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Read an interview with two skateboarders from Los Angeles.
Monica and Carl are teenagers from Los Angeles in the United States.
They both love skateboarding. Read this interview with them and find out more
about their favourite sport.
Who invented skateboarding?
Monica: Skateboarding began in California in the 1950s, but
we don’t know who the first person to go on a skateboard was.
Carl: In the beginning, skateboarding was popular with
surfers. They wanted to practise surfing on land when the ocean was calm or the
weather was bad.
Where can you go skateboarding?
Monica: There are skate parks in lots of towns and cities.
They are special places for skateboarding. You can practise jumps at skate
parks and meet other skateboarders.
Carl: You can skateboard in the street too, but you have to
look out for the traffic, people, bicycles and dogs.
When did you start skateboarding?
Monica: When I was a child, I liked going rollerskating with
my friends. When I was thirteen, one of my friends got a skateboard and I tried
it. I fell several times but I loved it. Two weeks later, I got my first
skateboard. I haven’t stopped rollerskating. I like both sports now.
Carl: I live in the city and there’s a skate park near my
house. When I was eleven, my dad gave me a skateboard for my birthday and I
spent the summer skateboarding at the skate park. I love the freedom and speed.
When I was a child, I rode my bike every day, but I never ride it now.
Is skateboarding dangerous?
Carl: All skateboarders fall off their boards but
fortunately most injuries are minor. It’s a good idea to wear a helmet to
protect your head.
Are there skateboarding competitions?
Monica: Yes, there are. They usually take place in skate
parks. Skateboarders do jumps or tricks. The skateboarders who do the most
difficult jumps or tricks win.
Carl: There was a campaign to get skateboarding included in
the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro but unfortunately it wasn’t
successful. But who knows? Maybe, skateboarding will be in the 2020 games!
Tell me about “Go Skateboarding Day”.
Monica: “Go Skateboarding Day” is on the 21st of June every
year. In the United States, Europe and Australia, there are competitions,
parties and barbecues for skateboarders.
What about fashion? Is there a skater look?
Carl: At the moment, the fashion is for skateboarders to
wear tight jeans or black trousers and a T-shirt or check shirt. Baseball caps
and hats are popular too.
Monica: A lot of skateboarders have long hair too. But
fashion doesn’t matter. For me, enjoying the sport is more important than
What’s a long board?
Monica: A long board is skateboard that’s longer and has got
bigger wheels. Skateboards are usually 70 to 80 centimetres long, but long
boards are 90 to 120 centimetres long. It’s difficult to do jumps on a long
board, but you can go fast.
Carl: Listen to this! In 2006, a skateboarder went across
Australia on a long board. That’s 5,850 kilometres!
Who says this? Monica or Carl? Write an M for Monica and C for Carl.
- got a skateboard for a birthday
- says that skateboarding began in
California in the 1950s
- loves the freedom and speed of
- started skateboarding with a friend
- says that baseball caps and hats are
popular with skateboarders
- thinks skateboarding is more
important than fashion
- goes rollerskating and skateboarding
- says it’s a good idea to wear a
True or False? Are the sentences true or false?
1. Surfers wanted something to do when the sea
2. When she was a child, Monica rode her bike every day.
3. Monica started skateboarding when she was eleven.
4. Skateboarding isn’t going to be in the 2016 Olympic Games.
5. “Go Skateboarding Day” is on 21st July every year.
6. It’s fashionable for skateboarders to wear tight jeans.
7. All skateboarders have long hair.
8. It’s difficult to do jumps on long boards.
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Decide whether the present simple or continuous is the right
1 Mary never ____ TV at weekends.
2 The drugstore ____ until nine o´clock on workdays.
doesn't close isn't closing
3 Kate ____ the guitar at nights.
is often playing often plays
4 ____ in London this month?
Is he living Does
5 ____ that woman over there your mum? She ___ at you.
Is / is looking Is
being / looks
6 They ____ because they are busy.
aren't coming don't come
7 John ____ in the hospital saving lives.
Works is working
8 My father and I ____ sunbathing on the beach.
9 ____ the traditional Spanish music?
Do you like Are you liking
10 My friend Tom ____ a party tonight.
is giving gives
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Put the verbs into the simple past tense.
1.Last year I (go)...........to England on holiday.
2. It (be).....................fantastic.
3.I (visit) …..............lots of interesting places. I (be)............with two friends of mine
4.In the mornings we (walk).................. in the streets of
5.In the evenings we (go)..................to pubs.
6.The weather (be) ................ strangely fine.
7. It (not / rain).......................... a lot.
8.But we (see)..............some beautiful rainbows.
9.Where (spend / you)............. your last
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Practise writing about you. Read
these sentences and answer in full to have a paragraph.
Where do you live?
Who do you live with?
Where do you go on weekends to have
What do you like doing?
What are you doing now?
Why are you doing it?
Where are you?
When did you last watch a movie?
What movie was it?
Who did you go with?
What did you like the most?
See the answers below
Answers to LA Skaters: An Interview exercises.
1. Preparation: matching
1. Check your understanding:
goes rollerskating and
skateboarding got a skateboard for a
started skateboarding with a
friend says it’s a good idea to wear a
thinks skateboarding is more
loves the freedom and speed of
says that skateboarding began in
California in the
says that baseball caps and hats are
2. Check your understanding: true or
Present simple or continuous
3- visited / was
4 – walked
5 – went
6 – was
7 – didn’t rain
8 – saw
9 – did you spend
Practise asking questions to obtain this information:
6) Holiday activities
7) Favourite holiday place/ Reason
8) Yesterday activities
9) Yesterday likes
11) Place of residence
12) Time you do activities/ Days you do activities.