In the United States, the three most popular sports are basketball, baseball, and American football. When Americans think about sports, badminton doesn't usually come to mind. But in other parts of the world, like China, badminton is very popular. What sports you like is all about where you live.
Badminton is a racket sport, played either one on one or with doubles. The game is played on a badminton court, and the players must hit the shuttlecock over the net. Players score points by having the shuttlecock land in the other player’s court.
Marni wants to play badminton at a party this weekend. Find out if Kellie will join her in today's English lesson about a fun sport.
Marni: You know what game I think we should play at the party this weekend?
Kellie: What game?
Marni: The perfect lawn game. Badminton!
Kellie: You know what? I really want to learn how to play badminton.
Marni: It's so much fun. First of all, the little birdie that you hit, is called a shuttlecock.
Kellie: Is it hard?
Marni: It can be really fast paced. But I think you just have to embrace it and think of it as fun. It's kind of uncommon… not a lot of people play it. So I think you'll be in good company.
Kellie: It seems similar to tennis. Do you think so?
Marni: I guess somewhat. It's kind of, I think, a combination of tennis and volleyball.
Kellie: Can we play doubles?
Marni: Why not? We'll make up our own rules, right? I think it'll be a lot of fun and I think we're going to love it.
Kellie: Oh my gosh, I can't wait.
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. shuttlecock n. 羽毛球，毽子
2. birdie n. 小鸟儿，小鸟球
3. fast paced adj. 快步调的，快节奏的