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Session 4

How can being polite get you a cheaper cup of coffee? Read an article about a French cafe where they reward customers who say 'please' when they order a drink. We also want to hear from you - tell us how to be polite where you live. And have you ever wanted to be a famous sporting celebrity? News Report is about the lives of sports stars.  

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Work after sport

Lots of people dream of becoming a famous sports personality like the Wimbledon-winning Williams sisters, Venus and Serena. Fame and money make people think life is easy for international sportsmen and women, but the reality can be far from perfect.

News Report looks at what life may be like for less successful athletes - their struggles to make a living and what problems they may face when they hang up their sports kit.

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Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a professional tennis player? The glamour, the travel, the adulation, the money.

It sounds like a fantastic lifestyle but this only comes to the most successful. For many struggling professionals life is very different.

When Li Na retired from tennis in 2014 she had earned $24 million in the twelve months before her retirement. Compare this to the British player Jamie Baker. In his nine years as a professional he earned a more modest $550,000.

Without big sponsorship deals less successful sportsmen and women often have to pay for everything themselves. If they are not winning, they can find themselves living in their cars and travelling around to small tournaments just to make enough money to pay for the petrol.

Some have to give up the sport they love and start a new career. What opportunities are there for ex-tennis-players? The game's governing body, the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) has a Senior Performance Lifestyle Advisor who says that most tennis players have few qualifications. Many have sacrificed their education to devote all their time to the sport.

Without academic qualifications it can be hard to find a new job but professional sports people do have skills that are transferable. Skills like motivation, commitment, drive and focus. These attributes are highly regarded by employers and have led many to successful new jobs away from the tennis court.

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Vocabulary

glamour
attractive and exciting

adulation
strong support and admiration from lots of people

lifestyle
way of life

struggling
not very successful

more modest
not so impressive

sponsorship deals
contracts with companies who pay for someone to use and advertise their products

tournaments
competitions

opportunities
possible jobs

governing body
organisation that controls a sport

sacrificed
gave up

to devote all their time to
to use all their time to concentrate on one thing

transferable
can be taken from one role or job and used in another

drive
strong determination to do something

focus
ability to concentrate on a goal

attributes
skills and personal qualities

End of Session 4

That's it for this session. You've learnt that being polite really does pay! And a good way to be polite is to use the indirect questions we've seen in this unit. In the next session, you can hear our brand new drama, Alice in Wonderland. You'll also be able to test what you have learnt in the weekly quiz.

Session Vocabulary

  • glamour
    attractiveness and excitement

    adulation
    strong support and admiration from lots of people

    lifestyle
    way of life

    struggling
    not very successful

    more modest
    not so impressive

    sponsorship deals
    contracts with companies who pay for someone to use and advertise their products

    tournaments
    competitions

    opportunities
    possible jobs

    governing body
    organisation that controls a sport

    sacrificed
    gave up

    to devote all their time to
    to use all their time to concentrate on one thing

    transferable
    can be taken from one role or job and used in another

    drive
    strong determination to do something

    focus
    ability to concentrate on a goal

    attributes
    skills and personal qualities