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Claudio Ranieri and Kasper Schmeichel celebrating with the Premier League trophy.

Podcast 50 - Leicester Special

Podcast 50 - Leicester Special

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Rich and Jack talk about all things Leicester and Leicester City in our 50th Premier Skills English Podcast - a Leicester special. We celebrate one of the biggest surprises in football history by talking about the city, the manager and the players. We also discuss different adjectives that we could use to describe the Foxes' amazing achievement. The language focus is on the past perfect.

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary 

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some vocabulary that might be new for you. Try the activity below to see how much you understand:

"Claudio Ranieri was the favourite to be the first manager to lose his job!"

"Leicester’s chance of winning the league at the start of the season was 5,000-1."

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?

Leicester City players celebrating with the Premier League trophy.

Language - Past Perfect

In the podcast, Jack and Rich used a few examples of the past perfect. When we talk about something that happened in the past we sometimes want to refer back to something that happened before that time. We can use the past perfect tense (had + past participle) to do this. Take a look at these examples from the podcast: 

"Leicester City had never won the Premier League before this season.  In fact, they hadn’t ever won a top division title."

"The most goals Riyad Mahrez had ever scored before this season was five, when he played in the French second division."

Look at these two sentences.

  • In 2012/13, Riyad Mahrez scored five goals in the French second division.
  • In 2015/16, Riyad Mahrez scored 17 goals for Leicester City.

Both actions happened in the past so we use the past simple tense. But look at how we can combine the sentences.

  • Riyad Mahrez scored 17 goals for Leicester City in 2015/16; the most he had ever scored before was in 2012/13, in the French second division. 

We use the past perfect (had scored) to show the action happened before another action in the past (Mahrez scored 17 goals for Leicester.)

Look at some more examples of the past perfect.

  • Andy King scored for Leicester last weekend. It was his first goal for 6 months because he had been out injured.
  • Kasper Schmeichel won the Premier League with Leicester last week. That's amazing because his dad (Peter Schmeichel) had won it with Manchester Utd ten years earlier.

The past perfect is used in this examples because Peter Schmeichel won the Premier League before Kasper Schmeichel. It refers to an earlier past.

If you want to know more about the past perfect, have a go at the activity below, then, take a look at our LearnEnglish website for more activities and advice.

Activity 2:Take a look at these sentences which all use the past perfect. Think about each one and why they use the past perfect. Can you match the match the sentence halves?
Can you put the sentences together?

Wes Morgan, the Leicester captain, kissing the Premier League trophy.

Transcript

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

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: This week, the podcast is going to be a little bit different because we’re going to talk about the new Premier League Champions - Leicester City and tell you a bit more about the club, the city and it’s history.

Jack: This week, we’re focusing on vocabulary, using adjectives to describe Leicester’s win and we’ll take a look at the past perfect tense.

Jack: And we’ve also got a new feature on the Premier Skills English website. You can now do courses. And our first Football English course is Leicester City - Champions of England. The course will take 4 weeks to complete.

Rich: You can start the course by clicking on the link on the side of this page. Each week we will have different things for you to do all connected to this season’s Premier League Champions and improving your English skills. There will be things to listen to and things to read. You will find out more about Leicester City, the players and the city of Leicester.

Jack: But, most importantly, there will be lots of questions for you to discuss together. We want the course to be a place where you discuss things about Leicester but also about your English learning and grammar and vocabulary. Rich and I will be online to discuss football and English, we can correct your English or you can ask for help on specific topics. It’s up to you.

Rich: We know that all of you have different levels of English. It would be great to see you giving advice, and correcting each other’s English as well as talking about football together. We have learners from all over the world on the website and it would be great for all of you to interact on this course.

Jack: You can find the course on the side of this podcast page on Premier Skills English. If you have any problems or questions about joining the course, leave a comment below or send us an email at PremierSkills@britishcouncil.org.

Rich: Or you can use the contact us link at the bottom of the page. Right, let’s get on with this week’s podcast.

Rich: We had a new football phrase for you to guess last week. It was a difficult one but as usual there were lots of guesses.

Jack: Well done to Kwesimanifest from Ghana, Pavlo from Ukraine, HassanRaja447 from Pakistan, and Haydi from Tunisia. You were the only ones to correctly guess last week’s football phrase.

Rich: The answer was cracker. Sunderland’s Whabi Khazri from Tunisia scored a cracker against Chelsea last weekend.

Jack: Yes, it was a cracking goal and Sunderland have a good chance of avoiding relegation after beating the Blues 3-2.

Rich: A cracker is just one way you can describe a fantastic goal from long range. Other similar ways to describe long range goals are a screamer, a stunner, a bullet, or a rocket. I’m sure there are more too. I just can’t think of any at the moment.

Jack: We’ve already had a few comments about Leicester City’s amazing Premier League triumph.

