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Mexico fans celebrating their win against Germany.

Learning Vocabulary - Extreme adjectives

Learning Vocabulary - Extreme adjectives

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich host their second World Cup podcast. They talk about the surprise result between Mexico and Germany and some of the goals that have been scored in Russia. The language focus is on vocabulary with a specific emphasis on gradable adjectives and non-gradable adjectives or extreme adjectives. Your task is to transform five boring or dull sentences into more exciting or dramatic sentences by adding extreme adjectives. As always, we also have a new football phrase for you to guess and news about our World Cup competition and World Cup programme. Enjoy!

Transcript

If you found the listening difficult, you can read the transcript and listen at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Introduction: 

Jack: Did you see that goal by Philippe Coutinho the other day for Brazil. It was absolutely brilliant.

Rich: Yeah, it was very good but I don’t think it’s been the best so far.

Jack: Really? Which goal has been the best so far then?

Rich: Ronaldo’s free-kick; it was absolutely sensational. 

Jack: Yeah, it was really good, but I think it’s more difficult to score in open play. Ronaldo had time to think about his free-kick.

Rich: Yeah, and that was absolutely crucial - the time of the goal. It was the last minute and his team were losing. The pressure was absolutely immense but he still scored and that’s what makes it a great goal for me.

Jack: OK, you’ve got a point, but I still think Coutinho’s was a better goal.

Rich: I’m sure they’ll be loads more brilliant goals yet. It’s been great to watch so far. 

Jack: Definitely. The stadiums have been completely packed for the big games and there has been a brilliant atmosphere in the stadiums.

Rich: Why don’t we do this every year?

Jack: Good idea. I’ll have a word with FIFA.

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 podcast, we have the second of four World Cup podcasts. 

Jack: That’s right. During the World Cup in Russia, our podcasts are all connected to the World Cup in some way and are all part of our World Cup Community programme.

Rich: What’s our World Cup Community programme?

Jack: It’s a four-week programme of activities connected to the World Cup that will help you with your English. You can sign-up now for free on the Premier Skills English website. You need to click the tab on the homepage that says ‘live’ to join the programme.

Rich: It will be great to see you there and discuss the World Cup as well as practising English together.

Jack: In this, our second World Cup podcast, we are going to focus on adjectives - those words we use to describe things like brilliant - a brilliant match, great - great goals, professional - professional players, excited - excited fans, packed - packed stadiums.

Rich: And everything outside football too. We use adjectives to describe nouns.

Jack: That’s right. And in this podcast, we’re going to focus on gradable and ungradable or extreme adjectives. 

Rich: Gradable adjectives are those adjectives that can have different levels or degrees of the quality that they are describing and extreme adjectives are adjectives that can’t be graded in that way.

Jack: But more about that in the next section. Don’t forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess - connected to the World Cup of course.

Topic Focus

Jack: In this section, we’re going to focus on adjectives. Rich is going to tell you about a match that he has watched during the World Cup and when he uses an adjective, I’m going to stop him and ask him a question or two.

Rich: That sounds like it will be annoying.

Jack: How annoying will it be?

Rich: Very annoying, probably.

Jack: Let’s see. Which match are you going to speak about?

Rich: I’m going to speak about Germany against Mexico. It finished 1-0 to Mexico. A surprising result.

Jack: How surprising?

Rich: I’d say it was really surprising - Germany are the reigning World Champions. Not astounding though - Mexico are a pretty good team.

Jack: So, what happened in the match?

Rich: Well, I think Mexico shocked Germany by the way they played. They were really quick on the counter-attack, especially in the first-half.

Jack: Really quick?

Rich: Yes, very fast. Mexico could have been 2-0 up at half-time. Germany’s build-up play was a bit slow.

Jack: A bit Slow? 

Rich: They took too long to attack. Passing the ball too much. It wasn’t very good.

Jack: Wasn’t that good?

Rich: Well, I wouldn’t say it was really bad. It wasn’t awful but it wasn’t that good either.

Jack: And the second-half.

Rich: Germany played much better. They were quicker and they had lots of shots but Mexico hung on to their lead. The Mexican players looked really tired near the end.

Jack: Really tired?

Rich: To be honest they looked totally exhausted but their fans must have been really happy at the end of the match.

Jack: Really happy?

Rich: They must have been absolutely thrilled - delighted at the end. The German fans looked quite sad ... a little downhearted.

Jack: A little?

Rich: Yeah, that’s probably an understatement. I imagine they were absolutely gutted. A big win for Mexico though.

Jack: Big?

Rich: Alright. A huge win - an absolutely massive win for Mexico!

Jack: OK, I’ll stop now.

