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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The Winter Olympics are held every ______ years.

Most of the athletes are ___________, but some events do feature professionals.

Skiing events happen on mountain __________, and the sport involves a few different styles.

The winner of each event has the pleasure and honour of hearing his or her country's ____________ played out loud.

Hockey players try to shoot a ___________ into a net to score goals.

A bobsled slides down an ___________ very fast.

_____________ skating is one of the most popular events at the Winter Games because of its unique combination of athleticism and beauty.

In a __________, athletes do cross-country skiing and shoot rifles at targets.

The most important aspect of the Games is ________, which teaches people to be generous and friendly while competing.

The Games begin when a torch lights the Olympic ____________.


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87 Comments on “Learn Vocabulary: Sports of the Winter Olympics”


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I like winter olimpics.

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Thank you Adam for your interesting and very good explanation.
Although I’m an intermediate student, I learned a couple of new vocabularies in this lesson. Terrific!!! :)

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

    Hi Adam! I don’t want to teach you but are you sure you can use the word “vocabularies” in that case?

    Tuesday, February 6th 2018

      “I learned a couple of new vocabularies…” sounds strange to me too.

      I think it is better to say:
      “I have learned a couple of new words in this lesson.”

      Or maybe:
      “I have extended my vocabulary.”

      By the way, “I learned” is Past Simple Tense, I think it is better to use Present Perfect in this case “I have learned…”, because lesson has effect on your knowledge and it happened not too long ago.

      Also “couple of” strictly means two. Maybe better use “few”.

      Wednesday, February 7th 2018

        Hi Rokaly,

        Actually, simple past or present perfect are equally acceptable. “in this lesson” can be used as the definite time expression to make the simple past appropriate.

        Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Hi Byte,

      Do you mean me or Ralph-Ger?

      Technically, vocabulary can be pluralized. A vocabulary is a collection, or a body of words used in a region or to discuss a particular subject. In this case, you can learn different Asian vocabularies, for example, or the vocabularies of different dialects in a certain country. In the Olympics, each sport has its own vocabulary, so can learn the different vocabularies to be able to discuss all aspects of the Olympics.

      By, the way, you can also use grammars (same idea) ;)

      Wednesday, February 21st 2018

        Yes Adam, I meant Ralph-Ger. I made a mess:)
        Thank-you very much for your clear and exhaustive explanation.
        Have a nice week.

        Thursday, February 22nd 2018

          Hey Byte,

          no Problem. :-) Everything is ok!!

          By the way: I was unsure, either with -y or with -ies. :-)

          But it doesn’t matter, Adam was able to help us!

          Have a nice weekend too!! :-))

          Friday, February 23rd 2018

I love ski mountaineering! Thanks for this lesson full of new words. A smile:)

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Thanks Adam!!!Interesting lesson ;)

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Thank you Adam !

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Interesting lesson as always but I think you’re wrong about nordic combined. As far as I know nordic combined is both cross-country and ski-jumping, not alpine.

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

    You’re right, Kaczy. I must have gotten some wrong info. Thank you for the correction :)

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Hi Adam! Thank you for your lesson it was very informative but I have one point to say and I don’t want to be annoying, you forgot to say about Russia as a hockey country, we have a lot of achievements in this kind of sport equal with Canada, but you said about Sweden,Finland and so on, I hope its not some kind of discrimination from your side as we have today in side my Country, I hope its not in your case, thanks for lesson Adam.

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

    Russia is great at hokey. I don’t think Adam involved ‘politics’ in this case. He just pointed out few of the countries.

    Wednesday, February 7th 2018

      Ok) I don’t like to talk about politics but today we are all involved in my country in this ugly situation which was initiated by Canada with USA direct order, that is why for us its disgusting, to get rid of strong sport country in this way makes me a little bit suspicious, sorry but truth is always on surface.

      Thursday, February 8th 2018

        Russia is not a winter country.
        (say thanks that Russian team are there)

        Saturday, February 17th 2018

          HA Ha Ha!!! I have no comment Katrin, now I understand why almost all immigrants immigrated to Canada want to come back)))

          Monday, February 19th 2018

        I am sure that was not Adam’s intention! There is no denying that Russia is one of the top countries in hockey—Olympics aside, there are also competitions like the World Juniors, not to mention all the Russian players in the NHL.