Rich: Triumph that’s a good word. It’s a noun that we use to describe a great success, achievement or victory.

Jack: Elghoul from Algeria said that he still can’t believe that Leicester’s won the Premier League. Aragorn1986 from Montenegro said that the win was terrific and makes everyone believe in their dreams. SalvaGH from Spain thought the same but Kwesimanifest reminds us that it’s not all about dreams or surprises. He says Leicester deserve the title because they’ve had the best tactics.

Rich: In the main section of this week’s podcast, we’re going to talk more about the new Champions of England: Leicester City.Latest news

Jack: I think we should start with the pronunciation because lots of people are finding it very difficult.

Rich: The problem is that the spelling and pronunciation of Leicester are very different. Leicester sounds similar to jester or pester with /le/ at the beginning so it becomes Leicester.

Jack: It’s a bit like the second part of the words in semester or trimester or even Manchester.

Rich: There are lots of towns in England that end in this sound -cester and it’s common for the spelling to be very different to how it’s pronounced. A lot of these towns are in the same area of England. There’s Cirencester, Gloucester, and Worcester - there’s a famous sauce that comes from Worcester - it’s called Worcestershire sauce.

Jack: Worcestershire sauce is great. I put it in everything. It goes really well with cheese and meat.

Rich: Right that’s the pronunciation. So what about the city, what do we know about it?

Jack: Leicester is in the middle of England and it’s quite a small city. About 300,000 people live there. It’s one of the most multicultural cities in the UK. Leicester has 57 churches, 55 mosques, 18 Hindu Temples, 9 Sikh gurdwaras, 2 synagogues, 2 Buddhist centres and 1 Jain centre.

Rich: About half of school students in Leicester speak English as an additional language and there are over 70 different languages spoken in schools in Leicester.

Jack: 16% of people in Leicester speak Gujarati and there are also large groups of people who speak Polish, Punjabi, Somali and Urdu.

Rich: The Leicester team is also really multicultural. There’s Shinji Okazaki from Japan, Kasper Schmeichel from Denmark, Riyad Mahrez from Algeria, Leonardo Ulloa from Argentina and even the captain Wes Morgan plays for Jamaica but he was actually born in Nottingham!

Jack: What do you think, Rich? How have Leicester won the Premier League title this season?

Rich: I’m not sure. In our predictions at the beginning of the season, I said that they would finish in 17th place. At least I didn’t predict them to be relegated. I read an article the other day that said about 80% of football journalists predicted Leicester to be relegated this season and last August Claudio Ranieri was the favourite to be the first manager to lose his job!

Jack: The favourite to be the first manager to lose his job ... that’s an interesting phrase. Can you explain it?

Rich: Well, the favourite is the person or team that most people think will win a competition. In this case, the ‘competition’ was being fired or sacked from their job! At the beginning of last season, Chelsea were the favourites to win the Premier League and Leicester were one of the favourites to be relegated.

Jack: At the beginning of the season you wrote that under Claudio Ranieri Leicester would play some high quality football. And it was very high quality, higher than anybody expected. So do you think it’s the manager that won the title or the players?

Rich: I think it’s a mixture of many things. Ranieri has been wonderful and very clever both with his tactics and keeping the pressure off his players.

Jack: What do you mean?

Rich: It wasn’t until April that Ranieri finally said that Leicester had a chance of winning the title. It was always, first we need to avoid relegation, then we need to finish in the top half, then to finish in the European places. He was always saying that the other clubs were the favourites.

Jack: It’s great to see an underdog win.

Rich: In football, an underdog is a team that has little chance of winning. Leicester are probably the biggest underdogs to have ever won a major sports trophy. They had never won the Premier League before. In fact, they hadn’t ever won a top division title. Only the German defender, Robert Huth, had won the Premier League before.

Jack: Leicester’s chance of winning the league at the start of the season was 5,000-1. There was more chance of Elvis Presley being found alive or the Loch Ness Monster being discovered. The chance of David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister taking over as Aston Villa’s manager was only 2000-1.

Rich: Yeah, an amazing if unexpected achievement. You said that the chance of Leicester winning was 5,000-1. These numbers are called odds and they come from bookmakers. Bookmakers are businesses where people gamble money on sports.

Jack: Are you a gambler, Rich?

Rich: No, you’ve seen my predictions.

Jack: We’ve spoken about the manager, Claudio Ranieri. What about the players? Who have been the standout performers?

Rich: At the start of the season, there were no superstars in this team so I have to say that it was a team performance and a result of very hardwork and teamwork.

Jack: Yes, but there are a few stars in the team now. What about Riyad Mahrez? What a player!

Rich: He’s brilliant! He’s scored 17 goals and got 11 assists this season and played a part in more goals than any other Premier League player. The most he had ever scored before this season was five, when he was playing in the French second division.

