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Podcast 48 - False Friends

Podcast 48 - False Friends

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In this week's podcast, Rich and Jack talk about all the latest news from the Premier League and some awkward and embarrassing moments both on and off the football pitch. The language focus is on 'false friends' which are words that sound or look the same in English and your language but actually have very different meanings.

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:

"Leicester City are, once again, 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Tottenham slipped up at the weekend."

"He went round the keeper and somehow hit the post instead of putting the ball in an empty net."

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 has had some wonderful moments this season, but this wasn't one of them.

Language - False Friends

In the podcast, Jack and Rich gave some examples of false friends, which are words that sound or look similar in different languages but actually have different meanings. Take a look at these examples from the podcast: 

"The problem was I thought the Spanish for embarrassed was embarazado but embarazado actually means pregnant.  So, I said I didn’t like speaking Spanish because I was pregnant."

"The German magazine Der Spiegel had a picture of the Queen on their front page and it said 'Die Queen'!  It was because ‘the’ in German is ‘die’ so it didn’t mean ‘Die Queen!’ but ‘The Queen’."

There are many more words that look or sound similar to English in your own language that also have similar meanings than 'false friends'; those words that look similar but have different meanings. When you are speaking, it's usually a positive thing to try to make a guess and use your first language, or another language, to make a guess at a word. However, it's important to try to remember some of the common false friends that exist between your language and English. In the activity below you can try to guess some of the false friends that exist in different languages. If you want to know more false friends in your language, have a look at this link from Wikipedia.

Activity 2: In this activity, take a look at some of the false friends that exist between English and some other languages from around the world. Can you guess the missing word?
Can you match the false friends to their descriptions?

Will Leicester City fans be celebrating their first Premier League trophy this weekend?

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, we’re going to talk about the latest news from the Premier League and we’re going to speak about embarrassing and awkward moments. The language focus is on false friends which are words that look or sound the same in English and your language but actually have very different meanings.

Jack: And later, Rich will make this week’s Premier League prediction and we have another football phrase for you to guess in our football vocabulary game.

Rich: Leicester are once again 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Tottenham slipped up at the weekend.

Jack: Yes, we’re going to talk about the race for the title in a bit more detail later on, but it’s looking really good for Leicester City. Can we take a look at a couple of the phrases you used in that sentence, Rich?

Rich: Of course, I’m sure one of the words was clear, wasn’t it?

Jack: Yes it is, I’m not sure it is that clear!

Rich: Clear has lots of different meanings. You just said I’m not sure it is clear. In your sentence it means easy to understand so if something is not clear, it’s not easy to understand. In my sentence, clear means some distance away from something, you might say the plane is clear of the clouds when it flies above them. Leicester are 7 points clear at the top of the table or 7 points clear of Tottenham.

Jack: That’s much clearer now, thanks. The other phrase you used was to slip up. You said Tottenham slipped up at the weekend.

Rich: Ah, yes. To slip means to fall over or nearly fall over. You usually slip because the floor is wet or icy, or you slip on something like a banana skin - maybe because you’re not paying attention. And to slip up is a phrasal verb which means to make a careless mistake or error.

Jack: So, Tottenham slipped up because they only drew 1-1 with West Brom when everybody thought they would win.

Rich: Exactly.

Jack: Right, well, we’ll talk a little bit more about the Premier League title race later on.

Rich: We had a new football phrase for you to guess last week. I think it was the most difficult one we’ve had because nobody got it right.

Jack: But some of you used phrases that were nearly right. I think the closest were KOPHG from South Korea who said ‘historic comeback’ and Pavlo from Ukraine who said ‘comeback’. These phrases have similar meanings to the right phrase but are used as nouns and we were looking for a verb.

Rich: Aragorn1986 from Montenegro was also close when he said ‘to bounce back’. This is a verb but is not usually used within the same match. You usually ‘bounce back’ from a defeat or a difficult situation. So, if you lose a match 4-0 one week and then win your next match you can say the team bounced back.

Jack: The phrase we were looking for was ‘to come from behind’. When a team is losing a match but wins in the end, you can say, ‘they came from behind to win’.

Rich: Last week, Liverpool came from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund. They were losing 2-0 at halftime but won the match 4-3.

Jack: You always have an excuse to talk about that match, Rich! What else did we ask our listeners in last week’s podcast?

Rich: We asked them to talk about changes they think will happen in the next few years. It was good to see everybody having a go at the future perfect, which was last week’s language focus.

Jack: SalvaGH from Spain thinks that technology will have changed football by 2030 and he will also have got a good job by then.

Rich: Good luck to SalvaGH with the job hunting! Freddy from Ukraine thinks that Chinese clubs will have become more successful by then.

Jack: It could happen. There is a lot of money in Chinese football at the moment. Kwesimanifest from Ghana thinks Manchester Utd will have won lots more trophies, AssemJuve thinks Liverpool will have won the Champions League again and Aragorn1986 thinks we will see players with heart monitors to check that they are not in danger.

Rich: I think that is a good idea. Elghoul from Algeria said that Algeria might have won the World Cup by 2030 and with a player like Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez they might do it!

Jack: We’re going to speak more about Leicester and Riyad Mahrez in our next section.

Rich: What’s the latest from the Premier League, Jack?

Jack: As we mentioned earlier, Tottenham Hotspur slipped up at the weekend. They could only draw 1-1 at home to West Bromwich Albion. But, there were no nerves at Leicester despite being without their star striker, Jamie Vardy, who was suspended for the match. The Foxes took the lead after only 10 minutes and Leicester beat Swansea City 4-0.

