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Five tips to improve your speaking skills 16/17 ep.27

Five tips to improve your speaking skills 16/17 ep.27

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest news from the Premier League as Manchester City win in the Champions League and Burnley crash out of the FA Cup. The language focus this week is on different ways to improve your speaking skills. Jack and Rich share five tips that could help you with your speaking skills. We also explain the phrase 'underdog' 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?

Vocabulary

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

League One Millwall knocked out Premier League Champions, Leicester City.

I'm supporting Southampton. I always like to see the underdog win.

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?

Will Manchester Utd win another major trophy this weekend?

Learner Training - Speaking Skills

In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack shared five tips to improve your speaking. Think about the advice they gave you and how it can help you develop different learning strategies and study skills. Look at the five tips again. Do you do any of these things? Do you think they could help you with your English?

Five tips to help you think about speaking

  1. Don't worry about grammar when you're speaking.
  2. Set yourself a goal.
  3. Find a friend.
  4. Speak out loud.
  5. Set your mobile phone to English.

Look at the five situations below. Think about what we said in the podcast and try to connect each tip to one of the situations below:

  1. Take an English exam.
  2. Play a board game in English.
  3. Find out what time your local supermarket closes.
  4. Speak about last weekend's football matches.
  5. Putting together some furniture you have bought from Ikea.

Can you think of any other strategies that you use to get more speaking practice and improve your speaking skills? Can you think of any other situations where you might use some of these tips?

Harry Kane is our Player of the Week! Click on the photo to read the article!

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Welcome

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 talk about five ways that you can improve your speaking.

 

Jack: Nice, you know, language learning is not that different from football training.

 

Rich: It’s funny that you say that because that’s what we’re going to speak about - learner training!

 

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

Headlines

Rich: City win Champions League thriller against Monaco.

 

Jack: Manchester City beat Monaco in a crazy match in the Champions League. Raheem Sterling put city ahead but Monaco hit back to lead 2-1 and 3-2. Then, back came City with three more goals to win the match 5-3.

 

Rich: A weekend of shocks in the FA Cup.

 

Jack: Lincoln City became the first non-league team to reach the quarterfinals of the FA Cup for 103 years when they beat Premier League Burnley 1-0. And, this wasn’t the only shock. League One Millwall knocked out Premier League Champions Leicester City.

 

Rich: Southampton and Manchester Utd are ready for the first major trophy of the season.

 

Jack: This weekend Premier League teams Manchester Utd and Southampton meet at Wembley Stadium for the League Cup Final. United could win the Cup for the sixth time whereas Southampton are looking to win it for the first ever time.

 

Rich: I’m going to be supporting Southampton in that one. I always like to see the underdog win.

 

Jack: Underdog is a word we use in football a lot and means the team that is less likely to win or the team that people think has less chance of winning.

 

Rich: Manchester Utd are definitely the favourites because they haven’t lost in ages.

 

Jack: mmmm I’m not sure that you always support the underdog…..maybe as a Liverpool fan you just don’t want Manchester Utd to win?

 

Rich: No, no, of course not…..

Language/Topic Focus

Rich: Many Premier League managers have spoken about English and how important communication is between players on the pitch.

 

Jack: Some managers are not native speakers, English isn’t their first language, but they’ve put the time and effort into learning it.

 

Rich: Manchester Utd’s Jose Mourinho speaks six languages! He was once called a translator but because he doesn’t speak all six languages fluently said it was insulting to professional translators.

 

Jack: But, maybe it’s not important to speak English fluently it’s just important to speak so you can be understood - you need to be able to communicate well.

 

Rich: When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool he said that his English was really bad. He said that he would have to make an effort to be understood so he would choose his words carefully.

 

Jack: He said it’s not important to be fluent in a language. I think it depends what you mean by fluent. If it means no mistakes and to speak like someone who was born in the UK, then no I don’t think it’s important. But it is important to be able to communicate and get your message across.

 

Rich: So, Tip number one is ……...fluency is more important than accuracy. Try not to think about the grammar that you are using. The message is much more important. Be creative and spontaneous with your English just like David Silva or Alexis Sanchez is with a football!    

 

Jack:  Good tip. I think one of the most important things is to have the motivation to learn. If you are motivated, you are more likely to be successful in your learning.

Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, spent a year studying English in New York. He took a year away from football because he knew English was important and he wanted to work in the Premier League.

 

Rich: He studied english so that he could work in the premier league. He had a clear goal to motivate his learning. So... Tip number two is……….set a goal. If you have a goal or objective to learn English this will be much more motivating. Maybe your goal is to pass an international English exam or you want to speak in English when you go on holiday.

 

Jack: Or maybe your goal is to speak in English about your favourite topic - football.

 

Rich: Yes, it’s very important to set a goal and that is a very good tip. Managers have to be very good communicators but players have to communicate on the pitch, too.

 

Jack: The Everton manager, Ronald Koeman, thinks players communicate less than in the past.

 

Rich: Why?

 

Jack: He blames smartphones. He thinks players use them too much. They are always on their phones and don’t speak or listen to each other.

 

Rich: So, does he want to change this?

 

Jack: Yes, he thinks that this obsession with smartphones has a negative impact on the pitch because players don’t want to communicate with each other.

 

Rich: How is he trying to change this?

 

Jack: At training, Koeman uses activities that focus on communication. They do movement based activities and have to speak to a teammate at the same time.

 

Rich; What do they speak about?

 

Jack: I don’t know but I think it sounds like a good idea and we want you to do this, too..

 

Rich: Sounds like a good idea. Tip number three to improve your speaking is…….. find a friend.

 

Jack: It’s not possible to improve your speaking without practising with someone else. You need to practise your conversation skills, you need to learn to listen, take turns and you want to be able to respond naturally to what people say.

 

Rich: One good tip is to play games with a friend. Board games and card games are great to practise your English in a natural way.

 

Jack: I think that this is a good idea. Getting together with your friends to speak English is a bit weird and can feel very awkward. When you play a game, you have a start and a finish and can focus on conversation skills.

 

Rich: But... what if you don’t have any friends?

 

Jack: Oh Rich... I’m your friend.

 

Rich: That’s not what I meant... I have lots of friends.

 

Jack: I’m sure you do. But that’s a good question, what if you’re alone or don’t know anyone else who is interested in speaking English?

 

Rich: Hmmm. That is a good question and that’s why tip number four is…...speak aloud.

 

Jack: Really? Speak aloud to yourself?

 

Rich: Talk about what you are doing or what you are thinking in English. Practise conversations and phrases you will use with different people and in different situations. Nobody will think that you are crazy because nobody can hear you!

 

Jack: I talk to myself in the shower.

 

Rich: Really? I sing when I’m in the shower. Aren’t you learning French?

 

Jack: Oui

 

Rich: Maybe you could practise what you are going to say in your next class.

 

Jack: Je vais essayer.

 

Rich: Errr.. sorry? What? Let’s move back to English and to football.

 

Jack: OK, we said earlier that the Everton manager doesn’t like smartphones, but technology is not always bad. In fact, it can be very helpful.

 

Rich: So, tip number five is  ……… change your mobile phone language to English.

 

Jack: Have all your apps in English and all the instructions, too.

 

Rich: And you can use OK google. Do you know it?

 

Jack: Yes, I use it a lot. You can speak into it and Google will search for your answer.

 

Rich: I think it’s nice because you can use your English and you know you’re communicating successfully if Google gives you the answer you’re looking for.

 

Jack: Let’s have a go…….how do you activate it?

 

Rich: You say OK google.

 

Jack: Ok google…….Is it going to rain today?…….

 

Jack: What time does Tesco supermarket open tomorrow?

 

Rich: That’s cool. Have a go at using it and make sure your mobile phone is in English. That will make sure you’re practising your English every day.

 

Jack: And just like a Premier League footballer that trains every day you should practise your English every day, too.

 

Rich: Because practice makes…..

 

Jack: No, don’t say that. It’s such a cliche. So, our five top tips to improve your speaking are.

 

Rich: Tip number one: fluency is more important than grammar..

 

Jack:: Tip number two: set yourself a goal.

 

Rich:: Tip number three: find a friend

 

Jack: Tip number four: speak out loud nobody will think you are crazy!

 

Rich: Tip number five: Use your mobile phone in English

Player of the Week

Jack: There were some great performances by Premier League players last week.

 

Rich: Sergio Aguero was looking good in the Champions League and Jamie Vardy got a good away goal for Leicester.

