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LOWER INTERMEDIATE - UNIT 2B - LISTENING 2 (page 1)

KENDO

Listen to the conversation and write missing words. You will need to listen a few times!

#Interviewer: I (1) a sport called Kendo. Do you know (2) ?

#Lesley: When I was in Japan (3) who played kendo. (4) martial art that the samurai used to use. 'Ken' means 'sword' and 'do' means 'way of'. So 'kendo' is 'the way of the sword.'

#Today people practise kendo with wooden sticks. (5) dangerous. It strengthens the mind (6) the body. There is a popular kendo phrase, 'ki-ken-tai-no icchi'. It means the spirit, 'ki', the sword, 'ken' and the body 'tai' must move and act as one.

#Interviewer: I see. So the purpose (7) hurt your opponent. The purpose (8) your mind and body.

Leslie: Yes, that's exactly right!

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