsenal.” You can also say, “They lost
2-1.” So you can give the sore as well. And finally, this is the passive construction.
Here, we have, “Arsenal beat Chelsea.” And in the passive sense, you can say, “Chelsea
were beaten by Arsenal.” So we don’t say “were beat”. The past participle of “beat” is “beaten”,
so you have to say, “Chelsea were beaten by Arsenal. They were beaten 2-1”. Okay? Again, no
offense to Chelsea fans. I’m just an arsenal supporter, so that’s just me. Now, let’s look at some other situations that
happen in sports — team sports specifically. Here, we have some different scores, different
situations. So here, we have a game where it’s Manchester United and Liverpool, and
the score was 1-1. So we can say, “The game ended in a draw” or, “The game ended in a
tie.” So these are the two words that you need to know if the score is the same. So
if the score is 1-1, 2-2, 0-0, you can say, “The game ended in a draw” or, “The game ended
in a tie.” You can also just say, “They tied” or, “They tied 1-1.”
“They tied 2-2.” Okay? Here, we have another situation. Arsenal 5,
Everton 0. So in this situation, Arsenal won by a large difference of goals. So if one team
dominates the other team on the scoreboard, we can say, “It was a blowout.” So here, we
have “blowout”. So think of the words “blow out”. So here, we can say that “Arsenal blew
Everton out.” So, “They blow them out.” “Arsenal blew Everton out.” And you can also use
the passive where “Everton, they were blown out.” So here, you use, “They were blown out” in
the passive construction for Everton. “They were blown out. Arsenal blew them out.” Okay?
And here, “The game was a blowout. It was not even close. It was not close.” Now, here,
we have Real Madrid 3, Barcelona 2. It sounds like a very exciting game, a close game. So
if you have a close game, you can just say, “It was a close game.” If you want to get a
little bit more — I’ll use the term “slangy”, I guess. Use a little bit more slang. You
can say, “It was a nail-biter.” So think of your nails and — you’re watching the game.
It’s so exciting. It’s so close, and you’re so nervous that you’re biting your nails.
So you can say, “The game was a nail-biter. It was a close game.” Okay? All right, guys. So to learn to talk about
sports, that’s what we did today. And again, a quick review. “Arsenal played against Chelsea.”
“Arsenal won against Chelsea.” “Arsenal beat Chelsea.” I just like saying that. It sounds
so satisfying. “Chelsea lost against arsenal.” “They lost to Arsenal.” “They were beaten
by Arsenal.” And if the game is close or if it ends in 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, “The game ended in
the draw or a tie.” You can also say, “The two teams tied.” Sorry. There we go. And if
the game had a large difference, you can say, “The game was a blowout.” So, “Arsenal blow
Everton out.” “They blew them out.” And, “They were blown out.” And if the game is close,
you can say, “It was a close game” or, “It was a nail-biter.” All right? Okay, guys. That’s it for this lesson. If
you want to test your understanding of this material, as always, you can do the quiz on
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