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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ESL Student Blog: Sports Venues

Venues are places where activities and/or events happen. For example, a jazz club, concert hall, museum, Opera House and Exhibition Place are cultural venues. A hotel, restaurant or banquet hall might be a wedding venue. A Convention Center can be a venue for hosting a conference or convention for professionals (teachers, engineers, IT sector etc.)
In sports, a venue is a place where sporting events and competitions take place. If you’re going to follow the London Olympics this summer, you’ll hear the names of various sports venues. The Olympic Park which is a sporting complex consisting of a number of venues will be the central venue for the 2012 Games.
You might already know that football, soccer, cricket and rugby are played at a stadium. Where are other sports played? Match the sports to their venues below:

1. arena (similar to an indoor stadium)

a. swimming

2. ball park

b. cycling

3. aquatics centre/swimming pool

c. badminton

4. tennis courts

d. baseball

5. velodrome/velo park

e. archery

6. racecourse/racetrack/raceway

f. speed skating

7. shooting range

g. equestrian (horse racing)

8. rink

h. tennis

What are some landmark venues in your country?
Answer Key:
1-c, 2-d, 3-a, 4-h, 5-b, 6-g, 7-e, 8-f
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 11:49 AM   0 Comments  Add Comment

Sunday, July 08, 2012

ESL Student Blog: Spanish Loanwords for Food and Drink

It’s hot out there. Would you care for some gazpacho?
Gazpacho is a chilled soup made with tomatoes and/or peppers and herbs. The word ‘gazpacho’ came to English from Spanish and is one of the words the English speakers adopted from the language of the culture they’ve come in contact with.

You can find the words ‘barbecue’, ‘yam’ and ‘chili’ in the English dictionary, but these aren’t English at all - they were borrowed from Spanish. Having no English equivalent, the names of these foods successfully made their way into the English language.

Here are more food terms that came to English via Spanish (most of them retained their Spanish spelling and pronunciation):

jalapeño - kind of a chili pepper (pronounced /hɑləˈpeɪnyoʊ/)

pina colada - a cocktail made with rum, coconut cream and pineapple juice
salsa - a spicy tomato-based sauce

taco - flatbread folded in half around a filling (ground meat, beans, cheese etc.) and cooked until it’s hard

tortilla - flatbread made from corn or wheat (pronounced /ˌtɔrˈtiːjə/)

burrito - flatbread wrapped around a filling

garbanzo - another name for chickpea

guacamole - a dip made from mashed avocado and combined with seasonings (‘gua’ pronounced /gwa/

paella - a dish made from rice cooked with chicken, vegetables and/or seafood (pronounced /pɑˈeɪyə/)

chorizo - a type of spicy sausage

tapas - a variety of appetizers, usually eaten with drinks (at a bar)

avocado - a type of fruit

cilantro - an herb

oregano - an herb

tequila - a strong alcoholic drink
POSTED BY Olga Galperin AT 1:47 PM   1 Comments  Add Comment


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