 

Jack: But our Player of the Week this week is Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

 

Rich: Kane scored a hat-trick in a London Derby against Fulham last weekend to help Spurs into the quarter-finals.

 

Jack: Yes, Spurs are looking good in the Cup. I’m looking forward to Arsenal beating them in the final!

 

Rich: That’s would be a great result for you, Jack. You can read all about Harry Kane in our Player of the Week article. It’s up on the homepage and there is a link on the side of this 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 ‘giant killer’. The phrase is used to describe a small team from a lower division that beats a team from a higher division. Lincoln City are giant killers. They beat Burnley to become the first non-league team to play in the FA Cup quarter-finals for over 100 years.

 

Rich: An amazing result. Lincoln play Arsenal in the next round. Are you nervous?

 

Jack: I think we’ll be OK.

 

Rich: Famous last words, Jack. Anyway, congratulations to Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Liubomyr and Alex from Ukraine and Shobonenok from Russia, you all got the right answer. What’s the football phrase this week?

 

Jack: The football phrase this week is just one small word. The word is *** and is a word all of you will know because it’s normally used to describe a part of your body. But, in football, it describes one of the games in a series of games between two teams. In European cup matches, you usually have two ****; the home *** and the away ***.

 

Rich: In the Champions League, Manchester City won their first *** against Monaco 5-3; Leicester lost 2-1 in their away *** against Sevilla and Arsenal… well, let’s not talk about that!

 

Jack: No, let’s not!

Premier League Prediction

Rich: Last week’s prediction was in the FA Cup and I’m happy to say that I got the right result and the right score when I said that Leicester would be the victim of a giant killing against Millwall.

 

Jack: Yes, well done. I along with our listeners thought Leicester would win. You’re looking good in our prediction league; 6 points clear. What’s your prediction this week?

 

Rich: I’m going to watch another cup match this weekend; the League Cup final between Manchester Utd and Southampton. I  said earlier that I want Southampton to win because I always support the underdog so I’m going to a predict a win for Southampton. I think Manchester Utd have been playing lots of matches recently so it will be difficult for them - this match is much more important for Southampton. Final score Manchester Utd 1-2 Southampton.

 

Jack: I’m not sure. I think it will be close but I think it will be 1-1 and Manchester Utd will win the cup in a penalty shootout.

 

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!

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Premier League Prediction - League Cup Final - Southampton v Manchester Utd

Last week's featured match was a 1-0 win for Millwall against Leicester in the FA Cup. Rich predicted a 1-0 win for Millwall which gives him three more points, but Jack and our listeners thought that Leicester would win. Those three points take Rich to the top of the Prediction League with 19 points. Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score. The big match this week is the League Cup Final - Southampton take on Manchester Utd. Can you predict the right score?

  Millwall v Leicester (FA Cup) Total Points Manchester Utd v Southampton (League Cup Final)
Rich 3 19 1-2
Podcast Listeners 0 15 ?
Jack 0 11 1-1 (Man Utd win on pens)

Make your prediction now!

What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich talked about the importance of communication in the Premier League and shared some tips to improve your speaking skills.

  1. How important is it for managers and players to speak English in the Premier League? How good does their English need to be? 

  2. Can you compare football training and language learning? What are some of the similarities?

  3. Are the five tips given in the podcast helpful? Do you do any of the things that Jack and Rich spoke about? What do you do to improve your speaking skills?

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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Aladine05's picture
Aladine05
12/03/2017
DZ
11
points

Hi everyone!
I'm really so delighted to join this fabulous platform where I am indeed killing two birds with one stone, by enjoying to read and listen about Premier league latest news and meanwhile improve my English language skills.

Thanks guys and carry on the good deeds..


Aladine05's picture
Aladine05
12/03/2017 09:30
Algeria
Leicester City
11

Hi everyone!
I'm really so delighted to join this fabulous platform where I am indeed killing two birds with one stone, by enjoying to read and listen about Premier league latest news and meanwhile improve my English language skills.

Thanks guys and carry on the good deeds..

