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Why I love football?

Why I love football?

Niyati is from Mumbai in India. She is a massive football fan and has been playing football since she was 8 years old. In Niyati's first vlog for Premier Skills English, she shows us her home, and how she gets to and from football training. She also talks about why she loves football. In the lesson below, you can find out more about Niyati and her life in Mumbai and we ask you to tell us why you love football or your favourite hobby.

Niyati has been playing football since she was 8 years old.

Transcript

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Hi, I’m Niyati from Mumbai, India, and I have been playing football since I was 8 years old.

To me, football is more than a sport. It's my life.

This is my little room in Mumbai. These are all my jerseys,  framed and hung up on my wall.

Oh... and my Coldplay poster

So my brother and I would watch the Premier League matches at home.

And he always supported Arsenal and I always supported Manchester Utd.

I love football because I feel the sport is a perfect balance of mental and physical fitness.

And if I play a few times in a week with my friends, you know...not anything really serious, I have a great time.

Football has its own language. You don't have to speak or dress a certain way or even know the same language communicate with another football fan or a football player.

Say hi... hello

I have a great club team. We're called Kenkre Football Academy and right now we're playing the local MDFA league cup.

We've just qualified for the quarter-finals and we're on our way for a match and I'm so excited! Are you guys excited?

Natasha say hi

Ah - it's a little squirrel

Hi

What's up!

And that's why I love football because it's a sport made for the whole universe.

What's up!

We lost.

So I'm going to show you my teammate who
just got injured with the ball on her face.

And there's the mark!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In her vlog, Niyati used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here: 

He always supported Arsenal and I always supported Manchester United.

We have just qualified for the quarter-finals and I'm so excited!

There were a few more tricky words that Niyati used. Try the activity below, then, listen again to hear how she used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1

In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition. ​
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Language 1

Present Perfect Continuous

Niyati has been playing football for a long time. In her vlog she says this sentence:

I have been playing football since I was eight years old.

We use the present perfect or present perfect continuous to describe something that started in the past but continues in the present. It's an ongoing process or something that you do frequently that hasn't finished. For example, you could say:

I've been living in Spain for ten years.

He's been studying at university since 2015.

This is how we create the present perfect continuous:

  • subject (I/you/she/he/we) + have/has been + verb+ing
  • I have been playing football since I was eight years old.

Niyati on the train after her football match.

Language 2

For and Since

When we use the present perfect continuous we often use the words 'for' or 'since' to be more specific about when we started doing something or for how long we have been doing something. Look again at two examples we used above:

I have been playing football since I was eight years old.

I've been living in Spain for ten years.

We use 'since' when we want to say a specific point in time. For example, 'I was eight', 'last summer', or '2015'. We use 'for' when we want to say a period of time. For example, 'ten years', 'six months', or 'five days'.

In this activity, check your understanding of the present perfect and how we use 'for' and 'since'.

Activity 2

In this activity, look at the present perfect and present perfect continuous sentences and decide if you should use 'for' or 'since' in each gap.
Decide if each sentence needs 'for or 'since'.

Task

My Favourite Hobby

Niyati loves football. It's her favourite hobby. She loves playing it, watching it and talking about it. Have a look at the questions below and think about how Niyati would answer them.

  1. What's your favourite hobby?
  2. When do you do it? 
  3. How long have you been doing it?
  4. Where do you play?
  5. Who do you play with?
  6. Why do you love it?

Are there any other questions you would like to ask Niyati about her favourite hobby?

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Your turn

Niyati told us about her favourite hobby in this vlog. We would like to hear from you. Is football your favourite hobby or is it something else? Tell us more about your hobby in the comments section below.

  1. What's your favourite hobby?
  2. When do you do it? 
  3. How long have you been doing it?
  4. Where do you play?
  5. Who do you play with?
  6. Why do you love it?

Did you like Niyati's vlog? What would you like to ask her about life and football in India?

