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Do you know what a banana skin is? - 16/17 ep.25

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest news from the Premier League as Manchester Utd make it 16 matches unbeaten in the Premier League. The language focus this week is on words that we use to give examples e.g. 'for example', 'such as' and 'for instance'. We also explain the phrase 'banana skin' and talk about how it is used in football. We also have a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make. Enjoy!​

How much did you understand?


In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here: 

Sutton Utd play non-league football in the fifth division where most players are amateurs.

Maybe it's a less obvious foul like diving or unsporting behaviour.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez will want to avoid a banana skin against Sutton Utd.

Language - Words we use to give examples

If somebody doesn't understand what you mean or you need to give someone more information about something, it can be very helpful to give an example. Giving examples can help someone else understand what you are talking about better and can also help you explain what you mean more clearly. When we give examples we often use specific words, Jack and Rich used some of these words in the podcast:

The referee stops the game a lot, for example, when a player is offside or there is a foul.

'For example' is generally used a lot, but there are lots of other phrases that can be used to:

It would be embarrassing if a Premier League team, such as Arsenal, lost to a non-league team, such as Sutton Utd.

Time wasting works! For instance, in a match I saw recently, a player wasted three minutes, but the referee only played two minutes of injury time.

There are lots of types of fouls, like obstruction, a tackle from behind and tripping a player.

In the podcast, we looked at 'for example', 'for instance', 'like' and 'such as'. Take a look at the questions at the bottom of the page and answer the questions in the comments section. When you write your answers, use some of the phrases from the podcast.

The best in the world - Lionel Messi and Manchester City's Carli Lloyd.

Language - More phrases connected to giving examples

In the podcast, we looked at some of the words and phrases that have the basic 'for example' meaning, but there are lots more phrases that we can use that are connected to giving examples. Take a look at these two examples from the podcast: 

Types of fouls include tripping, spitting, swearing and things like that.

The referee stops the game a lot, for example, when the ball goes out of play, for offside and so on.

'Things like that' and 'and so on' are used to show that the examples given are not the only possibilities; there are additional examples that could be mentioned. We can use other phrases to give examples in different ways:

  • To compare with a previous example
  • To say how often an example is used
  • To say how good an example is
  • To give a personal example
  • To number an example

Now, take a look at the sentences below and try to match them to the bullet points (•) above:

  1. An example which I often use is.......
  2. There are many examples, such as......
  3. A well-known example is........
  4. A similar example is........
  5. By far the best illustration of this is......

Now, take a look at the questions at the bottom of the page and see if you can use some of these phrases in the comments section.

Manchester Utd's Anthony Martial is our Player of the Week.


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A banana skin, Rich? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Rich: It’s the yellow skin... you need to peel it if you want to eat your banana!

Jack: Yes, I know that but how can we use it when we’re talking about football?

Rich: Ah well, you’ll have to do the podcast with me if you want the answer…..


Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English  podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.  

Jack: What’s happening this week Rich?

Rich: In this week’s show, we’re going to talk about the latest in the Premier League and we’re going to help you with some language you can use when someone else doesn’t understand what you are talking about!

Jack: And we’ve got a new football phrase for you to work out and a football prediction for you to make.

Rich: That’s right. And remember, if you’re listening on Audioboom or iTunes you might also want to listen on the Premier Skills English website where you’ll find the transcript, language activities, quizzes and a discussion.

Jack: But, before all that, let’s take a look at this week’s Premier League headlines.


Rich: The race for the Champions League is on.

Jack: Chelsea lead the Premier League by 8 points after being held to a draw by Burnley but the race for a top four place is much closer. Only four points separate Manchester City in second place and Manchester Utd, who are unbeaten in 16 Premier League matches, in sixth place.

Rich: City sign World’s best player.

Jack: Manchester City have signed Carli Lloyd from Houston Dash in the USA. Lloyd is the captain of the USA women’s team and has won gold medals at two Olympic Games and the World Cup when she scored a hat-trick in the final.

Rich: Premier League teams are up for the Cup.