Jack: But there are others too. What about Jamie Vardy? He might finish the season as the Premier League’s top scorer.

Rich: Many people have heard the Vardy story. He was working in a factory five years ago and only played his first professional match in 2012 when he was 25, which is quite old for a footballer.

Jack: And what’s the phrase that Leicester fans have been using all season.

Rich: Jamie Vardy is having a party.

Jack: And last week it came true, too. Vardy invited all the player’s to his house to watch Tottenham against Chelsea when a 2-2 draw meant that Leicester won the Premier League.

Rich: But there are other players too. Shinji Okazaki is unbelievable. He works so hard for the team. And N’Golo Kante, too. I heard a joke the other day that said 70% of the planet is covered by water, the rest by N’Golo Kante.

Jack: Leicester’s most famous fan, Gary Lineker, said ‘If Earth was ever threatened by an asteroid, I’m pretty sure that N’Golo Kante would intercept it.’

Rich: All of the players have a story to tell. They’ve worked so hard as individuals and a team and of course Leicester’s win has shown all clubs that anybody can win the title not just the big players and the big clubs.

Jack: So, if you had to choose three words to describe Leicester’s season. Which would you choose?

Rich: I’d go for unexpected, thrilling and determination. Leicester City’s win was so, so unexpected. Nobody thought that it could happen. Riyad Mahrez’s performances for Leicester have been thrilling, so exciting to watch. And all Leicester’s players have shown unbelievable determination, especially the defence, it was difficult but they continued defending and defending and it has given them a fantastic prize. What about you, Jack? What would your three words be?

Jack: I’d go for extraordinary, inspiring and emotional. Extraordinary because the story is so hard to believe and very unusual in a good way, of course. Inspiring because I think other players and clubs will be inspired and want to achieve the same as Leicester. And emotional because of Claudio Ranieri - the Leicester manager. His tears showed how important it was to him and all Leicester fans and when he introduced Andrea Bocelli to sing before their last match the emotion and the atmosphere in the stadium was unbelievable.

Rich: That brings us to this week’s questions. Question 1: Which three words would you use to describe Leicester City winning the Premier League? Why did you choose these words?

Jack: Question 2: It was a big surprise that Leicester City won the Premier League because, they had never won a top division title. Can you describe something that was really surprising and use the past perfect to say why it was so surprising?

Rich: Question 3: The city of Leicester and Leicester City football club are truly multicultural. What is the most multicultural city you have visited? What are the advantages of living in a multicultural city?

Jack: If you want to learn more about Leicester City, the players and the club, and learn more football English, then sign up for our new course: Leicester City: Champions of England.

Rich: And remember, if you want us to correct your comments just write ‘correct me’ at the beginning of your message.

Rich: Right, do you have a new football phrase for our listeners to guess, Jack?

Jack: Yes, I do. This week’s football phrase is topical because it’s what Leicester City did after the match against Everton last weekend. The phrase is ‘** **** *** ******’. It means to win a competition but more literally it means for a player to hold or raise the thing you have won above their head and show it to the fans. After the match, Leicester City were given their Premier League medals and they ****** *** ******.

Rich: It was amazing to see. Wes Morgan and Claudio Ranieri did it together and you could see the emotion on their faces.

Jack: Have you got a prediction for us this week, Rich?

Rich: Yes, I have. The title has been decided and maybe we will already know the three teams that will be relegated this season. But there is still one thing that will be decided this weekend and that’s who will be playing in the Champions League next season. Manchester Utd could take the last Champions League spot away from their city rivals. If Utd beat West Ham and Swansea they will finish fourth. Utd have not been in the top four for months but they could take it on the last day of the season. They have a difficult game against West Ham but they should beat Swansea who don’t have anything but pride to play for. I think they will win easily but will it be enough? Final score: Swansea City 0-2 Manchester Utd

Jack: I think City will be in the Champions League again next season.

Rich: Remember! If you want to sign up for our new football English course about Leicester City, just click the link on the side of this page.

Jack: Right, anyway that’s it for today - we’ve run out of time! Thanks for listening. And don’t forget to write your answers to our questions, your predictions and anything you want to say about the website or football English in the comments below.

Rich: Don’t forget if you sign in, you can score points to see if you can get your club, your country and your name to the top of our leaderboard.

Jack:  Bye for now and enjoy your football! 

 

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In this week’s podcast, we spoke about the word 'nutmeg' and dependent prepositions. Can you try to use some dependent prepsitions in your answers to these questions.

  1. What three words word you use to describe Leicester City winning the Premier League? Why did you choose these words?

  2. It was a big surprise that Leicester City won the Premier League because, they had never won a top division title. Can you describe something that was really surprising and use the past perfect to say why it was so surprising?

