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Ersan Ilyasova - Tip In

Ersan Ilyasova - Tip In English, baby! Video Lesson
厄桑·伊利亚索瓦 – 补篮

Date: Apr 03 2012

Themes: Sports

Grammar: Phrasal Verbs


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At just 24-years-old, Ersan Ilyasova is one of the best Turkish basketball players. After playing in Turkey last summer, he returned to the NBA and has had a very successful season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Ersan has been scoring a lot of points and playing very well.

One way Ersan scores is to get second chance points. When his teammates miss a shot, the nearly 7-foot tall star often gets an offensive rebound. Sometimes, Ersan gets a rebound and scores a basket in one motion. That’s called a tip in. We recently met with Ersan to discuss this term and learning languages.

厄桑·伊利亚索瓦今年只有 24 岁,是土耳其最佳篮球运动员之一。去年夏天,他在土耳其打球,本赛季回归 NBA,效力于密尔沃基雄鹿队,一直拥有非常出色的表现。厄桑在赛场上得到了大量分数,技术运用得相当出色。
厄桑的一个得分利器就是能够把握二次进攻得分。当队友投篮不中时,这个身高近 7 英尺的球星常常能够拿到进攻篮板。我们有时会看到厄桑拿板、投篮一气呵成,这叫做补篮。我们最近采访了厄桑,谈论了这个术语并了解了他的语言学习情况。

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Jason:  Welcome to English, baby! I am here with Ersan Ilyasova. Can you tell us, first of all, what is an offensive rebound?

Ersan:  Offensive rebounds are about second effort. Just follow the ball and, the thing is, try, always try to see when the ball will hit the rim, which side, which part, and try to be there when it lands. It’s all about effort.

Jason:  I want to talk about a specific kind of offensive rebound. Can you tell us what it means to tip it in.

Ersan:  A tip in is when somebody shoots it from long distance, and the ball just runs up, and you just crash the board and barely touch with the nails of your fingers and just tip it in. That’s a huge thing.

Jason:  Ersan explains that when you tip in a ball, you gently touch it with the ends of your fingers, or your fingertips.

Ersan:  ...barely touch with the nails of your fingers and just tip it in.

Jason:  How do you say that in Turkish? Is there a word for it?

Ersan:  In Turkish, they’ll say, “That’s a hücum rebound.”

Jason:  A tip can also be like an idea or a helpful hint. Can you give us a tip for how to learn languages?

Ersan:  Yeah, I speak four languages. For example, for me, when I came just first into United States, I didn’t take classes in anything. It’s all basically try to communicate with people. I think it’s an easy way to learn, when you start to speak with somebody. How I learned Spanish, I just start to communicate with people. Try to learn some easy words first and things just come up easily when you know a couple of languages before that. You pick it up so much easier.

Ersan:  English, baby!


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Ersan explains that a tip in is when you knock the ball into the basket with your fingertips after your teammate misses a shot. When you tip in a ball, you get an offensive rebound and a basket at the same time. You have to be very tall and athletic to be able to jump right next to the rim and tip in a ball. Ersan is both.

Another meaning of the word “tip” is to give someone a suggestion. When you give someone a tip, you offer a helpful piece of information. Ersan speaks Turkish, Russian, English and Spanish. Jason asks him to offer a tip for learning languages. Ersan says that you should start with the easy words and that the more languages you know, the easier they are to learn.

What do you think is the most important thing to know about learning languages? Give us a tip.



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Hi from Turkey,

ı want to correct something.

Ersan’s answer to the question( How do you say that(tip it in) in Turkish?) is wrong. We say “tikledi”. For example, we say “Ersan topu parmaklarının ucuyla tikledi.”

Offensive rebound=hücum ribaundu

07:24 AM Apr 10 2012 |




tips from me are: to practice vocabulary – read the book in your own language and then in original, and the same with movies, after it I really improved my listening skills. it helps!

03:41 PM Apr 05 2012 |




Yes, Ryo!

