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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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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.

 

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Fateme.A

Fateme.A

New Zealand

I don’t know Steve Nash but he seems calm, kind, humble and a bit shy in this video. I like this personality.


11:42 PM Feb 09 2012 |

yrahul

yrahul

India

Good one.

07:24 PM Feb 09 2012 |

madhukumar

India

its toooooooooo gooooood 

07:14 PM Feb 09 2012 |

sunyoyo

United States

I like his play and his kind heart. Thanks, Steve Nash.

06:37 PM Feb 09 2012 |

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anilersoz

anilersoz

Turkey

He is not only basketball player but also football fan. He supports Tottenham Hotspur fc.I think he is the best guard of the world so far

04:41 PM Feb 09 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Thanks to english,baby for introducing to us a player that is not only great on the court but a wonderful  person as well.  

04:24 PM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

I will not go hunting =P


04:18 PM Feb 09 2012 |

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Mexican Curious

Mexico

*gun

04:16 PM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

Do mean, a gone? What could i kill with a 38? I would need at least a .357 magnum, less than that is a toy!

04:15 PM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

Julito, ¿what does SW 38 means?

04:14 PM Feb 09 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Parion, hello,   in argentina 9.10 pm.   supper is ready  and a few minutes to indulge in the chatting room.

04:11 PM Feb 09 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Mexicano ,  when you go to Germany to meet Anja  wear the combo- hat and boots- but please  leave behind the SW 38.    hehehe

04:06 PM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

;) I do


I could lead you a pair too. Just tell me the size!

03:26 PM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

Thank you =D


First time we’ll go to Europe, Germany will be the first country to visit!

02:45 PM Feb 09 2012 |

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Mexican Curious

Mexico

Oh! Could you be my tourist guide if i travel to Germany some day?

11:55 AM Feb 09 2012 |

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Mexican Curious

Mexico

*Germany

09:33 AM Feb 09 2012 |

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Mexican Curious

Mexico

Do you live in German?

09:32 AM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

Oh thanks… We are used to say “Monedita de Oro” in Spanish… Means “Little gold coin”  Could it be the same =D

09:28 AM Feb 09 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

I like the term “dime”, it be used for many circunstances too…


For example:


Could you give a dime to turn on my car? We can say this when your car is not turning on, maybe because battery has gone…  Or when you are almost to kiss the girl you like, you can say: Pleaaaaase God, give me a dime!!!!!


hahahaha


I liked this lesson…

08:53 AM Feb 09 2012 |

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