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Yi Jianlian - Put the Ball on the Floor

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Yi Jianlian - Put the Ball on the Floor English, baby! Video Lesson
易建联 –运球

Date: Apr 01 2011

Themes: Celebrity, Sports

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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Yi Jianlian is still fairly new to the NBA. He plays for the Washington Wizards. Before coming to the United States, he won three championships in China and many awards. Other than Yao Ming, Yi is the most well-known Chinese basketball player.

Skills are an important part of what makes Yi so good. He can shoot well from far away and is very athletic even though he is seven feet tall! Yi can use his power and size to get to the basket and score. One way for him to do this is to put the ball on the floor. We talked with him about this phrase and about learning English.

易建联现在还是NBA新秀。他目前效力于华盛顿奇才队。赴美之前,易建联曾三次获得全国冠军,并获多个奖项。除姚明之外,阿联是中国最著名的篮球运动员。
他的厉害之处就在于他的技术。他的远距离投篮十分出色,虽然身高七英尺,却十分敏捷!阿联能够运用他的力量和块头上篮得分,而使他能够做到这点的一个方法就是运球(put the ball on the floor)。我们与他讨论了这个习语,也讨论了如何学习英语。

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Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Yi

Yi

Jason

Jason

Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Yi Jianlian. How are you doing today?

Yi:  Good, good. How are you?

Jason:  I’m doing well. You’ve been here in the US for a few years. How much English did you know when you got here?

Yi:  Oh, just a little bit. Not much.

Jason:  Where had you learned it? Did you learn it in school in China?

Yi:  Yeah, I learned a little bit in school, and I learned a lot more over here.

Jason:  So here on English, baby!, we like to help people learn basketball language, and I was wondering if you could tell us, what does it mean to put the ball on the floor?

Yi:  Dribbling. Attack the basket.

Jason:  What do you do when you put the ball on the floor? What’s in your mind?

Yi:  For me, it’s try to score.

Jason:  Yi says that “put the ball on the floor” means to dribble. To dribble means to bounce the ball. When you dribble, you can move, and Yi likes to move to the basket. Let’s hear his definition again.

Jason:  What does it mean to put the ball on the floor?

Yi:  Dribbling. Attack the basket.

Jason:  What do you do when you put the ball on the floor? What’s in your mind?

Yi:  For me, it’s try to score.

Jason:  Thanks so much for talking to us. Could I get you to give me a high five and say “English, baby!”?

Yi:  English, baby!

Jason:  Alright.

 

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Discussion

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Yi says that he only knew a little bit of English before coming to the US. Since he has been here, he has learned a lot more. When he first arrived, he didn’t do interviews in English, so you can tell he is confident speaking it now.

It’s important for a big player like Yi to get to the basket. Sometimes, his teammates will pass him the ball under the hoop, but other times, he has to get there on his own. That’s when he puts the ball on the floor. He dribbles the ball and attacks the basket.

Can you think of a time when you attacked a goal in your life the way Yi attacks the basket?

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Comments

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manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

I don’t know very well NBA and others American sports, I’m more affectionate at European sports and as italian I’m mad for football.


Anyway I like this Chinese player, I don’t know why but He gives me trustness

01:20 AM May 16 2013 |

chenbeiye

chenbeiye

Australia

a good TV for English. I like everything of NBA.

12:24 AM May 16 2013 |

terence25ftw

China

a shout out from yi…welll done

03:06 PM Apr 26 2013 |

ashy chen

ashy chen

China

yi‘s English is just so so.

11:18 PM Jan 13 2013 |

1 person likes this

Raj Aro

Raj Aro

India

Raj: he is ok..

02:03 AM Jul 24 2012 |

彭古千

彭古千

China

He is OK

04:25 AM Apr 21 2012 |

seven fish

seven fish

China

Smile

11:10 PM Mar 15 2012 |

a526814164

a526814164

China

Support the Chinese, I love China

08:11 AM Jan 21 2012 |

1 person likes this

yingyihui

yingyihui

China

Yi,Come on!

03:20 AM Jan 21 2012 |

jansooyer

jansooyer

China

llllcacababackcabbage

12:11 AM Sep 04 2011 |

Keats

China

i’m proud of Yi. He is a  great sport star.

06:06 PM Aug 29 2011 |

sportscrazy

China

Yi is my favorit palyer. 2012 will be year of Yi!

03:38 PM Jun 29 2011 |

javier armando

Peru

Im attacking to end my collegue career this year

09:44 PM Apr 08 2011 |

Sdhuri

Sdhuri

India

wow basket ball is the oerfect game to keep us physically fit ,,i love to play,,it,,,

08:31 AM Apr 08 2011 |

rayza

Ecuador

I really love basket,  I've seen him playing and the way he does it means that he deserve to be in the NBA! (:

 

12:05 PM Apr 07 2011 |

Gucci Yeung

China

When a player has got a superior physical constitution, a composed brain, pretty good shots and a wide shooting range, in addition to nice mobility, explosiveness and flexibility, but still can't be extraordinary, I would doubt if he has paid enough efforts to attack the goal. Though, probably he is just going on a wrong way. Yi is in desperate need of upper body strength and definitely has tons of work to do as a rebounder and general contributor around the basket. Try to improve your low post capitality, be more aggressive on the offensive end and more diligent on the defensive end, Yi. These may not be enough to enable you to attack your goal of being a superstar, but they certainly help you go further in the NBA.

05:31 AM Apr 05 2011 |

1 person likes this

俊hua

China

你好,what your name.

12:52 AM Apr 05 2011 |

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