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"Breakthrough" with Channing Frye of the Phoenix Suns

"Breakthrough" with Channing Frye of the Phoenix Suns English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jan 15 2010

Themes: Celebrity, School, Sports

Grammar: Present Perfect Progressive


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Great basketball players make it all look easy. But if you’ve ever tried to shoot a three-pointer with a defender in your face, you know it’s not easy at all. Yet Channing Frye averages about three three-pointers per game and often gets twice that!

Channing is a tall guy who can get rebounds near the basket. But he has been developing a secret weapon. He’s been working hard at shooting long, three-point shots and now that’s he has joined a new team, the Phoenix Suns, he’s hitting more of them than ever before. Watch Channing talk about a couple of different breakthroughs he’s had in the NBA and as a student.

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I’m Jason, here with Channing Frye. How are you today, Channing?

Channing:  I’m good. Having a great day.

Jason:  You’ve always been a shooting big man, but this year you’ve been draining threes sort of left and right. It seems like it’s kind of been a breakthrough. Can you tell us how that came about?

Channing:  I’ve been working on that three-point shot for a couple of years and just having the opportunity to shoot it and to be in the system that we are with the Suns and having the ability to shoot it and my teammates and coaches have the confidence in me to make it is pretty much why I have been shooting the way I have.

Jason:  And for your fans overseas who might not know the term “breakthrough,” could you teach us what that means?

Channing:  For me, to kind of explain a breakthrough would be: you continually push on a piece of glass, you know? You just keep pushing and pushing and pushing and right when you think nothing is gonna happen, you get one crack and that crack inspires you to continue going and pushing. And for me, it’s just been keeping the faith steady, not only in myself, but, you know, God and just making sure that I’m doing things the right way because it will all work out in the end.

Jason:  Has there been a breakthrough you’ve had, like, in another time of your life, either in basketball or in anything else that you can think of?

Channing:  Yeah. I really didn’t like math. You know, I hated math and I never did good at it, but I just continued to stay after it. I kept working and working and working, and even though I didn’t get a good grade in the class, I got one good grade on a test and I think that was my breakthrough for that. It actually, you know, it got me a little interested. But too bad it was the final and I never had to take it ever again. But, ah…I just kept working at it and working at it and it was frustrating and I kept falling, but, you know, just kept getting back up and kept working at it and I think that was definitely another breakthrough.

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

Channing:  English, baby!

Jason:  Thank you. Alright.


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Channing compares a breakthrough to finally seeing the first crack in a piece of glass you’re trying to break. His breakthrough with three-pointers came when he joined a new team this year. He practiced hard and believed in himself, and then his coaches and teammates believed in him too. Now no one can believe the amount of points he’s scoring!

But sports isn’t the only place you can have a breakthrough. When Channing was in school, he didn’t do very well in math class. But just before the last math test he ever took, he had a breakthrough and finally understood what he couldn’t before.

Can you think of a time when you experienced a breakthrough? How did you make it happen?

For more with Channing Frye, visit his website, or our blog.



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South Korea

staying faith in yourself is importan. stay after it and keeping going it. yes your right.

05:59 AM Nov 22 2011 |

Gucci Yeung


Channing’s explanation of the term breakthrough is really impressive. I would like him better if he was not a basketball player but an English teacher. And obviously he has the potential ;)

03:09 PM Aug 11 2010 |




hi  i love u r speking

04:19 PM May 17 2010 |




your lesson is some how boring but its also educative though

10:57 AM May 05 2010 |




love this video

06:09 PM Apr 28 2010 |




11:46 AM Apr 16 2010 |




11:45 AM Apr 16 2010 |




Keeping the faith might have a breakthrough , if no keeping  absolutly  have no breakthrough .

02:51 AM Apr 12 2010 |



stupid and interesting lesson…..................................................

04:18 PM Mar 28 2010 |


maria_bSuper Member!


Channing Frye is one of my favorites. I was so happy when his breakthrough come!

03:07 AM Mar 24 2010 |


United States

I LOVE CHANNING FRY.  He is a great big (Center) man for the Sun.  He runs up and down the court, matching the suns run-and-gun (quick shooting) offense.  Also, unlike Shaq (the center last year) he stand on the outside of the three-point line and let Amare and Nash play their open offense.  Put it in the "DEEP FRY".

03:45 AM Feb 01 2010 |




Cool! keep to stay after and everything will work out sometime!! I like breakthroughs at all !!Cool

09:39 PM Jan 31 2010 |




Frye! i'm amazing about ur three-pointer this season.hoping to see more fancy dunks from u~!

08:03 AM Jan 28 2010 |



he could make me realize, we can get what we want, if we try and never stop. that was inpired me. 

02:32 AM Jan 28 2010 |


United Arab Emirates

Good lesson, one of my Favs now, thanks 4 the good work = D

12:13 AM Jan 19 2010 |




I like to play basket ball, but I am not good at it like you, hahaha

01:00 AM Jan 18 2010 |




Two words: "Faith steady"... It works.

05:29 PM Jan 17 2010 |



Best wish to you Frye I'm a NBA fans from China I like Steve Nash and you!

10:36 AM Jan 17 2010 |

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