Language focus

Jack: In the last section, Rich spoke about the Germany-Mexico match and he used lots of adjectives. Sometimes these adjectives were gradable adjectives and sometimes they were ungradable or extreme adjectives.

Rich: I said that Mexico - Germany was a surprising result and I also said that the Mexico fans must have been happy at the end of the match.

Jack: The adjectives that Rich used here were ‘surprising’ and ‘happy’. These types of adjectives are called gradable adjectives because we can change how strong they are. We can use ‘very’ to make them stronger or ‘a little’ to make them weaker. 

Rich: That’s right. I could have said the Mexico fans were very happy or very, very, very happy.

Jack: Instead of saying ‘very, very, very happy’ it’s possible to use a non-gradable adjective. These adjectives are also sometimes called absolute or extreme adjectives.  

Rich: So, in the last section, when Jack questioned me, I said the Mexico fans must have been absolutely thrilled or delighted.
 
Jack: These adjectives ‘thrilled’ and ‘delighted’ are extreme adjectives - they already have the word ‘very’ in their meaning. Thrilled is stronger than very, very, very happy.

Rich: It’s better to call these adjectives extreme or absolute adjectives because it is actually possible to grade them. You can make extreme adjectives even stronger with adverbs such as totally, completely and absolutely.

Jack: Rich said that the Mexico fans must have been absolutely thrilled.

Rich: Let’s look at a couple more gradable and extreme adjectives that we used in the last section. And the words we can use to modify them. 

Jack: Rich said that Mexico are a pretty good team. Good is a gradable adjective and pretty is used to modify good. It’s an informal word and has a similar meaning to ‘quite’. Rich could have said that Mexico are quite a good team. 
     
Rich: We can change or modify gradable adjectives with other words too. ‘Very’ is the most common word to modify a gradable adjective to make it stronger but we can also use ‘a little’ or ‘a bit’ to make them weaker. I said that the German fans looked a little downhearted after the match.
 
Jack: And then I asked Rich to change this, and he said they looked absolutely gutted. This is much stronger. He could have also said ‘totally gutted’ or ‘completely gutted’.
 
Rich: Finally, I like to use the adverb ‘really’ in front of an adjective to make it stronger. That’s because we can say ‘that’s really bad’ or ‘that’s really awful’; ‘they look really tired’ or ‘they look really exhausted’.

Jack: You can use ‘really’ with both gradable and extreme adjectives so it’s really, really useful.

Task

Rich: Right, this week’s task is to make five situations more interesting by using adverbs and extreme adjectives to describe them.

Jack: Here are the sentences:

Number one: The number six passed to the number ten who scored a goal.

Number two: The goalkeeper made a save.

Number three: The fans celebrated the goal.

Number four: The captain lifted the trophy.

Number five: The reporter commented on the atmosphere in the stadium.

Jack: Write your answers in the comments section below and see who can write the most extreme sentences!

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 host country. This is the name we give to the nation that arranges and organises an event such as the World Cup or Olympic Games on their territory. Russia is the host country for the World Cup this year. 

Rich: Well done to everyone who got it right. It was an easy one I think because loads of you got the right answer. 

Jack: This week’s World Cup football phrase is ***. It’s an abbreviation that describes the system that is being used at the World Cup to allow a referee to look at a decision again on a TV screen. It’s going to *** is a phrase that I’ve heard a few times during the World Cup.

Rich: Fewer controversial decisions! That’s what we thought anyway.

Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below.

Rich: And hit the live tab on the homepage to join our World Cup Community programme and check out our predictions competition on the homepage.

Jack: If you have enjoyed this podcast or found it useful, leave us a rating or review and that will help other people find us. 

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. Do you know the words in bold?

Germany are the reigning World Champions.

Mexico were really quick on the counter-attack.

Germany’s build-up play was a bit slow.

The German fans looked a little downhearted.

There were a few tricky words in the podcast. Do you know what they all mean? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to their definitions. All of the words were in this week's podcast.
Can you match the words to their definitions?
West Ham Utd's Chicharito set up the winner for Mexico against Germany.

Language

Gradable adjectives 

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich used lots of different adjectives. Some adjectives are called gradable adjectives. Look at these examples from the podcast. Look at the adjective and look at the words that are used before the adjective to modify the adjective. What do you think makes the adjective gradable? 

Germany were a bit slow. They weren't very good really.

The Mexican players looked really tired near the end of the match.

The German fans looked quite sad ... a little downhearted though.

You can change how strong a gradable adjective is by using words such as 'very', 'really', 'quite' or 'a bit'.

Russian fans are getting excited about the World Cup after winning their first two matches.

Extreme adjectives

Extreme adjectives are adjectives that are not gradable. These adjectives already mean extremely + adjective so they can't be graded with words such as 'quite' or 'very'. For example, 'exhausted' means extremely tired so you can't say 'very exhausted'. The only adverbs you can use are ones like: 'totally', 'completely' and 'absolutely'. Here are some examples from the podcast:

It was a huge win for Mexico - an absolutely massive win!

