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"Fast Break" - Sergio Rodriguez of the New York Knicks

"Fast Break" - Sergio Rodriguez of the New York Knicks English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 16 2010

Themes: Celebrity, Sports

Grammar: Past Progressive Tense

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Sergio Rodriguez is a fast guy who likes to run. He moves so smoothly around the court, people have taken to calling him Spanish Chocolate. Whether he’s playing with the Spanish national team or in the NBA, Sergio often gets from one side of the court to the other so quickly that no one can stop him from scoring. In basketball, that’s called a fast break.

Recently, Sergio took a break from practicing with the New York Knicks before a game to help you learn more about fast breaks and to talk about his experiences learning English.

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Jason

Jason

Sergio

Sergio

Jason:  Alright, welcome to English, baby!. I’m Jason here with Sergio Rodriguez of the New York Knicks. So, how much English did you know when you got to the US and how much did it improve once you got here?

Sergio:  When I was in Spain I was learning English, but it wasn’t enough to come here, and get a conversation with a person who speaks good English. So I tried to learn when I was a kid and when I was playing pro in Spain because I knew that I’d get an opportunity to come to the NBA. When I got here it was so much easier because I was always around people that speak fluent English so I got much better when I got here my first year and then through the years I’ve been learning a lot more.

Jason:  You’re a real fast guy, you like to do fast breaks. Can you teach all the English, baby! members, what is a fast break?

Sergio:  A fast break is all about quick decisions I think, try to think fast, try to get everybody involved in the fast break.

Jason:  How do you see a fast break coming? How do you know when you have a chance?

Sergio:  First of all, to get a fast break, 90% of the time you gotta get the rebound and you gotta get stop on defense. So that’s the first signal that you have to play a fast break. Also, when the other team scores on you, you can do a fast break if they are hanging around, you see an opportunity to get into the lane and you can do a fast break.

Jason:  So, basically, you just get down the court before everybody else, right?

Sergio:  Yeah. Basically, it’s run faster than everyone, and try to get the basket, be the first one. I really love to play the fast break.

Jason:  In your regular life, like day to day, do you like to see an opportunity and just go for it like a fast break?

Sergio:  I guess a fast break is to take quick decisions, so in my life I try to get a little bit calm with my decisions. But also, I try to do things and live the life and take advantage of that.

Jason:  Thanks so much, Sergio. Can I get you to give me a high five and say, “English, baby!”

Sergio:  English, baby!

 

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Sergio Rodriguez just finished his third year in the NBA. He had studied English before he came to the US, but when he arrived, he found it was hard to have a conversation with a native speaker. Now, his English is very good, so we asked him to teach a lesson on the term “fast break.”

Naturally, a fast break is something that happens fast. Sergio says it’s about “quick decisions.” If his team stops the other team from scoring, they will try to run and pass the ball ahead so they can score before the defense tries to stop them. It helps if the other team is kind of relaxing for a moment, hanging around at the other end of the court. That’s a good time for a fast break.

Sergio says he loves to play the fast break and likes to get his teammates involved in fast breaks. Several players on a team will often have to pass the ball in order create an opportunity for a fast break.

Outside of basketball, Sergio says he likes to think more carefully about his decisions. But he also likes to live life to the fullest. Are you a cautious person or do you make quick decisions?

 

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zicpro

zicpro

Viet Nam

that is the reason we have to talk each other by english.

i will tell my friend talk to me by english when we talk about everything. hihi.

and i will come to many places where have a lot of forgein people who speak english.

i think i will improve my skill so much (speaking, listening, and confident)

10:43 AM Jul 16 2010 |

Chuen_Lan.

Chuen_Lan.

China

My favourite sports is basketball, so I like NBA very much

10:06 PM Jul 12 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I'm both…In fact I'm an immadiate person,but I always try to take care with some decision,'cause besides I'm an immadiate person I'm impulsive too! Putz! this is a great mix impulsivity and immediacy to make us giving in something bad! hehe

01:17 PM May 19 2010 |

lulu6151

lulu6151

China

I LOVE THAT SERGIO WAY.

11:58 PM Apr 21 2010 |

lclaytonl

lclaytonl

Brazil

In portuguese we use take for this case!....Thanks for the tip!

MAKE decisions!...

07:57 AM Apr 19 2010 |

Jan Luka

Jan Luka

Germany

In lot of situations I have to make quick decisions. I think the first feelling often is the right. But important decisions should be make in calm. Some things need time.

03:42 AM Apr 18 2010 |

Jan Luka

Jan Luka

Germany

In lot of situations I have to make quick decisions. I think the first feelling often is the right. But important decisions should be make in calm. Some things need time.

03:42 AM Apr 18 2010 |

mvcsesl

mvcsesl

United States

patient

01:59 PM Apr 17 2010 |

gabo67

Colombia

I know that sometimes it's so hard to learn a second language and it is ok make mistakes as a second learners, but we need to learn from them as well: We must use the verb make in this case: make decisions instead of taking decision. In spanish we frequenly use the verb take in this context, but it does not aply in english…

08:50 AM Apr 17 2010 |

Rezon 邬

Rezon 邬

China

yes,we should think more carefully about our decisions

 

&I'm a big fan of NBA

06:02 PM Apr 16 2010 |

euden-d

Bhutan

I guess in Basketball its good thing to be a fast breaker. But in regular life it is sometimes not good. I make quick decisions and make mistakes when I do it. So its better to be cautious when doing things in life.

 

03:35 PM Apr 16 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

most of the people fast break especially under presure , i though the brain works better that in a calm state. but remember think before do something.

saludos.

02:58 PM Apr 16 2010 |

lclaytonl

lclaytonl

Brazil

I agree with him about been calm when take decisions, especially those important ones. Of course all of us have to take immediately decisions once and a while, and that's the reason u have to be always reading, studying and be in touch with the world, so been prepared for that!

Nice class!

tks

01:14 PM Apr 16 2010 |

303Kevin

303Kevin

China

i'm a big fan of NBA…so it is great to learn these NBA words,  thanks a lot..

04:35 AM Apr 16 2010 |

rmtzn

rmtzn

Turkey

"Fast Break" is mirrored to the life bye rodrguez. you may explain FB by rulles of basketball and may explain with life.

i used to make fast breaks i my life but now i am a father besides all and tkink everything twice.

 

03:57 AM Apr 16 2010 |

Ahshan

Ahshan

China

I love NBA ,so i also like to study some words and phrases about basketball.through this lesson i can figure out what the term “fast break” means.
in china we say 快攻 is the same thing with fast break

09:09 PM Apr 15 2010 |

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