Melissa and Todd talk about America’s secret holiday.
Todd: So, Melissa, the Super Bowl is coming up. And what do you think about football?
Melissa: I think it’s really interesting. This Japanese guy recently told me it was the most interesting sport to watch because of the rules, but unfortunately I don’t really know the rules so I have a hard time following it.
Todd: But you’re American. You don’t like American football?
Melissa: I’m more of a basketball fan cause when I watch it, I can easily understand what’s going on, and when I’m watching football, everyone around me just screams and they don’t really tell me what’s going on.
Todd: Right. But the Super Bowl – that’s like the biggest game of the year right! So you go to Super Bowl parties, right?
Melissa: Yeah, my sister’s crazy about football and she has Super Bowl parties but I haven’t really lived in America for the past three years, and before that I was in college and I never really went to one. How about you?
Todd: Oh, yeah, I’m huge …. it’s the biggest day of the year for me.
Melissa: What’s your favorite team?
Todd: Well, my team is terrible now … the 49ers, so they’re never, ever in the Super Bowl.
Melissa: Yeah, that’s cool. San Francisco.
Todd: But the thing I think is great about Super Bowl Sunday is it’s really … it’s like the silent American holiday.
Todd: You know what I mean? Like it’s the one day where everybody gets together and watches the game and has a good time.
Melissa: Well, I’m from Philadelphia and Philadelphia fans of all sports are totally wild and crazy, and they just go all out, so a lot of my family members and friends go crazy about the Eagles’ games.
Todd: So have you ever been to a professional game?
Melissa: I haven’t. I haven’t been to a professional football game.
Todd: Now, what about college? Did you have a big college team?
Melissa: No, I don’t think so. We had a good basketball team at the University of Arizona – The Wildcats, but ….
Todd: Oh, right.
Melissa: Football, I don’t really recall having a good football team.
Todd: So when you watch the Super Bowl, usually the best part is the commercials, right? So, they have the commercials, so you watch those, don’t you?
Melissa: To be honest, I can’t remember watching the Super Bowl in recent years.
Todd: Here it is. I’m saying it’s the biggest day of the year, and you don’t remember ever seeing it?
Melissa: I mean, I remember watching it, but they’re just … I remember like being more into the food that was all around me.
Todd: Right, right. Fair enough.
Melissa: Sorry. But if you invite me this year I’ll come.
Todd: Oh, cool.
I don’t really know the rules.
Rules tell us what we can or cannot do. Note the following:
- We have strict rules in our family.
- The rules to cricket are hard to understand.
hard time following
I have a hard time following it.
When we have a hard time following something that means it is difficult understand. Note the following:
- I have a hard time following American football.
- The students had a hard time following the lecture.
what’s going on
I can easily understand what’s going on.
The phrase ‘What’s going on’ asks about what is happening. Note the following:
- There seems to be a lot of noise outside. What’s going on?
- Does anyone know what’s going on at the festival this week?
My sister’s crazy about football.
We are crazy about something we like very, very much. Note the following:
- I am crazy about sushi but not so crazy about Japanese food.
- My father is crazy about golf. He is always practicing.
be more into
I remember like being more into the food.
When we are ‘into’ something, we really like it. ‘More into’ compares our level of interest. Note the following:
- I am more into sports than art.
- I used to be more into hip hop, but not anymore.