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 the history of Rugby.
Mark is passionate about Rugby and his next 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. Where did Rugby start?
a) In New Zealand.
b) In U.S.A.
c) In South Africa.
d) In England.
2. When did Rugby start?
a) 20 years ago.
b) Last century.
c) about two centuries ago.
d) None of the above.
3. Web Ellis
a) kicked the ball.
b) picked up the ball and ran with it.
c) was a good soccer player.
d) was a teacher at a private English school.
4. The World Cup
a) is a name of a Rugby competition.
b) has got a trophy.
c) trophy is named after Web Ellis.
d) all of the above is true.
5. Historians think there are a number of ways that Rugby may have got started.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
6. Rugby got its name from a story at a private school in England.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given
7. Rugby was played outside.
a) True
b) False
c) Not Given