  3. Leicester and Leicester City is truly multicultural. What is the most multicultural city you have visited? What are the advantages of living in a multicultural city?

​Rich predicts that Manchester Utd will beat Swansea 2-0 this weekend. Do you agree? Do you think they will qualify for the Champions League?

Remember to write your predictions, your guess at this week's football phrase and answers to 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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haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016
TN
3066
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I wanna say something special to you Jack and Rich: I'm not a big fan of football game, but I like this website. My reasons are the followings:
1/ It's really organized, and I love order.
2/ We find all features of learning English: reading, listening, writing; even speaking, we can read our comments loudly ;)
3/ we discover always new vocabulary, it's related to football, but the majority of words are used in geneal speeches.
4/ and of course, we find many grammar rules which help us a lot.
5/ The most exciting part, that we know that behind our screens, there are two wonderful teachers, who care to us, to our questions, ambiguities and correct us.
1000 Thank you to all 'premierskillsenglish' team.


haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016 15:50
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

I wanna say something special to you Jack and Rich: I'm not a big fan of football game, but I like this website. My reasons are the followings:
1/ It's really organized, and I love order.
2/ We find all features of learning English: reading, listening, writing; even speaking, we can read our comments loudly ;)
3/ we discover always new vocabulary, it's related to football, but the majority of words are used in geneal speeches.
4/ and of course, we find many grammar rules which help us a lot.
5/ The most exciting part, that we know that behind our screens, there are two wonderful teachers, who care to us, to our questions, ambiguities and correct us.
1000 Thank you to all 'premierskillsenglish' team.

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Rich
12/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Haydi

Thanks for your lovely message. It's great to hear that you enjoy learning on the website and that you find the lessons useful. It's even better that you're not a huge fan of football because we try to design many of the activities so a non-football fan can use them, and learn from them, too. You don't have to be crazy about football to learn here!

Thanks again for your message and I'll try to go back and respond to some of the comments you made while doing your review of the podcast section.

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
12/05/2016 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Haydi

Thanks for your lovely message. It's great to hear that you enjoy learning on the website and that you find the lessons useful. It's even better that you're not a huge fan of football because we try to design many of the activities so a non-football fan can use them, and learn from them, too. You don't have to be crazy about football to learn here!

Thanks again for your message and I'll try to go back and respond to some of the comments you made while doing your review of the podcast section.

Best wishes,

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

haydi's picture
haydi
13/05/2016
TN
3066
points

thank you Rich.


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haydi
13/05/2016 20:41
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

thank you Rich.

SalvaGH
11/05/2016
ES
841
points

Correct me. I agree with Rich in that Manchester United will win against Bournemouth this weekend. But I predict a different final score: 3-0. Antony Martial is in good shape at the moment, so I would say that he scores at least once.
I also believe that Manchester City will beat Swansea and therefore, they will latch onto the fourth place which means Guardiola will be next season at the helm of the team playing the Champions League and trying to go even farther than they did this year. As always, it'll be a thrilling competition.


SalvaGH
11/05/2016 19:28
Spain
Manchester City
841

Correct me. I agree with Rich in that Manchester United will win against Bournemouth this weekend. But I predict a different final score: 3-0. Antony Martial is in good shape at the moment, so I would say that he scores at least once.
I also believe that Manchester City will beat Swansea and therefore, they will latch onto the fourth place which means Guardiola will be next season at the helm of the team playing the Champions League and trying to go even farther than they did this year. As always, it'll be a thrilling competition.

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Rich
12/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi SalvaGH

After Utd's defeat to West Ham on Tuesday, City now have their destiny in their own hands.

Not many mistakes in this answer at all. You need to use the future when you're talking about Martial scoring; 'he'll score' is the most natural form to use here. There are a couple of slips with the definite article, 'the fourth place' and 'a team playing in the Champions League' and you should move 'next season' to the end of the sentence. 'At the helm' is a great, high level piece of language to use and it fits really well, but I'm not sure about 'latch onto', it would be better to use 'hold onto' or 'cling onto' as City are the team fighting off the challenge from Manchester Utd.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team


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Rich
12/05/2016 08:37
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi SalvaGH

After Utd's defeat to West Ham on Tuesday, City now have their destiny in their own hands.

Not many mistakes in this answer at all. You need to use the future when you're talking about Martial scoring; 'he'll score' is the most natural form to use here. There are a couple of slips with the definite article, 'the fourth place' and 'a team playing in the Champions League' and you should move 'next season' to the end of the sentence. 'At the helm' is a great, high level piece of language to use and it fits really well, but I'm not sure about 'latch onto', it would be better to use 'hold onto' or 'cling onto' as City are the team fighting off the challenge from Manchester Utd.

Hope that helps!

Rich - The Premeir Skills English Team

SalvaGH
12/05/2016
ES
841
points

Thank you so much! It is definitely helpful.


