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Sport - Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks
Sport - Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn fashion English

Date: Mar 25 2011

Themes: Celebrity, Fashion, Sports

Grammar: Zero Conditional


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Zaza Pachulia has made a fantastic career in sports. The Georgian basketball player started his professional career in Turkey at age 14 and now plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

While his job is to play a sport, Zaza’s favorite hobby is to collect and sport cool clothing. Sport, as a verb, means to wear something. It’s a common slang term in fashion, which is something Zaza knows a lot about. Sports Illustrated recently chose him as one of the most fashionable players in the NBA.

Basketball players like to dress well to arrive at the arena before changing into their uniforms for the game. Watch as Zaza shows Jason the outfit he plans to wear to that night’s game.

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I’m Jason here with Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks. You’ve got a lot of fashion knowledge. You were voted one of the most fashionable players by the other players in the NBA.

Zaza:  There are a lot of players in the league who, you know, are into fashion, and it’s pretty challenging actually. Though we’re not competing against each other with fashion, you know, it’s obvious, you see the guys and how they dress up for the games.

Jason:  You’ve got your outfit picked out for the game tonight already, right?

Zaza:  Yeah, we actually play tonight, and it’s been a long trip for us. Five games in seven nights, so. For every game I gotta wear something different. Five games, five different outfits. I’m just gonna show you what I’m gonna wear tonight.

Jason:  Yeah, let’s check it out!

Zaza:  Pink shirt and a blue sweater on the top. I think these two colors really match each other, you know? It’s a good combination. And because we’re gonna travel after the game, right after the game we fly to Denver, I decided to be more comfortable, so I decided to wear jeans. You can’t really wear really ripped jeans because you’re going to the game so you gotta look classier. The white shoes with the brown belt…

Jason:  Is there anything else you’re into sporting right now?

Zaza:  You know, I just really started sporting the socks, especially Paul Smith socks in different colors. Even if the socks are showing, that’s even better. If the jeans are a little bit shorter than normal, then that way you can see the socks. I’m sporting socks right now.

Jason:  Nice!

Zaza:  Bottom line, whatever outfit you wear, it’s gotta fit you and it will look nice on you. You’ve gotta match your character and your personality. So, that’s the key for me and this is how I go!

Jason:  Thanks so much. Can I get you to give me a high five and say, “English, baby!”?

Zaza:  English, baby!


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As Zaza says, there are a lot of well-dressed players in the NBA. Once he became a professional athlete and started traveling, he got into fashion as well because he could visit good cities to buy clothes.

Zaza says that the Hawks are in the middle of a long road trip so he had to bring a lot of clothes to wear something different to every game. He shows Jason that for his next outfit, he has picked out a pink collared shirt, a blue sweater and some jeans. He wanted a comfortable outfit because the team will fly to another city after the game.

The thing Zaza is most excited about sporting right now is his striped Paul Smith socks. He even wears his pants a little shorter so that people can see the socks. He says that the most important thing in fashion is not the brand, but if the outfit fits you well.

What are you sporting these days?

See an additional lesson with Zaza on the term “swag” on our blog. And learn all about him his website



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United States

the bottom line, jeans is the coolest thing ever)))))

03:19 PM Mar 30 2011 |

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Viet Nam

Thanks to the question. It is interesting. I have been in Thailand and Korea long enough to understand the customs' dress up. In the most develop country they outfit is depend on the activity and become more free in that classy.

But in my country most people is not sporting good. They dress up almost the same in every activity. But it is changing now become better.

03:43 AM Mar 28 2011 |


Saudi Arabia

thank english baby

SmileI listen very good but talk was fast

09:07 PM Mar 27 2011 |



English,baby is a good place.

11:34 AM Mar 27 2011 |



Listeninging to the pure English ,I always think their speech slurred , but I  continue to listen more to train my ears! Friends encouraged me!

11:33 AM Mar 27 2011 |



Today, I was in bad mood

11:28 AM Mar 27 2011 |



I would like to thank you much about this great lesson, it is rely useful and helpful. I have enjoyed it very much and I hop to see more lesson in this way.

Thanks once again

Find a good and interactive free English resources here now 

10:03 PM Mar 26 2011 |


United Arab Emirates

good one :)

08:19 PM Mar 26 2011 |



Zaza is cool and GEORGIA too

08:03 PM Mar 26 2011 |




good basketball player and he understand fashion. come back turkey again zaza we miss you come back fenerbahçe ülker sk again =)

06:47 PM Mar 25 2011 |



He is cute! I like sporting socks, too! Colorful socks!

05:12 PM Mar 25 2011 |



El Salvador

I don't like sports but i think fashion in awesome even in sport clothes :D 

04:56 PM Mar 25 2011 |

Najwa Al-harthi

Saudi Arabia

I loved this lesson !! Zaza is cool !

these days I'm sporting pajamas !

02:13 PM Mar 25 2011 |




I always try to dress up in something which looks appropriate for the occasion. I haven't really been interested in fashion. Fitting and looking good are two main measures i select an outfit.If you like a piece of cloth, I believe it shows your personality as well. Our personality consist of our likes and dislikes. But generally talking most the time I wear casual.

01:50 PM Mar 25 2011 |




I think he's more comfortable with jeans…

01:33 PM Mar 25 2011 |

Victoria G

Victoria GSuper Member!

United States

I like sporting cool clothing. Actually, I have to do that because I've got my own boutique and I have to set an example for the customers.

Btw, the outfit shouldn't only fit you well. It should help you express your personality. That's the key.

08:11 AM Mar 25 2011 |


qq_babySuper Member!


Fashion can be confortable too guys. I think ZAZA knows that ;)

05:28 AM Mar 25 2011 |




as casual as usual, hoodies, sweaters, blazers, jackets, jeans…

05:22 AM Mar 25 2011 |




hehe I like socks too.

05:20 AM Mar 25 2011 |


maria_bSuper Member!


dis guye is so cool 

05:16 AM Mar 25 2011 |

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