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/05/2020
TR
5488
points

I like your vlog so much , Niyati. It's been so inspiring especially you support United like me :))
I'm so proud of you and your friends who love the game and so passionate about it
Keep going and we all support you
In my local team in Turkey , we have 3 girls from Romania , Germany and Turkey and they are so talented
You reminded me of them

Take care and have a lovely day :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/05/2020 12:04
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

I like your vlog so much , Niyati. It's been so inspiring especially you support United like me :))
I'm so proud of you and your friends who love the game and so passionate about it
Keep going and we all support you
In my local team in Turkey , we have 3 girls from Romania , Germany and Turkey and they are so talented
You reminded me of them

Take care and have a lovely day :)

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
18/05/2020
TR
5488
points

My favourite hobby is definitely football.
I love watching and playing football regularly.
I have been playing football since I was 7.
My favourite team is Manchester United just like Niyati.
We often play once or twice a week with my local team in Izmir.
We play in the local pitch in Kültür Park in Alsancak.
Our local team has players from different countries in the world as we have players from Egypt , England , Germany , Jordan , Italy , Netherlands , Nigeria , Romania , Russia , Saudi Arabia and Turkey for sure so we are an international team.
I love football because it's so exciting and competitive and it unites people from everywhere <3


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mobeckham
18/05/2020 12:02
Turkey
Manchester United
5488

My favourite hobby is definitely football.
I love watching and playing football regularly.
I have been playing football since I was 7.
My favourite team is Manchester United just like Niyati.
We often play once or twice a week with my local team in Izmir.
We play in the local pitch in Kültür Park in Alsancak.
Our local team has players from different countries in the world as we have players from Egypt , England , Germany , Jordan , Italy , Netherlands , Nigeria , Romania , Russia , Saudi Arabia and Turkey for sure so we are an international team.
I love football because it's so exciting and competitive and it unites people from everywhere <3

stevewankou
11/09/2019
US
97
points

1-play soccer
2-I play soccer every day at 7:00 pm
3-I have been doing it since I was 10 years
4-I play in my neighborhood
5-I play with friend and the people in my neighbor
6-I love it because it make me fun and keeps me fit


stevewankou
11/09/2019 21:30
United States
Liverpool
97

1-play soccer
2-I play soccer every day at 7:00 pm
3-I have been doing it since I was 10 years
4-I play in my neighborhood
5-I play with friend and the people in my neighbor
6-I love it because it make me fun and keeps me fit

englishman
25/08/2019
DZ
1727
points

Good luck


englishman
25/08/2019 18:59
Algeria
Manchester City
1727

Good luck

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ldzingirai
07/04/2019
ZW
1739
points

I enjoyed Niyati's video blog.It's interesting to know that she was once a player, and now she owns a club.I wish her all the best.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
07/04/2019 10:55
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1739

I enjoyed Niyati's video blog.It's interesting to know that she was once a player, and now she owns a club.I wish her all the best.

Ferragut Rachdan
24/07/2018
ES
1
points

Hello Niyati , I like a lot you're vlog because is : funny, interesting and I loved. My name is Elena and I have been playing tennis for 7 years old and I liked a lot is a good sport and important for the salute for the muscles and bones a loved. Goodbye
Elena


Ferragut Rachdan
24/07/2018 11:52
Spain
Chelsea
1

Hello Niyati , I like a lot you're vlog because is : funny, interesting and I loved. My name is Elena and I have been playing tennis for 7 years old and I liked a lot is a good sport and important for the salute for the muscles and bones a loved. Goodbye
Elena

martinafrhomer
24/07/2018
ES
1
points

Hi Niyati, your vlog is very interesting and I could see you are passionate about football. Three years ago I started playing volleyball and I met people that I never thought that I would meet.
Your vlog is very cool and I think you are funny.
Martina.


martinafrhomer
24/07/2018 11:23
Spain
Brighton and Hove Albion
1

Hi Niyati, your vlog is very interesting and I could see you are passionate about football. Three years ago I started playing volleyball and I met people that I never thought that I would meet.
Your vlog is very cool and I think you are funny.
Martina.

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018
IN
7
points

Thank you so much Martina! That's the joy of sport - to connect with different people who have the same love for the game.


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018 14:43
India
Manchester United
7

Thank you so much Martina! That's the joy of sport - to connect with different people who have the same love for the game.

DonSimon's picture
DonSimon
22/07/2018
ES
14
points

A very interesting vlog, thanks Niyati.


