103 To Belong

Various people talk about groups, clubs, and things they belong to and why they are a part of it.


Chris, Belgium
speakerDo you belong to anything? Well, I belong to a running club. It's actually a marathon running club because I used to start running marathons two years ago, and if you train for a marathon it's like a lot of time you have to invest in it and a lot of running you have todo alone by yourself, and if you have somebody, with you, like your a member of a club, it's just much more fun to do it with other people than if you have to do it alone.

Aiste, Lithuania
speakerYes, I belong to a singing club and piano club. And in singing club, it's like a small group of students that gather together and sing songs from all over the world on differnent topics, and piano club is the club where students prepare their own piano piece and then perform it once in a half year in a small concert or gathering in university.

Edwin, Soccer
speakerDo I belong to anything? Do I belong to anything? Well, I guess I'm a very big soccer fan, and I guess I belong to a soccer culture, if you can say ... call it that. Yeah, I follow soccer a lot back home. I'm really liking playing the sport. I really like watching the sport, but my favorite team is Manchester United.

Mike, Singapore
speakerIn university right now, I'm in a circle that involves that is sports based and we just play mainly volleyball and baseball, and membership isn't very big. It's like about maybe fifteen students, and we meet like once a week to just play sports, and usually on a weekend maybe we have like a dinner party or something.

Jess, Gym
speakerNo, in the past, I've joined things but I'm quite faddish about things so I'll start something but then not go after the first couple of months, especially gym memberships that would involve working out or any strenuous exercise.

George, United States
speakerDo you belong to anything? Well, no. I don't belong to any club or circle. Coming to college, I wasn't really interested in joining anything. I just wanted to get my studies over with quickly.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

gather together


Students gather together and sing songs.

The phrase gather together means to form a group for a specific purpose or activity. Here are two sample sentences

  1. People gathered together to help rebuild the village.
  2. Our teacher suggested we gather together and form an English club.

piano piece


Students prepare their own piano piece.

A piano piece is a song most often without lyrics (words) that we call an instrumental. It is played on a piano. It is usually used to describe more serious forms of music such as classical or jazz. Notice the following.

  1. The long piano piece was the highlight of the concert.
  2. Beethoven published his first piano piece in 1783.



I'm quite faddish about things.

Someone who likes, dislikes or changes their feeling about something without good reason is said to be faddish. Here are some samples.

  1. Students are quite faddish about fashion.
  2. I’m faddish about diets. I always try the latest one.



I don't like doing strenuous exercise.

Strenuous talks about something that is very difficult or requires a lot of energy. Sometimes we use it to talk about mental things, but usually, as with exercise, it describes physical activity. Here are two more examples.

  1. The journey was long and strenuous, particularly for the elderly.
  2. Being a fisherman requires a lot of strenuous work.

get something over with


I just wanted to get my studies over with quickly.

The phrase get something over with means to finish a task or end a situation we really don’t like. Notice the sample sentences.

  1. Let’s get this meeting over with and get back to work.
  2. My relationship was terrible. I’m actually glad it’s over with.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
gather • piece • faddish
strenuous • get over with
  1. I want this day to as soon as possible.
  2. The he played was very relaxing.
  3. Those shoes were very in the 1980's.
  4. The students plan to in the library.
  5. When you are sick, you should avoid exercise.