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Why is 0 points in Tennis called ‘Love’?

There are a couple of theories as to why we use the word “love” to mean 0 points in Tennis. Here are the two most convincing: 1) By far the most popular theory is that the word ‘love’ comes from the French word ‘l’oeuf’ which means egg. This is because the number 0 when written looks kind of like an egg. 2) Another theory is that the word love is used to mean no points because love for the game is the only reason a player with no points would continue playing. He loves tennis so much that he...

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Prince William tells FIFA to “Put the Sport First”

Prince William has told FIFA that it needs to show football fans that it can put the sport first. The future king of England gave this speech at Wembley Football Stadium on Saturday. This comes after 7 members of FIFA were arrested for fraud and accepting bribes. (fraud=deceiving someone, making someone believe something that is not true in order to get rich or benefit. This is illegal) (bribe= giving someone a gift or money in exchange for them making a decision that you want) Tens of millions of dollars are believed to have been used as bribes or money-laundered...

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Skateboarding Girls of Afghanistan

In Afghanistan many girls are forbidden to ride a bike. So now they are riding skateboards instead! In 2007 Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich visited Afghanistan. He attracted a lot of attention from children, especially girls, and set up an NGO charity called “Skateistan”. The NGO has become so popular that skateboarding has become one of the most popular sports for women in Afghanistan. Vocabulary: NGO= non-governmental organisation; an enterprise that helps people. It receives money from donations, not the government You can learn more about Skateistan here Photo...

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Qatar World Cup will be in Winter

FIFA have announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be held in winter because summer temperatures in Qatar reach 50°c. This is the first time that the tournament will be played in winter instead of in June- July. The final will be held on the 18th December, but officials have not said when the tournament will start. Many people are extremely angry about the move, especially in Europe. Moving the World Cup to December will cause many problems for national leagues such as the English Premier League who play during the winter. Having the World Cup in December will mean that the Premier League will have to be moved, or paused for two months. The World Cup will also interfere with the UEFA Champions League. This does not come as a surprise, however; when Qatar won the bid in 2010 the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, acknowledged that holding the World Cup in Qatar in June-July would be “unworkable”. Vocabulary: to hold a competition (v+n), officials (n), league (n), to come as a surprise (v+n), to acknowledge (v), unworkable (adj). Discussion Questions: 1) What are the advantages and disadvantages of moving the World Cup to December? 2) Do you think it is a good idea to move the World Cup to December? (why/why not?) 3) In your opinion, what effect will this have on the World Cup?...

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Free climbers reach the top of this mountain for the first time

Vocabulary: free climbing (n), cliff (n), to achieve (v), harness (n), to suspend (v), flat (adj). Two free climbers have climbed to the top of El Capitan, a cliff in Yosemite National Park, USA. They are the first people in history to achieve this. It took them two weeks to climb the 914 metres to the top. Freeclimbers do not use equipment. However they used harnesses to stop themselves from falling and they slept in tents suspended from the cliff. The cliff is almost flat, so the free climbers had a lot of difficulty: they waited until night to climb as the rock was cooler, and they had to stop many times because the skin on their hands was damaged. Photo source:...

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