Jack: This weekend sees the fifth round of the FA Cup. There are 8 matches and each one sees a Premier League team up against a team from a lower division. Will there be any shocks or will the bigger teams make it through to the next round?

Rich: Ah, yes, no Premier League action this weekend but some interesting matches to look forward to in the FA Cup.

Jack: Arsenal are away to Sutton Utd!  They play non-league football - in the fifth division where most players are amateurs. They are over 100 places below Arsenal in English football and they play on a plastic pitch. It might be an uncomfortable afternoon for the Gunners!

Rich: It’s definitely a potential banana skin but I’m sure you will be in the next round.

Jack: Ha ha - nice phrase. I think I know what that means, but do you think you can explain it.

Rich: Well, if you think about a banana skin in a cartoon - it’s something that a cartoon character might step on and fall over and then everyone would laugh. Like in the Simpsons, it’s something that Homer would do.

Jack: Yes - falling on a banana skin is embarrassing.

Rich: If a professional Premier League team such as Arsenal loses a match against a team from a much lower division such as Sutton Utd, that will be embarrassing too. So you can say that the match is a potential banana skin.

Language/Topic Focus

Jack: In this week’s language focus, we’re going to take a look at some words and phrases that we can use to give examples. for example ‘for example’.

Rich: Sorry?

Jack: One of the phrases that we use to give examples is ‘for example’.

RIch: Ah yes, of course, where I live, in Spain, ‘for example’ is used a bit too much because it’s very similar in Spanish.

Jack: But there are lots of different phrases that you can use, such as ………..such as.

RIch: Very good. Let me think of some examples, for instance……...for instance.

Jack: OK, stop. Earlier you gave an example of an embarrassing situation. You said ‘like in the Simpsons’ to give an example of a cartoon.

Rich: Yes, I used the word ‘like’ to give an example.

Jack: And you also said,’If a professional Premier League team such as Arsenal loses a match against a team from a much lower division such as Sutton Utd.’

Rich: Yes, you can see that we can use ‘such as’ to give examples as well.

Jack: Ok, let's look at these types of phrases in more detail. I’ve got a quick game that I sometimes play in the classroom with my students. Shall we have a go?

Rich: OK, sounds good. I’m always happy to get more ideas for the classroom.

Jack: Right, we’re going to revise some football vocabulary and we’re going to use some of these phrases that we use to give examples. Are you ready?

Rich: I was born ready, Jack!

Jack: I’m going to describe a football word but i can’t say what it is. You’ve got to guess it.

Rich: Let’s go.

Jack: This word is an action you might see on the pitch.

Rich: Right, well. There are lots of actions such as kick, shoot, pass, head……..

Jack: Yes, ok, errr the referee stops the game when this happens.

Rich: The referee stops the game. Well, he stops it a lot, for example, if the ball goes out of play or when a player is offside and so on.

Jack: No, this is when a player does something wrong.

Rich: Ah OK, it’s a foul...

Jack: Uhuh..

Rich: A type of foul, but there are many types of fouls…. like obstruction, tripping a player or a tackle from behind and things like that.

Jack: You’re right it’s a type of foul but none of those.

Rich: Maybe it’s a less obvious foul…. for instance diving or unsporting behaviour.

Jack: Yes, you’re right, it is less obvious but not one of those. Errm, you might see it for instance at the end of a match when a team is winning.

Rich: Ahhhh! A goalkeeper?

JAck: Yes.

Rich: It’s time wasting!

Jack: You’re right. I hate it but it works you know. For instance, in a match I saw the other week a player must have been lying on the pitch for three minutes, but then there were only two minutes of injury time.

Rich: Right, in this section you probably heard lots of words that can be used to give examples. These included: such as, for instance, like, and for example.

Jack: We also included phrases like so on and things like that which are used to say there are more examples, too.

Rich: Take a look at the activities on the website to practise this area of language more and look at the questions at the bottom of the page, then write a comment or two in the comments section and try to use some of these words

Player of the Week

Jack: There were some great performances in the Premier League last week.

