Happy New Year - 16/17 ep.21
In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about two fantastic 'scorpion' kicks by Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Manchester Utd's Henrikh Mkhitaryan. They also discuss Rich's New Year's resolutions and the language focus this week is on 'going to' and how we can talk about our own New Year's resolutions. 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:
That's 13 wins in a row for The Blues.
Manchester Utd are starting to click.
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 - New Year's resolutions
New Year's resolutions are promises people make to themselves on January 1st. It is a common tradition in many countries in the world. Resolutions usually involve taking an action or changing a behaviour that will improve their lives. Some common New Year's resolutions are: losing weight, getting fit, saving money, giving up smoking or alcohol and spending more time with family. In the podcast, Rich spoke about two New Year's resolutions that he has made:
To lose weight.
To spend more time with his two little boys.
When we describe how we are going to keep our resolutions (our promises) we are talking about intentions. To talk about intentions we often use 'going to' and Rich used 'going to' to talk about how he will keep to his New Year's resolutions. Take a look at these examples:
I'm going to use my bicycle more often.
I'm not going to buy any desserts for at least a month.
We're going to play board games and build cities out of lego.
Making resolutions is only one way to talk about the future. We talk about the future in many different ways and use different structures depending on what we want to say. In this activity, think about the form you should use to speak about the future. If you want to learn more about this, try our LearnEnglish grammar pages.
Learning English - New Year's Resolutions
In the podcast, Jack and Rich asked you to make 'becoming a better English learner' one of your New Year's resolutions. We asked you to think of three things that you can do to become a better English learner. You can think of your own ideas but here are some to get you thinking about it:
- watch films in English (without subtitles)
- work out lyrics for your favourite English songs
- sign up for an online English course
- join a face to face to face English class
- create a vocabulary book to help remember new words
- speak in English with friends and family every day
- switch your phone, computer, Facebook profile to English
- read an online newspaper or magazine in English
- listen to the Premier Skills English podcast every week and do the activities and write comments!!
In the comments section at the bottom of the page, write the three things that you will do to keep your New Year's resolution - to become a better English learner! Also, click the button that says 'send me emails when someone leaves a comment'. If you do this, you will receive lots of good advice from other listeners and Jack or Rich will contact you in a month or two to see if you are keeping up with your New Year's resolution!
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.
Rich: First of all this week we’d like to say Happy New Year to all our listeners!
Jack: Yes, we hope that 2017 will be a great year for all of you. What’s happening in the podcast this week, Rich?
Rich: In this week’s show, we’re going to talk about all the latest news from the festive fixtures in the Premier League, we’re going to talk about New Year’s resolutions and take a look at future tenses which we use to talk about resolutions.
Jack: Have you made any New Year’s resolutions, Rich?
Rich: I have but I will tell everybody a little later, anything else happening, Jack?
Jack: We also 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.
Rich: Chelsea equal the Premier League record for consecutive wins!
Jack: Chelsea’s latest win was a 4-2 win against Stoke and that’s 13 wins in a row for the Blues. This equals the Premier League record for successive victories set by Arsenal in 2002!
Rich: Liverpool lead the chasing pack.
Jack: Liverpool are six points behind Chelsea after a 1-0 win against Manchester City. Georginio Wijnaldum got the winner and the Reds are now four points ahead of City who have dropped out of the Champions League places.
Rich: Mkhitaryan and Giroud score amazing scorpion kicks.
Jack: First Manchester Utd’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan and now Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud. Both players have scored amazing scorpion kicks in the last two weeks. Jose Mourinho described Mkhitaryan’s goal against Sunderland as phenomenal and Olivier Giroud said his goal against Crystal Palace was the best he’s ever scored and maybe Mkhitaryan’s goal had inspired him.
Rich: Chelsea are playing fantastically well and Manchester Utd are starting to click but before we move on we have to ask ‘What is a scorpion kick?’
Jack: It’s a strange phrase and it’s also a strange action on the pitch. It’s definitely one that you don’t see very often so to have two players scoring with a scorpion kick is very strange.
Rich: It’s called a scorpion kick because a player looks like a scorpion when he kicks the ball. The player dives forward and bends his knees to kick the ball. The player’s legs in the air look like the tail of a scorpion.
Jack: Have you ever scored a scorpion kick, Rich?
Rich: No, I’ve never even tried. I was never that flexible!
Player of the Week
Jack: There have been some fantastic goals and performances over the festive fixtures. We just mentioned Olivier Giroud and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Rich: There have also been good performances by Tottenham’s Harry Kane who has 3 goals in his last two matches and WIllian who has returned to the Chelsea first team with some great performances.
Jack: But our player of the week this week is Manchester Utd’s Paul Pogba.
Rich: Pogba is starting to look like the player Manchester Utd paid a world record transfer fee for. He has been in great form recently and is one of the main reasons the Red Devils have won their last 5 matches and are now unbeaten in 10.
Jack: Yes, Pogba is definitely playing well for Jose Mourinho’s team at the moment.
Language Focus: New Year’s Resolutions
Jack: It’s the beginning of the year and one tradition in the UK and I think in other parts of the world is to make New Year’s resolutions.
Rich: A New Year’s resolution is a decision that is made on the first of January to do something or not do something. It is often because people want to change something about their behaviour or actions.
Jack: Some common New Year’s resolutions are to give up smoking, to do more exercise, to eat more healthily, to study more, or to learn a foreign language like English!
Rich: Some others are spending more time with family, trying something new or saving money.
Jack: You said earlier that you had made some New Year’s resolutions, Rich. What are they?
Rich: I’ve made two New Year’s resolutions. This year I’m going to lose weight and I’m going to spend more quality time with my two little boys.
