The Olympics – English Vocabulary Lesson

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A lot of people like to watch the Olympics. I do too. I like the winter Olympics more than the summer Olympics. My favorite Olympic sports are figure skating and downhill skiing. How about you?

Today, let’s have a look at some key vocabulary you will need to know to talk about the Olympics in English.

The word Olympics is used as a noun and is almost always used in the plural form. This is because the Olympics is a set of different games and events.

  • I like to watch the Olympics not, I like to watch the Olympic.
  • This year, the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia.
  • Have you ever seen the Olympics live?

We use the word Olympic is an adjective and used before a noun:

  • Mao Asada is an Olympic figure skater.
  • The Olympic games are very exciting.
  • There are many Olympic athletes from all over the world.

When we talk about a sport, we generally used the gerund form (VerbING) if the sport is based on a verb. The noun form is used to talk about the equipment:

  • I like to watch figure skating.  Figure skating is the sport.
  • She is holding her figure skates. Figure skates are the equipment.
  • Snowboarding is a relatively new Olympic sport.
  • Jeff has a brand new snowboard.

Which Olympic sports do you like to watch? How is your country doing in the 2014 Winter Olympics?