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Week 13: Emily Seebohm

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Emily Seebohm

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How much training do athletes do?

This week we meet Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm and hear about her training schedule.

Emily won a gold medal in the last Olympics in Beijing and wants to win another medal next year.

Join Natalie in this week's video to learn about the phrase 'pretty tough' and hear about Emily's training schedule.

Learning point

Vocabulary: 'session' and 'pretty tough'


Now tell us what you think

What do you find pretty tough?

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    • 1. At 2:10pm on 18 Oct 2011, Tarcísio wrote:

      "pretty tough"

      Ok, I'm going to training english every day.

      "The training will be pretty tough!"

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    • 2. At 2:32pm on 18 Oct 2011, cancigal wrote:

      I think in this period of economic crisis, to find a job which adapts to your needs and capabilities is pretty tough. But if you give your best and try it hard, there is nothing that can stop you.

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    • 3. At 3:10pm on 18 Oct 2011, nybeauty wrote:

      Working at the reception means you will face a lot of persons with many kinds of tempers. The job is pretty tough.

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    • 4. At 4:21pm on 18 Oct 2011, mauros wrote:

      Pretty tough is to feel young while you're not anymore.

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    • 5. At 4:44pm on 18 Oct 2011, Gustavo wrote:

      We've seen the athlete mentioning about her training sessions and I've got a doubt: she used the term 9k, 6k, 12k....and my question is about the letter K. What does it stand for?

      Another point is about Nathalie's accent. Where does she come from? Is it Cokney accent?

      Take care,

      Cheers from Brazil!

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    • 6. At 04:03am on 19 Oct 2011, haibarajinichi wrote:

      My departure time to singapore is coming closer and closer,I get 5 sessions of studying english a day,well,that's alright for i'm attached to english and have fun learning it.Nevertheless,some parts of the sessions are exceeding knotty,for instance,listening,it's pretty tough to comprehend a text excluding having known all the words in it.But i'm just struggling to make myself understand it.Nothing is essentially pretty tough if you look on the pretty side.

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    • 7. At 04:39am on 19 Oct 2011, GOVINDAY wrote:

      Getting technical service in industry is pretty tough especially in summer season.

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    • 8. At 08:49am on 19 Oct 2011, Nadinne wrote:

      Finding a new job after 2-3 week rest is pretty tough. Especially if you have to pay for your apartment and there's nobody to count on.

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    • 9. At 5:32pm on 19 Oct 2011, tomo4869 wrote:

      now i am triving for job-hunting. it is pretty tough.

      by the way , i have a question which is the same as the one from the guy of number 5.
      in the crip, she said many times 6k or 12k..
      what does (k) mean?


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    • 10. At 6:03pm on 19 Oct 2011, JRFL wrote:

      Hi !

      Thanks a lot for all the exercises, lessons and podcasts in the website BBC Learning English, quite useful and open acces. :) Seems that this time someone forgot to put the answers in the worksheet, Just sayin', no really a problem :)


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    • 11. At 10:31pm on 19 Oct 2011, Darlan wrote:

      I'm reading 2 books a week. Read several books is pretty tough.

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    • 12. At 09:57am on 20 Oct 2011, melodysj wrote:

      i have spended much time on studying english. 6 sessions a week. it takes about one hour every session. but i find it is pretty tough to make a progress rapidly in short time. maybe i should have more patience on this.

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    • 13. At 11:28am on 20 Oct 2011, bonia wrote:

      Learing articles is pretty tough. Oh, dear..

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    • 14. At 4:01pm on 20 Oct 2011, Yousef_Ken wrote:

      It's pretty tough to find sincere friends nowadays.

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    • 15. At 9:05pm on 20 Oct 2011, Juan wrote:

      I actually consider trying to predict market changes is pretty tough because there are a lot of variables that are acting in different moments in a lot parts of the world.

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    • 16. At 06:13am on 21 Oct 2011, shanshan wrote:

      I find balancing both job and family issue well is pretty tough.

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    • 17. At 10:29am on 23 Oct 2011, chick5393 wrote:

      learning E is pretty tough. I'm trying . :D

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    • 18. At 09:21am on 25 Oct 2011, gibear wrote:

      making new friends to seek information for work is pretty tough, especially when people find that i have nothing they can take advantage.

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    • 19. At 10:05am on 30 Oct 2011, Soler wrote:

      It's pretty tough to become a surgeon.

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