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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.

Todd: OK.

Leo: Uh, the All Blacks is well known around the world, especially here in Japan.

Todd: Uh-huh.

Leo: Especially if you talk to nearly any Japanese, they'll know the word All Black.

Todd: Yeah.

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.

Todd: OK.

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.

Todd: Uh-huh!

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.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

national pastime

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:

  1. The American national pastime is baseball.
  2. Soccer is a national pastime in Mexico.

well known

All Blacks is well known around the world.

If most or all people know about something it is ' well known.' Notice the following:

  1. This is a very well known and popular restaurant in this area.
  2. Johnny Depp is a very well known actor.

held (in)

The World Cup is held in Australia, mainly around Sydney.

If an event happens in Australia it is 'held' there. Notice the following:

  1. Last year the World Cup was held in South Africa.
  2. 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:

  1. We go to all the matches they play here.
  2. 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:

  1. He doesn't support the same presidential candidate as me.
  2. Her parents supported her in all the decisions she made.

Vocabulary Quiz

pastime • well known • held
match • support
  1. Some fans are crazy about their for sports teams.
  2. Who are the sports stars from Brazil?
  3. The 2012 Summer Olympics will be in London.
  4. What is the national in your country?
  5. Our team was excited after winning the big .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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