Jack: They are good resolutions, Rich. You need to lose some weight and it’s always good to spend more time with family.
Rich: Thanks, Jack.
Jack: The problem with New Year’s resolutions is that they are often quickly forgotten. What are you going to to do to make sure you keep to them?
Rich: You’re right. Well, I have a bike in my garage and I’m going to use that more and I’ve bought a child seat for the bike, too. So, this will combine my two New Year’s resolutions because we will go out on the bikes together - family time and exercise.
Jack: That’s a good idea. What else are you going to do?
Rich: Well, I’m not going to buy any desserts for at least a month. I have a sweet tooth so I’m going to try to avoid things with sugar in them. And I’m not going to turn on the TV when I’m playing with the boys.
Jack: Why not?
Rich: I don’t think watching TV is quality time. I’m going to play with them in the garden or if it’s raining we’re going to play board games or build cities out of lego.
Jack: It all sounds really good, Rich. I’ll ask you in a couple of months how it’s going.
Rich: When we talk about New Year’s resolutions and how we are going to keep them we are talking about our intentions - which are in the future. When we talk about our intentions we often use ‘going to’.
Jack: Rich said he was going to play with his children in the garden more and he was going to use his bike more.
Rich: We all know that you are listening to this podcast because you love the Premier League but also because you are learning English and we want you to think a bit more about how you can improve your English.
Jack: And we thought it would be a good idea if one of your New Year’s resolutions was to be an even better English learner.
Rich: We want you to think of three things you can do to keep to your New Year’s resolution.
Jack: You might say that you’re going to watch a film in English every week or that you are are going to study an online English course or go to face to face classes.
Rich: You might say that you are going to create a vocabulary book to help you remember new words or that you are going to chat with family or friends in English for an hour a day.
Jack: Of course, you might also say that you're going to listen to the Premier Skills podcast once a week and do all the activities and write in the comments section.
Rich: Anyway, we want to hear what you are going to do to improve your English in 2017. Tell us three things in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Jack: Also, press the button that says ‘send me emails when someone leaves a comment’. You will then see everybody else's advice for learning English and either Rich or I will reply to you in a couple of months to see if you keeping to your New Year’s resolution!
Can you work out this week’s football phrase?
Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week, Jack?
Jack: Yes, of course, but first I need to give you a couple of answers from our previous podcast.
Rich: Ah yes we had a football phrase and a Christmas word for you to guess.
Jack The Christmas clues were; everybody is happy when they get one, they come down a chimney and they are put under a tree. The word was present and well done to Alex, Pavlo and Liubomyr from Ukraine, Poui from Laos, Aleksandr from Uzbekistan, Shobonenok from Russia, Emir from Bosnia, Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Elghoul from Algeria and AssemJuve from Palestine.
Rich: And last week’s football phrase was fixture. A fixture is a sports event that is scheduled or fixed for a specific time and date. Recently we have been talking about the Boxing Day fixtures on the 26th of December and the festive fixtures at this time of year.
Jack: Again well done to Alex, Kwesimanifest, Aleksandr, Liubomyr and Emir - yu got the right answer.
Jack: Right, this week’s football phrase is ******* ******. The ******** ****** opened on the 1st of January and it means football clubs are now able to buy and sell players. The ******* ****** closes on the 31st of January.
Rich: It’s an exciting time - we might say a few new players coming into the Premier League in the next few weeks.
Premier League Prediction
Rich: Our prediction last time was Liverpool against Manchester City. It finished 1-0 to Liverpool. I predicted a 2-0 win for Liverpool so that’s one point for me but Jack went with City so nothing for him.
Jack: And our listeners?
Rich: Ah yes. I forgot to put a vote on the page last time so you couldn’t make a prediction - sorry. Luckily, Aleksandr from Uzbekistan wrote his prediction in the comments section so Aleksandr’s prediction was for all of our listeners and he got you all a point because he thought it would finish 3-1 to Liverpool.
Jack: Thanks, Aleksandr! We will remember the vote this week! What match are you going to talk about, Rich?
Rich: There are no Premier League fixtures this weekend because it’s the third round of the FA Cup. It’s an exciting round because this is when all Premier League clubs enter the competition and there is often a shock or two with Premier League teams losing to teams from lower divisions. Many of the Premier League teams have home fixures but Arsenal have a difficult looking away match at Preston who play in the Championship and I think this will be the shock of the round. Final score: Preston 2-1 Arsenal
Jack: No way are we going to lose to a team from the Championship. Final score: Preston 0-3 Arsenal.
Rich: Right that’s all from us. Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below.
Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football!
In Gameweek 19, Liverpool beat Man City 1-0, and our listeners, as well as Rich, predicted the right result! Well done to Aleksandr from Uzbekistan who predicted for our listeners last time! Rich stays on 8 points and our listeners move up to 9 points and second place 8 but Jack stays in the lead on 10 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 - Preston North End from the Championship take on Premier League Arsenal. Can you predict the right score?
|Gameweek 19||Total Points||Preston North End v Arsenal|
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What do you think?
In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about New Year's resolutions and 'scorpion' kicks.
Did you see the 'scorpion kicks' scored by Manchester Utd's Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Arsenal's Olivier Giroud? Which one was better?
Do you think that Rich made good New Year's resolutions? Do people in your country make New Year's resolutions? Did you make any?
Can you think of any New Year's resolutions that Premier League players and managers should make?
In the podcast, we asked you to make a resolution to be a better English learner. Write your resolutions below and click 'send me emails when someone leaves a comment'; you will receive from other listeners and in a couple of months, we will ask you if are keeping up your New Year's resolution!
Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.