SalvaGH
12/05/2016 22:55
Spain
Manchester City
841

Thank you so much! It is definitely helpful.

haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016
TN
3066
points

Hi SalvaGH, what do you mean by 'latch onto' and 'the helm'!


haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016 22:05
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

Hi SalvaGH, what do you mean by 'latch onto' and 'the helm'!

haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016
TN
3066
points

Jain centre ???


haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016 21:38
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

Jain centre ???

haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016
TN
3066
points

55 mosques for a town of 300,000 people whom religions are so different! Even, in my own town 100% Muslim, we haven’t this big number of mosques. This multicultural creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.


haydi's picture
haydi
11/05/2016 21:47
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

55 mosques for a town of 300,000 people whom religions are so different! Even, in my own town 100% Muslim, we haven’t this big number of mosques. This multicultural creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.

Rich's picture
Rich
12/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Haydi

Jainism is an old religion from India. I've put a link to a Wikipedia page if you want tolearn more. I'm afraid it's not my area of expertise.


Rich's picture
Rich
12/05/2016 08:40
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Haydi

Jainism is an old religion from India. I've put a link to a Wikipedia page if you want tolearn more. I'm afraid it's not my area of expertise.

haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016
TN
3066
points

'Multicultural' is an adjective, and I need noun in my sentence. The problem that the word 'Multiculture' which I suppose to be the noun is incorrect! That would be great to clarify to us!


haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016 22:14
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

'Multicultural' is an adjective, and I need noun in my sentence. The problem that the word 'Multiculture' which I suppose to be the noun is incorrect! That would be great to clarify to us!

Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Haydi

I'm not totally sure because I don't know what the sentence is that you're trying to write, but the noun that you are looking for might be 'multiculturalism'.


Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016 23:23
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Haydi

I'm not totally sure because I don't know what the sentence is that you're trying to write, but the noun that you are looking for might be 'multiculturalism'.

haydi's picture
haydi
07/06/2016
TN
3066
points

This sentence rich: "This multicultural creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace."
I have to use noun not adjective: 'This multiculturalism creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.'


haydi's picture
haydi
07/06/2016 22:10
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

This sentence rich: "This multicultural creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace."
I have to use noun not adjective: 'This multiculturalism creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.'

Rich's picture
Rich
08/06/2016
ES
3800
points

Yes, that's right! But, you don't need to say 'this', you can just say:

'multiculturalism creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.'


Rich's picture
Rich
08/06/2016 11:33
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Yes, that's right! But, you don't need to say 'this', you can just say:

'multiculturalism creates tolerance between persons and guarantees peace.'

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kwesimanifest
12/05/2016
GH
3660
points

I agree with Rich on his prediction and belive United will qualify for champions league just don't like their sense of unurgency in play and makes me feel they might exit at the group stages if things don't change


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kwesimanifest
12/05/2016 10:10
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

I agree with Rich on his prediction and belive United will qualify for champions league just don't like their sense of unurgency in play and makes me feel they might exit at the group stages if things don't change

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016
GH
3660
points

Leicester's win is incredible, impeccable and encouraging
Incredible because it's surprising ano almost difficult to believe even though it's real. Impeccable because they identified a system of play and for almost the entire season held on to it. And encouraging because their win provides hope to all underdogs in any sports or other area of work or study.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016 10:29
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

Leicester's win is incredible, impeccable and encouraging
Incredible because it's surprising ano almost difficult to believe even though it's real. Impeccable because they identified a system of play and for almost the entire season held on to it. And encouraging because their win provides hope to all underdogs in any sports or other area of work or study.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016
GH
3660
points

It was a big surprise that Accra Hearts of Oak's goalkeeper could not be handle a slow paced back pass from his defender which resulted in a goal for Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Accra sports stadium in ghana on 2nd May 2016 which happened to be the only goal of the game.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016 10:37
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

It was a big surprise that Accra Hearts of Oak's goalkeeper could not be handle a slow paced back pass from his defender which resulted in a goal for Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Accra sports stadium in ghana on 2nd May 2016 which happened to be the only goal of the game.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016
GH
3660
points

Accra is a multicultural city with so many individuals from diverse religious and ethnic background. Leaving in such a city gives one exposure to a variety of beliefs and culture


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016 10:39
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

Accra is a multicultural city with so many individuals from diverse religious and ethnic background. Leaving in such a city gives one exposure to a variety of beliefs and culture

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
12/05/2016
GH
3660
points

I was really disappointed in United's play against the Hammers. It was an opportunity we made slip through our fingers and we might look back at that performance and feel we caused our own fortunes at the end of the season.
Having said that I think the Hammers were just estatic in their play. So much energy and the will to win at all cost. The Hammers deserved the win. United didn't seem hungry enough.


