Clichés - 16/17 ep.22
In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about Wayne Rooney and his incredible goalscoring record and the 'magic' of the FA Cup - is the FA Cup 'magical' or is this just a football cliche? The language focus this week is on football cliches and we have a little video for you to look at. 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:
Manchester Utd beat Reading 4-0 to move into the next round of the FA Cup.
West Brom beaten by giant killers.
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.
Language - clichés
In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich spoke a lot about clichés, but what is a cliché? A cliché is a phrase or expression that has been used many, many times and has lost most of its original meaning. They are expressions that should be avoided in creative writing because they sound very uncreative. The word cliché comes from French and means ' the sound of a printing plate', the machine prints the same plate many, many times; always making the same sound. If someone uses a cliché it sounds like they haven't thought about their words very much. Some common clichés that you may see in either a written or spoken form are:
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Like a child in a sweetshop.
Language - Football Clichés
There are lots of clichés in football. You often hear them from players and managers in interviews after the match. This is understandable, managers and players are paid to play football not to be clever with words and they often have to give interviews seconds after a match. On the other hand, you may also see journalists and TV commentators use clichés. Maybe, people who are paid to talk and write about football should use fewer clichés? What do you think? In the podcast, Jack and Rich gave you five football clichés. Here they are again:
- 'at the end of the day'
- 'take each game as it comes'
- 'the lads gave 110%'
- 'let's take it one game at a time'
- 'I'm over the moon'
We want you to listen and look at the clichés and, then, watch this funny video from the BBC. When you have finished, we want you to tell us what you think the clichés mean. You can write your answers, opinions and thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions about football clichés, just let us know.
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 all the latest news from the Premier League, the magic of the Cup and Manchester Utd’s Wayne Rooney.
Jack: Ah yes, last weekend there was a break from the Premier League but Premier League teams were still in action - they were playing in the FA Cup.
Rich: Did you know that it was the oldest football competition in the world? It was first played in 1871!
Jack: That is a long time ago. You must have been just a boy back then, Rich.
Rich: Yes, very funny Jack – what else do we have in this week’s podcast?
Jack: As always, we have a new football phrase for you to guess and a Premier League prediction for you to make - we will have all of that later, but let’s start with this week’s headlines.
Rich: Rooney becomes United’s record goalscorer.
Jack: Wayne Rooney scored his 249th goal for the Red Devils as Manchester Utd beat Reading 4-0 to move into the next round of the FA Cup. He’s now scored the same amount of goals as Man Utd legend – Bobby Charlton.
Rich: Bournemouth are beaten by giant killers.
Jack: In the FA Cup last weekend, most Premier League clubs progressed comfortably to the next round but 5 Premier League clubs went out of the competition. Bournemouth were the biggest victims – losing to Millwall who are two divisions and 42 places lower than them in the English league system.
Rich: Premier League players off to Africa.
Jack: Many Premier League stars will be away from their clubs this month as they fly the flag for their countries in the Africa Cup of Nations. Stars like Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, West Ham’s Andre Ayew and Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez will be in Gabon playing for Senegal, Ghana and Algeria.
Rich: That’s a great phrase - giant killers. It makes me think of that fairy tale - Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack: It’s quite a common phrase that is used when a small team beats a big team. When we talk about giant killers though we’re not talking about say Watford beating Manchester Utd against Chelsea - we’re talking about a team from a different division beating a Premier League team.
Rich: That’s right. When Hull City or Watford play Manchester Utd they are the underdog but they’re not a giant killer. That’s an even bigger shock result - like Millwall beating Bournemouth last weekend.
Player of the Week
Jack: There were some great performances last weekend in the cup competitions, especially by players from smaller clubs against Premier League teams. In addition to the Millwall team who knocked out Bournemouth; players from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County should also be proud as they beat Premier League Stoke City and West Brom.
Rich: Yes, those players needed to give 110% to beat Premier League teams, but our player of the week this week goes to a player who has equalled a record that has lasted over 40 years to become the top scorer at one of, if not the biggest, football club in world football.
Jack: That player, of course, is Manchester Utd’s Wayne Rooney.
Rich: Rooney now has 249 goals for Manchester Utd which is the same amount of goals as Sir Bobby Charlton scored between 1956 and 1973. Rooney has taken 215 fewer matches than Charlton to score 249. An amazing achievement.
Jack: Yes, he is certain to break the record soon and is one of the best ever Premier League strikers ...but the best….I’m not sure ...we will leave that for you to decide in the discussion at the bottom of this page.
Language/Topic Focus: The Magic of the Cup
Rich: As we mentioned earlier, Premier League clubs were in action in the FA Cup last weekend. The FA Cup is the oldest cup competition in the world and fans, players, managers and most of all TV presenters often talk about the magic of the FA Cup. But what is this magic? What do you think makes it so special, Jack?
Jack: Mmmmm….I’m not sure. I think one of the reasons is that it’s a cup competition that is open to so many clubs. Teams from the 10th level of English football can enter.
