Learning Vocabulary: Rich's New Job (Part 2)
Rich is leaving the Premier Skills English Podcast. We are all very sad to see him go and wish him the best but we want to find out what he is going to do next. In this podcast, Rich tells Rowan and Jack that he is leaving and Rich imagines three future careers. The language focus is on Rich's favourite words in English. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.
Learning Vocabulary: Rich’s New Job (Part 2)
Jack: Hello my name’s Jack
Rowan: My name’s Rowan
Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.
Jack: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English.
Rowan: And this week’s podcast is a very special podcast, isn’t it Jack?
Jack: Yes, it is because this podcast is Rich’s last ever Premier Skills English podcast because Rich is leaving us.
Rich: Nice music. Well, I’m feeling sad but I’ve had a great time over the last five years writing and hosting the podcast and I really hope that I have helped our listeners with their English.
Rowan: You’ve written more than 700 episodes and we’ve had more than 7 million listens to the podcast so we’ve definitely been doing something right.
Rich: Yes, I hope so and I know that many of our listeners have been listening for a long time so I want to say a big thank you to all of you and thanks for listening. Listen out for the Richard Moon podcast soon! No, I don’t think so, but maybe … who knows!
Jack: So, if you’re not going to do a new podcast the big question is what are you going to do next? Have you got your dream move to Liverpool and we’re going to see you lining up with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane next week?
Rich: I wish but that’s what my final podcast is all about - what I’m going to do next. What’s my new job?
Rowan: In our roleplays this week, Rich tells us what his new job is and because it’s his final podcast we let him talk about some of his favourite words in English - that’s this week’s language focus.
Jack: This week’s podcast comes in three parts. In each part, Rich tells us what his new job is - a different job in each part. After each roleplay, we have a task for you to do.
Rowan: We want you to think of Rich’s career change and try to use some of Rich’s favourite words in English.
Rich: On the Premier Skills English website, you’ll be able to find all these podcasts and the transcript and extra activities that go with them.
Jack: So if you are listening to us on Apple Podcasts or Spotify or any other podcast platform, check out our website!
Rowan: And don’t forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess!
Rich: Before we start this week’s roleplay we’d just like to thank everyone for all their comments on the Premier Skills English website. It’s great to know that you’re enjoying the podcasts and all of the free learning materials we have on the site.
Jack: We’d like to give a shout-out to some of our listeners and tell everyone what they’ve been saying.
Rowan: The first person I’d like to say a big hello to is Taher Koshen from Somalia who is a new listener on the website and has been making lots of comments and doing many of our language tasks. Hi Taher and to all our new listeners this week.
Jack: I’d like to say hi to Camilozu from Colombia and many other listeners who told us how they are going to try to make an effort to reduce their carbon emissions the next time they go to a football match.
Rich: Finally I’d like to say thanks to MoBeckham from Turkey for sharing a recipe from his homeland. It’s something called Manti and I’d never heard of it before but it sounds absolutely delicious and I’m going to try to cook it this weekend.
Rowan: Lots of our comments this week were on our podcast about GameZero which was the first-ever major net-zero carbon football match that was played between Tottenham and Chelsea.
Jack: You can find this podcast and task in the podcast section on the Premier Skills English website.
Rich: OK, I think it’s time to reveal last week’s football phrase and see who got the right answer.
Last Week’s football Phrase
Rich: Right, our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.
Jack: Last week’s football phrase was a brace. Generally, this word is used to describe two of the same thing and comes from shooting – a brace of pistols means two pistols, a brace of birds are two birds that have been shot for food. In football, you can score a brace - two goals in one match. Last weekend, Cristiano Ronaldo and Odsonne Edouard both got a brace for their clubs.
Rowan: Thanks for all your answers and guesses last week. The first listener with the correct answer was Emmanuel from France. Well done Emmanuel!
Rich: Congratulations also go to Hornkey from Russia, HSN, Mehmet Sisman and Mobeckham from Turkey, Gerardo94 from Cuba, Taker Koshen from Somalia, Amirezagoal7 from Iran, Bagas from Indonesia, 258963 from Colombia, Thomassi from Hong Kong, WSanta from Argentina, and Emanuel Kwarteng from Ghana.
Jack: Later on, at the end of the podcast, we’ll have this week’s football phrase for you.
Introduction to Roleplay
Rich: As we said earlier, I’m leaving the Premier Skills English podcast this week so in this week’s roleplays we’re going to look at three jobs that I might possibly do instead.
Jack: You are about to hear this week’s first roleplay. We’ve just found out that Rich is leaving the podcast and we want to find out what he is going to do next.
Rowan: While you listen we want you to answer a question: What is Rich’s new job?
Jack: Have you heard Rich is leaving?
Rowan: Yes, just this morning. I couldn’t believe it. It was a big surprise. I bet he’s got a big job lined up. Probably doing something in the football industry.
Jack: Do you think? I’m sure he would have said something if he’d found something connected to footie. Here he comes now.
Rowan: Hey, Rich. How’s it going? We’ve heard the news that you’re leaving us.
Rich: Good news travels fast, eh?