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kwesimanifest
12/05/2016 10:44
Ghana
Manchester United
3660

I was really disappointed in United's play against the Hammers. It was an opportunity we made slip through our fingers and we might look back at that performance and feel we caused our own fortunes at the end of the season.
Having said that I think the Hammers were just estatic in their play. So much energy and the will to win at all cost. The Hammers deserved the win. United didn't seem hungry enough.

haydi's picture
haydi
13/05/2016
TN
3066
points

To describe Leicester City winning the Premier League, I would choose four words: fairytale, possible, work, and luck.

- Fairytale, because the winning had started with modest beginning, especially that the 64-years-old manager Claudio Ranieri was not welcomed due to his bad last experience with Greek national team. This winning reminds us Cinderella’s (or Sandrella’s) story and her suffering, and how she has become the princess in the end.
- Possible which the antonym of impossible. When we have a dream or a goal to achieve, we need to delete the word impossible from our dictionaries. I suppose that what the manager and players have done.
- Work or hard work; We can’t get a beautiful success while sleeping or playing. Yes the football is a game to play, but not in that sense empty of seriousness and cleaver tactics.
- Luck, I see that’s the most important factor; if they wasn’t lucky, even they work out day and night, they will never win. The proof: they was meeting in Jamie Vardy house to watch the match which decide their winning. If the result of that match or the previous matches was a little bit different, the final result may be different.


haydi's picture
haydi
13/05/2016 20:45
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

To describe Leicester City winning the Premier League, I would choose four words: fairytale, possible, work, and luck.

- Fairytale, because the winning had started with modest beginning, especially that the 64-years-old manager Claudio Ranieri was not welcomed due to his bad last experience with Greek national team. This winning reminds us Cinderella’s (or Sandrella’s) story and her suffering, and how she has become the princess in the end.
- Possible which the antonym of impossible. When we have a dream or a goal to achieve, we need to delete the word impossible from our dictionaries. I suppose that what the manager and players have done.
- Work or hard work; We can’t get a beautiful success while sleeping or playing. Yes the football is a game to play, but not in that sense empty of seriousness and cleaver tactics.
- Luck, I see that’s the most important factor; if they wasn’t lucky, even they work out day and night, they will never win. The proof: they was meeting in Jamie Vardy house to watch the match which decide their winning. If the result of that match or the previous matches was a little bit different, the final result may be different.

haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016
TN
3066
points

The proof: they were (not was) meeting in Jamie Vardy house to watch the match which decides (not decide) their winning.


haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016 21:52
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

The proof: they were (not was) meeting in Jamie Vardy house to watch the match which decides (not decide) their winning.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Haydi 

You should use the past simple in both of these cases, 'met' and 'decided' smiley.

Best wishes

Rich


Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016 21:55
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Haydi 

You should use the past simple in both of these cases, 'met' and 'decided' smiley.

Best wishes

Rich

haydi's picture
haydi
30/05/2016
TN
3066
points

ok, thank you Rich, I see now my mistake. It's another challenge in learning English to perform tenses. In quizzes or multi choices questions, it's quite easy to guess the right tense, but when we want to write, rules become harder.


haydi's picture
haydi
30/05/2016 00:49
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

ok, thank you Rich, I see now my mistake. It's another challenge in learning English to perform tenses. In quizzes or multi choices questions, it's quite easy to guess the right tense, but when we want to write, rules become harder.

Hassan_raja447
14/05/2016
PK
837
points

Correct me
Stunning, Wonderful, Hard fought. Leicester's players had fought hard to get out of relegation zone before winning the premier league this season. They really showed that nothing is impossible. It was surprise for everyone.
The football phrase is "**** *** ******".


Hassan_raja447
14/05/2016 12:40
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

Correct me
Stunning, Wonderful, Hard fought. Leicester's players had fought hard to get out of relegation zone before winning the premier league this season. They really showed that nothing is impossible. It was surprise for everyone.
The football phrase is "**** *** ******".

Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016
ES
3800
points

You've got this week's football phrase right, well done! You're the only one who has it so far! Hard-fought is a great adjective to dscribe Leicester's win. I also like how you play with the word in the following sentence. Don't forget your articles, you need to use 'a' before 'surprise' in your final sentence.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016 08:15
Spain
Liverpool
3800

You've got this week's football phrase right, well done! You're the only one who has it so far! Hard-fought is a great adjective to dscribe Leicester's win. I also like how you play with the word in the following sentence. Don't forget your articles, you need to use 'a' before 'surprise' in your final sentence.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

assemjuve
14/05/2016
PS
3433
points

Leicester City is an amazing, wonderful and a stunning team,because they played the best ball in England this season with no big abilities,but the best is the team work which is a factor that led Them to the title.