Rich's picture
Rich
13/03/2017
ES
178
points

Hi Aladine05,

Thanks so you much for your message. It's great to hear that you enjoy the materials on the website and find them useful! Good luck with your English and I hope Mahrez and Slimani can start playing a bit better for Leicester!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
13/03/2017 08:13
Spain
Liverpool
178

Hi Aladine05,

Thanks so you much for your message. It's great to hear that you enjoy the materials on the website and find them useful! Good luck with your English and I hope Mahrez and Slimani can start playing a bit better for Leicester!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Emil
28/02/2017
RU
241
points

1. I think it is very important. Understanding each other and manager - right it is key to success.
2. In my opinion it is very similar. Need to do it every day if your want to improve your skills.
3. It was very helpful tips, and I am trying to use them every day. And I am very glad to have this site - it is very helpful and interesting. Thank you for your job! It helps me a lot!


Emil
28/02/2017 13:31
Russia
Chelsea
241

1. I think it is very important. Understanding each other and manager - right it is key to success.
2. In my opinion it is very similar. Need to do it every day if your want to improve your skills.
3. It was very helpful tips, and I am trying to use them every day. And I am very glad to have this site - it is very helpful and interesting. Thank you for your job! It helps me a lot!

Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017
ES
178
points

Thanks for your comments, Emil. We're very happy to hear that you found the tips useful and that you enjoy the website!!

Rich - The Premier Skills Enlgish Team


Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017 19:36
Spain
Liverpool
178

Thanks for your comments, Emil. We're very happy to hear that you found the tips useful and that you enjoy the website!!

Rich - The Premier Skills Enlgish Team

Emir Veličanstveni's picture
Emir Veličanstveni
27/02/2017
BA
1223
points

This week's phrase is ***.


Emir Veličanstveni's picture
Emir Veličanstveni
27/02/2017 23:35
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Arsenal
1223

This week's phrase is ***.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
27/02/2017
DZ
1542
points

1. It is important for players and managers to speak English in Premier League for being able to communicate. They must be fluent in their saying and understanding.

2. In football training you need to practise regularly for improving your skills just like in learning. The coach acts just like a teacher. Exercices are needed repeatedly for gaining the adequat knowledge.

3. I have an English parametred tablet. When making comment I always do my best for being fluent. I sometimes speak aloud alone. I have set myself goals like not to stop practising Moocs courses.

Football word . ***


elghoul's picture
elghoul
27/02/2017 12:16
Algeria
Arsenal
1542

1. It is important for players and managers to speak English in Premier League for being able to communicate. They must be fluent in their saying and understanding.

2. In football training you need to practise regularly for improving your skills just like in learning. The coach acts just like a teacher. Exercices are needed repeatedly for gaining the adequat knowledge.

3. I have an English parametred tablet. When making comment I always do my best for being fluent. I sometimes speak aloud alone. I have set myself goals like not to stop practising Moocs courses.

Football word . ***

Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017
ES
178
points

MOOCs are a great way to learn English online. It's great to hear that you are continuing with them, Elghoul.You can find al the British Council MOOCs here: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/british-council


Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017 19:35
Spain
Liverpool
178

MOOCs are a great way to learn English online. It's great to hear that you are continuing with them, Elghoul.You can find al the British Council MOOCs here: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/british-council

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
28/02/2017
UA
2676
points

I love FutureLearn. A great platform not only for practicing English. There's even a course about football made by some Scottish university.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
28/02/2017 19:49
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

I love FutureLearn. A great platform not only for practicing English. There's even a course about football made by some Scottish university.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/02/2017
UA
2676
points

This week's word is ***.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/02/2017 19:50
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

This week's word is ***.

Mon
25/02/2017
EG
443
points

today's word is ***


Mon
25/02/2017 18:07
Egypt
Chelsea
443

today's word is ***

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
25/02/2017
ME
3527
points

It is important to speak good enough to make conversation especially if you are a football manager. This week's phrase is '***'.


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
25/02/2017 16:01
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

It is important to speak good enough to make conversation especially if you are a football manager. This week's phrase is '***'.

shobonenok's picture
shobonenok
25/02/2017
RU
964
points

Why is it important? It doesn't matter if you speak English or not when you are one of the best managers throughout the world. The club will provide all the necessary conditions to work.


shobonenok's picture
shobonenok
25/02/2017 17:51
Russia
Manchester City
964

Why is it important? It doesn't matter if you speak English or not when you are one of the best managers throughout the world. The club will provide all the necessary conditions to work.

Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017
ES
178
points

Maybe I'm slightly biased because I work in English language teaching but I do think it's important to be able to communicate with your players directly. In addition to strategy and tactics, some of the best managers also have great man-management skills, too. If a player needs to be shouted at or an arm around his shoulder can this be done through a translator? I'm not so sure. What do you think?


Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017 19:32
Spain
Liverpool
178

Maybe I'm slightly biased because I work in English language teaching but I do think it's important to be able to communicate with your players directly. In addition to strategy and tactics, some of the best managers also have great man-management skills, too. If a player needs to be shouted at or an arm around his shoulder can this be done through a translator? I'm not so sure. What do you think?

shobonenok's picture
shobonenok
01/03/2017
RU
964
points

It's too difficult to find any counter-arguments. Well, I mean that it's better if a manager speaks English fluently. However, if you are one of the best managers in the world and don't speak English as well as native speakers do, it will not be an obstacle to choose another coach who is considered to be less competent.


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shobonenok
01/03/2017 12:23
Russia
Manchester City
964

It's too difficult to find any counter-arguments. Well, I mean that it's better if a manager speaks English fluently. However, if you are one of the best managers in the world and don't speak English as well as native speakers do, it will not be an obstacle to choose another coach who is considered to be less competent.

Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2017
ES
178
points

Yes, I agree. In fact, I think it's often better if a manager isn't a native speaker. Native speakers can often use lots of slang and idioms that can be difficult to understand. A manager that has gone through the language learning process is less likely to do this. Like you say, it's important to speak English but it's probably not necessary to speak it perfectly.


Rich's picture
Rich
01/03/2017 12:29
Spain
Liverpool
178

Yes, I agree. In fact, I think it's often better if a manager isn't a native speaker. Native speakers can often use lots of slang and idioms that can be difficult to understand. A manager that has gone through the language learning process is less likely to do this. Like you say, it's important to speak English but it's probably not necessary to speak it perfectly.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017
PS
3557
points

The word is ***.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017 07:45
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

The word is ***.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017
PS
3557
points

I think the tips are so good,the best tip in my opinion is to set your mobile phone to English because people use their phones for a long time,so they can use English for a long period in the same time.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017 07:44
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

I think the tips are so good,the best tip in my opinion is to set your mobile phone to English because people use their phones for a long time,so they can use English for a long period in the same time.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017
PS
3557
points

It is important to learn English so you can communicate all over the world,if your English is understood so it is enough,you do not have to be accurate while speaking.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
25/02/2017 07:42
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3557

It is important to learn English so you can communicate all over the world,if your English is understood so it is enough,you do not have to be accurate while speaking.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/02/2017
GH
3916
points

I engage in class class discussions and sometimes in debate competitions to improve upon my speaking skills.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/02/2017 07:40
Ghana
Manchester United
3916

I engage in class class discussions and sometimes in debate competitions to improve upon my speaking skills.

Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017
ES
178
points

As always, Kwesimanifest, thanks for your comments! Debates and being engaged and motivated really help when you need to improve your speaking skills.


Rich's picture
Rich
28/02/2017 19:27
Spain
Liverpool
178

As always, Kwesimanifest, thanks for your comments! Debates and being engaged and motivated really help when you need to improve your speaking skills.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/02/2017
GH
3916
points

I believe managers with a good english proficiency are most likely to secure a job given that others who might also qualify might not be able to speak english and that means the hiring of the services of a translator, an additional cost most teams will try to avoid all other things being equal.


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kwesimanifest
25/02/2017 07:38
Ghana
Manchester United
3916

I believe managers with a good english proficiency are most likely to secure a job given that others who might also qualify might not be able to speak english and that means the hiring of the services of a translator, an additional cost most teams will try to avoid all other things being equal.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/02/2017
GH
3916
points

Communication is very essential in the attainment of goals by a set of people. It is therefore of interest managers in the primier league to learn the mother language of the England to be able to attain the results they desire.
A manager with an intermediate proficiency in english is good enough to achieve results as expected because he could speak,read and write, which forms the basics of the language.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/02/2017 07:35
Ghana
Manchester United
3916

Communication is very essential in the attainment of goals by a set of people. It is therefore of interest managers in the primier league to learn the mother language of the England to be able to attain the results they desire.
A manager with an intermediate proficiency in english is good enough to achieve results as expected because he could speak,read and write, which forms the basics of the language.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/02/2017
GH
3916
points

This week's phrase is ***


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/02/2017 23:33
Ghana
Manchester United
3916

This week's phrase is ***

Liubomyr
24/02/2017
UA
1125
points

The phrase/word is '***'.