The Mexican players looked absolutely exhausted at the end. 

The stadium was completely packed.

If you would like to learn more about gradable and extreme adjectives, try the exercise below, or take a look on our Learn English website.

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity, decide which word you should use with gradable and extreme adjectives.
Can you choose the right word?

Can anyone stop Cristiano Ronaldo winning the Golden Boot in Russia?

Task

Change the sentences:

Football commentators make the game sound very exciting and dramatic. They often do this by using the type of language that Jack and Rich introduced in this podcast. Your task is to look at the five sentences below and make them more dramatic, in the style of a TV commentator or newspaper reporter. Try to use extreme adjectives and absolute adverbs in your answers. Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Here are your sentences: 

  1. The number six passed to the number ten who scored a goal.
  2. The goalkeeper made a save.
  3. The fans celebrated the goal.
  4. The captain lifted the trophy.
  5. The atmosphere in the stadium was very good.

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Comment

What do you think?

In this World Cup podcast, Rich and Jack spoke about a shock result. What do you think has been the biggest surprise at Russia 2018?

What's been the best match so far? What has been the best goal? Use some extreme adjectives to describe these moments.

Which team are you supporting in Russia?

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase, too!

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Edu1603
16/07/2018
BO
612
points

I think the elminination of Germany was the biggest surprise at Russia 2018.
I think South Korea vs Germany were the best match, because the match were really exciting for Mexican people, if Germany won the match, Mexico were going to be out of the World Cup.
I support Croatia, but they already lost the final.


Edu1603
16/07/2018 00:22
Bolivia
Chelsea
612

I think the elminination of Germany was the biggest surprise at Russia 2018.
I think South Korea vs Germany were the best match, because the match were really exciting for Mexican people, if Germany won the match, Mexico were going to be out of the World Cup.
I support Croatia, but they already lost the final.

daniele
16/07/2018
BO
226
points

I think as Rich and Jack, I didn't expect the result of Mexico-German match.
I'm going to say that , I'm supporting croasia


daniele
16/07/2018 00:12
Bolivia
Manchester United
226

I think as Rich and Jack, I didn't expect the result of Mexico-German match.
I'm going to say that , I'm supporting croasia

daniele
16/07/2018
BO
226
points

I think that there will be biggest surprise with croasia.


daniele
16/07/2018 00:04
Bolivia
Manchester United
226

I think that there will be biggest surprise with croasia.

MariamRA
15/07/2018
BO
590
points

I think as Rich and Jack, I didn't expect the result of Mexico-German match.
The best match was South Korea-German. I know the goals weren't really amazing, but Mexico was able to clasify.
I'm going to say it again, I'm supporting Mexico.


MariamRA
15/07/2018 21:53
Bolivia
Manchester United
590

I think as Rich and Jack, I didn't expect the result of Mexico-German match.
The best match was South Korea-German. I know the goals weren't really amazing, but Mexico was able to clasify.
I'm going to say it again, I'm supporting Mexico.

gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018
BO
288
points

French already win


gabriel99salvatierra
15/07/2018 19:35
Bolivia
Everton
288

French already win

pamelastic
15/07/2018
BO
364
points

I support French. It is amazing team.


pamelastic
15/07/2018 12:12
Bolivia
Swansea City
364

I support French. It is amazing team.

pamelastic
15/07/2018
BO
364
points

i support french. they have a good team.


pamelastic
15/07/2018 12:03
Bolivia
Swansea City
364

i support french. they have a good team.

pamelastic
15/07/2018
BO
364
points

I am sad for cristhiano :(


pamelastic
15/07/2018 11:42
Bolivia
Swansea City
364

I am sad for cristhiano :(

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leonardobritot
15/07/2018
CO
330
points

I think the biggest surprise has been Croacia team.


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leonardobritot
15/07/2018 05:57
Colombia
Manchester United
330

I think the biggest surprise has been Croacia team.

mariasilvia21
15/07/2018
BO
303
points

I am not supporting a team because I am from South America and there is not a South American team, so I am just enjoying the soccer games that the winner teams show us


mariasilvia21
15/07/2018 05:29
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

I am not supporting a team because I am from South America and there is not a South American team, so I am just enjoying the soccer games that the winner teams show us

Bambimey
14/07/2018
BO
515
points

the best goal was of Coutinho.


Bambimey
14/07/2018 04:18
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

the best goal was of Coutinho.

