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Goofy - Olympic Snowboarder Liu Jiayu

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Goofy - Olympic Snowboarder Liu Jiayu English, baby! Video Lesson
滑稽的 (goofy) — 冬奥会单板滑雪运动员刘佳宇

Date: Feb 16 2010

Themes: Hobbies, Sports

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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If you want to become a snowboarder, one of the first things you have to do is decide if you are goofy or regular.

Normally, goofy means silly, and regular means normal. But a normal person can still be a goofy snowboarder. That’s because in snowboarding, “goofy” and “regular” refer to the way you stand on the snowboard.

Goofy riders stand with their right foot at the front of the snowboard, and regular riders stand with their left foot in front. Find out if Olympic athlete Liu Jiayu is goofy or regular.

如果你想成为一名单板滑雪运动员,首先必须要做的事情之一便是确定你是滑稽的 (goofy) 还是正常的 (regular) 。
通常,滑稽 (goofy) 意味着傻傻的,正常 (regular) 意味着普通的。但是,一个普通人可能始终是一个滑稽的 (goofy) 单板滑雪运动员。这是因为,在单板滑雪运动中,“滑稽的”和“正常的”其实是指运动员站在滑雪板上的姿势。
滑稽的 (goofy) 滑雪运动员右脚踩在滑雪板前端,而正常的 (regular) 滑雪运动员则左脚在前。看看奥运会运动员刘佳宇是滑稽的 (goofy) 还是正常的 (regular) 。

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Jason:  In daily usage, goofy means unusually silly or strange in a funny way. In that sense, Olympic athlete Liu Jiayu isn’t goofy at all. But English, baby! met with the young star as she arrived in Vancouver for the Winter Olympics so she could teach what goofy means on the mountain, and learn some new English phrases as well. Chinese State Television was there for the meeting too.

CCTV:  The American team thinks that you may pose a threat.

Liu_Jiayu:  The American team is doing what they’re doing. I’m just trying to recover from my injury and do my best. That’s all that I’m focusing on right now.

Jason:  After her interview for CCTV, we helped Liu Jiayu learn a new phrase and asked her to teach an English lesson.

Liu_Jiayu:  I am ready for the Olympics.

Jason:  Where have you studied English?

Liu_Jiayu:  I learned by myself. Oh, wow. Very good.

Jason:  Do you ride goofy or regular?

Liu_Jiayu:  Regular.

Jason:  Can you show us what is regular and what is goofy with your feet? Is this regular?

Liu_Jiayu:  Regular. Yeah.

Jason:  And then, can you show us goofy?

Liu_Jiayu:  Goofy, here.

Jason:  OK. We were able to drop in on Liu Jiayu and we learned that she rides regular as opposed to goofy. A regular snowboarder places the left foot in front. If you ride goofy, you put your right foot in front like a skateboarder. It’s called goofy because it’s unusual.

Jason:  English, baby!

Liu_Jiayu:  English, baby!

Jason:  Alright. Thank you so much.

 

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Jason talks to Olympic athlete Liu Jiayu about the word “goofy.” Outside of snowboarding, a goofy person is someone who is silly. But in snowboarding, goofy means you stand with your right foot in front of your left foot on the snowboard. This is less common than the regular stance, when you put your left foot in front of your right foot.

Liu Jiayu (刘佳宇) is one of the best female snowboarders in the world. But she says she doesn’t compare herself to other snowboarders. She just concentrates on doing the best job she can do.

It isn’t easy to become an Olympic snowboarder. Teaching yourself English is difficult, too. But Liu Jiayu has done both. There isn’t anything goofy about her, in or outside of snowboarding.

Do you ever act goofy? Where have you studied English? Do you think it’s hard to learn English by yourself?_

_For more with Liu Jiayu, visit our blog.

 

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simoroshka

simoroshka

Russian Federation

goofy or regular – what is the point to choose one leg? I ride both.

09:02 AM Feb 25 2012 |

qiangwang

China

I'm proud of  you  Liu Jiayu

06:31 AM Jul 18 2010 |

qiangwang

China

I'm proud of  you  Liu Jiayu

06:31 AM Jul 18 2010 |

EstebanM

EstebanM

Colombia

One can study and learn "alone", but one always must have the compromise to read, to talk and to improve with other people. That's the way I'm learning everyday… without an institute, but not completely alone. 

01:12 PM May 05 2010 |

abu_shehab

abu_shehab

Israel

Thank you ..its an intersting lesson..and …........funny in the same time.

good work go a head

11:01 AM Mar 27 2010 |

rhalah

rhalah

Saudi Arabia

hello

09:51 AM Mar 26 2010 |

prophilo

prophilo

Syrian Arab Republic

I think that i am not a goofy one but i like to watch someone goofy to just kearn some thing from him , surely not laugh about him because there's a poverb saying take the sience from the goofy or stuped people

09:04 AM Mar 15 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Oh yeah who has never act goofly? hehe I guess everyone…I have learned english in many places but now I learning alone…it is being pretty cool and I'm leaning many things more than I'm in a english school ;)

05:17 AM Mar 13 2010 |

handwriter

handwriter

Norway

As one famous person almost put it, "Goofy is as goofy does."

08:07 PM Mar 12 2010 |

iam_mai_naja

Thailand

i never do snowboarding b/c my country have no any snows hahaha by the way, i like to watch it. its so excited. liu must be so talented b/c this sport very dangerous.

 i wish to do snowboarding once in my life yuhuuu..

thanks for lessons!!

09:35 AM Mar 09 2010 |

RobyJ

RobyJ

Italy

I sometimes do act goofy. I'm studing english at school about 8 years but my theachers weren't the bests so I don't have to learn much. I think it's no so hard to learn english by myself but I'll shuld to work a lot but this isn't a problem for me Laughing

05:42 AM Mar 07 2010 |

thecharlie77

Dominican Republic

i think its no t diffficult 2 learn english by 1self cause most of the english that i know i´ve learnt it by myself

11:12 AM Mar 04 2010 |

thecharlie77

Dominican Republic

won

 

11:07 AM Mar 04 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i think i'm a goofy person ( abt snowbording) :(  , jjeje

saludos.

02:19 PM Mar 02 2010 |

lulu6151

lulu6151

China

toally i learn from this dialoge three words . goofy. regular and snowborader.

i aslo learned something else words from  vancouver winter olympic game

speedskating. triple flip. double axels. hockey. short tracker . etc…

03:57 AM Feb 24 2010 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

I try not to act goofy, but I doubt if one can succeed in a task like that, since we all make mistakes sometimes. It's inevitable. 

I studied English at school. I think it's possible to learn a foreign language on your own, but it's definitaly hard to do.

12:13 AM Feb 24 2010 |

Gambit.H

Gambit.H

Brazil

what's the music at the end ?

09:16 AM Feb 23 2010 |

timatimka

timatimka

Russian Federation

I try not be a goofy at all, and learn english language by myself, there is easy with englishbaby)

02:00 PM Feb 22 2010 |

Rain Bird

Rain Bird

Saudi Arabia

Thank you ..its an intersting lesson..

08:46 AM Feb 21 2010 |

levitabris

levitabris

China

I used to be a rookie sk8er. And I am sure the words "Goofy" and "Regular" are used in the same way when it comes to the street skate.

07:40 AM Feb 21 2010 |

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