        Tuesday, February 20th 2018

          Thank you) Adam is very nice teacher)

          Tuesday, February 20th 2018

    Hi Ashurik,

    I meant absolutely no offense, I was just throwing out some examples. Believe me, I am well aware of Russia’s hockey prowess. There are many great Russian hockey players in the NHL, and they are always a force in world competitions.

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Hi Adam, I undestand, Team Canada the same is very strong, a lot of stars from Canada in the NHL, politics today cover our mind especially in Russia, there are a lot of good Americans and Canadians I am sure and they, I hope understand the truth. Thank you for lesson.

      Wednesday, February 21st 2018

        About 3000000 Russians live in America. Are they coming back? Who will change boots on bast shoes…

        Friday, February 23rd 2018

          You are right in AMERICA ( USA )

          Sunday, February 25th 2018

        Russia has won hockey competition this winter! Congratulations!!!

        Sunday, February 25th 2018

        Congratulations on the gold Ashurik :)

        Friday, March 9th 2018

          Thanks Adam! But Russia-Canada suppose to be the final ( NHL).

          Wednesday, March 14th 2018

          Yes lol. Germany was quite the surprise.

          Wednesday, March 28th 2018

          I mean truly Canada the best team today, only Russia can compete with you and not always, we have very bad coaching stuff Adam, you can proud of your team Canada.

          Sunday, April 1st 2018

          Hockey is one of the best invention in the World!! Canada gave for World super sport)

          Friday, May 18th 2018

thnx
that is interesting

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Hi Adam, tx for this lesson, we don’t have it in Brazil (for obvious reasons) but I really enjoy them, just on TV.

Tuesday, February 6th 2018

Hello Adam ,
Thanks for this lesson .
May the sportmanship of these games give a peace of mind moment for the whole world .
Bye
See you

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Its so interesting lesson………

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Hello Adam!
Thank you for a lesson and I have three breaking news for you.
One: luge may be twoseater, i.e. two sportsmen simultaneously ride one luge.
Two: 6-point system (where each referee give from 0.0 to 6.0 points) has not been being applied in figure skating for a long time.
Three: nordic combined is ski jumping with following cross country.
So… Things happen.
Anyway your lessons are interesting and I’ll be waiting for next ones. Bye.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

    Points well taken APK73 :)

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Thanks, Adam !Your lesson is very interestins and useful

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

First of all, thanks for the class. But you don’t think that it would be better if were showing pictures or movie clips or both to illustrate the class? Best wishes!

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

    It’s hard to find non-copyright material sometimes, so we avoid it so as not to get in trouble ;)

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Nice. Thank you.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

hi Adam,
I played ping pong with someone from Pakistan.
I tried to say some words during the match like throw the ball or it is not correct but I felt these sentences is not correct. Please explain to me what should I say during ping pong matches.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

    Hi Yousif,

    You should say hit the ball.

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

thanks Adam!!!

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

This lesson is like the ring on one’s finger. I really liked it! :D Thank you.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

After a period of absenteeism, I can realise that it is possible to continue learning English with enthusiasm and profitability while I am listening to our teacher Adam, generous and kind as always, and then focus on the topic on this lesson, not very common in all the countries but interesting at the same time, new vocabulary and remembering the name of some of the winter sports less expanded than others. I have seen all of them but it’s difficult to remember all its names. Thank a lot, teacher Adam, it’s a pleasure and an honour to learn English with you, very useful comments and explanations as always.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

    Sorry, I think I have written a wrong possessive adjective, it would be “their names” instead of “its names” which is a singular adjective with or before a plural name, the mistake, anyway it would be “its name”. Thanks.

    Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Good video, Adam.
I have a question. Is there a difference between
1. He wonders whether or not to believe this.
or
2. He wonders whether to believe this or not.

Are both forms correct?

Thursday, February 8th 2018

    Hi JimFawn,

    Both are correct, but the second is probably more commonly used.

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Thanks a lot.

      Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Thank you for your classes.Not only did i watch your lesson.but i did the quizzes as well.can i use “then” instead of but..

