April 14

English C1 Speaking: Talking About Sports

How to talk about sports in C1 Speaking? Let’s find out!


Hello, this is Kristian from Cambridge Advanced Speaking, how are you doing today? I’m grateful that you’re listening to this episode, and I hope you’re ready to learn some English with me.

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The speaking rooms are particularly useful for students preparing for C1 Speaking, and anyone else who wants to learn to talk about interesting topics in natural spoken English.

All right, that’s all about the C1 Speaking Club for now. Let’s move onto today’s topic.


We have an exciting episode today all about the topic of sports. We are going to be looking at vocabulary, collocations and a model answer. Let’s begin!

First of all, listen carefully to the next two sentences.

Which sport do you like?
I like to do / play / watch / practice ___.

Which sport do you like?
I like doing winter sports, like skiing and skating.

Sport (n. – uncountable)
I did a lot of sport when I was younger, but I don’t do much sport these days.

To sport (v.) = to wear
She is sporting trendy sunglasses.

Sporty (adj.) = someone who enjoys doing sport
He is not really the sporty type.

Verb + Sport

There are different verbs we can use with the word ‘sport’, and also different sports will take different verbs.

  • Do sports
  • Play sports
  • Practice sports (more serious)
  • Play soccer / football / tennis

We usually use ‘play’ for competitive team sports.

We usually use ‘do’ for individual sports without a ball.

  • Do yoga / pilates / judo

Below we have some different ways of saying ‘I like’ a sport:

I’m into _____
I’m keen on _____
I’m a big fan of _______
I’m one for _____
I really dig _______

Which sport did you practice as a child?
I used to ____
I played____
I was into ___
I would ____

Which sports do you do now?
I’m into _____
I currently play / do ______
At the moment, I am doing ______
I’m fond of _______


To try your hand at = to try a new activity
I’d like to try my hand at snowboarding, it looks so much fun!

To take up = to start a hobby / sport
I’d take up water skiing, if I had the time and lived near a lake

To root for = to support (a team, a player)
I’m rooting for Feyenoord Rotterdam, that’s my favourite football club.

Question and Model Answer

Participation is more important than winning. Do you agree?

Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more! First of all, when you’re active, you become fitter. Secondly, when you participate you learn other invaluable life skills, such as how to build a strong habit, and how to respect others.

Of course, I understand that winning can be a motivating factor that drives people to  achieve their goals. What’s more, winning can also provide a sense of pride. But here’s the thing: only a minority can win, while the vast majority can still benefit from participating, even if they’re not winning.

So, by and large, participation is significantly more important than winning.

Closing Notes

Okay then, in this episode we have been talking about the topic of sports. Of course, this is just the start. You should practise, repeat and review. If you want to do that with friendly people, why not join the C1 Speaking Club? Next week we’re doing a vocabulary challenge all about sports. In addition, we also have live lessons and plenty of speaking practice rooms.

Sounds amazing, right? So, if want more speaking practice to improve yourself, the C1 Speaking Club is the perfect solution. The regular membership fee is €97 per year, but now you can get a yearly membership for only €48.50. And if you don’t want to commit for one year, you can also become a member for just €9.99 per month.

Why wait any longer? Join the C1 Speaking Club today and become part of an engaging community, where friendly people are helping and motivating each other to become confident English speakers.

The place to join and become a member is getreadyforsuccess.com, there you click on the big yellow C1 Speaking Club button. I hope to see you on the inside!

All right, that’s all from me. Take care of yourself, and each other.

Speak soon, my friends.


About the Author

As a Dutch proficient speaker of English, Kristian not only holds a grade A Cambridge C2 certificate but is also CELTA qualified. His five years of experience as a teacher and ESL exam coach, specialising in Cambridge English C1, C2, and IELTS, has equipped him with a unique blend of skills to guide and support your English learning journey.

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