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Week 24: Russian sports school

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What it takes

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In previous years, Russian athletes have been very successful at the Olympics.

In the last Olympic Games in Beijing, Russia came third in the medal table - winning 72 medals!

So why are Russian athletes so successful at the Olympics?

This week British Olympic medallist Matthew Pinsent has been to one of the Russian sports schools in Ekaterinburg.

Join Natalie in this week's video to hear about the Russian sports school and learn the phrases 'hard work' and 'what it takes'.

Learning point

Vocabulary: 'hard work' and 'what it takes'


Now tell us what you think

Join in the conversation! What do you find hard work?

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    • 1. At 12:58pm on 03 Jan 2012, narrosgirl wrote:

      I think to bring the children up it's a hard work. Patience, love and common sense are what it takes.

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    • 2. At 2:23pm on 03 Jan 2012, eusilver wrote:

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    • 3. At 5:08pm on 03 Jan 2012, Nazar Y Khaleel wrote:

      Hi everyone,
      I'm absolutely positive what it takes to reach the wishes you dream are sound thinking, good planning and hard work. Bye.

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    • 4. At 6:32pm on 03 Jan 2012, Kazimir wrote:

      Recently I’ve read a book about a brave sailor who came through many difficulties during his adventures and I think he made many hard works to become such a successful seaman. You know the sea and ocean both are very beautiful and very cruel at the same time and you definitely have to have all necessary what it takes to return home after the trip and to tell you friends about its beauty.

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    • 5. At 8:24pm on 03 Jan 2012, Juan wrote:

      I think it's a hard work do any activity that don't like me.

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    • 6. At 8:25pm on 03 Jan 2012, Tereza wrote:

      I think hard work is what it takes to be successful in a lot of branches of human activity. You need to work hard if you want to be a good musician, painter, scientist, trader.....

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    • 7. At 10:20pm on 03 Jan 2012, Elif wrote:

      Experience is what it takes to get a job.

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    • 8. At 11:00pm on 03 Jan 2012, jingzhoulin wrote:

      I think to master a foreign language is a hard work, maybe more listening and more reading and more practice and never giving up is what it takes to overcome it.

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    • 9. At 11:32pm on 03 Jan 2012, Alberzan wrote:

      listening carefuly is what it takes to emrove your language.

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    • 10. At 00:46am on 04 Jan 2012, Shine05 wrote:

      My son had what it took to achieve a high score in last semester

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    • 11. At 09:27am on 04 Jan 2012, jelle wrote:

      I think the main reason that Rusia won many medals might be that it is a big country. How would it be whe you measure per 1 million inhabitans?

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    • 12. At 5:21pm on 04 Jan 2012, Emanuelrocha wrote:

      I think what it takes to do well in life is mainly self-knowledge. Once you get this, you won't boycott yourself. Why would anyone who knew themselves well enough do anything that made them feel bad? Or rather, why would that make them feel bad? But what you achieve, how successful you are isn't something objective, it depends on your targets, from which you can measure that. You may, for instance, adopt money as a scale. However, from that you will never be able to tell a happy person from an unhappy one, it depends on what you value most and on your cappacity of adapting and not punishing yourself. So you may be succesfful, but not feel successful (happy). Anyway, achieving that demands a lot of hard work.

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    • 13. At 09:39am on 05 Jan 2012, Janetta wrote:

      I completely agree with Tereza. If it were not a labour wouldn't fish out of the pond

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    • 14. At 7:36pm on 07 Jan 2012, FRANZ wrote:

      Doing nothing is a hard work what it takes to not make mistakes in our life. Thinking less is a hard work what it takes to not have mental problems. Having nothing is a hard work what it takes to not be stolen. What it takes to do a hard work is to do what you like.

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    • 15. At 07:41am on 09 Jan 2012, Hassan wrote:

      I think my children have what it takes to improve English Language, so they should working hard.

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    • 16. At 5:22pm on 14 Jan 2012, languagegirl wrote:

      Finishing a thesis is really difficult. Patient, passion and time is what it takes.

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    • 17. At 7:57pm on 16 Jan 2012, alex wrote:

      I really try to learning English well,it's a hard work

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