Rich: Yes, Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice for Southampton against Sunderland. That’s three goals in two matches for the Italian since joining the Saints.

Jack: Sadio Mane is back from the Africa Cup of Nations and looked good, too. He scored twice in two minutes for Liverpool against Spurs.

Rich: But, our Player of the Week, this week is Manchester Utd’s Anthony Martial. The United striker scored and provided an assist in their 2-0 win against Watford.

Jack: It was a good performance. You can read more about Anthony Martial in our article on the homepage. There’s also a link on the side of this page. Have a read and have a go at the football English quiz we’ve got on the page.

Can you work out this week’s football phrase?

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week?

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was ‘to stay up’. It means to remain in the division and not get relegated. Teams such as Sunderland, Hull and Leicester are fighting to stay up this season.

Rich: Well done to Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Alex from Ukraine, and Shobonenok from Russia. You all got the correct answer.

Jack: And don’t forget to mention Liubomyr from Ukraine, too.

Rich: No, of course not, I forgot to mention him last week. Well done, Liubomyr! You got the right answer this week and last week.

Jack: The phrase this time is ***** ******. The phrase is used to describe a small team from a lower division that beats a team from a higher division. This weekend Sutton Utd are playing Arsenal in the FA Cup and are hoping to be ***** *******.

Rich: The phrase comes from the children’s story, Jack and the Beanstalk I think. Jack is the ***** ******!

Premier League Prediction

Rich: Last week’s prediction was Liverpool - Spurs. It finished 2-1 to Liverpool. I got the right result but not the right score. Jack and our listeners thought Tottenham would win so no points for anybody else.

Jack: That gives you a one point advantage in our prediction league, Rich. What’s your prediction this week?

Rich: No Premier League matches this week so I thought we’d look at one of the potential FA Cup shocks.

Jack: It won’t be Arsenal!

Rich: No, I’m not choosing Arsenal’s match. The Premier League Champions, Leicester City, are away to Millwall who play in League One which is two divisions lower. This is a massive banana skin for Leicester and I think it will be the biggest surprise this weekend. Final score: Millwall 1-0 Leicester CIty.

Jack: Leicester’s form in the cup has been much better than the Premier League. I think Leicester will win 1-0.

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week.

Jack: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. And remember to make your match prediction in the vote.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Premier League Prediction - FA Cup - Millwall v Leicester City

Last week's featured match was a 2-0 win for Liverpool against Tottenham. Rich predicted a 2-1 win for the Reds, but Jack and our listeners thought that Spurs would win. That point takes Rich to the top of the Prediction League with 16 points. Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match this week is in the FA Cup - League One Millwall take on Leicester City, the Premier League Champions. Can you predict the right score?

  Gameweek 25 Total Points Millwall v Leicester
Rich 1 16 1-0
Podcast Listeners 0 15 ?
Jack 0 11 0-1

Make your prediction now!

What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich talked the FA Cup and words that we can use when giving examples.

  1. What's the biggest shock you can remember in a cup competition? Can you give an example? 

  2. Do small teams beat big teams in your country? Do you think this is a good thing?

  3. Is the FA Cup an important competition for Premier League teams? Why/why not?

Try to use some of the phrases we used in the podcast to give examples when answering your questions.

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.

If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.


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aragorn1986 Sat, 18/02/2017 - 17:35

I remember Millwall playing the FA final against Man.Utd. with Dennis Wise as a player manager. They were big reveal back in 2004. though they lost that match easily. It looks like this is their season also for they had already eliminated 3PL teams, including official champions! It would be nice if they drew Lincoln, then pack their bags and start the road to Wembley. Arsenal are in a terrible shape but on my opinion it will be a piece of cake against non league team - Sutton.

