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Steve Nash - Dime

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Steve Nash - Dime English, baby! Video Lesson
史蒂夫·纳什教授“漂亮传球”

Date: Feb 10 2012

Themes: Celebrity, Sports

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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Steve Nash is a great teammate to have. Not only is he a two-time MVP who scores a lot of points, he also helps his teammates score with assists.
An assist is when you pass the ball to your teammate and then your teammate scores. Steve is an excellent passer. He can get the ball to his teammates at just the right moment, even if it means throwing the ball with one arm or while he’s looking the other way.
At a recent practice, we met up with Steve and asked him to explain why “dime,” which is a coin worth 10 cents, is a common slang term for an assist in basketball. We also talked about the charity work he does to assist people around the world.

史蒂夫·纳什是一名伟大的球员。他不仅曾两次荣获最有价值球员 (MVP) 称号,他还通过助攻帮助队友得分。
助攻是指将球传给队友,然后由队友得分。史蒂夫是位出色的传球手。他能够在恰当时刻将球传给队友,即便是在单臂甩球或眼观他方的情况下。
在近日的一次训练中,我们见到了史蒂夫,并向他请教助攻的常用俚语”Dime”的意思。我们还谈及了他帮助全世界人民的慈善事业。

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Nash

Nash

Jason

Jason

Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am Jason here with Steve Nash. Could you tell us how you would use the term “dime”?

Nash:  Dime. Yeah. You usually say that you dropped a dime. I’m guessing the origin came from in the old days when you needed to use the pay phone to make a phone call. It cost a dime, so you dropped a dime, or gave somebody a dime, so they could make their phone call. It’s an assist.

Jason:  OK.

Nash:  How’s that?

Jason:  Perfect. In addition to assists, you like to assist. You do a lot of charity work and you’ve done some in China too. You have a shoe in China. Did you sign with a Chinese shoe company as part of your charity goals?

Nash:  A little bit. I’ve done some things with Yao Ming, a couple of charity games, and we built some schools in rural China and other areas as well and in the earthquake zone. I’ve been fortunate enough to go to China three or four times now and help out. My shoe contract and my partnership with Luyou is definitely one where we’ve gone and dedicated courts and created opportunities for kids in some of the rural areas or areas where they don’t have the opportunity to play basketball, you know, different resources whether it be basketball courts or sporting equipment or money.

Nash:  English, baby! That was pretty awesome.

 

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Steve Nash explains where the basketball slang “dime” comes from. Making a phone call on a public phone used to cost a dime. A dime is a coin that is worth 10 cents. If you didn’t have a dime, you might ask for someone to assist you by lending you a dime. So an assist in basketball, or when you help another player score a basket by passing them the ball, is called “dropping a dime.”

Steve is a great passer, so he makes a lot of assists on the court. But he also assists people outside of basketball. He’s involved in several different charities. He even does some charity work in China with Yao Ming. He’s helped build schools and basketball courts in poor and rural areas.

Have you ever assisted with a charity? What was the last time you assisted someone, in sports or in regular life?

For more English lessons with Nash and his teammates, visit our blog.

 

Comments

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sophier1980

China

Nash is definitely an excellent basketball player!

10:02 AM Apr 02 2017 |

Amedmoh

Amedmoh

Mauritania

Way to go!! It is really fantastic to be a good doer.

06:19 PM Jul 06 2013 |

ot2010

Pakistan

im elmira & its my pleasur to meet u


 

02:59 AM Feb 28 2013 |

ot2010

Pakistan

hiiiiiiiiiiii


 


 

02:58 AM Feb 28 2013 |

merlin999

United States

http://www.0772v.com share my web

04:11 AM Dec 31 2012 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I haven’t assisted with a charity but  i have helped a lot of beggers specially elders,but i have not helped in sports.

01:10 PM Dec 30 2012 |

benpersianguy

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like the way he lives, helping others is remarkable .i admire you nash.


wish you luck in your new team lakers !

11:05 PM Nov 30 2012 |

tariq-93

tariq-93

Canada

that is veru helpful i like nash he is canadian 

thanks baby 

08:58 PM Apr 29 2012 |

yuehmeitsai

Taiwan

The lagging keeps inhibiting me from “listening” smoothly and fully…

08:38 PM Mar 05 2012 |

sportscrazy

China

he is so smart

03:19 PM Feb 15 2012 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

Well, though basketball is not that popular in Canada, I’ve always been fascinated  with the game’s technique like dribbling behind the back, making blind passes, spinning the ball on the finger, slam -dunk and all that stuff. And Steve Nash is a great man. I like him just the way he said, “English Baby”. It was like “no look pass”. I bet Jason didn’t expect it! It’s my fav. part of the dialogue. I can imagine if Bono was interviewed and asked to say “English Baby”. First there would be a crowd of people, then I think he would spread his hands up and put the “English, Baby” words into lyrics.


About Steve Nash charity, I think he walks the walk, like Warren Buffet who keeps donating to Bill Gate’s foundation and whose plan is to donate in there 99% of his income. It’s worth of much respect.

03:06 PM Feb 13 2012 |

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Fidaa Ali

Syrian Arab Republic

 thank you very much for all the lessons .  they are very halpful  for us to boost our english…


but the speach in dialuges are  very fast  to us >>


so hop to make them  littel slowly.


thank’s

11:46 AM Feb 12 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

I play basketball in school sometimes, even I’m not a good player but I have ever assisted a charity for my friends, I allowed them to score. It was kind of fun and it’s part of the game, we are one team and work for team.

06:32 AM Feb 12 2012 |

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4EVER

4EVER

United Arab Emirates

helping others can make you happy…and when you need any help you will find alot of honest people around you..they will be happy to help you not for your money or any thing else just for your good heart..

06:31 AM Feb 12 2012 |

narges

narges

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

perfect :))) i love these kinda people :D keep up ;)

03:09 PM Feb 11 2012 |

FUN777

FUN777

Egypt

In fact, it’s a wonderful thing to help other people especially who really need the basic needs to hardly live a normal life, i think we should save some time to do any help and after that our happiness will be even more than the people who need help.

10:24 AM Feb 11 2012 |

whipiry

whipiry

South Korea

Great player. Great charity. Great dime to help rural kids. LIKE In court, he is dropping a dime in reality.

04:03 PM Feb 10 2012 |

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i love life

Palestinian Territory, Occupied

Actually some times we didn’t have an opportunity to select some thing IN our lives .


I have been fortunate enough to choose my work Just .


I know steve nash .


He is a great player ,He has a lot of skills .


I don’t know what this exercies means .


12:37 PM Feb 10 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

spread your wings and float butterfly , but when you tire, you can always rest on my petal, :)


just don’t roam too far


 

09:45 AM Feb 10 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I’m too big to step onto her crib : )


but I knew you meant crib as in “house”


No worries Butta… I have a bottle of champagne here, I’ll shake it  and count the bubbles until I fall asleep. : )


I’ll be around.

09:41 AM Feb 10 2012 |

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