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Welcome to EnglishClass101.com’s English in Three Minutes. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn English.
Hey everyone, I’m Alisha!
In this series, we’re going to learn some easy ways to ask and answer common questions in English. It’s really useful, and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to ask someone about what sports they like.
If you’re a sports fan then you’ll know how much fun it is when you meet someone who likes that sport as much as you do, even if they don’t like your favorite team.
You may assume that you just say “What sports do you like?” Of course this is a normal way to ask this question, but there’s actually a more natural way to ask this.
In idiomatic English we use the phrase “to follow a sport” to mean “to like or be interested in a sport”. So you can ask:
“Do you follow sports?”
Or, if you think it’s likely that the other person does like sports, you can ask:
“What sports do you follow?”
You can answer either of these questions by saying:
“Yeah, I follow [and then the name of the sport].”
“Yeah, I follow soccer.”
Or you can say:
“Yeah, I like soccer.”
Or you can use the phrase “I’m a fan of~”.
“Yeah, I’m a fan of soccer.”
But what if you don’t like sports?
Again, remember what we said before about being careful not to hurt the other person’s feelings by saying anything too offensive. Just say:
“No, I don’t really follow any sports.”
Lots of people don’t like to watch sports, but do like to play sports. If this is you, then you can say:
“I don’t really follow sports, but I like playing [and then the name of the sport]”.
“I don’t really follow sports, but I like playing soccer.”
A good place to expand the conversation is if you answer “Yeah, I follow soccer” and the other person answers “me too” or something similar, to then ask about what teams they support. All you say is:
“What team do you support?”
Or, as we said in previous lessons, you can expand the conversation by asking the other person: “How about you?” once you’ve finished answering.
Now it’s time for Alisha’s Advice!
Sports are a very popular topic of conversation in the US. It’s a totally neutral, easy to talk about topic which avoids controversial themes such as politics and religion, which are not usually considered appropriate things to talk about with someone you have just met.
What sports are you into? Let us know in the comments!
In the next English in Three Minutes lesson we’ll be learning a really useful question for making conversation with native speakers and non-native speakers of English alike!

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Monday at 05:58 PM
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Hello Abdul,


Thanks for taking the time to post and share. 👍


Please feel free to ask us any questions you have throughout your studies.


Sincerely,

Éva

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Abdul Salam
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I like Football.

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Hello Sasindu,


Thanks for joining us from Sri Lanka!

It's great to have you on board.


Happy to answer any questions you have. 😄


Truly,

Éva

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sasindu
Friday at 03:19 PM
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Thanks alot alisha


I'm from sir lanka

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Hello Mosa and Ihar,


Thank you both for taking the time to write to us. Welcome to you from Syria and Belarus.


I hope we can help you to achieve your English language goals!! 😄😄


Feel free to shoot through any questions you have throughout your studies.


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Mosa
Wednesday at 06:08 AM
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Thanks alot alisha

I'm from syria

Ihar
Monday at 08:12 PM
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Great course.


I like swimming and table tennis. :-)


Hey from Belarus/

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Hello Tina,


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We have so many lessons and a lot of support for you here during your studies and are constantly updating the lessons on our site so please stay tuned! 👍


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Tina
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I don't really follow any sports.😜

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Hello Rohish,


Thanks for taking the time to post and share. 👍


Please feel free to ask us any questions you have throughout your studies.


Sincerely,

Éva

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