Chatterbox #68 – Sports in Canada

Here’s another episode requested by some of our listeners. The athletes out there were curious about sports in Canada. What sports do people play? Which sports are popular to watch? Is hockey really as popular as people think? In this episode, Harp and Maura answer these questions and tell you about their own experiences playing on sports teams growing up! If you’re not sure what lacrosse is, listen to find out.

Expressions included in the Learning Materialssportsincanada

  • Like
  • Soccer vs. football
  • The playoffs
  • Hockey Night in Canada
  • Custom-made
  • Lacrosse
  • To chow down & to pig out
  • A jersey
  • A bookworm
  • To push someone
  • To try out & to make the team
  • Much to someone’s disappointment
  • To be benched
  • Phys. Ed.

Sample transcript

Maura: Now, today’s episode is a Chatterbox episode, and that is where Harp and I chat about some topic of interest. And today we are going to chat about…

Harp: Sports.

Maura: That’s right. Harp and I are gonna talk about sports. First, we’re gonna talk about sports that are popular in Canada.

Harp: Yup. And then we’re gonna talk about traditions for watching sports.

Maura: And lastly we’re going to talk about our own stories playing sports and growing up with sports.

Harp: Excellent. Let’s get started, Maura.

Maura: All right. So I feel like if we’re gonna talk about popular sports in Canada, we should start with hockey.

Harp: Of course. Hockey is, like, the Canadian sport. It is the sport that most Canadians are obsessed with.

Maura: Right. And if you were a little boy in Canada, you probably played hockey. A lot of boys in Canada grew up playing hockey.

Harp: And now even a lot of girls are playing hockey. It’s really the national sport.

Maura: And one thing we should mention, if you didn’t know and if you’ve never played hockey, it’s actually really expensive.

Harp: Yeah, hockey is a very expensive sport to play, especially for kids, because they’re growing and every year they need new skates and new equipment.

Maura: I’ve heard that hockey equipment, like, everything that you need to play ice hockey, can cost more than $1000.

Harp: It’s very expensive.

Maura: Yeah, it is very expensive. But it’s a very Canadian sport and so lots of parents pay that much money for their kids to play.

Harp: Yeah, definitely. And now there are a lot of organizations that help with poor families who can’t afford for their kids to play.

Maura: Yup. Well, another popular sport in Canada is football. Harp: Yup. Surprisingly, football is very popular in Canada. And when we say football, we mean American-style football. We don’t mean soccer right now. Soccer is getting very popular, but we mean American football.

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