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Dwight Howard Teaches Shot Blocking Slang

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Dwight Howard Teaches Shot Blocking Slang English, baby! Video Lesson
德怀特-霍华德 (Dwight Howard) 教授篮球俚语

Date: Jan 27 2012

Themes: Celebrity, Sports, Travel

Grammar: Comparatives and Superlatives

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Taking a shot near Dwight Howard is a good way to get blocked. At just under seven feet, Dwight is not only one of the tallest players in the NBA, but also one of the most athletic. He looks like a superhero on the court and has even earned the nickname Superman. It helps that he likes to dress up like Superman, as he did when he won the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest.

Dwight has been named Defensive Player of the Year three years in a row, and a big part of what makes him so good is his ability to block shots. When you block a shot, you knock it out of the air so that it will not reach the basket. When some players block a shot, they say they rejected it. But when we met with Dwight after a recent practice, we learned he likes to use different slang for blocked shots. We also learned about his favorite thing to do when he visits China, besides speak Chinese.

贴近 Dwight Howard 投篮,你很可能会被盖帽。Dwight 身高近 7 英尺,是 NBA 最高、也是最具爆发力的球员之一。在球场上,他的表现像一个超级英雄,甚至还赢得了“超人”的绰号。因此,他喜欢装扮得像超人一样,在 2008 年赢得扣篮大赛时,他就身着超人装束。
Dwight 已连续三年被评为“年度最佳防守球员”,他获此殊荣很大程度上仰仗于非凡的封盖能力。封盖时,在空中将球打掉,这样球就无法到达篮框。当一些球员封盖投篮成功时,他们会说盖帽了。但当我们在最近的一次练习赛后采访 Dwight 时,我们得知他喜欢用另一种俚语称呼盖帽。我们还了解到他在访问中国时除说汉语之外最喜欢做的事情。

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Dwight

Dwight

Jason

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Dwight Howard. What’s your favorite way to talk about a blocked shot? What’s the best slang for it?

Dwight:  Usually, when we block shots, we say, “Yo, did you see what he did? He beat it up! Oh he beat that ball up!” Or we say something like, “Yo, you look like you playing volleyball out there with the ball.” Just something like that, something crazy. “Beat it up” or “It looks like he’s playing volleyball,” something along those terms.

Jason:  You’ve been in China several times.

Dwight:  Ni hao. Wo ai ni, zhong guo qiu mi ni hao, de huai te huo hua de, wo ai ni, China. I just said, “Welcome to China, I love you, and I’m Dwight Howard.”

Jason:  That’s great, man. Is there something you like to do when you go to China? Is there like a place you go or a food you eat every time you go?

Dwight:  McDonald’s. They have the best chicken wings I’ve ever had in the world in China. The chicken wings are so good. They’re spicy. They’re amazing. And then they have the old-school fried apple pies. When I go to China, I gotta go to McDonald’s. The Skittles taste different over there and I love ‘em, so that’s what I do when I go to China.

Jason:  Wow, you eat foods that you would normally have here, but they taste different over there.

Dwight:  They taste different. They taste better. They taste a lot better. It’s hard for me to walk down the streets in China. But the mall is fun. Going to the mall, like the eight-story mall. It’s crazy. I love it.

Jason:  You get recognized a lot though? Is that what you mean by it’s hard for you to walk down the street?

Dwight:  Huo hua de! Huo hua de! Superman! Superman! It’s crazy.

Jason:  Awesome. Thanks so much for talking with us.

Dwight:  English, baby!

 

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When he blocks a shot, Dwight Howard doesn’t like to say he rejected it, like most players do. He likes to say he beat it up. He also compares blocking shots to volleyball, a sport in which players hit a ball over a net with their hands.

This language may seem strange, but it makes sense. If you beat something up, you damage it by hitting. If someone threw rocks at your car and dented it, you could say they beat it up. People get beaten up too. When someone loses a fight and has been physically injured by another person, you can say they got beaten up.

Dwight visits China regularly. When he goes there, he likes to eat American foods and candies. He says they taste different in China and sometimes you can get old-school items there that they don’t sell in the US anymore.

