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Adhi is walking home after spending all night playing video games with friends.

Dedication

Dedication

In this issue, Adhi learns that it's not only talent that will help him succeed in football and life.

The coach is talking to the footballers on the pitch when Adhi arrives. He is not in any hurry as he walks on to the training pitch. “Why are you late? That’s 3 times this week!” – Adhi smiles, sorry coach, I’ve been having problems getting up in the morning. His teammates laugh. “More like problems going to bed at night!” The coach says “Well, make sure you’re here tomorrow because I have an important announcement!”

 

The next day. Adhi arrives late as usual.  ‘What was coach’s big announcement then?’ Adhl asks a teammate while coach talks tactics for the match on Saturday.  ‘If you’d been here Adhi, you’d know’ says coach. Later as the players are doing their warm-down exercises Iwan tells Adhi.  “A scout is coming to the match on Saturday. She’s from the Football Association and she’s picking a squad for an international youth tournament in Australia.”  “Australia, cool. I’ve always wanted to see a kangaroo.” crows Adhl as he flicks a ball onto his head.  “Oh and she wants to meet us all before the match so you need to be here EARLY.” laughs Iwan.  Coach brings all the players together.  “Right, there’s extra training tomorrow and Friday. I suggest you come if you want to impress our guest on Saturday.”  “Extra training!” scoffs Adhi. “I’m good enough for this tournament already.”

 

In this activity, you have to match the phrases from the story with the descriptions.
Match the phrases to the descriptions.
It’s Friday night. Adhi is watching TV with his friend.  “Haven’t you got a match tomorrow.” says Adhi’s friend.  “Yeah, it’ll be alright - I’ll just watch the end of this film.”   Adhi arrives 5 minutes before kick-off (not yet in his kit).  “What are you doing Adhi?” screams coach.  “You missed your meeting with the scout.”   “Well she’ll watch me play and I’ll be the first name on the plane.” smiles Adhi.  “Well, I’m not sure about that. You’re on the bench.”  “A substitute but….” cries Adhi.  Adhi puts his kit  on and sits on the bench. Iwan runs up to Adhi. “Late again Adhi” “Let’s see who’s on their way to Australia.” Iwan bounces away to start the match doing an impression of a kangaroo.  Iwan scores a goal and Adhi sits quietly on the bench.

 

After the match, Adhi goes out with his friends. To play video games.  When Adhi is walking home, the sun is rising and Adhi walks past the football pitch. The coach is putting out cones ready for training.

 

In this activity, you have to match the two halves of the sentences that use 'conditional' sentences.
Match the sentences.
At practice later that day - Adhi is talking to Iwan. “You know I think, I’ve missed my chance.” “You’re the best player here Adhi but I was here for a double practice session this morning with coach.” “I saw coach getting the session ready.” says Adhi.  Adhi goes to speak to coach.  “Coach, I’m sorry about being late - I’ve been speaking to Iwan and I know that if I want to make the team I need to put the effort in.” “Could I come to the extra training sessions that you are doing in the mornings.”  Coach tells him to come along. “The scout wants to come back next week. She likes the look of Iwan and I said that someone was out injured but will be fit this Saturday.”  “Me coach?” “yes, you Adhi” “Thanks coach”

 

The following morning, Adhi arrives early for training. “Good to see you’re on time Adhi!” Says the coach. “I was hoping to work on my free-kicks” says Adhi. “Let’s go” says the coach. Adhi practises free-kicks with coach in goal. The next day – at school, in the head teacher’s office. “Adhi, it has come to our attention that you have been frequently late for class and are in danger of failing the school year.” “Sorry, sir. I understand. The past couple of weeks I’ve been on time. Coach is making sure I attend all my classes.” “Well, we feel that you need to come to a few extra classes to catch up” “These classes will start on Saturday.” Adhi thinks, “but the scout is here on Saturday.”

 

Adhi goes to see the coach to tell him about his extra classes.  “Coach I have a problem.”  “Let’s see what we can do about that.”

The night before the match, Adhi is sitting doing his homework and the phone rings. “Hey Adhi, you coming out - it’s Friday night” “No, I’ve got a big match tomorrow.”  Adhi arrives early at the sports pitches and is introduced to the scout by coach.  “This is Adhi, our star player.”  The match kicks off and the team play really well. In the final minute Adhi dribbles past 4 players and has a chance to shoot but passes to Iwan for him to score the winning goal.  After the match, coach announces the team for the Australia trip.  “Iwan, you are on the plane……. and Ahdi you are going too!”  Iwan and Ahdi walk off the pitch, Iwan says “You looking forward to Australia” Ahdi responds “Once I’ve finished my catch-up classes I will be - I’m sure coach did me a favour swapping my Saturday classes for extra classes Monday to Friday!”