Rich: That is pretty amazing. It means that this season there were 736 teams in the FA Cup. It began back in August long before Premier League clubs start to play in it.
Jack: Yes, the idea that a small village team of postmen, factory and office workers can, theoretically, make the final at Wembley to play against Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester Utd is pretty magical.
Rich: Yes, I agree and over the years this has happened, maybe not in the final, but there are giant killings every year including professional teams losing to amateurs.
Jack: I think the idea of normal players playing against professionals is what makes it special but there are other things, too.
Rich: There are replays a nd penalty shoot-outs - there are often very exciting climaxes to matches because one team has to win - you can’t draw.
Jack: Yes and the final is always at Wembley with half of the tickets for each team - there is a lot of tradition - I think the Queen has been a few times. Did you know that she was an Arsenal fan?
Rich: Really? That must upset her grandson - Prince William. He supports Aston Villa!
Jack: But some people say that the FA Cup isn’t special and that ‘the magic or romance of the cup is just a cliche’.
Rich: Ahh yes, there are lots of cliches in football. A cliche is a phrase that is used a lot and has been used too much.
Jack: And because they’re used so often they lose their original meaning. The phrase ‘the magic of the cup’ is used all the time and has become less powerful maybe it’s just what people say but maybe they don’t really mean it.
Rich: Maybe I’m not sure. It is a cliche but when people think about it more I still think that they think the cup is a bit special.
Jack: Right what we’re going to do now is give you a few more cliches and a little video for you to watch from the BBC.
Rich: And we’ve also got a challenge for you. We want you to listen to the cliches, watch the video and then tell us what you think the cliche means and if you think it is a cliche or not.
Jack: You can find the video under the title that says ‘extension’ on the podcast page on the Premier Skills English website. We’ve also put the link at this point in the transcript if you are reading and listening at the same time.
Link to BBC video: www.bbc.com/sport/football/38524181
Rich: OK, the cliches are ….. Number one: ‘at the end of the day’
Jack: Number two: ‘take each game as it comes’.
Rich: Number three: ‘The lads gave 110%’.
Jack: Number four: ‘Let’s take it one game at a time’.
Rich: Number five: ‘I’m over the moon’. http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/38524181
Jack: OK, so we want you to have a think about these sentences and let you us know what they mean and if you think they are cliches.
Rich: And if you have heard any other cliches let us know, I for one really enjoy them - I think they are quite funny.
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 transfer window. The transfer window is the period of time when clubs can buy and sell players. The transfer window closes on the 31st of January.
Rich: Not much activity so far but it usually happens near the end of January. Well done to Aragorn1986 from Montenegro, AssemJuve from Palestine, Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Poui from Laos, Ghigo from Italy, Liubomyr and Alex from Ukraine, MS Aboelsafa from Egypt, Emir from Bosnia, Shobonenok from Russia and Furutaku from Japan - you all got the right answer! What’s this week’s phrase?
Jack: This time the football phrase is just one word: ******. In the FA Cup, if there is a draw the match is played again at the away team’s stadium. This is called a ******. In the past, there could be lots of ******* until there was a winner but these days if the teams are drawing at the end of the ****** there is a penalty shootout.
Rich: Liverpool could only draw with Plymouth last weekend so there will be a ****** next week.
Premier League Prediction
Rich: Last week’s prediction was in the FA Cup and I thought Preston would be the giant killers and beat Arsenal but the Gunners won with a last minute goal from Olivier Giroud - he’s in great form at the moment.
Jack: You thought Arsenal would lose, Rich. No points for you but a point each for me and our listeners we all thought Arsenal would win comfortably. What’s your prediction this week, Rich?
Rich: This week the Premier League is back up and running and I’ll be watching Manchester Utd against Liverpool. I want Liverpool to win but United have been playing really well recently so they might be the favourites especially as Liverpool are without Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho. However, under Jurgen Klopp Liverpool are always dangerous so I’ll be happy with a draw and I think it’ll finish level. Final score: Manchester Utd 1-1 Liverpool
Jack: Sorry Rich, I think Utd are going to win this one. I think they’ll 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 Premier League prediction in the vote.
Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!
Last week we had a cup prediction, Arsenal beat Preston 2-1, and Jack and our listeners predicted the right result! Well done to those of you who predicted the right result last week - let's see if you can do it again this week! Rich stays on 9 points Jack and our listeners move on to 11 points at the top of our prediction league! Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match in Gameweek 21 is - Man Utd v Liverpool. Can you predict the right score?
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What do you think?
In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke Wayne Rooney, the FA Cup and cliches.
Is Wayne Rooney Manchester Utd's best ever striker? Are you a Rooney fan? Can he score 300 goals for Man Utd?
Do you think the FA Cup is important or do you prefer Premier League action? Is it good that small teams can play big teams in the Cup? Does this happen in your country?
In the podcast, we gave you five football cliches. Can you tell us what they mean? Why do people use cliches?
Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.