Jack: Don’t be a nincompoop - we’re going to miss you. Why didn’t you say anything?
Rich: Well, I didn’t want to say anything until it was certain. I only got the news that I’d passed all the training last week and then I needed to make sure I was joining - it’s only a temporary contract but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
Rowan: I told you, Jack. You’ve got some kind of football job - as a translator at Liverpool or something.
Rich: Haha! No, it’s nothing to do with footie. You might be a bit surprised actually.
Jack: So, what are you going to do?
Rich: I’m going to be a ringmaster.
Rowan: A what? A ringmaster?
Jack: Like in the circus. The ringmaster - the master of ceremonies. The guy with the top hat and tails and the whip.
Rich: That’s the one. I’m joining a travelling circus. I don’t use a whip and we don’t have any animals but I will introduce all the acts - trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, magicians and I do have a shiny new top hat.
Rowan: It’s certainly different …
Rich: Ladies, and gentlemen, boys and girls, roll up, roll up. Welcome to the greatest show on Earth!
Rich: We have the funniest clowns, amazing acrobats and the most spectacular jugglers in town. Sit back, relax and enjoy. Now, on with the show!
Rowan: Rich, Rich you’re daydreaming. So, are you going to tell us what your new job is?
Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: What is Rich’s new job?
Jack: Well, the answer is of course a ringmaster. Rich’s new job is to introduce all the acts at the circus and welcome everyone into his big top.
Rowan: A bit of a career change, Rich.
Rich: Not, really Rowan - it’s still voice work just like on the podcast. I’ll have to watch out for the lions though.
Jack: No animals remember at your circus although you might want to avoid the clowns. I always find them a bit scary.
Rowan: OK, so we’re looking at some of your favourite words this week and you sneaked three of them into this roleplay.
Rich: Yes, I did. I wonder if our listeners spotted them or not. The first word is footie.
Jack: So, you can probably guess this is an informal word for football. Why do you like this word, Rich?
Rich: Well, as you probably all know, I love football but when we’re talking about footie it probably means I’m talking about football with friends or going to play football with friends.
Rowan: Did you watch the footie last night?
Rich: I did. Manchester United got a last-minute winner. They were very lucky.
Jack: What’s the next word that you like from the roleplay, Rich?
Rich: The word is shiny. I described my hat as shiny - it describes something that is bright because it reflects the light. Maybe I’m like a magpie - you know that bird that collects shiny things.
Rowan: It’s a nice sound isn’t it shiny?
Rich: I like the sh- sound and I also like adjectives that end in y because it makes me think that English is simple even though you might not think it is. Think about why we have these adjectives: shiny, dirty, funny, hungry, rainy.
Jack: And one more word from the roleplay, Rich.
Rich: The last word I want to talk about is juggle. I just love the sound of this word - juggle.
Rowan: Can you juggle, Rich?
Rich: With three balls it’s easy and I can juggle with four but I usually drop something after a few seconds.
Jack: So, juggle means to throw things in the air and catch them and repeat. We usually jungle for fun. Clowns at a circus are usually very good jugglers.
Rich: Juggle and juggler - both of them are just great words.
Jack: Right, it’s time for your task. In the roleplay, you just heard, Rich told us that he’s leaving the Premier Skills English Podcast to be an international super-spy.
Rowan: Rich also told us three of his favourite words.
Rich: We actually have two tasks for you to do. First, we want you to tell us if you think I would be a ringmaster. What kind of qualities do I need to have? What do I need to be good at and what do I need to avoid doing?
Jack: The second task is connected to the three favourite words that Rich spoke about. The words were:
Rowan: Tell us if you knew these words. Are they new for you? Do you like them? Tell us three of your favourite words in English.
Rich: Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.
Rich: OK, it’s time for our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.
Jack: When you know the answer, go to the podcast page on the Premier Skills English website or the review section on Apple Podcasts and write the word or phrase in the comments. If you’re correct we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast. So what is this week’s football phrase, Rich?
Rich: This week’s football phrase is **** *****. This phrase describes a player who is not bound by a contract and so can join any team at any time. Clubs often sign **** ****** on short-term deals outside of the transfer window.
Jack: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.
Rowan: Before we finish we just wanted to say that we hope you found this lesson useful and we hope all of you stay fit and healthy.
Rich: And for one final time I’d like to say bye for now and enjoy your football.
In the roleplay, Rich introduced some of his favourite words. Look at these sentences from the roleplay. Do you understand the words in bold?
Did you watch the footie last night?
I don’t use a whip but I do have a shiny new top hat.
We have the funniest clowns, amazing acrobats and the most spectacular jugglers in town.
Rich's favourite words
Rich is leaving the Premier Skills English Podcast. He told us that he's leaving to work as a ringmaster at the circus. We're not sure that we should believe that! He also spoke about three of his favourite words.
There are two tasks for you to do:
- Tell us if you think Rich would be a good ringmaster. What kind of qualities does he need to have? Would does he need to be good at and what does he need to avoid doing?
- Tell us if you knew Rich's favourite words. Were they new for you? Do you like them? Tell us three of your favourite words in English.
Write all your answers in the comments section and make a guess at this week's football phrase!.