Bambimey
14/07/2018
BO
515
points

i would like to win French


Bambimey
14/07/2018 04:09
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

i would like to win French

khaibit Anez
13/07/2018
BO
354
points

-I support Croatia
-the biggest surprise at Russia 2018 are the amazing goals .
-the best match was Russia and Portugal and the best goal I think Cristiano Ronaldo did .


khaibit Anez
13/07/2018 08:36
Bolivia
Manchester United
354

-I support Croatia
-the biggest surprise at Russia 2018 are the amazing goals .
-the best match was Russia and Portugal and the best goal I think Cristiano Ronaldo did .

CarlaC18
13/07/2018
BO
554
points

it was surprise that Germany is out. I only saw some matches but i think that the some teams played really good. I was supporting to Argentina, but now i am supporting to france.


CarlaC18
13/07/2018 05:20
Bolivia
Chelsea
554

it was surprise that Germany is out. I only saw some matches but i think that the some teams played really good. I was supporting to Argentina, but now i am supporting to france.

Bambimey
13/07/2018
BO
515
points

i think that Coutinho`s goal was the best.


Bambimey
13/07/2018 05:18
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

i think that Coutinho`s goal was the best.

Paola GV
12/07/2018
BO
-1965
points

I am supporting France.
I think Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was the best.


Paola GV
12/07/2018 20:21
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

I am supporting France.
I think Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was the best.

Ashly
12/07/2018
BO
616
points

I think the biggest surprise was the Germany has played badly
I do not know , becaude I haven't seen any matches
I don't support any team


Ashly
12/07/2018 16:43
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

I think the biggest surprise was the Germany has played badly
I do not know , becaude I haven't seen any matches
I don't support any team

Ashly
12/07/2018
BO
616
points

I think the biggest surprise was that Germany has played badly
I do not know, because I hace not seen any macthes
I do not support any team


Ashly
12/07/2018 16:39
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

I think the biggest surprise was that Germany has played badly
I do not know, because I hace not seen any macthes
I do not support any team

Paola GV
12/07/2018
BO
-1965
points

I am supporting France.
I think Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was the best.


Paola GV
12/07/2018 02:17
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

I am supporting France.
I think Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal was the best.

milos
09/07/2018
RS
1786
points

I support England in world cup.They play really good football,and I think that they might win these world cup.


milos
09/07/2018 10:29
Serbia
Manchester United
1786

I support England in world cup.They play really good football,and I think that they might win these world cup.

nando
08/07/2018
BO
466
points

it was unexpected
for me was the match of Portugal - Spain
I think Brazil


nando
08/07/2018 22:35
Bolivia
Manchester United
466

it was unexpected
for me was the match of Portugal - Spain
I think Brazil

jafetkevinbarra
06/07/2018
BO
501
points

This is very helpful I feel quite informed due to this activity.


jafetkevinbarra
06/07/2018 06:18
Bolivia
Manchester United
501

This is very helpful I feel quite informed due to this activity.

Merian Ivette
05/07/2018
BO
462
points

I think Tony Cross’s goal was the best.
I am supporting Uruguay.


Merian Ivette
05/07/2018 16:17
Bolivia
Manchester United
462

I think Tony Cross’s goal was the best.
I am supporting Uruguay.

Ramiro51
04/07/2018
BO
261
points

Cavani's goal was the best


Ramiro51
04/07/2018 19:05
Bolivia
Manchester City
261

Cavani's goal was the best

Belensaa
03/07/2018
BO
702
points

The new system that is being used at the World Cup is ***


Belensaa
03/07/2018 17:33
Bolivia
Manchester City
702

The new system that is being used at the World Cup is ***

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NGOMDUM
03/07/2018
CM
1
points

Hi
Pls what do the following mean?
He should have been BOOKED FOR DIVING.
When Vardy got that TAP IN.

Thanks alot!


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NGOMDUM
03/07/2018 13:31
Cameroon
Manchester United
1

Hi
Pls what do the following mean?
He should have been BOOKED FOR DIVING.
When Vardy got that TAP IN.

Thanks alot!

Vanesa Vega's picture
Vanesa Vega
02/07/2018
MX
413
points

I share the same opinion about how bad Germany played this World Cup, in addition, I'm also shocked about Argentina, Portulgal and Spain result.
I think that not only mexicans were delighted with Mexico-Germany match, there's also Russia's and Arabia Saudi, I think Russians must be absolutely thrilled with their team up to now!
Obviously Mexico, but now they are out of this world cup. Now I think I'll go for Russia or France!
VAR.


