Haider Rashid
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What does "merit" here mean?
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Hi I'm Natalie and welcome to Talking Sport.
Today we are hearing about a rower from Iraq and learning the
words, determined and merit.
Rower Haider Rashid is from Iraq and is aiming to qualify for the
London 2012 Olympics.
At the last Olympics in Beijing, Haider was a given a wild card entry,
which means he was given special permission to compete even
though he hadn't qualified.
But this time Haider wants to make it to the Olympics on his own
abilities.
Let's hear a bit more about Haider.
Listen for the words determined and merit.
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This is Haider Rashid, the single Iraqi rowing athlete in his home
city of Baghdad, one of the most violent in the world. Haider was
given a wild card entry to the Olympics in Beijing but he's
determined to make it to London on his own merit. If we work right
and do it the right way, I think it is possible to qualify, so I will do
my best to qualify because I need to.
Presenter
Listen again for the words determined and merit
Clip
This is Haider Rashid, the single Iraqi rowing athlete in his home
city of Baghdad, one of the most violent in the world. Haider was
given a wild card entry to the Olympics in Beijing but he's
determined to make it to London on his own merit. If we work
right and do it the right way, I think it is possible to qualify, so I will
do my best to qualify because I need to.
PresenterTalking Sport © bbclearningenglish.com 2011
determined
Determined means to really want to do something and not let
anything stop you
Haider is determined to go to the Olympics.
merit
In this context merit means to deserve or earn the right to compete
in the Olympics.
He's determined to make it to London on his own merit.
Well we have learnt the words determined and merit.
Let's listen to some people in London using the adjective
determined and the noun determination.
Vox pops
I need a lot of determination to succeed in my job.
I am determined to do well in my work.
I am determined to have a career in music.
It takes a lot of determination to do well at university.
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I need a lot of determination to succeed in my job.
I am determined to do well in my work.
I am determined to have a career in music.
It takes a lot of determination to do well at university.
Presenter

I'm Natalie and that's all from Talking Sport.
See you next time.
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