DonSimon's picture
DonSimon
22/07/2018 12:47
Spain
Liverpool
14

A very interesting vlog, thanks Niyati.

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018
IN
7
points

Thanks for watching DonSimon :)


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018 14:43
India
Manchester United
7

Thanks for watching DonSimon :)

salsabilla
12/06/2018
GB
3
points

my favorite hobby is playing a guitar , i learn to play a guitar since i was 9yearsold, i play a gitar almost evry single night , i use to play in my bedroom , to be honest im never play a guitar with someone else because i only enjoy play by my self, the reason why do i love play a guitar is because i feel enjoy and is not just for playing i also can make a short song and thingking.


salsabilla
12/06/2018 13:55
United Kingdom
Arsenal
3

my favorite hobby is playing a guitar , i learn to play a guitar since i was 9yearsold, i play a gitar almost evry single night , i use to play in my bedroom , to be honest im never play a guitar with someone else because i only enjoy play by my self, the reason why do i love play a guitar is because i feel enjoy and is not just for playing i also can make a short song and thingking.

E-LearningEnglish
02/02/2018
CO
5
points

I like it so much, it seems that she enjoy a lot football and loves to share time with her friends. what i would like to ask her is ¿How many football female team are there?


E-LearningEnglish
02/02/2018 21:53
Colombia
Manchester United
5

I like it so much, it seems that she enjoy a lot football and loves to share time with her friends. what i would like to ask her is ¿How many football female team are there?

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018
IN
7
points

Hello!
Wow, I wish I knew the answer to that but honestly I think there are many women's teams now! Did you know Manchester United just officially put up their women's team? Hope you will support them too :)


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018 14:44
India
Manchester United
7

Hello!
Wow, I wish I knew the answer to that but honestly I think there are many women's teams now! Did you know Manchester United just officially put up their women's team? Hope you will support them too :)

sabanoleg
15/11/2017
UA
2128
points

Very funny and at the same time cool vlog.As for me,my favorite hobbies are football and swimming.


sabanoleg
15/11/2017 19:43
Ukraine
Arsenal
2128

Very funny and at the same time cool vlog.As for me,my favorite hobbies are football and swimming.

Emil
30/07/2017
RU
241
points

Hi Niyati!
Thank you for your story, it was very interesting to watch. There are two things that i love - football and India, so i was very excited about your story. I wish you a big wins with you team!!


Emil
30/07/2017 16:41
Russia
Chelsea
241

Hi Niyati!
Thank you for your story, it was very interesting to watch. There are two things that i love - football and India, so i was very excited about your story. I wish you a big wins with you team!!

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018
IN
7
points

Hi Emil, thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad you love my country, hope you can visit soon. I would love to come and see Russia as well! From the videos and pictures from the world cup, your country looks beautiful. Wish you all the luck and keep playing the beautiful game.


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018 14:47
India
Manchester United
7

Hi Emil, thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad you love my country, hope you can visit soon. I would love to come and see Russia as well! From the videos and pictures from the world cup, your country looks beautiful. Wish you all the luck and keep playing the beautiful game.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
10/07/2017
PS
3705
points

My favorite hobby is playing football,i play it on weekends and on holidays,i have playing football for seven years.I play it at the park and at school,i play with my friends and my teammates.I love it because it is life.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
10/07/2017 21:25
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

My favorite hobby is playing football,i play it on weekends and on holidays,i have playing football for seven years.I play it at the park and at school,i play with my friends and my teammates.I love it because it is life.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
19/06/2017
GH
4754
points

An awesome Vlog Niyati and i am particularly excited about the fact that you are a lady in love with the sports in a nation that has much love for cricket.


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kwesimanifest
19/06/2017 11:38
Ghana
Manchester United
4754

An awesome Vlog Niyati and i am particularly excited about the fact that you are a lady in love with the sports in a nation that has much love for cricket.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
04/06/2017
DZ
3888
points

Very good vlog, Niyati. You are really happy to make it. Good luck with soccer.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
04/06/2017 16:32
Algeria
Manchester City
3888

Very good vlog, Niyati. You are really happy to make it. Good luck with soccer.

