Topic: Baseball



In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: BaseballFirst, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

The Major Leagues the two highest U.S. baseball leagues (the American League and the National League)
Fielder any defensive player (as opposed to a batter)
e.g. The fielders include the pitcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, and outfielders on the left/center/right.
Circuit slugger A player who often hits home runs, running the full circuit of bases when he or she does so
Money smash A really good hit (of the baseball)
A ballpark figure an estimate or guess
e.g. How many people were at the concert? Just give me a ballpark figure.
Strike out to fail while giving your best effort
e.g. He struck out on his graduate school applications. So he’ll try again next year.
Throw a curve ball to surprise someone with something that’s unpleasant to deal with
e.g. She really threw me a curve ball when she told me last minute that she couldn’t drive me home.
Touch base to talk briefly to someone.
e.g. I have to go to an appointment now, but let’s touch base tomorrow.
Play hardball to act aggressively and ruthlessly.
e.g. The tenants are playing hardball with their landlord, holding back on payments they owe until the heating issue is fixed.
Right off the bat instantly, immediately
e.g. I could tell they liked each other right off the bat.


Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Do you like baseball? Do you enjoy watching it or playing it?
  2. When was the last time you went to see a baseball game? Describe the experience.
  3. Who is your favorite baseball player? Why do you like him?
  4. Does baseball look like a fun game to you?
  5. Do you have a professional baseball league in your country? Which team is your favorite and why?
  6. Do you think baseball will ever be a worldwide sport, like soccer? Why or why not?
  7. How is baseball different from other sports?
  8. Can you describe the rules of baseball? Explain as much as you know.
  9. What are some differences between the baseball in the US and in your country?
  10. What do you think about the baseball uniform? Do you ever wear a baseball cap?


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.


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