Learning to speak English? Our Everyday Conversations help you practice. Click the audio link to hear a native speaker pronounce each word while you read. Key terms are explained, in your language, at the end of each conversation. Today’s conversation is about sports.
Phil: What time is that soccer game on? I thought it started at noon.
Jack: We must have had the wrong time. Oh, well … soccer’s not my favorite sport anyway. I much prefer basketball.
Phil: Oh, really? I thought your favorite sport was tennis. I’m a big fan of basketball too.
Jack: How about a game sometime?
Phil: Sure thing! Why don’t we go shoot some hoops now since the soccer game isn’t on?
Jack: Excellent idea. Let’s go.
- What time is that soccer game on? means “When does the soccer game start?” “What time” plus something plus “on” is a common expression used to ask about the start time of a TV show or a movie.
- I much prefer basketball here means “I like basketball a lot more than soccer.” Notice how “much” is stressed to show that the speaker really likes basketball.
- Oh, really? Notice the rising intonation on “really.” This shows that the speaker is surprised. He thought that Jack liked tennis the best.
- I’m a big fan of basketball is a way of saying “I like basketball very much” (“to be a fan of” is a casual expression used to describe something you really like).
- How about a game here means “Let’s play a basketball game.”
- Sure thing! This is a casual expression used to mean “OK.”
- Shoot some hoops means to play an informal game of basketball. This is a casual expression used between friends.