In this activity, you have to arrange the events that happen in this story.
Put the events in order.

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What do you think?

Did Adhi make the right decisions at the beginning of the story? Why/why not?
Did Adhi make the right decisions at the end of the story?
How do you think Adhi feels now?
What do you think is more important - natural talent or hard work?
Tell us your answers in the comments section below.

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Tee
06/12/2019
JP
309
points

He was right decision that it has chance once time only that timing.


Tee
06/12/2019 01:09
Japan
Manchester City
309

He was right decision that it has chance once time only that timing.

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josegsalass
27/11/2019
VE
581
points

Adhi was wrong about getting late for training and believing his skills were good enough to make the team. But he changed his mind because he understood it was not the right attitude.


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josegsalass
27/11/2019 01:19
Venezuela
Liverpool
581

Adhi was wrong about getting late for training and believing his skills were good enough to make the team. But he changed his mind because he understood it was not the right attitude.

adrian hernandez
04/03/2019
MX
4
points

for my adhi I take the right decision, I think natural talent is the best because since you have skills you can develop them and be better than any other person, apart from organizing you can do things well


adrian hernandez
04/03/2019 14:43
Mexico
Chelsea
4

for my adhi I take the right decision, I think natural talent is the best because since you have skills you can develop them and be better than any other person, apart from organizing you can do things well

Maks Poland
02/06/2018
PL
788
points

That was hard!


Maks Poland
02/06/2018 09:34
Poland
Manchester United
788

That was hard!

Alan7
24/08/2016
MX
7
points

Natural talent is important but hard work makes the complete footballer. I remember many players who didn't train a lot. Still, they were champions. But it didn't last forever. So, at the end, only completely devoted players to their profession become


Alan7
24/08/2016 02:43
Mexico
Manchester United
7

Natural talent is important but hard work makes the complete footballer. I remember many players who didn't train a lot. Still, they were champions. But it didn't last forever. So, at the end, only completely devoted players to their profession become

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Rich
24/08/2016
ES
444
points

Hi Alan7

Thanks for your comment and welcome to Premier Skills English! I agree with you - natural talent can only get you so far, you also need to be dedicated!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
24/08/2016 17:25
Spain
Liverpool
444

Hi Alan7

Thanks for your comment and welcome to Premier Skills English! I agree with you - natural talent can only get you so far, you also need to be dedicated!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016
GH
4752
points

Natural talent is more important however hard work is also required in a team to make it complete


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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016 06:45
Ghana
Manchester United
4752

Natural talent is more important however hard work is also required in a team to make it complete

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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016
GH
4752
points

Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.


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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016 06:43
Ghana
Manchester United
4752

Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
17/07/2016
GH
4752
points

Adhi make the right decisions at the end of the story.


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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016 06:28
Ghana
Manchester United
4752

Adhi make the right decisions at the end of the story.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
17/07/2016
GH
4752
points

He was not making the right decisions at the beginning of the story he felt he was the best and could do things his way which cost him


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kwesimanifest
17/07/2016 06:27
Ghana
Manchester United
4752

He was not making the right decisions at the beginning of the story he felt he was the best and could do things his way which cost him

vicleo14
09/06/2016
MX
29
points

Adhi had really problems about be responsable. He needed a punishment for understand that what he was doing was wrong and that if you want to standing out you need to practice, be responsable and do what your coach or your teachers say to you


vicleo14
09/06/2016 22:16
Mexico
Chelsea
29

Adhi had really problems about be responsable. He needed a punishment for understand that what he was doing was wrong and that if you want to standing out you need to practice, be responsable and do what your coach or your teachers say to you

Garcia Mercado Uriel
09/06/2016
MX
23
points

I think that Adhi made the right desicion because a good lesson learned, learned to work hard to reach your goal.
Adhi paid off in the end because it would go to Australia thanks to headhunters.
I think it's better to work hard to have the natural talent.