09:27 PM Apr 04 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Learning a language is not easy for sure it takes a lot of effort. Nowadays, everyone is trying to find the easiest way and look for a useful tip to help them to improve or broaden their knowledge of it.  As an English learner myself I think courage is the most important key to keep it up for the long-term. Also, you need to believe in yourself that you can even on your own whether you are a beginner or an advanced learner and never give up Reading, could it be an article on the net, in the newspaper, a magazine or a book. It is true that when you get familiarized with the structure of sentences, automatically your listening and speaking improve as well. I hope it was useful a bit.

07:21 PM Apr 04 2012 |




Everyone has his/her own goal in learning English. Could it be  to score on Toefl test ( more academic level ) or to find English speaking friends and undestand movies ( more colloquial, slangy, though also a challenging skill), or to improve your conversational and listening skills at work ( kind of a spicific, one theme vocabulary)... For me the main thing is listening skills - to undestand the movies, people who I’m working with, the news. It’s all around you, a part of your life and to be out of it is not that lots of fun :). The first thing to me is listening, understanding, then copying, trying to imitate. Unfortunately, that important part has missed in our schools. The learning of English language was concentrated on reading, grammar - it’s good for writing though but  not that helpful for a colloquial language that people speak around. So I’m quite tolerant to any kind of input whether it’s a bad grammar or good. Canada is a multicultural country and everyone speaks with an accent, and has different English skills. The main thing to me is a valuable contest a person trying to bring up and to keep a healthy conversation.

01:02 AM Apr 04 2012 |



From my experience in learning a new language, it is so important to learn regularly. So u may follow suggested tips:

1- Make a plan .

2-Be specific about time and period u specify for learning language.

3- learning language daily, even for short time, is very important

4-Estimate this schedule u set for learning language every specific while, for example, every month, and modify it whenever u need to .

5- Finally , practice, practice, practice language even by speaking to yourself.And Remenber, if u stay a week without practicing the language, you lose most of it , if not all of it .

By the way , I liked this Turkish word “hucum rebound” or tip-in . LOL

11:34 PM Apr 03 2012 |




there’s not better way to learn lenguages, than that one

06:14 PM Apr 03 2012 |



United States

i agree with  ( last joke ) is very right ! ( the best answer ).... When we learn new language ...we should start with the easy words ( basic words )  (as  last  joke said ) 

02:23 PM Apr 03 2012 |

Irene Forever


The most important thing to know about  learning languages is knowing  grammar and enough vocabulary.

Speaking without proper grammar sounds annoying. Of course, we should begin to speak English in any case and  on any level. Nevertheless, some people try to speak foreign language not paying any attention to grammar. They think, it’s enough for them to pour the words in inappropriate order or using  bad grammar. They don’t care about others’ ears.:)

So Grammar is in the first place.

I like wise words of H. Jackson Brown, Jr, “Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.”

But still, let’s improve our English in order to be pleasant for each other.:)

01:06 PM Apr 03 2012 |



United Arab Emirates

Hello >>>all

i totally agree with my friend Soft breeze from Iran. That to improve and  keep the level of any kind of language you have learnt by using it daily among related people otherwise you lose it.

once I heard a Documentary Channel
  that every two week a one language Extinct

07:17 AM Apr 03 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think the best way for learning a language is living in a place where the language is spoken. You should be in expose of that language.

03:31 AM Apr 03 2012 |

The Last Joke



 The most important thing to know about learning any languages are :



- Greetings :

Hello. Hi . Hey Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening. Good night. Goodbye. See you later.

- Basic Common words :

Excuse me. Please. Thank you. You’re welcome. No problem.


- Basic Question words :

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? How much?


- Basic Name of places :

A hotel. A bank. Food. . A hospital.


- Basic Numbers :

Basic numbers 1-2-3- 4- ....100-200 500 -1000.


Basic Directions :

North, south, east, west. Up, above, down, below, left, right. In, out, entry, exit. Forward, front, straight, back, behind. Here, there, near, far. This, that.


Basic action verbs :

Walk, run, drive, fly. Come, go, bring, take, get, put. Can, should, want, need, have. Eat, drink, sleep, read. Watch, see, hear, listen, say, tell. Is. ........

Basic Comparatives :

Good, bad, better, worse. Warm, cold. Large, small. High, low.


- Basic Body parts :

Head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Arms, hands, fingers. Legs, feet, toes. Stomach.


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