Liubomyr
24/02/2017 20:29
Ukraine
Watford
1125

The phrase/word is '***'.

shobonenok's picture
shobonenok
24/02/2017
RU
964
points

Correct me.
1. Nowadays it's not important both for managers and players to speak English. Every club can hire a translator to help the coach to explain everything to the squad during the trainings and matches. However, speaking will be an advantage for creating friendly atmosphere in the team. If someone needs a countenance and speaks only his native language (not English), it may be impossible or difficult to get it, so, this player will feel like a fish out of water. It's not necessary for football players to write in English and speak it to get 9 out of 9 passing IELTS. Nevertheless, it's preferable to communicate in English and know football vocabulary in it.
2. Some of the offered tips are suitable to speak about the similarities. You need to be motivated and patient, it's important to have a goal, connected with English or football to achieve the best results. It's complex to practise your English alone as well as to practise football skills, especially you are a goalkeeper.
3. All the tips are useful. I have a long-term goal which motivates me to improve my English, I have several friends on Facebook who don't speak Russian at all, my smartphone and PC are already set to English. I endeavour to speak, write, read or listen something in English every day. I watch lectures about sports at "coursera" in English, read articles and write comments on Twitter in English, use different British Council's sources to improve my language knowledge. My motivation is very strong, so, it's worthwhile to spend a lot of time to learn English.

The football phrase is "***".


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shobonenok
24/02/2017 17:54
Russia
Manchester City
964

Correct me.
1. Nowadays it's not important both for managers and players to speak English. Every club can hire a translator to help the coach to explain everything to the squad during the trainings and matches. However, speaking will be an advantage for creating friendly atmosphere in the team. If someone needs a countenance and speaks only his native language (not English), it may be impossible or difficult to get it, so, this player will feel like a fish out of water. It's not necessary for football players to write in English and speak it to get 9 out of 9 passing IELTS. Nevertheless, it's preferable to communicate in English and know football vocabulary in it.
2. Some of the offered tips are suitable to speak about the similarities. You need to be motivated and patient, it's important to have a goal, connected with English or football to achieve the best results. It's complex to practise your English alone as well as to practise football skills, especially you are a goalkeeper.
3. All the tips are useful. I have a long-term goal which motivates me to improve my English, I have several friends on Facebook who don't speak Russian at all, my smartphone and PC are already set to English. I endeavour to speak, write, read or listen something in English every day. I watch lectures about sports at "coursera" in English, read articles and write comments on Twitter in English, use different British Council's sources to improve my language knowledge. My motivation is very strong, so, it's worthwhile to spend a lot of time to learn English.

The football phrase is "***".

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Rich
28/02/2017
ES
178
points

Hi Shobonenok,

A great game between City and Monaco last week. Did you watch it? I've made a few corrections below:

  1. Nowadays it's not important both for managers and players to speak English. Every club can hire a translator to help the coach to explain everything to the squad during the trainings (training is an uncountable noun) and matches. However, speaking will be an advantage for creating ▼ friendly atmosphere in the team. If someone needs a countenance (support/help would be better countenance is rarely used in this context)  and speaks only his native language (not English), it may be impossible or difficult to get it, so, this player will feel like a fish out of water. It's not necessary for football players to write in English and speak it to get 9 out of 9 passing IELTS. Nevertheless, it's preferable to communicate in English and know football vocabulary in it.

  2. It's complex to practise your English alone as well as to practise football skills, especially  you are a goalkeeper.

  3. I endeavour (sometimes your language is overly formal - try would be better here) to speak, write, read or listen   something in English every day. I watch lectures about sports at "coursera" in English, read articles and write comments on Twitter in English, use different British Council's sources to improve my language knowledge. My motivation is very strong, so, it's worthwhile to spend a lot of time to learn (these last two are the same mistake - any ideas?) English.