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Vanesa Vega
02/07/2018 20:28
Mexico
AFC Bournemouth
413

I share the same opinion about how bad Germany played this World Cup, in addition, I'm also shocked about Argentina, Portulgal and Spain result.
I think that not only mexicans were delighted with Mexico-Germany match, there's also Russia's and Arabia Saudi, I think Russians must be absolutely thrilled with their team up to now!
Obviously Mexico, but now they are out of this world cup. Now I think I'll go for Russia or France!
VAR.

liruac
02/07/2018
CO
2
points

Yes, the big teams are out of World Cup, Germany out was a biggest surprise


liruac
02/07/2018 01:49
Colombia
Chelsea
2

Yes, the big teams are out of World Cup, Germany out was a biggest surprise

Coldfront
01/07/2018
PE
195
points

Obviously CR7 goal, it was really beautiful
I bet for Uruguay
And the football phrase is ***


Coldfront
01/07/2018 19:23
Peru
Liverpool
195

Obviously CR7 goal, it was really beautiful
I bet for Uruguay
And the football phrase is ***

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sofipedraza3
29/06/2018
BO
451
points

The best match was Spain-Portugal that were 3-3.
Well my country does not participate, so I'm supporting Latin
America, especially Brazil


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sofipedraza3
29/06/2018 07:30
Bolivia
Manchester United
451

The best match was Spain-Portugal that were 3-3.
Well my country does not participate, so I'm supporting Latin
America, especially Brazil

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Josias Guanoluisa
29/06/2018
EC
501
points

I think the best surprise was that Mexico defeated Germany, no doubt no one expected it.
The best match was Spain-Portugal that were 3-3 and the best goal was Nacho in this same game.
Well my country does not participate, so I'm supporting Latin
America, especially Colombia.

This week's phrase is *******


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Josias Guanoluisa
29/06/2018 02:05
Ecuador
Manchester United
501

I think the best surprise was that Mexico defeated Germany, no doubt no one expected it.
The best match was Spain-Portugal that were 3-3 and the best goal was Nacho in this same game.
Well my country does not participate, so I'm supporting Latin
America, especially Colombia.

This week's phrase is *******

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kwesimanifest
28/06/2018
GH
4584
points

I am supporting Belgium for the cup.
There have been too many upsets in this year's world cup with many underdogs surprising the world.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/06/2018 13:33
Ghana
Manchester United
4584

I am supporting Belgium for the cup.
There have been too many upsets in this year's world cup with many underdogs surprising the world.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/06/2018
GH
4584
points

This week's phrase is ***.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/06/2018 08:33
Ghana
Manchester United
4584

This week's phrase is ***.

Buchiy
27/06/2018
JP
2270
points

This week 's phrase is ***.


Buchiy
27/06/2018 11:42
Japan
Leicester City
2270

This week 's phrase is ***.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

The World-Cup-related football phrases have been super easy and this week's one is no different....Simply child's play. We need something that's more challenging than '***'!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 10:00
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

The World-Cup-related football phrases have been super easy and this week's one is no different....Simply child's play. We need something that's more challenging than '***'!

Rich's picture
Rich
27/06/2018
ES
364
points

Hi Ahmed Adam,

If you're looking for a few trickier phrases and hopefully some phrases that are new for you, take a look at our latest football-shout out. I've just posted it on the homepage :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
27/06/2018 11:57
Spain
Liverpool
364

Hi Ahmed Adam,

If you're looking for a few trickier phrases and hopefully some phrases that are new for you, take a look at our latest football-shout out. I've just posted it on the homepage :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.
The Best Goal So Far.

There have been some fantastic goals in the Russia Mundial including Ronaldo's dying minutes masterclass free-kick against Spain, Lingard's beautiful curler in England's 6-1 thrashing to debutants Panama and the Toni Kroos crucial last-gasp winner against Sweden.

However, I think Coutinho's absolute cracker against Switzerland has produced the best goal in the tournament so far. The ball was powerfully, beautifully and accurately striked. He gave the goalkeeper absolutely no chance. Simply, an absolute beauty!

When you play against a team that's already solid at the back and furthermore, parking the bus, you'll need a moment of an absolute individual brilliance to break the opposition down and open the scoring and that's what exactly Philip Coutinho did. Given the situation and the position from which Coutinho hit the ball, no argue he's scored the best goal so far.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 09:52
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.
The Best Goal So Far.

There have been some fantastic goals in the Russia Mundial including Ronaldo's dying minutes masterclass free-kick against Spain, Lingard's beautiful curler in England's 6-1 thrashing to debutants Panama and the Toni Kroos crucial last-gasp winner against Sweden.

However, I think Coutinho's absolute cracker against Switzerland has produced the best goal in the tournament so far. The ball was powerfully, beautifully and accurately striked. He gave the goalkeeper absolutely no chance. Simply, an absolute beauty!

When you play against a team that's already solid at the back and furthermore, parking the bus, you'll need a moment of an absolute individual brilliance to break the opposition down and open the scoring and that's what exactly Philip Coutinho did. Given the situation and the position from which Coutinho hit the ball, no argue he's scored the best goal so far.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.
The Best Match So Far.

