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Academic English

“Olympic Basketball”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult basketball one man 01:33

Pre-Listening Exercise

Basketball is a popular sport in many countries, and many people enjoy buying tickets to games, collecting basketball collectibles, and even basketball jerseys or clothing. Listen to this conversation.


“dough” = informal for money
I need more dough to pay off my credit card bill.”

“have money to burn” = have a lot of money
Sara’s dad always gives her a big allowance, so she has money to burn.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

How popular is basketball in your country as a recreational sport? Are their sports teams at the junior high school and high school levels? Do you enjoy playing or watching the game?

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