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Liubomyr Sat, 18/02/2017 - 21:03

I think that the phrase is the '***** ******'

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shobonenok Mon, 20/02/2017 - 13:38

1. It's not easy to remember that because I've never kept watch over any of the English cups as much as over the Premier League. However, I was extremely shocked when Wigan Athletic beat Manchester City in the FA cop final in 2013. I surmised that something wrong should happen when nobody opened the scoring even when it was only 10 or 5 minutes left...and. unfortunately, I wasn't mistaken. That last-gasp goal grieved me a lot because it was obvious that citizens had no time to equalize. The fairytale which had happened during the against QPR, didn't occur again.
2. It's common in when the teams from the second division beat the teams from the first one in Russia. For instance, Dinamo Moscow beat FC Rostov (the club which won against Bayern Munich at home), Yenisey beat CSKA Moscow (the winner was scored by the player who was loaned from CSKA), Tosno beat Arsenal (from Tula, don't be surprised) and my favourite team, Spartak Moscow was beaten away by SKA from Khabarovsk, which is situated near the Chinese border.
3. I've already written several podcasts before that it's more important to win Premier League than any of the domestic cups. The first one gives more money, the place in the Champions League.

The football phrase is "***** ******".

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Rich Wed, 22/02/2017 - 08:31

Hi Shobonenok

I've made some corrections below. I hope you find them useful. 

  1. The phrase 'I've never kept watch' doesn't really work. You could say something like: 'I've never kept an eye on the English cups in comparison to the Premier League.' Words like 'surmise' and 'grieve' are too formal in this context; try 'thought/felt' and 'upset' or something more informal! Words and phrases such as 'last-gasp' and 'open the scoring' are great and used well!
  2. Nothing much to correct here! I was surprised to hear that there is a team called Arsenal in Russia! Is there any connection or reason for the name?
  3. Just articles again :) 'the' Premier League and 'and a place in the Champions League'

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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shobonenok Wed, 22/02/2017 - 14:34

Hi Rich

Thanks for your corrections. Articles usage is not my cup of tea :)
It is a pity that I can't upload any pictures here because I was in Tula (the town where the Arsenal's stadium is situated) and have some photos from it as well as a scarf and photos from the stadium. Tula has been famous for the arms production since the end of the Middle Ages. This town was situated on the way to Moscow, so all the southern conquerors had to capture it in order to make their way to the capital of Russia. However, Tula had never been conquered. The Arsenal's supporters are called "Gunners", "Red-yellows" or "gingerbreads" (due to production of them for hundreds of years).

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shobonenok Mon, 20/02/2017 - 13:39

Ohh, please, correct my comment. I forgot to ask for it in the previous comment.

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kwesimanifest Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:38

This week's phrase is ***** *******

GH 3604
kwesimanifest Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:41

When senegal beat france in korea-japan 2002 it was the biggest shock in that cup competition.

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kwesimanifest Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:43

Quite recently small teams are able to beat the traditionally known big clubs which wasn't a situation that pertained previously.

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kwesimanifest Tue, 21/02/2017 - 17:45

The FA cup is important for the premier league teams because it offeres them the opportunities of testing their teams against a possibly lower division team to be able to identify a weakness or strenght so they can work on them.

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elghoul Tue, 21/02/2017 - 18:03

1. The best example I always give is El biar near Algiers beating Reims in French cup during the fifties
2. The cup attraction is seeing small clubs beating great ones.
3. FA cup is sometimes embarassing for Premier League teams of course but winning in Wembley the final is fantastic and historical.
Football phrase . Underdog

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Rich Wed, 22/02/2017 - 08:34

Algerian teams used to play in the French Cup?

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Alex_from_Ukraine Wed, 22/02/2017 - 09:25

Great job with your precise prediction, Rich. Congrats !

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Rich Wed, 22/02/2017 - 14:34

Thanks, Alex! I don't get it right that often!

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assemjuve Sat, 25/02/2017 - 08:16

The biggest shock was when Wigan defeated Man city in the fa cup final 1-0 after scoring a last minute goal.

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assemjuve Sat, 25/02/2017 - 08:17

Yes they do,yes i like to see the underdogs beating the favourites.

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assemjuve Sat, 25/02/2017 - 08:19

Yes it is,because some teams that are not in the top of the table in the league may win it and go to the Europe league.

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assemjuve Sat, 25/02/2017 - 08:20

The phrase is giant killers.


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