Thursday, February 8th 2018

    Hi Santosh,

    You can can’t use ‘then’ with not only. You can say, “I watched the lesson then did…”

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

I love to lean with Adam

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Adam is very good teacher

Thursday, February 8th 2018

hi i need to approve my communication power can u help me i did join u for approx 5 years ago but i not use continue.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

    Hi Indrajit,

    By all means, watch more videos. Ideally, find someone to practice speaking with more regularly.

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

They are excellent, but i have not snow in my country.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Thank you for your clases

Friday, February 9th 2018

Thank you.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Amateur athletes? So bakers, pharmacists and teachers meet on those Olympic Games and compete in winter sports? Interesting.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

    Used to be, Tomek :)

    Now they have sponsors, but they are technically still amateurs.

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

It is unbelievable for me to get 100% for this complex set of new words.
Thank you, Adam.

Sunday, February 11th 2018

Tank you Adam

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Ever since I thought that I want to be a fluent English speaker, I tried every single possible techniquec to improve my vocabulary…..is this sentence correct…or should i use wanted instead of want…plzz explain sir

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

    Hi Rahul,

    wanted, yes. Because “I thought…”

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Nice Class I learned a few word that was weird for me.

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Hi everyone. I made a mistake in one of the sports:

Nordic Combined is cross-country and ski-jumping, not alpine.

Thanks Kaczy for the pointer.

Wednesday, February 21st 2018

HI again :)

I just noticed I gave you a wrong spelling: it should be marquee, not marquis

Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Thanks a lot for your lessons, Adam! I’m impressed by your competentiveness. Your calm and intelligent explanations make someone feel confident. And it is so important when learning language

Sunday, February 25th 2018

thank you Adam for interesting video. I’m fail my test, but i will training more and more…

Sunday, February 25th 2018

Adam, what is your favorite olympic sport?

Sunday, February 25th 2018

    Hi Michael. It’s hockey :)

    Friday, March 9th 2018

Germany got a silver in hockey. I’m so regret about it, because Germany could win Russia. I watched this game on TV: the game was so nervous, so unpredictable… any team could win another. So, our hockeyers
scored a puck in a overtime, although Germans could score too! We were lucky in the right time. But I’m so glad)
And in the end, thanks, Adam, for this lesson and for this oppotunity express myself ^_^

Thursday, March 1st 2018

    Regret about it????!!!! You probably were born in Germany))))

    Sunday, March 4th 2018

      Not really, no)
      You’ll agree with me that Germany has made a breakthrough in this games. Before the time they weren’t spoken about as medalists. And this team win at first Sweden next Canada… they win Canada! Although some people predicted that a final game will be between Canada and Russia, but the German team broke the stereotype, and for that I’m respect them.
      I don’t biased againt the German team. I noticed myself Germany has risen to a completely new level in hockey. And only one fact that they successfully rivaled during the main time of the final game, says this team could also win Russia.

      Sunday, March 4th 2018

        To be fair, Anna, if NHL players were playing, the Germans would not have done so well :)

        Friday, March 9th 2018

          oh, of course. But the Germans nevertheless well done. Let’s see what happens in 4 years.

          Sunday, March 11th 2018

Thanks, Adam

Friday, March 9th 2018

Thank you Adam

Monday, March 12th 2018

I am a Saudi and I want to learn from Adam English

Thanks Adam

Monday, March 19th 2018

how could i see videos?

Wednesday, March 21st 2018

Adam, a few comments if you don’t mind :) 1. Nirdic Combination includes cross-country skiing and ski jumping (not Alpine) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_combined 2. Luge also can be for two athletes 3. Only proffessional play hockey in the Olympic Games. Thay might be not from NHL, but they are proffessional from other leagues (KHL, DEL, AHL, etc.) Thanks for your lessons

Friday, March 23rd 2018

Hi Adam.

Thanks for teaching me. The class was interesting…

Thursday, July 5th 2018

I got 10/10. I’m very happy.

Friday, July 13th 2018

By the way thanks for the informations regarding Winter Olympics. Hope you could give us some of Summer Olympics soon.

Friday, July 13th 2018

    The next Summer Olympics are in Tokyo in 2020…we can probably get a lesson out by then!

    Friday, July 13th 2018

Yeah I’ll wait for that. For the mean time I’ll just enjoy those next lessons lined up for EngVid student like me. Thanks by the way!

Saturday, July 14th 2018

can we have conversation via skype… want to improve my speaking really

Tuesday, July 17th 2018
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