Garcia Mercado Uriel
09/06/2016 07:11
Mexico
Manchester United
23

I think that Adhi made the right desicion because a good lesson learned, learned to work hard to reach your goal.
Adhi paid off in the end because it would go to Australia thanks to headhunters.
I think it's better to work hard to have the natural talent.

marco
09/06/2016
MX
6
points

adhi take the best decision in the end as he learned from his mistake, I think now feels happy as I entered the tournament
think both are important because natural complement talent and effort


marco
09/06/2016 05:27
Mexico
Manchester United
6

adhi take the best decision in the end as he learned from his mistake, I think now feels happy as I entered the tournament
think both are important because natural complement talent and effort

juanantonio
08/06/2016
MX
6
points

On this occasion a nice story where us as young works as a reflection showed. Of the most notorious values shown in this story are the responsibility, punctuality and perseverance.


juanantonio
08/06/2016 20:28
Mexico
Manchester City
6

On this occasion a nice story where us as young works as a reflection showed. Of the most notorious values shown in this story are the responsibility, punctuality and perseverance.

juanantonio
08/06/2016
MX
6
points

This time a nice story where we are taught to be more responsible as young, likewise to possess values such as responsibility, perseverance and punctuality is presented.


juanantonio
08/06/2016 20:18
Mexico
Manchester City
6

This time a nice story where we are taught to be more responsible as young, likewise to possess values such as responsibility, perseverance and punctuality is presented.

jessicadool
08/06/2016
MX
5
points

This story shows how the dedication could be very helpful, the dedication is the key for the dream to come true. Hard working is always the answer for success.


jessicadool
08/06/2016 16:24
Mexico
Chelsea
5

This story shows how the dedication could be very helpful, the dedication is the key for the dream to come true. Hard working is always the answer for success.

lupitagm12
08/06/2016
MX
6
points

Adhi started doing things right in the end as he though. his mistake of tardiness.
Adhi at the end was happy because with the help of his coach he can go to training and selected.
I think both are important because natural talent is greater if you put your effort and dedication.


lupitagm12
08/06/2016 04:56
Mexico
Manchester United
6

Adhi started doing things right in the end as he though. his mistake of tardiness.
Adhi at the end was happy because with the help of his coach he can go to training and selected.
I think both are important because natural talent is greater if you put your effort and dedication.

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ferlz
08/06/2016
MX
6
points

In this story it reflects and transmits a message of how we can achieve the things we set out to make, provided we have a dedication to it and a big commitment to do so


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ferlz
08/06/2016 04:44
Mexico
Chelsea
6

In this story it reflects and transmits a message of how we can achieve the things we set out to make, provided we have a dedication to it and a big commitment to do so

lalovilla34
08/06/2016
MX
7
points

This story is interesting because in this show tht you must be punctual and you must have resoponsability.


lalovilla34
08/06/2016 04:31
Mexico
Manchester United
7

This story is interesting because in this show tht you must be punctual and you must have resoponsability.

Adriancareaga
08/06/2016
MX
19
points

First, a player must have a balanced diet and take daily exercise routine


Adriancareaga
08/06/2016 04:29
Mexico
Chelsea
19

First, a player must have a balanced diet and take daily exercise routine

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antoniopontazA
08/06/2016
MX
7
points

No, because he don't understand the hard work
Yes, he change the actitud
he feel very well
the twice are very importan.


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antoniopontazA
08/06/2016 03:57
Mexico
Chelsea
7

No, because he don't understand the hard work
Yes, he change the actitud
he feel very well
the twice are very importan.

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Mauri
08/06/2016
MX
19
points

*Adhi didnt take the right decisión because he preferred to play video games than practice.
*Yes he did, he decided to work hard to achieve his goal.
*I think Adhi is feeling satisfied with his work and his achievement
*Hard work is more important because it is an achievement of yours


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Mauri
08/06/2016 03:29
Mexico
Manchester United
19

*Adhi didnt take the right decisión because he preferred to play video games than practice.
*Yes he did, he decided to work hard to achieve his goal.
*I think Adhi is feeling satisfied with his work and his achievement
*Hard work is more important because it is an achievement of yours

Liz Aguilar
08/06/2016
MX
15
points

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.


Liz Aguilar
08/06/2016 02:35
Mexico
Arsenal
15

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.

uriel222222
08/06/2016
MX
6
points

No, really he was make decision in the final of the story 'cause in the final of the comic he think the things and he was go for the correct way
Yes
I think that Adhi is very happy 'cause he take the right decision at time
The 2 is as natural Talent 10% and hard work 90 for will be a very big person or famous.


uriel222222
08/06/2016 01:40
Mexico
Manchester City
6

No, really he was make decision in the final of the story 'cause in the final of the comic he think the things and he was go for the correct way
Yes
I think that Adhi is very happy 'cause he take the right decision at time
The 2 is as natural Talent 10% and hard work 90 for will be a very big person or famous.