Hope the corrections help. If you have any questions, don't worry about asking.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
28/02/2017 19:25
Spain
Liverpool
178

Hi Shobonenok,

A great game between City and Monaco last week. Did you watch it? I've made a few corrections below:

  1. Nowadays it's not important both for managers and players to speak English. Every club can hire a translator to help the coach to explain everything to the squad during the trainings (training is an uncountable noun) and matches. However, speaking will be an advantage for creating ▼ friendly atmosphere in the team. If someone needs a countenance (support/help would be better countenance is rarely used in this context)  and speaks only his native language (not English), it may be impossible or difficult to get it, so, this player will feel like a fish out of water. It's not necessary for football players to write in English and speak it to get 9 out of 9 passing IELTS. Nevertheless, it's preferable to communicate in English and know football vocabulary in it.

  2. It's complex to practise your English alone as well as to practise football skills, especially  you are a goalkeeper.

  3. I endeavour (sometimes your language is overly formal - try would be better here) to speak, write, read or listen   something in English every day. I watch lectures about sports at "coursera" in English, read articles and write comments on Twitter in English, use different British Council's sources to improve my language knowledge. My motivation is very strong, so, it's worthwhile to spend a lot of time to learn (these last two are the same mistake - any ideas?) English.

Hope the corrections help. If you have any questions, don't worry about asking.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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shobonenok
01/03/2017
RU
964
points

Hi Rich,

Of course I watched it! There were lots of emotions during that game. I was admired by strikers' and attacking midfielders' performance of both City and Monaco! Aguero, Sane, Falcao, Mbappe - it was a pleasure to watch their actions on the field! It's not strange that City wants to buy 4 Monaco players during the summer transfer window. However, it's nothing to say about the City's defense...it fell apart at the seams several times! Despite Stones scored once, in my point of view he is worthless, he doesn't cost even 20% of his transfer fee. Kompany has been the best City's centre-back since i started to support the club in 2010. In spite of all the advantages and disadvantages of City's performance, the most important is the result. Hope, that the second leg will be successful for City and the final result will allow City to continue its way in the Champions League.

I watched a game between Leicester and Liverpool...what's wrong with Klopp's guys?

Speaking about my mistakes, firstly, I'd like to say thank you for the corrections. In cases of the last two same mistakes, it should be gerund there, isn't it?


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shobonenok
01/03/2017 12:14
Russia
Manchester City
964

Hi Rich,

Of course I watched it! There were lots of emotions during that game. I was admired by strikers' and attacking midfielders' performance of both City and Monaco! Aguero, Sane, Falcao, Mbappe - it was a pleasure to watch their actions on the field! It's not strange that City wants to buy 4 Monaco players during the summer transfer window. However, it's nothing to say about the City's defense...it fell apart at the seams several times! Despite Stones scored once, in my point of view he is worthless, he doesn't cost even 20% of his transfer fee. Kompany has been the best City's centre-back since i started to support the club in 2010. In spite of all the advantages and disadvantages of City's performance, the most important is the result. Hope, that the second leg will be successful for City and the final result will allow City to continue its way in the Champions League.

I watched a game between Leicester and Liverpool...what's wrong with Klopp's guys?

Speaking about my mistakes, firstly, I'd like to say thank you for the corrections. In cases of the last two same mistakes, it should be gerund there, isn't it?

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Rich
01/03/2017
ES
178
points

Hi Shobonenok

I like your use of the phrase 'fell apart at the seams'. This is a great phrase to use in this context. Yes, it's a pity about the injury problems that Kompany has had over the past couple of seasons. Liverpool...... not sure. It seems that we can play against the clubs at the top but then struggle against teams at the bottom, although the game against Leicester was a bit different.

We've moved the prediction section to a separate part of the website and we're hoping to get more football chat in the comments section there. The idea is to talk about the upcoming fixtures as well as any football news.Take a look and you might like to get the ball rolling.......

Yes, you're right. You should be using the gerund for those last two mistakes!


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Rich
01/03/2017 12:25
Spain
Liverpool
178

Hi Shobonenok

I like your use of the phrase 'fell apart at the seams'. This is a great phrase to use in this context. Yes, it's a pity about the injury problems that Kompany has had over the past couple of seasons. Liverpool...... not sure. It seems that we can play against the clubs at the top but then struggle against teams at the bottom, although the game against Leicester was a bit different.

We've moved the prediction section to a separate part of the website and we're hoping to get more football chat in the comments section there. The idea is to talk about the upcoming fixtures as well as any football news.Take a look and you might like to get the ball rolling.......

Yes, you're right. You should be using the gerund for those last two mistakes!

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