assemjuve
14/05/2016 12:46
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

Leicester City is an amazing, wonderful and a stunning team,because they played the best ball in England this season with no big abilities,but the best is the team work which is a factor that led Them to the title.

assemjuve
14/05/2016
PS
3433
points

When Hellas Verona won the Italian League in 1986, It was a big surprise because they were the underdogs and teams like Napoli and Juventus were the favorite to win the title,it was amazing.


assemjuve
14/05/2016 12:51
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

When Hellas Verona won the Italian League in 1986, It was a big surprise because they were the underdogs and teams like Napoli and Juventus were the favorite to win the title,it was amazing.

assemjuve
14/05/2016
PS
3433
points

I did not visit a city like that, i would like to visit Liverpool or Turin or Glasgow.


assemjuve
14/05/2016 12:54
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I did not visit a city like that, i would like to visit Liverpool or Turin or Glasgow.

haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016
TN
3066
points

Me too, I would like to visit Glasgow.


haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016 22:16
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

Me too, I would like to visit Glasgow.

assemjuve
14/05/2016
PS
3433
points

I think that Man United is going to win Swansea 2-1.


assemjuve
14/05/2016 12:55
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

I think that Man United is going to win Swansea 2-1.

assemjuve
14/05/2016
PS
3433
points

The phrase is to celebrate.


assemjuve
14/05/2016 12:56
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3433

The phrase is to celebrate.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016
ES
3800
points

No, sorry, you'll have to make another guess this week!


Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016 08:17
Spain
Liverpool
3800

No, sorry, you'll have to make another guess this week!

elghoul's picture
elghoul
15/05/2016
DZ
1345
points

1.Leicester winning was surprising because the odds had given it 5000-1. This winning was cheerfully granted by Mahrez to the Algerian people. For us in Algeria it is the victory of talent above money.
2.To beat Egypt in 2010 qualifying had been a delighful surprise.
3. The Grenoble is the more multicultural city I have lived in. What a great advantage it was to learn paying respect fo other communities.
Man United will qualify if it succeeds in the inter toto.
The word is to lift the cup up your head.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
15/05/2016 18:43
Algeria
Arsenal
1345

1.Leicester winning was surprising because the odds had given it 5000-1. This winning was cheerfully granted by Mahrez to the Algerian people. For us in Algeria it is the victory of talent above money.
2.To beat Egypt in 2010 qualifying had been a delighful surprise.
3. The Grenoble is the more multicultural city I have lived in. What a great advantage it was to learn paying respect fo other communities.
Man United will qualify if it succeeds in the inter toto.
The word is to lift the cup up your head.

Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Sorry Elghoul, you've not got the football phrase right. You should have another guess! 


Rich's picture
Rich
16/05/2016 08:19
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Sorry Elghoul, you've not got the football phrase right. You should have another guess! 

haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016
TN
3066
points

Is there any phrase to guess this week!? where is the meaning? you mean this sentence [The phrase is ‘to lift the trophy’.]
But you gave already its meaning: 'It means to win a competition but more literally it means for a player to hold or raise the thing you have won above their head and show it to the fans. After the match, Leicester City were given their Premier League medals and they lifted the trophy.' It seems that I miss something here!


haydi's picture
haydi
16/05/2016 22:00
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

Is there any phrase to guess this week!? where is the meaning? you mean this sentence [The phrase is ‘to lift the trophy’.]
But you gave already its meaning: 'It means to win a competition but more literally it means for a player to hold or raise the thing you have won above their head and show it to the fans. After the match, Leicester City were given their Premier League medals and they lifted the trophy.' It seems that I miss something here!

Rich's picture
Rich
18/05/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Haydi

I think I made a mistake here. You shouldn't be able to see the phrase 'to lift the trophy'! I forgot to delete it from the transcript. I've deleted it now but I should probably use the following idiom here: 'It's like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted'.

Can you work out what it means?

Thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
18/05/2016 08:26
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Haydi

I think I made a mistake here. You shouldn't be able to see the phrase 'to lift the trophy'! I forgot to delete it from the transcript. I've deleted it now but I should probably use the following idiom here: 'It's like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted'.

Can you work out what it means?

