English Through Baseball
Nong from China
is the second week we have been studying English at
the university, and it is a brand new feeling for
me. With the different language and the strange
surroundings, I wonder how I can adapt to school
life in the U.S. after graduating.
yesterday's class, the teacher, said we
need to know that many expressions from
the game of baseball are used to talk
was eager to learn something about
baseball, so after the class, I got out a
big dictionary and asked a friend who has
been in the U.S. for several years for
yesterday's class, the teacher Mr. Peters talked
about baseball. He said, "Baseball is one of the
most popular sports in the U.S. If you hope to
speak English well, you must understand baseball.
First you need to know the rules, then you need to
try to find how it is associated with the daily
gave us some examples and let us guess the
meanings. Unfortunately, I have never seen a
baseball game before, so I couldn't make any sense
of it at all. But I realized that it is very useful
for me to study here and melt into American
society, so I was eager to learn something about
after the class, I got out a big dictionary and
asked one of my friends who has been in the U.S.
for several years for help. First he tried to teach
me the baseball rules.
learned that baseball is a game between two teams
of nine players. Each team wins by scoring more
runs than the opponent. The field must be laid out
according to the instructions below:
defensive team players are a pitcher, a catcher,
the first base man, the second base man, the
third base man, a short stop, and three
out-fielders (a right fielder, a center fielder,
a left fielder).
the offensive side, only one player comes out to
bat the ball at first.
friend told me more rules of the game, but the more
he told me, the more confused I felt! Maybe one day
I need to watch a real game to understand
Editor's note: It looks like Xiao is
starting to get the hang of baseball now.
She is catching on fast and mastering the
rules of the game, as well as mastering
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