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Dele Alli in action for Spurs against Manchester City.

Shopping - 16/17 ep.9

Shopping - 16/17 ep.9

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest round of Premier League matches. They also take a look at different sentences that use the present perfect and look at how it is used in different situations. They also take a shopping trip and Rich buys a strange item of football merchandise. We also have news about our Premier Skills Fantasy Football team and a new football phrase for you to guess. Enjoy!

How much did you understand?


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

Son Heung-min was man of the match in Tottenham's top of the table clash against Manchester City.

A first defeat of the season for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City team.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1: In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Dele Alli scores for Tottenham against Manchester City.

Present perfect to talk about the recent past.

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about the present perfect. One common use of the present perfect is to talk about the recent past. Take a look at this example from the podcast:

I've bought this fantastic Aston Villa bread press.

From the context of the dialogue, Jack and Rich are in a shopping centre, we know that Rich has bought the bread press recently. But, sometimes we might want to emphasise this more and we might use the word 'just' to show this. The above example would then become:

I've just bought this fantastic Aston Villa bread press.

For example, if you arrive home late and your dad is watching a match on TV, you might ask him what is happening. He might say:

Arsenal have just had a player sent off.

This would mean that Arsenal had a man sent off recently, probably within the last 10 minutes. However, context is very important when we speak about the recent past. In this example, 'recent' might mean a few weeks rather than a few minutes!

I've just got back from my holidays in Italy.

Now in this activity, learn a little more about the present perfect and test your understanding. 

Activity 2: Take a look at the sentences. There is a mistake in each of them. Try to correct them.
Can you correct the mistakes?

Dimitri Payet scored the best goal of the weekend against Middlesbrough.

Present perfect with superlatives

Superlatives (the best, the worst, the most interesting etc.) often go together with the present perfect. In the podcast, you heard these examples:

That's the best goal I've ever seen.

That's one of the most pointless items I've ever seen.

Look at these sentence stems below and copy and complete your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Which one doesn't use the present perfect?

  1. The best goal I've ever seen was...........

  2. The most exciting match I've ever watched was.........................

  3. The furthest I've ever travelled to see a match was..........

  4. The coldest place I've ever been to was............

  5. The hottest place I've ever visited was..............

  6. The happiest memory that I have got is ..............

  7. The best song that I've ever heard is...........

If you want to learn more about how to use the present perfect, check out podcast 56 or take a look at the activities on our Learn English website.

Son Heung-min and Fernando battle for the ball at White Hart Lane.


If the listening was difficult, listen again and read the transcript at the same time.
Read and listen at the same time!


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: This week, we’ve got a new player article. It’s all about Tottenham’s South Korean forward Son Heung-min striker. He’s been playing really well recently and you can find out more about him, practise your reading skills and test your football English with the quiz at the end of the article.

Rich: Yeah, there is some pretty tricky vocabulary in the quiz this week. What’s a one-two or a feint? Find out in the article and quiz. But you’re right, Jack. Son has been playing well and I think he was the man of the match in Tottenham's top of the table clash against Manchester City at the weekend.

Jack: Yeah, he was good and as an Arsenal fan it’s difficult to say, but Spurs are looking good again this season.

Rich: Yes, it was a great win for Spurs and a first defeat of the season for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Jack: In last week’s podcast, we spoke about some idioms and one of those idioms was ‘to run away with something’. In sport, this idiom means to win a competition very easily.

Rich: We asked you if Manchester City are going to run away with the Premier League title this season. And we had lots of different opinions. Some of you, like Davilillons from Spain and Elghoul in Algeria, think City will run away with the league this season. Others, like Alex in Ukraine, think that there is no way City will run away with the title and others, like Kwesimanifest in Ghana, think it’s still too early in the season to know.

Jack: I wonder if anybody has changed their mind after Tottenham's win against City. I have. I think this season will be close again and four or five teams have a chance of winning it - including Arsenal.

Rich: And Liverpool, too!

Latest news 

Jack: Here are the Premier League headlines this week.

News sting

Rich: Spurs beat City 2-0 to end Pep Guardiola’s unbeaten start to the season.

Jack: Yes, Guardiola has lost for the first time. An own goal by Alexandr Kolorov and a nice goal by Dele Alli - assisted by Son Heung-min gave Spurs a well-deserved victory and Manchester City something to think about.

Rich: Arsenal strike late to beat Burnley.

Jack: Arsenal are up to third place in the Premier League and have now won five Premier League matches in a row. The Gunners had to wait until the fifth minute of injury time to get the winner. Defender Laurent Koscielny got the goal to give Arsenal a 1-0 win.

Rich: Dimitri Payet saves West Ham.

Jack: Dimitri Payet scored the best goal this weekend to get West Ham’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough and give West Ham their first point in 5 matches. Payet’s first goal of the season was a wonderful goal - he took the ball past five defenders before hitting the ball past the keeper.