Even to Dwight, who is seven feet tall, an eight-story mall seems big. He likes to go shopping in China, but when his fans see him, they shout his nickname, “Superman!”

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it? What do you like to do when you visit another country?

For more with Dwight Howard and other NBA stars, visit our blog.

 

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mulderT

mulderT

China

lol…DW12,u should stay at Los Angles ,u should do ur job like George Mikan ,Wilt Chamberlain,Jabbar and Shaq ,Win 2 Titles at least 

06:23 AM Jun 27 2013 |

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nasrin02

nasrin02

Denmark

LIKE :)


 

06:36 PM May 14 2013 |

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Daniel_Zie

Daniel_Zie

China

I got a lot of nicknames. everytime I moved to another city and made new ftiends, they always gave me one. but when they called me with my nickname, I felt closer and more familiar.


when i visit another country, i would like be a guest of a native family and live with them if it’s possible. then i can know the differences of life style and thinking between their country and mine.   

08:59 PM Apr 23 2013 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I don’t have a nickname,but  it is fun to have a nice nickname.


I like to see the places like malls,shops and museums and i like to know about their culture more. 

10:18 AM Jan 15 2013 |

benpersianguy

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

he is the best in blocking shots in basketball.


go on superman!

11:12 PM Nov 30 2012 |

wx7772

wx7772

China

what a superman,he is full of humourous and cute. if anyone want to learn chinese ,you can call me:)

04:42 AM Jun 04 2012 |

onlyone_mier

China

china welcome u


=]

05:47 PM Feb 02 2012 |

yukiqc

yukiqc

China

i’m the second child in my family,so my friends ofen call me’xiao er’. i’ve never been to another country, but if igot a chance to another counry, i’d like to eat the food ,visit the wonderful places.

05:47 AM Feb 01 2012 |

serdarbilginer

Turkey

ı used to have a nickname. ı had been gotten by my old friends. it was very ridiculous.ı m living in another city now and they quit calling me with my nickname

11:33 PM Jan 31 2012 |

USdreamer

USdreamer

Austria

I have several nicknames. My closest friends and my parents have given them to me. When they call me with my nickname, this feels very familiar.


When I travel I like visiting special hidden places that only inhabitants do know as well as famous places. I prefer to talk to the native people and to get to know their points of view. I enjoy good meals and the wonderful nature.

12:21 PM Jan 29 2012 |

Serenini

Serenini

Brazil

Well, I have some nicknames, but the special one is MORENA, which means BRUNETTE in Portuguese.
Why is that? That’s exactly because I’m blond and super white, hehe…
Well, when I travel I like trying the typical food and visiting not only the hot spots, but also places native go… I think it’s better to do that if you want to get the local culture!

05:22 AM Jan 29 2012 |

azzatarek

azzatarek

Egypt

i like the way he is talking abouthimself


04:09 AM Jan 29 2012 |

aisalkyn//sijia

China

yeah,there are so many people love NBA stars,when they went to china,their fans would be so crazy,,,Dwight Howard ,Kobe Bryant,O’neill,they all had came to china,,,in fact ,i don’t think it’s so good to eat in MD and KFC,i love chinese-style food,,,    huan ying lai zhong guo!(welcome to china!!!!)

02:35 AM Jan 29 2012 |

Samm86

Pakistan

tell me toooooooo something


06:56 AM Jan 28 2012 |

postaav

postaav

Egypt

it is obvious that learing a language of a country you visit making people very interesting of you

04:43 AM Jan 28 2012 |

Shahkamran_vs@hotmail.com

Pakistan

it’s good. I think i need to go china no. hahhahaha

10:31 PM Jan 27 2012 |

Shahkamran_vs@hotmail.com

Pakistan

it’s good. I think i need to go china no. hahhahaha

10:31 PM Jan 27 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Snoopy, do rumors say about Dwight Howard wearing Icarus sandals while he was perfoming Slam Dunk and getting his Superman title for that? :)


 

12:55 PM Jan 27 2012 |

whipiry

whipiry

South Korea

Dwight Howard is an interesting character. he is good at beating it up. 

12:37 PM Jan 27 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

True, Ola33


Rumors has it that he has fins under his armpits too


: )

10:55 AM Jan 27 2012 |

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