Thanks for your message.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

haydi's picture
haydi
30/05/2016
TN
3066
points

yes, I can guess that it means the Shakespeare phrase ('What's done is done')! ;)


haydi's picture
haydi
30/05/2016 00:40
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3066

yes, I can guess that it means the Shakespeare phrase ('What's done is done')! ;)

englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

correct me


englishman
20/06/2016 16:52
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

correct me

englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

yes correct me


englishman
20/06/2016 16:54
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

yes correct me

Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016
ES
3800
points

Hi Englishman

Please write 'correct me' on the comment that you want us to correct. This makes it a lot easier for us to see what you would like us to correct. I've corrected a few of your later comments: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/comment/28399#discuss and http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/comment/28400#discuss

 :)

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
22/06/2016 08:07
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Englishman

Please write 'correct me' on the comment that you want us to correct. This makes it a lot easier for us to see what you would like us to correct. I've corrected a few of your later comments: http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/comment/28399#discuss and http://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/comment/28400#discuss

 :)

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

englishman
20/06/2016
DZ
1026
points

yes


englishman
20/06/2016 16:57
Algeria
Chelsea
1026

yes

emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
15/07/2016
EG
225
points

Thanhs


emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
15/07/2016 15:25
Egypt
Arsenal
225

Thanhs

emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
17/07/2016
EG
225
points

I agree


emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
17/07/2016 19:11
Egypt
Arsenal
225

I agree

emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
17/07/2016
EG
225
points

Thanks


emad moussa's picture
emad moussa
17/07/2016 19:15
Egypt
Arsenal
225

Thanks

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
25/07/2016
ME
3425
points

1.Stunning 2.Unbelieveble 3.Amazing


aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
25/07/2016 15:57
Montenegro
Arsenal
3425

1.Stunning 2.Unbelieveble 3.Amazing

Angel84
15/11/2016
ES
39
points

correct me


Angel84
15/11/2016 13:50
Spain
Leicester City
39

correct me

sabanoleg
18/11/2016
UA
470
points

Leicester's success was unaccountable!


sabanoleg
18/11/2016 09:38
Ukraine
Arsenal
470

Leicester's success was unaccountable!

raugarr
08/01/2017
MX
36
points

Correct me.

Amazing. Premier League Title's Leicester City was amazing because their season was a big surprise.
Unbelievable. No one thinks in a Leicester City's title.
Great. The Leicester City's title that is great because ever win same teams like Man United, City or Chelsea.
I think when Portugal won Europe Cup last year was a big surprise, because Portugal were an underdog. Portugal never would have won this title before.
Toronto is the most multicultural city that I have visited. It is a very nice city. I love it. Te


raugarr
08/01/2017 05:42
Mexico
Liverpool
36

Correct me.

Amazing. Premier League Title's Leicester City was amazing because their season was a big surprise.
Unbelievable. No one thinks in a Leicester City's title.
Great. The Leicester City's title that is great because ever win same teams like Man United, City or Chelsea.
I think when Portugal won Europe Cup last year was a big surprise, because Portugal were an underdog. Portugal never would have won this title before.
Toronto is the most multicultural city that I have visited. It is a very nice city. I love it. Te

Rich's picture
Rich
08/01/2017
ES
3800
points

Hi Raugarr,

Thanks for your message. Your English is very good especially using difficult words like 'underdog',  but there are a few things that you might want to look at. This is how I would have written your answers. Take a look at my answer and compare the language that you used and see what differences you can find. If you have any questions, just hit reply :)

Leicester City winning the Premier League was amazing because it was such a big surprise. It was unbelievable because nobody thought that Leicester could win the title.

Leicester's title win was great because normally the same teams like Man United, City or Chelsea win it. One of the biggest surprises was when Portugal won the European Championships because they were the underdogs and had never won it before.

Hope that helps

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
08/01/2017 06:32
Spain
Liverpool
3800

Hi Raugarr,

Thanks for your message. Your English is very good especially using difficult words like 'underdog',  but there are a few things that you might want to look at. This is how I would have written your answers. Take a look at my answer and compare the language that you used and see what differences you can find. If you have any questions, just hit reply :)

Leicester City winning the Premier League was amazing because it was such a big surprise. It was unbelievable because nobody thought that Leicester could win the title.

Leicester's title win was great because normally the same teams like Man United, City or Chelsea win it. One of the biggest surprises was when Portugal won the European Championships because they were the underdogs and had never won it before.

Hope that helps

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

daki439
23/02/2017
RS
112
points

Thank you so much! It is definitely helpful.


daki439
23/02/2017 23:14
Serbia
Chelsea
112

Thank you so much! It is definitely helpful.

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2kwesimanifest3660
3assemjuve3433
4aragorn19863425
5haydi3066
6Alex_from_Ukraine2623
7nikosonris2453
8MUGEMANYI2320
9amaral1915
10Abdallah1794
Country ranking
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2Albania22994
3Macedonia19390
4Ukraine18457
5Bosnia and Herzegovina15889
6Kosovo13534
7Armenia13362
8Georgia12526
9Spain8860
10Montenegro8031
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United67396
2Arsenal45455
3Liverpool44564
4Chelsea39901
5Manchester City14874
6Leicester City6717
7Tottenham Hotspur4148
8West Ham United3516
9Everton1480
10Watford1320

Course outline

Leicester City - Champions of England

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Goals

Skills: Listening

Vocabulary: Adjectives 

Language: Past Perfect