Jack: I’m here on Oxford Street in London with Rich who has been doing a spot of shopping....So Rich, what HAVE you bought?

Rich: I’ve bought this fantastic Aston Villa bread press.

Jack: A what? A bread press? What on earth is a bread press.

Rich: Look it’s here. Let me show you.

Jack: Wooahh! Careful Rich. That taxi nearly knocked you over! You must be really excited about this. Yeah, errr nice. I still have no idea what it is.

Rich: It’s for your toast in the morning. Use the press to print AVFC onto the bread and then make your toast Fantastic for all Villa fans!

Jack: What if you want jam?

Rich: What do you mean?

Jack: When you put jam on your toast you can’t see the writing. And you’re going to eat the toast, aren’t you? It’s one of the most pointless things I’ve ever seen. Can you get your money back?

Rich: Alright, alright - I’ve still got the receipt, I’ll take it back.

Jack: How much did it cost?

Rich: 10 quid

Jack: 10 quid! With 10 quid we can get a full English breakfast with toast but just butter - no letters! Wah wah!


Rich: We always take a look at some language in the podcast and in the last two section of the podcast, Jack and I used lots of examples of the present perfect.

Jack: We create the present perfect using the verb have and then a verb in the third form. So, you heard Rich say ‘I have bought this fantastic Aston Villa bread press.’ He said ‘I have bought’.

Rich: We’re using the present perfect to describe something that has happened recently that has just happened. Imagine that I’m watching Liverpool play Arsenal on TV. Jack goes to the toilet and then comes back.

Jack: What’s happened? Have I missed anything?

Rich: Liverpool have scored twice and Arsenal have had a man sent off!

Jack: Really!!

Rich: No, nothing’s happened. It’s still 0-0.

Jack: In that dialogue there were five examples of the present perfect. Listen again to the dialogue and see if you can hear all 5.

Jack: What’s happened? Have I missed anything?

Rich: Liverpool have scored twice and Arsenal have had a man sent off!

Jack: Really!!

Rich: No, nothing’s happened. It’s still 0-0.

Jack: A more difficult phrase from earlier is when I was talking about Rich’s new bread press and I said that it was ‘one of the most pointless things I’ve ever seen’

Rich: Here, Jack is using the present perfect to talk about something that he has seen for the first time. We often use ‘never’ and ‘ever’ with the present perfect. We use never in positive sentences to mean something that is negative and ever to ask questions.

Jack: I might say: I’ve never been to Russia or have you ever eaten sushi?

Rich: And to emphasise something even more we often use a superlative form. So you could say the best ...  that’s the best goal I’ve ever seen.


Jack: I also used a superlative and the present perfect when I was talking about that bread press. I said ‘it’s one of the most pointless things I’ve ever seen’.

Rich: Alright! Don’t go on about it. If you want to practise this language a little bit more, we’ve got some activities and examples further down this page.

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 ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint’ and it is used to describe something that lasts a long time so there is no point in using all of your energy straight away. The Premier League season is a marathon not a sprint so Manchester City have started fast but who knows what will happen in May?

Rich: A special well done to Liuboymr and Alex from Ukraine! You were the only listeners to get the phrase right last week. It was definitely a difficult one.

Jack: This week’s phrase is to **** ****. This phrase has got two words and outside of football the phrase means to return to our house. You might say to your friend after the cinema ‘Shall we go for something to eat or **** ****? In football, the expression is more idiomatic. The second word in the phrase means the net or the goal and the first word is the part of your body that sits on your shoulders. To **** **** means to score a goal with this part of your body.

Rich: Wow! You got there in the end, Jack!

Jack: It was quite a complicated definition - let’s see if anyone can get it right.


Jack: A bit of a disaster on our predictions last week, Rich.

Rich: Yes,I  went for a draw between Spurs and Manchester City, you went for a Man City win and so did over 80% of our listeners.

Jack: So no points for anybody this week. So you’re still winning, Rich, going into the international break.

Rich: Of course, so there are no Premier League matches this weekend. But we will be back with another prediction in this week’s podcast and we’ll take a look at how Premier League players perform while they are away with their countries.

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. And remember to take a look at our Fantasy Football page and join in the discussions!

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!


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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, we spoke about a strange item of football merchandise and using the present perfect with superlatives.

  1. Have you ever bought anything with the name of your football team on it? A shirt, a scarf, or maybe something a bit different?

  2. Rich bought something that he really didn't need. Do you often buy things that you don't need? Why do people do this?

  3. In the section above, there are seven sentences that use superlatives and the present perfect. Can you complete the sentences?

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.
If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.

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admin's picture

Well done Liubomyr - spot on!

admin's picture
04/10/2016 21:04
United Kingdom

Well done Liubomyr - spot on!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture

Conrats to a compatriot ! :-)

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
05/10/2016 08:27

Conrats to a compatriot ! :-)


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