lalodsi
07/06/2016
MX
19
points

I think that the hard work is the key of the exit, if I want to be better, I need do train so much


lalodsi
07/06/2016 23:30
Mexico
Manchester United
19

I think that the hard work is the key of the exit, if I want to be better, I need do train so much

lalodsi
07/06/2016
MX
19
points

Adhi need to organizate his time to go to the practices, also, the exit need to hard work and who wants exit have to train so much


lalodsi
07/06/2016 23:22
Mexico
Manchester United
19

Adhi need to organizate his time to go to the practices, also, the exit need to hard work and who wants exit have to train so much

hector_yayo24
16/05/2016
MX
22
points

When we do things we like, it is necessary to dedication in these activities. This will help us to make a better way, have better results and at the same time fun. Adhi now feels better.
I think natural talent is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.


hector_yayo24
16/05/2016 00:14
Mexico
Manchester United
22

When we do things we like, it is necessary to dedication in these activities. This will help us to make a better way, have better results and at the same time fun. Adhi now feels better.
I think natural talent is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.

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katyurbina6@gma...
12/05/2016
MX
6
points

I think it was not good choices because they always left llevbar what other people told them, never had good pensamienttos and specifically was a nice story


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katyurbina6@gma...
12/05/2016 18:32
Mexico
Liverpool
6

I think it was not good choices because they always left llevbar what other people told them, never had good pensamienttos and specifically was a nice story

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JOSHI MATA
12/05/2016
MX
8
points

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.


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JOSHI MATA
12/05/2016 18:23
Mexico
Chelsea
8

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.

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ZoeyRedbird
14/03/2016
RU
369
points

This story shows how the dedication could be very helpful, the dedication is the key for the dream to come true. Hard working is always the answer for success.


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ZoeyRedbird
14/03/2016 13:13
Russia
Manchester United
369

This story shows how the dedication could be very helpful, the dedication is the key for the dream to come true. Hard working is always the answer for success.

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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016
TR
1761
points

He feels good.


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HakanUslu1881
05/03/2016 20:42
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

He feels good.

cisilce
21/01/2016
US
358
points

Hard working more important than natural talent.


cisilce
21/01/2016 19:53
United States
Arsenal
358

Hard working more important than natural talent.

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aragorn1986
24/12/2015
ME
3557
points

Talented players do not always find their place in the team. They need an extraordinary engagement, dedication, good nutrition and sports habits of life. Only in this way their talent can be built and they can continue to develop as professionals.


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aragorn1986
24/12/2015 14:54
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Talented players do not always find their place in the team. They need an extraordinary engagement, dedication, good nutrition and sports habits of life. Only in this way their talent can be built and they can continue to develop as professionals.

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MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015
RW
2320
points

"Hard working is the key for success"


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MUGEMANYI
21/11/2015 03:38
Rwanda
Arsenal
2320

"Hard working is the key for success"

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almirpereira
31/10/2015
BR
1315
points

YES,HE DOES


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almirpereira
31/10/2015 01:29
Brazil
Chelsea
1315

YES,HE DOES

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aragorn1986
28/10/2015
ME
3557
points

Natural talent is important but hard work makes the complete footballer. I remember many players who didn't train a lot. Still, they were champions. But it didn't last forever. So, at the end, only completely devoted players to their profession become stars!


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aragorn1986
28/10/2015 23:23
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Natural talent is important but hard work makes the complete footballer. I remember many players who didn't train a lot. Still, they were champions. But it didn't last forever. So, at the end, only completely devoted players to their profession become stars!

joseraul202004
20/09/2015
GB
12
points

Both natural talent and hard work are important, they should be related each other . I think to be the best in any area and if you have a natural talent yo have to develop it with hard work to become the best in whatever you propose to do.


joseraul202004
20/09/2015 16:18
United Kingdom
Chelsea
12

Both natural talent and hard work are important, they should be related each other . I think to be the best in any area and if you have a natural talent yo have to develop it with hard work to become the best in whatever you propose to do.

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Rema
17/07/2015
RS
538
points

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.


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Rema
17/07/2015 21:54
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Adhi was make right decision on the end of the story because he learn the lesson that he must to work hard if he want to succeed.
Adhi is now happy because he was spotted by scout and scout was picked him in the team for tournament in Australia.
The both think is important, but you must to train so much if you want to do something.
Best example is Cristiano Ronaldo who is obviously natural talent and also hard worker.

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Goals

Skills: Practise your reading

Vocabulary: Learn some useful phrases

Grammar: Practise using different types of 'conditional' sentences.