Detroit Red Wings

In this free learning English video, an American man talks about why his favorite sports team is the Detroit Red Wings hockey team.

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Dictation

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Transcript

I would have to say my favorite sports team is the Detroit Red Wings, the hockey team, from Michigan.

I grew up in Michigan, I don't currently live there now, but I was born and raised there.

I'm a big hockey fan, my family was (were) big hockey fans, my brother played, I played when I was younger. I wasn't very good, but I still tell people I played.

I watch them every game just about, anytime they're on, it doesn't matter where I'm at, I'll pull them up on my phone, um, if I'm out to eat I'll make sure I can see a TV where they're playing. Um, I'm always checking the scores on the internet or on my iphone.

And it's kind of funny because my girlfriend, she is a Chicago Blackhawks fan, and they have a big rivalry between each other so it's kind of a funny dynamic. We don't like to bring it up, so we don't cause any arguments, but ah, yeah, I'm a big hockey fan, and 'Go Wings!'.

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Questions

  • What's his favorite team?
  • Why does he like them?
  • Does he still live in Michigan?
  • Were his family big fans?
  • What will he sometimes do if he's out while they're playing?
  • Who does his girlfriend go for (support)?
  • Why is this interesting?

Answers

He likes the Detroit Red Wings.

He was born and raised in Michigan, which is the state in which the Detroit Red Wings come from.

No, he has since moved to another state.

Yes, his family love hockey. His brother and him also used to play ice hockey.

He'll watch the game on his phone, he'll check the scores on a nearby TV, he'll bring up the scores on his iphone.

His girlfriend likes the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Red Wings and the Blackhawks have a big rivalry between each other.