This is the page to learn more about New Zealand culture by listening to Kiwis talk. Each Kiwi is passionate about something different. This video is about Rugby and in particular the history of the All Blacks name.
Mark is passionate about Rugby and his video is below.

1. The clip will take a few minutes to download so read the questions. They start easy and get harder! Check your results - Well how did I do? - after listening. Try the first time without looking at the transcipt!
Transcript means the words that Mark says.

2. If you are coming to New Zealand, you will need to get used to the Kiwi accent. If you are studying here, then listen to the way Mark says fillers like umm, arhh, etc and practise repeating them.
Look at the transcript again and look at WHERE Mark ...(pauses) to think about the best word and look for patterns in the text.  This helps you with your speaking because you know WHERE to stop and make the sound noise 'um/ah' etc in a sentence and WHERE to pause in a conversation.

3. Don't look at the transcript and make notes. I hope to have documents soon showing key words, mindmaps etc!

4. Read the transcript and listen  to the interview at the same time to increase your reading speed later.

1. How many players in a Rugby team?
a) 7.
b) 15.
c) 11.
d) None of the above.
2. The All Blacks name maybe came from
a) their uniform.
b) the way they played.
c) a typing error in a newspaper article.
d) All of the above.
3. Forwards
a) are not as heavy as backs.
b) usually run faster than backs.
c) are usually bigger than backs.
d) are not as strong as backs.
4. A New Zealand team visited England
a) over two hundred years ago.
b) last century.
c) and played the same way as the English Rugby teams.
d) about one hundred and ten years ago.
5. The New Zealand All Whites get their name from their uniform.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
6. The colour of the uniform is a later story about the All Blacks name.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
7. 110 years ago all the English thought NZ Rugby players played differently to them.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given