Leo talks about the national sport of New Zealand.
Todd: OK, Leonard, you're from New Zealand.
Leo: Yes. Yes.
Todd: So we're going to talk about your country's national pastime.
Leo: Oh, that would be Rugby.
Leo: Uh, the All Blacks is well known around the world, especially here in Japan.
Leo: Especially if you talk to nearly any Japanese, they'll know the word All Black.
Leo: It's actually the World Cup, uh, this year, in October.
Todd: Really, where, where is the World Cup?
Leo: It's actually held in Australia.
Todd: Oh, really!
Leo: And around, around, mainly around Sydney.
Leo: And right now is the rugby Tri-Nation Cup, which is a match between New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
Todd: OK. Do you play rugby?
Leo: I don't play rugby. I played rugby in school, but I actually play soccer.
Todd: Oh, really! OK. So you're kind of a, an anomoly?
Leo: Yes, yes, yes! I do support the team, and I like to watch all the games.
Leo: And I have a lot of friends here in Japan, and we get together just to watch the game. There's actually a game this Saturday. New Zealand against Australia, which is a big one.
Todd: Are you going to watch he game?
Leo: Oh, Yes! Definitely!
Todd: All right! Well, go, go All Blacks.
Leo: That's right.
Todd: OK. Great. Thanks a lot Leonard.
Let's talk about your country's national pastime - rugby.
A 'national pastime' is a popular activity or hobby for people from a certain country. Notice the following:
- The American national pastime is baseball.
- Soccer is a national pastime in Mexico.
All Blacks is well known around the world.
If most or all people know about something it is ' well known.' Notice the following:
- This is a very well known and popular restaurant in this area.
- Johnny Depp is a very well known actor.
The World Cup is held in Australia, mainly around Sydney.
If an event happens in Australia it is 'held' there. Notice the following:
- Last year the World Cup was held in South Africa.
- The party will be held at our house.
It is a match between New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
A 'match' is a game or competition. Notice the following:
- We go to all the matches they play here.
- What time does the match start today?
I do support the team, and I like to watch all the games.
When you 'support' a team you demonstrate encouragement and interest in their success. Notice the following:
- He doesn't support the same presidential candidate as me.
- Her parents supported her in all the decisions she made.