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.
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’.
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...
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?
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!