The Portugal-Spain thriller has been the best match. It was an action-packed game that saw a little bit of everything. From wounder goals, to VAR controversies, to goalkeeping howlers and of course, fair amount of late drama. It was really an exciting game.

At some points, each team had been in a winning or losing position at least once to only end up sharing the points. Added to that, we also saw a variety of goalscoring techniques including: Ronaldo's precise spot kick, D.Costa's sensational moment of brilliance, Natcho's long-range powerful volley and CR7's last-minuite absolutely exquisite free-kick.

In conclusion, a game is said to be an exciting one, if it contained a lot of goals, some brilliant moments of magic and both sides were involved in them not like the England-Panama game, that was completely one-way traffic! The Spain vs Portugal game has definitely been the best match so far.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 09:50
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.
The Best Match So Far.

The Portugal-Spain thriller has been the best match. It was an action-packed game that saw a little bit of everything. From wounder goals, to VAR controversies, to goalkeeping howlers and of course, fair amount of late drama. It was really an exciting game.

At some points, each team had been in a winning or losing position at least once to only end up sharing the points. Added to that, we also saw a variety of goalscoring techniques including: Ronaldo's precise spot kick, D.Costa's sensational moment of brilliance, Natcho's long-range powerful volley and CR7's last-minuite absolutely exquisite free-kick.

In conclusion, a game is said to be an exciting one, if it contained a lot of goals, some brilliant moments of magic and both sides were involved in them not like the England-Panama game, that was completely one-way traffic! The Spain vs Portugal game has definitely been the best match so far.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.
The Biggest Surprise so far.

Germany's defeat to Mexico has been the biggest surprise . The National Manchaft came into this tournament as the defending champions as well as on top of FIFA rankings, so there were absolutely huge expectations that they'd easily top their group. Mexico, on the other hand, were expected to be fighting for second spot.

However, the South-American side surprised the footballing world and played an absolutely brilliant first half and if they'd converted those changes, they might have brought the game to bed going into the second half. Overall, they played an absolutely devastating football in the first half, or to be more specific, they performed some of the fastest counter-attacks in the tournament so far.

After the break the game became really one-sided and the World Champions could've set the game level in a second half that they completely dominated, but they were just far too wasteful. That takes nothing away from the Mexicans btw who produced what could possibly be one of the best games of their World Cup history.

Indeed it's been a huge shock and since football is, 11 against 11, then everything is possible in this absolutely crazy game, and who knows, despite this defeat, history might repeat itself as in 2010 when Spain lost their opening game to Switzerland, but then bounced back and even went on to win the tournament.

The only worry would be that the last team to have succeeded in winning back-to-back World Cups was Brazil. However, that was way back to the early ningteensixtes and since then no team has succeed in retaining the Would Cup trophy. (A surplus paragraph, I think)!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 09:49
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.
The Biggest Surprise so far.

Germany's defeat to Mexico has been the biggest surprise . The National Manchaft came into this tournament as the defending champions as well as on top of FIFA rankings, so there were absolutely huge expectations that they'd easily top their group. Mexico, on the other hand, were expected to be fighting for second spot.

However, the South-American side surprised the footballing world and played an absolutely brilliant first half and if they'd converted those changes, they might have brought the game to bed going into the second half. Overall, they played an absolutely devastating football in the first half, or to be more specific, they performed some of the fastest counter-attacks in the tournament so far.

After the break the game became really one-sided and the World Champions could've set the game level in a second half that they completely dominated, but they were just far too wasteful. That takes nothing away from the Mexicans btw who produced what could possibly be one of the best games of their World Cup history.

Indeed it's been a huge shock and since football is, 11 against 11, then everything is possible in this absolutely crazy game, and who knows, despite this defeat, history might repeat itself as in 2010 when Spain lost their opening game to Switzerland, but then bounced back and even went on to win the tournament.

The only worry would be that the last team to have succeeded in winning back-to-back World Cups was Brazil. However, that was way back to the early ningteensixtes and since then no team has succeed in retaining the Would Cup trophy. (A surplus paragraph, I think)!

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018
SD
2760
points

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TASK

The number six passed to the number ten who scored an absolutely brutal goal.

The goalkeeper made a truly brilliant fingertip save.

The fans celebrated the goal in an absolute sensation.

The captain delightfully lifted the trophy.

The atmosphere in the stadium was simply indescribable.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
27/06/2018 09:45
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.
TASK

The number six passed to the number ten who scored an absolutely brutal goal.

The goalkeeper made a truly brilliant fingertip save.

The fans celebrated the goal in an absolute sensation.

The captain delightfully lifted the trophy.

The atmosphere in the stadium was simply indescribable.

