Ice Hockey and the Vancouver Canucks

In this free advanced English video clip a Canadian woman talks about her favourite sport, ice hockey, and her favourite team, the Vancouver Canucks.

Self Study

Dictation

Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.

Transcript

My favourite sport to watch is hockey.

Hockey is a big Canadian game, and everyone loves it here, and we get really involved.

My favourite team is the Vancouver Canucks, and my favourite thing about the team is, um, I think just because I know them so well, I've followed them for so long, and it was the first city that I lived in that had an NHL team, so I naturally fell in love with them.

I watch their matches, um, probably, on average, every second or third game on TV. And sometimes I do go to them live.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.

Questions

  • What's her favourite sport?
  • What does "hockey is a big Canadian game" mean?
  • Which team does she support? / Who does she go for? / What team does she follow?
  • Why?
  • How often does she watch them play?

Answers

Her favourite sport is (ice) hockey.

It means that most Canadians really love hockey. They're very passionate about the sport.

She supports the Vancouver Canucks. / She goes for the Canucks. / She follows the Canucks.

She likes the Canucks because she's supported them for a long time. Vancouver was the first city that she lived in that had a professional hockey team, so she naturally started to support the team.

She catches (watches) every second or third game on TV, and sometimes goes to the game to watch them live.