中学生の基礎英語 in English 23/5/12 T3-5 Do you like to play sports?
Playing sports is a great way to …. / I like to play some sports but not others./ Sports aren’t my thing. / I’m not into sports./I prefer watching sports.
a sentence that uses a word such as “no,” “not,” “never,” etc.
a sentence that does not use a word such as “no,” “not,” “never,” etc.
to praise, encourage, or show support for someone by shouting loudly
surprising, awesome, incredible, extraordinary
something that you remember from the past
= Me too.
feeling a lot of excitement about and interest in somebody or something
to look for new things, to investigate, to examine
as long as
greatly, extremely, particularly, in particular
-♪Topic 3: Do you like to play sports? Day 5.
Let’s start by listening to this week’s dialogue. We’ll play it at natural speed, so it may sound a little fast. But don’t worry if you don’t catch everything.
How was it? The more you listen to it, the easier it will become to understand.
Now, listen to a quick summary of Mom’s and Ken’s thoughts. And try to write down the key words while you listen. Here we go.
Mom thinks that Ken spends too much time on video games. She says he needs to move his body. She thinks he should play sports with his friends or try running to relieve stress.
Sports aren’t Ken’s thing. He thinks sports are dangerous because there is too much pushing and kicking and throwing. Besides, he thinks he’s not good at sports. He prefers to relax.
Today, let’s talk about the phrase: Why not?
In the dialogue, Ken says to Mom, “Sports aren’t my thing.”
Then Mom asks Ken, “Why not?”
“Why not?” is a question that you ask when you want to know the reason for something.
So, Mom is asking Ken why he doesn’t like sports.
Yes. Notice, though, that Mom doesn’t ask, “Why?” She asks, “Why not?”
That’s because Ken said, “Sports aren’t my thing.”
That’s right. “Sports are not my thing.” It’s a negative sentence.
For a positive sentence, such as “I like sports,” you would ask, “Why?”
But for a negative sentence, such as “I don’t like sports,” you would ask, “Why not?”
Okay. Let’s practice. Riku, try asking using “Why?” or “Why not?” Okay?
Riku, I like cold pizza.
Because I think it’s delicious.
Really. You should try it. Mmm, it’s good.
Riku, I don’t like cold showers.
Because they are uncomfortable.
Oh, I agree.
Okay. Everyone, try using “Why not?” in your English conversations.