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
02/06/2017
UA
4157
points

Hi Niyati,

Very nice story, thank you for that. As I know the football is not very popular sport in India, the cricket is much more popular, am I right?


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Liubomyr
02/06/2017 16:20
Ukraine
Watford
4157

Hi Niyati,

Very nice story, thank you for that. As I know the football is not very popular sport in India, the cricket is much more popular, am I right?

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
03/06/2017
IN
7
points

Hi Liubomyr,
Thank you, I am so glad you liked it!

Yes, that's right! It is very cool that you know that.
We love cricket here in India - but football has become very popular in the last 10 years.
We now have many more places to play football and we are all watching football on TV. We also have a new football league here with international players in our teams. That has been our biggest growth.

What are the other sports that are popular in your country? I would love to know!


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
03/06/2017 13:12
India
Manchester United
7

Hi Liubomyr,
Thank you, I am so glad you liked it!

Yes, that's right! It is very cool that you know that.
We love cricket here in India - but football has become very popular in the last 10 years.
We now have many more places to play football and we are all watching football on TV. We also have a new football league here with international players in our teams. That has been our biggest growth.

What are the other sports that are popular in your country? I would love to know!

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
09/06/2017
UA
4157
points

Hi Niyati,

My friend used to spend his vacation in Indian state Kerala several times, so he told me a lot about India and I know many interesting things about your county from him. He loves India very much.
In Ukraine football is the most popular sport, and I think that the box is the second most popular.
Basketball and swimming are although very popular. Ukrainian national team is not very successful in “classic” football, but it has a success in alternative variants of football such as futsal and beach soccer.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
09/06/2017 10:28
Ukraine
Watford
4157

Hi Niyati,

My friend used to spend his vacation in Indian state Kerala several times, so he told me a lot about India and I know many interesting things about your county from him. He loves India very much.
In Ukraine football is the most popular sport, and I think that the box is the second most popular.
Basketball and swimming are although very popular. Ukrainian national team is not very successful in “classic” football, but it has a success in alternative variants of football such as futsal and beach soccer.

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018
IN
7
points

I have a very close friend from Ukraine and he tells me the same, that there are many people playing futsal and he's grown up playing it too. Thank you so much for sharing and taking an interest in my beautiful country! I hope one day you can visit India to play some football ;) and I hope I can do the same.


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
24/07/2018 14:49
India
Manchester United
7

I have a very close friend from Ukraine and he tells me the same, that there are many people playing futsal and he's grown up playing it too. Thank you so much for sharing and taking an interest in my beautiful country! I hope one day you can visit India to play some football ;) and I hope I can do the same.

ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
02/06/2017
IN
7
points

I hope you enjoyed my video. I would love to know your thoughts, and would be happy to answer as many questions as I can about my story. You can put your questions here in the comments!

If you think my life as a footballer is fun, you can get to know more about me and follow me on http://www.instagram.com/ninjabharucha

Thanks and waiting to hear from you all.


ninjabharucha's picture
ninjabharucha
02/06/2017 14:30
India
Manchester United
7

I hope you enjoyed my video. I would love to know your thoughts, and would be happy to answer as many questions as I can about my story. You can put your questions here in the comments!

If you think my life as a footballer is fun, you can get to know more about me and follow me on http://www.instagram.com/ninjabharucha

Thanks and waiting to hear from you all.

nonober
20/07/2017
FR
1
points

Hello,

I was wondering if it was not too difficult for girls to play football in India. In France I watched a film called "bend it like Beckham" and the girl in the film had difficulties to make her parents accept her choice to play football. Was it difficult for you too?


nonober
20/07/2017 17:47
France
Manchester United
1

Hello,

I was wondering if it was not too difficult for girls to play football in India. In France I watched a film called "bend it like Beckham" and the girl in the film had difficulties to make her parents accept her choice to play football. Was it difficult for you too?

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Emir Veličanstveni
02/06/2017
BA
1449
points

It's really good video, i like it and you are beautiful :)


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Emir Veličanstveni
02/06/2017 23:00
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arsenal
1449

It's really good video, i like it and you are beautiful :)

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Goals

Language: Talking about hobbies

Language: Present Perfect Continuous

Language: For and Since