Leo Great
27/06/2018
CN
608
points

I don't think there are exclusive answers in Activity 2. Some adverbs can be used in more than one sentence. Please check, cheers!


Leo Great
27/06/2018 02:42
China
Liverpool
608

I don't think there are exclusive answers in Activity 2. Some adverbs can be used in more than one sentence. Please check, cheers!

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Rich
27/06/2018
ES
364
points

Hi Leo,

You're absolutely right! I should have checked that multiple answers were possible. I will change the quiz this morning.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
27/06/2018 08:22
Spain
Liverpool
364

Hi Leo,

You're absolutely right! I should have checked that multiple answers were possible. I will change the quiz this morning.

Thanks for pointing this out.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Skeldi
27/06/2018
AL
10
points

The biggest surprise for me has been the win of Peru with Australia.The match between Spain and Portugal has been the best match,so far.The best goal I think is the free kick goal of Cristiano Ronaldo against Spain,it was really fantastic because it was the third personal goal of Ronaldo in that match and the draw goal for Portugal.I am an Brasilian football fan and in this 21-st I am suporting Brazil as my national team Albania is not participating in this copetition.


Skeldi
27/06/2018 00:31
Albania
Liverpool
10

The biggest surprise for me has been the win of Peru with Australia.The match between Spain and Portugal has been the best match,so far.The best goal I think is the free kick goal of Cristiano Ronaldo against Spain,it was really fantastic because it was the third personal goal of Ronaldo in that match and the draw goal for Portugal.I am an Brasilian football fan and in this 21-st I am suporting Brazil as my national team Albania is not participating in this copetition.

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JohanaGallego1228
26/06/2018
CO
7
points

In this World Cup podcast, Rich and Jack spoke about a shock result. What do you think has been the biggest surprise at Russia 2018?
- the biggest surprise at Russia is that Mexico got a great result in its match.

What's been the best match so far? What has been the best goal? Use some extreme adjectives to describe these moments.
-The best Match was the last one between Poland and Colombia, It had a surprinsing result.
-I felt really happy with Cuadrado´s Goal.

Which team are you supporting in Russia?
-I am supporting Colombian Team

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase, too!
I am not pretty sure about it.

Sentences with adjectives:

1. The number six passed to the number ten who scored a goal.
-The number six did a surprising passed to the number 10 who scored a goal.
2. The goalkeeper made a save.
- The goalkeeper was really great with the save
3. The fans celebrated the goal.
-The fans were really happy with the goal
4. The captain lifted the trophy.
- The captain Lifted completely hight the trophy.
5. The atmosphere in the stadium was very good.
-The atmosphere in the stadium was fastastic.


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JohanaGallego1228
26/06/2018 19:48
Colombia
Manchester City
7

In this World Cup podcast, Rich and Jack spoke about a shock result. What do you think has been the biggest surprise at Russia 2018?
- the biggest surprise at Russia is that Mexico got a great result in its match.

What's been the best match so far? What has been the best goal? Use some extreme adjectives to describe these moments.
-The best Match was the last one between Poland and Colombia, It had a surprinsing result.
-I felt really happy with Cuadrado´s Goal.

Which team are you supporting in Russia?
-I am supporting Colombian Team

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase, too!
I am not pretty sure about it.

Sentences with adjectives:

1. The number six passed to the number ten who scored a goal.
-The number six did a surprising passed to the number 10 who scored a goal.
2. The goalkeeper made a save.
- The goalkeeper was really great with the save
3. The fans celebrated the goal.
-The fans were really happy with the goal
4. The captain lifted the trophy.
- The captain Lifted completely hight the trophy.
5. The atmosphere in the stadium was very good.
-The atmosphere in the stadium was fastastic.

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acicala
26/06/2018
ES
824
points

1. The number six passed to the number ten who scored an absolutely incredible goal.
2. The goalkeeper made a definitely crucial save.
3. The absolutely excited fans celebrated the long-awaited goal.
4. The captain lifted the extremely prized trophy.
5. The atmosphere in the completely packed stadium was unusually good.

This week’s: “***".


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acicala
26/06/2018 17:26
Spain
Chelsea
824

1. The number six passed to the number ten who scored an absolutely incredible goal.
2. The goalkeeper made a definitely crucial save.
3. The absolutely excited fans celebrated the long-awaited goal.
4. The captain lifted the extremely prized trophy.
5. The atmosphere in the completely packed stadium was unusually good.

This week’s: “***".

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elghoul
26/06/2018
DZ
2804
points

*** for ***** ******* *******. 

In fact we have seen yesterday that it was otherwise a concern for the referee ruling the match between Iran and Portugal.


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elghoul
26/06/2018 17:07
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

*** for ***** ******* *******. 

In fact we have seen yesterday that it was otherwise a concern for the referee ruling the match between Iran and Portugal.

