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big fan • aggressive • spectators
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  1. The went wild after the championship game.
  2. Her boyfriend is tall.
  3. I would prefer to spend the night going out with my friends studying.
  4. The goalie caught the in his glove right before it went into the goal.
  5. I am a of Mariah Carey's music.
  6. She is very and usually gets what she wants.
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224 Hockey
Steve talks about Canada's most popular sport.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

big fan

I'm a big hockey fan.

If you are a 'big fan' of something you really enjoy it. Notice the following:

  1. She isn't a big fan of pizza.
  2. I am a big fan of black and white movies.


Hockey is a very aggressive sport and requires a lot of skill.

When something is 'aggressive' it is very intense, high energy or even forceful. An aggressive sport usually involves a lot of physical contact. Notice the following:

  1. She likes to watch aggressive sports.
  2. He has a very aggressive way of doing business.


Hockey is a good sport for spectators to watch.

'Spectators' are people that watch a sport or event.  They do not participate in the main event. Notice the following:

  1. Do spectators make you nervous?
  2. There were over 10,000 spectators at the game.

not that good

I'm not that good a skater.

The phrase 'not that' usually has the same meaning as 'not very.' Notice the following:

  1. The food is really not that good here.
  2. His new movie is not that good.

instead of a puck

Instead of using a puck, you use a tennis ball.

Here 'instead of' can be replaced by 'as a replacement for.'  A 'puck' is a small black disc that is hit along the floor in hockey. Notice the following:

  1. I think we should drive instead of taking the bus.
  2. It really hurts to get hit by a puck.