Borlee Twins
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In this video ,what does the word "pedigree" mean?
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Presenter
Hi I'm Natalie and welcome to Talking Sport.
Today we will be hearing about athletes who are twins and we will
be learning the words: talent, combination and pedigree.
So does sporting talent run in the family?
The word talent means a natural ability to be good at something.
So do people in the same family often have the same sporting
talent?
Well, identical twins Jonathan and Kevin Borlee seem to have a
similar talent.
They are two of Belgium's top athletes and both compete in the 400
metres.
Let's hear previous Olympic medal winner Michael Johnson talk
about Jonathan and Kevin Borlee.
What does he think of the Borlee twins?
Listen out for the words combination and pedigree.
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I think they are talented. I think it's really a combination of their
talent, you know, there’s obviously pedigree there with their Dad
being a coach and having been an athlete himself.
Presenter
Let's listen again for the words combination and pedigree.
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I think they are talented. I think it's really a combination of their
talent, you know, there's obviously pedigree there with their Dad
being a coach and having been an athlete himself. Talking Sport © bbclearningenglish.com 2011
Presenter
Well, Michael thinks the Borlee brothers are talented!
Michael said he thinks their success is a combination of their talent
and their pedigree.
combination
This word means the joining together of two or more things.
It's really a combination of their talent and their pedigree.
pedigree
In this context pedigree means the talent and the ability the twins
have got from their father.
Here is an example sentence: the twins have a very good pedigree.
Well, so far we have learnt the words: talent, combination and
pedigree.
Now let's look at the noun talent and the adjective talented a bit
more.
Let's listen to people in London using these words.
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I have a talent for playing tennis.
One of my talents is writing.
My sister is a very talented painter.
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I have a talent for playing tennis.
One of my talents is writing.
My sister is a very talented painter.
Presenter

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