Irina
26/06/2018
MK
14
points

1.Great assist by number six and even
better finish by number ten.
2.That was a crucial save from the
goalkeeper.
3.This goal made their fans jump
around with a smile on their faces.
4.The captain and the leader of this
team lifted the trophy.
5.The stadium looked magnificent and
the fans were constantly cheering for
their team.


Irina
26/06/2018 16:38
Macedonia
Chelsea
14

1.Great assist by number six and even
better finish by number ten.
2.That was a crucial save from the
goalkeeper.
3.This goal made their fans jump
around with a smile on their faces.
4.The captain and the leader of this
team lifted the trophy.
5.The stadium looked magnificent and
the fans were constantly cheering for
their team.

Irina
26/06/2018
MK
14
points

The biggest suprise for me at this World Cup is Croatia. I was absolutely stunned by their performance against Argentina. They played very nice football. They were controling the whole game. Their first goal was for sure moment of football magic. Rebic managed to put the ball in the net from extremely delicat position. Luka Modric is their most important player for sure.
The best match has to be Spain vs Portugal. So much individual skills, intence game and a last minute goal. Diego Costa's goal was absolutely amazing. He was "dancing with the ball" in Portugal's penalty area. What to say about Cristiano Ronaldo... Wold class player. His position was extremely difficult but he managed to score from the freekick. At the end 6 goals and 3:3 as a result. A game that is interesting even for those who are not in love with football.
Cherishev's first goal vs Saudi Arabia is my favourite so far. He had a great first touch in their penalty area, insane ball control and very smart trick that made 2 opposite players to lay on the pitch and watch his amazing finish.
Denmark 0:1 France
Australia 1:1 Peru
Nigeria 1:2 Argentina
Island 0:1 Croatia
Servia 1:2 Brasil
Switzerland 1:0 Costa Rica
Mexico 2:1 Sweden
South Korea 0:2 Germany
England 2:2 Belgium
Panama 0:1 Tunis
Japan 2:1 Polska
Senegal 1:1 Columbia


Irina
26/06/2018 16:22
Macedonia
Chelsea
14

The biggest suprise for me at this World Cup is Croatia. I was absolutely stunned by their performance against Argentina. They played very nice football. They were controling the whole game. Their first goal was for sure moment of football magic. Rebic managed to put the ball in the net from extremely delicat position. Luka Modric is their most important player for sure.
The best match has to be Spain vs Portugal. So much individual skills, intence game and a last minute goal. Diego Costa's goal was absolutely amazing. He was "dancing with the ball" in Portugal's penalty area. What to say about Cristiano Ronaldo... Wold class player. His position was extremely difficult but he managed to score from the freekick. At the end 6 goals and 3:3 as a result. A game that is interesting even for those who are not in love with football.
Cherishev's first goal vs Saudi Arabia is my favourite so far. He had a great first touch in their penalty area, insane ball control and very smart trick that made 2 opposite players to lay on the pitch and watch his amazing finish.
Denmark 0:1 France
Australia 1:1 Peru
Nigeria 1:2 Argentina
Island 0:1 Croatia
Servia 1:2 Brasil
Switzerland 1:0 Costa Rica
Mexico 2:1 Sweden
South Korea 0:2 Germany
England 2:2 Belgium
Panama 0:1 Tunis
Japan 2:1 Polska
Senegal 1:1 Columbia

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elghoul
26/06/2018
DZ
2804
points

1. Number ten scored a beautiful goal.

2. The goal keeper made a wonderful save.

3. The fans massively celebrated the goal.

4. The great captain lifted happily the most liked trophy.

5. The atmosphere at the stadium was absolutely thrilled.

The best goal was Kroos kick-off. German fans were absolutely outhearted after seeing their last chance succeeding.

I am supporting Belgium and Croatia after I watched them playing. I was at first fan of Deutchland Manschaft.


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elghoul
26/06/2018 13:06
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

1. Number ten scored a beautiful goal.

2. The goal keeper made a wonderful save.

3. The fans massively celebrated the goal.

4. The great captain lifted happily the most liked trophy.

5. The atmosphere at the stadium was absolutely thrilled.

The best goal was Kroos kick-off. German fans were absolutely outhearted after seeing their last chance succeeding.

I am supporting Belgium and Croatia after I watched them playing. I was at first fan of Deutchland Manschaft.

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Liubomyr
26/06/2018
UA
2970
points

I think that the phrase is '***', which stands for 'v**** a******** r******'.


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Liubomyr
26/06/2018 09:21
Ukraine
Watford
2970

I think that the phrase is '***', which stands for 'v**** a******** r******'.

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Language: Extreme adjectives

Task: Improve five sentences with extreme adjectives