English Language Day
In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest news from the Premier League and also look forward to this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals. This week is English Language Day which is celebrated by the UN so we also speak about English and why many people think it is important to learn it. We listen to two Premier League players and they say why they think English is so important, too. As always, we have a new football phrase for you to guess and announce our Player of the Week. 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:
It will be a difficult game against an in-form City team.
A football chant is something fans repeat lots of times.
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.
The English Language
In this week's podcast, Manchester City's Vincent Komapny and West Ham Utd's Jose Fonte spoke about the importance of English. Listen again. Look at the list of reason to learn English below. Who spoke about the reasons? Jose Fonte? Vincent Kompany? Neither of them? Both of them? Do you think these are good reasons to learn English?
Reasons to learn English
- To pass an exam.
- To speak to people from the UK.
- To speak to people from around the world.
- To learn about different cultures.
- It helps you learn other languages, too.
Can you think of any other reasons for learning English? Why are you learning English?
You can find all our interviews with Premier League players in our Player Interviews section. Each video has language activities, a quiz and a discussion
English Language Day
Rich: Big Day on Sunday.
Jack: I know. There will probably be a big celebration. It’s Shakespeare’s birthday.
Rich: Oh. Have you been invited?
Jack: To Shakespeare’s birthday party? He’s been dead for 400 years.
Rich: Oh. William Shakespeare.
Jack: You didn’t think I was talking about the Leicester manager, Craig Shakespeare!
Rich: No, of course not!
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 because this week is English Language Day we have some interviews with Premier League talking about why English is important.
Jack: But first, let’s look at the Premier League headlines.
Rich: The Special One strikes back.
Jack: Last weekend, Manchester Utd beat Chelsea 2-0 at Old Trafford. Goals from Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera gave Jose Mourinho his first win against his old team and kept alive Utd’s hopes of finishing in the top four.
Rich: Record breaking Spurs are chasing hard.
Jack: Spurs won for the 7th Premier League match in a row - the first time they have won 7 consecutive top division matches in 50 years. Tottenham are now only four points behind Chelsea. Bournemouth were Tottenham’s latest victims with the North London club winning 4-0.
Rich: Wembley Stadium ready for a big weekend.
Jack: There are two huge matches at England’s national stadium this weekend. Chelsea play Tottenham and Arsenal play Manchester City in this season’s FA Cup semi-finals.
Rich: This is what I was talking about earlier, Jack. When I said Big Day on Sunday!
Jack: Ah yes, it is and I’m predicting an Arsenal victory of course.
Rich: But it will be a difficult game against an in-form City team.
Jack: We speak more about the FA Cup semi-finals in this week’s prediction. There is a link on the side of this page. You can listen to our predictions and make your own predictions and discuss everything about this weekend’s semi-final matches.
Rich: Not just what you think will happen but let us know if you are watching the game and tell us what you thought after the match,too!
Player of the Week
Rich: There were lots of great performances in the Premier League last week.
Jack: Manchester City had a great 3-0 win away at Southampton. Leroy Sane is looking better every week for City and it makes a big difference for them to have Vincent Kompany back in the team.
Rich: Yes, Kompany scored, too! City have missed him this season. It’s a pity he’s had so many injuries recently.
Jack: But, this week we wanted to celebrate Tottenham’s record breaking run. It’s the first time Spurs have won 7 consecutive matches for 50 years.
Rich: It’s a fantastic achievement. Lots of Spurs players have been playing well. Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli.
Jack: But we’ve chosen Son Heung-Min as our Player of the Week.
Rich: He’s now the highest scoring Asian player in Premier League history. You can read all about him in the article in our player of the week section.
Jack: We mentioned earlier that this week the United Nations celebrates English Language Day.
Rich: Yes, it’s on the 23rd of April - this Sunday. It’s actually a big day in the UK and England. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday, World Book Day, and St.George’s Day which is the national day of England.
Jack: Maybe we should learn to share some of these celebrations around. I wonder why we have all of them on the same day.
Rich: No idea! Anyway, we are going to talk about English and why we think it’s important to learn it.
Jack: A while ago, the Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany and West Ham Utd’s Jose Fonte spoke to Premier Skills English about why English is important.
Rich: So we’re not going to tell you why English is important we’re going to let these two Premier League players tell you what they think.
Jack: We want to know if you agree with their reasons.
Rich: Let’s start with a European Champion. This is Jose Fonte who won Euro 2016 with Portugal and now plays for West Ham.
Jose Fonte: It’s very important because everywhere in the world someone will speak English to you so you need to know a little bit of English so you can communicate with everyone. And it must be one of the most talked languages in the world.
Jack: Sound like good reasons to me. Next up is the Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany.
Vincent Kompany: It does give you a chance to communicate with so many people from other cultures. And I’m not speaking just about the English but worldwide.
Rich: Vincent Kompany also has some good reasons for speaking English.
Jack: We’re not going to repeat what the two players said because your challenge is to listen to the players and tell us if you agree with their reasons for learning English in the comments section.
Rich: So when you listen to the players, try not to look at the transcript!
Jack: You can look at it afterwards to check you understood but to improve your listening skills you should just listen the first time.
Rich: I think people from the UK are often really lucky.
Jack: Why’s that Rich?
Rich: I was thinking about what the players said. People in the UK don’t need to learn English and people from around the world learn ours.
Jack: It’s true but that doesn’t mean people in the UK shouldn’t learn other languages and that’s what Vincent Kompany says. Have a listen.
Vincent Kompany: My advice to the English kids would be to learn other languages, too!
Rich: It is a good piece of advice. Which other languages do you think are important to know? Are other languages becoming more and more important?
Jack: Let’s ask our listeners this question in the comments section.
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 You only sing when you’re winning! Sing when you’re winning!. This is an example of a football chant. A football chant is something that fans repeat lots of times.
Rich: Well done to Liubomyr from Ukraine, Emir from Bosnia, Mon from Egypt, Kwesimanifest from Ghana and Ahmed Adam Mamado from Sudan. You all got the right answer!
Rich: What’s this week’s phrase?
Jack: We’re going to have an easy phrase this week. The phrase is ***** ****. It’s something that you might see in this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals. If, after 90 minutes, the scores are level the teams have to play 30 minutes of ***** ****.
Rich: Too easy, Jack!
Jack: Before, we go we want to tell you about this week’s fan of the week! It’s Abdallah who is a Chelsea fan from Kuwait.
Rich: If you want to know more about Abdallah - head over to the new section - fan of the week - in the fans section - there is a link on the side of the page.
Jack: And if you want to be a Fan of the Week, just send us an email or a comment and we will help you put an article together in English.
Rich: We would love to get a Premier League fan from every country in the world!
Jack: We’ve got two now - Montenegro and Kuwait so not many more to go!
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.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!
What do you think?
In this week’s podcast, Vincent Kompany and Jose Fonte spoke about the importance of learning English.
Why did Vincent Kompany and Jose Fonte say English is important? Do you agree with them?
Why are you learning English? Do you think English will be important in your future? Has English been useful for you in the past?
Why do you think English has become a global language? Which other languages will become even more important in the future?
Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.