AMERICAN SPORTS AND GAMES
is the most popular game in the US. It is played throughout the spring and
summer by schools, colleges and professional teams.
is the most popular game in the autumn. There are professional football teams
in all the main cities of the United States. In American football there are
eleven players in each team, as in original football, but the rules are
different. Players are often hurt in American football. So the teams wear
special clothing and helmets as in hockey.
is a very popular game in the United States too. It is especially popular in
high schools, both among boys and girls.
of golf is very popular with businessmen and professional people. It is played
by both men and women. There are now more golfers than tennis players.
water siding and skin diving are popular summer sports. In winter many people
go in for ice-skating, skiing and hockey if they live in the Northern and
sports include wrestling, boxing and horse-racing.
MY FAVOURITE SPORT
kinds of sports and games are cultivated in our country as well as in England,
the USA and other countries of the world. Tennis, hockey, volley-ball and
football have become very popular in Russia. Football is my favourite sport.
The term “football” is understood differently in the US and Britain. For a
Britisher “football” is the same as what is known to be “ЖХФВПМ” in our country.
For an American “football” means “rugby”, while the game usually played here in
Russia is known as “soccer”. Soccer is played by two teams, equal in number,
each consisting of eleven players. Tills is, properly speaking, genuine
football, the ball being driven only by the feet. The eleven players take up
their position on the field. The centre forward stands at the centre. On the
right are the inside right and the outside right, on the left are the inside
left and the outside left. The three half-backs are stationed behind the
forward line. The goal is protected by the right back, the left back and the
goalkeeper. No handling is allowed except by the goalkeeper.
technique, flexible modern tactics and good teamwork are characteristic
features of modem football.
MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY
great holidays and anniversaries are celebrated in our country. On the 1st of
May there is May Day — the holiday of spring and labour. On the 8th of March
there is Women's Day — the holiday of all women and girls. We celebrate Day of
Independence of Russia on the 12th June and Day of Russian Constitution on the
12th of December. Now people celebrate some religious holidays such as
Christmas and Easter. But my favourite holiday is New Year's Day, of course. It
is a really wonderful holiday. People get ready for this holiday long before
it. They buy New Year trees and decorate them. Every year a fairy-tale comes to
every house and every family on New Year's Eve. Children and even grown-ups
wait for this day because they believe that all their wishes and desires come
true and different wonderful miracles happen on that day.
Year' s Eve people get together to see “the old year out and the new year in”.
They eat tasty food, drink champagne, dance and have a good time together. They
wish each other happiness and good luck in the new year and put the presents
under the New Year tree. Children like this holiday very much. They wait for
New Year presents, which, they believe, Father Frost bring to them. Everybody
is merry on that day and wishes the next year to be good and happy and all
one's troubles and disappointments to remain in the past.
have time for leisure, we usually need something that can amuse and interest
us. There are several ways to do this. People use radio or television. They
switch on the radio set or TV set and choose the programme they like best. Some
people like music. They listen to various concerts of modern and old music, new
and old songs, and see dances. Those who are fond of sports listen to or watch
football and hockey matches. These are the most popular kinds of sports. There
are a lot of fans among people. They can also see championships in athletics
and other kinds of sports. Radio and television extend our knowledge about the
world. Television helps us to “visit” different lands, see new plants, animals,
unusual birds, fish and insects, mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers and seas.
We are shown different countries, cities and towns and people who live there.
This is what we can do at home.
want to go out, there are a lot of cinemas, theatres, museums and clubs where
we can spend our free time. It is often difficult to decide where to go in the
evening. Newspapers tell us what is on at cinemas and theatres. If you are a theatre-goer,
you will choose a play you want to see. If you are a film fan, you will go to a
cinema. Those who are interested in music may go to a concert. Some people like
to go to discos, some people prefer to go to see their friends or to go to a
restaurant. Old traditions are coming to life. In some places they build “Huts,
on hen's legs”, taverns in the old Russian style, where people can -meet their
friends, have pleasant talks, eat Russian food and listen to Russian music. So
you can see how interesting are the ways in which leisure time can be spent.