Rich: it was a great day for Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez. He scored the first goal and after the match he took a helicopter to the PFA awards ceremony in London. He won the PFA Player of the Year award and is the first player from Africa to ever win it.

Jack: His season just gets better and better!

Rich: You agreed with Mahrez as the winner. In our vote last week, over 80% of you thought he was going to win it and he did!

Jack: Tottenham’s Dele Alli won the Young Player of the Year award. He’s scored some great goals this season and I’m sure he’s recovered from that embarrassing miss a couple of week’s ago against Stoke. Did you see it?

Rich: Yes, he went round the keeper and somehow hit the post instead of putting the ball in an empty net. It was embarrassing, but he scored a great goal a few minutes later!

Jack:  Any more news, Rich?

Rich: Manchester Utd and Crystal Palace will play each other in the FA Cup Final. Utd beat Everton with a last minute goal and Palace beat Watford 2-1. It’s a repeat of the 1990 Cup Final and that finished 3-3 so I hope it’ll be a good game.

Jack: And this week it’s the semi-finals of the Champions League. Are you going to watch Manchester City play Real Madrid tonight, Rich?

Rich: I’ll be watching.  I think City have a good chance. I’ve heard Ronaldo might be injured, and Benzema, too.

Jack: Yes, that would be helpful for City. It would be really awkward if City played Bayern in the Final, wouldn’t it?

Rich: Why?

Jack: Pep Guardiola, Manchester City!

Rich:  Ah yes, of course. That would be awkward!

Jack: Awkward is a tricky word. It means something that makes you feel embarrassed. Like when there is an awkward silence between people that don’t know each other or when you get a person name’s wrong. Isn’t that right, John!

Rich: John?? What are you talking about?

Jack: I was just giving an example, Rich. Don’t worry about it. I wonder what City fans would think about Guardiola if Bayern beat City in the final? Do you think he’d be welcome when he starts his new job as City manager?

Rich: No, I don’t think he would. It would be a disaster. There are lots of awkward or embarrassing things that can happen when we’re speaking a foreign language. I can remember practising my Spanish a few years ago and someone asked me why I didn’t use my Spanish so much. I said it was because I felt embarrassed.

Jack: What’s wrong with that?

Rich: Nothing. If I had said it correctly. The problem was I thought the Spanish for embarrassed was embarazado because the words are very similar but it isn’t. Embarazado actually means pregnant. So  i said I didn’t like speaking Spanish because I was pregnant.

Jack: Where’s the baby, Rich?

Rich: Very funny. I have another one, when I first started teaching in Spain, in the winter, lots of my students told me that they were constipated. In English, this means that you can’t go to the toilet because you have problems with your digestion. I thought that this was very strange and it wasn’t until much later that I realised that constipado means to have a cold, in Spanish!

Jack: That must have been awkward. I saw something similar the other day. You know that here in the UK we were celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday last week?

Rich: Yes

Jack: The German magazine Der Spiegel had a picture of the Queen on their front page and you’ll never guess what it said!

Rich: Go on.

Jack: It said Die Queen!

Rich: That’s a bit offensive.

Jack: It was because ‘the’ in German is ‘die’ so it didn’t say ‘die queen’ but ‘die queen’.

Rich: I wonder how many English speaking tourists saw that in Germany last week?

Jack: Quite a few I imagine. These types of words like embarrassed and embarazado in Spanish and ‘die’ or ‘die’ in German are called false friends. False friends are words that sound or look similar in two languages but are actually very different in meaning.

Rich: They exist in most languages. Normally it’s a very good thing to take risks with language and use a word that you think is similar in English and your own language.

Jack: But sometimes, the meaning might be different so it’s good to know about this so you can avoid awkward situations.

Rich: We’ve put a link in the lesson to some false friends in different languages. Have a look at them. Did you know about them?

Jack: That brings us to this week’s questions. Question 1: Would it be embarrassing for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola if City play Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final? Do you think it will happen?

Rich: Question 2: I spoke about something embarrassing that happened to Dele Alli and to myself. Can you tell us something awkward or embarrassing that has happened on the football pitch or to you?

Jack: And question 3: What false friends are there in your language? Have they ever caused you a problem when speaking English?

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 *********. It means to stop a player from playing because he did something wrong. Jamie Vardy was ********* for last week’s match against Swansea City because he received a red card in his previous match. He’s also banned or ********* for this week’s match against Manchester Utd.

Rich: Yes, they might miss him against Manchester Utd.

Jack: That’s the big match this weekend, right?

Rich: Definitely. It’s a difficult match for Leicester but they only need three points to win the Premier League title for the first time in their 132 year history. It’s an amazing story. Man Utd are in good form and are still trying for a top four finish. Leicester haven’t shown any nerves yet this season so I’m going to go for a 1-0 win to the Foxes with Riyad Mahrez scoring the winner to give them the Premier LEague title. Final score: Manchester Utd 0-1 Leicester City 1.

Jack: It could all be over this weekend. Wow!

Rich: 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.

Jack: 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.

Rich:  Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, we spoke about changes in football that could happen in the future.

  1. Would it be embarrassing for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola if City play Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final? Do you think it will happen?

  2. RIch and Jack spoke about a few embarrassing things in this week's podcast. Can you tell us something awkward or embarrassing that has happened on the football pitch or to you?

  3. What false friends are there in your language? Have they ever caused you a problem when speaking English?

​Rich predicts that Leicester City will beat Manchester Utd 1-0 this weekend and win the Premier League title! Do you agree?

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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gil_foot
07/11/2022
FR
566
points

Last weekend, I slipped up as the floor was completely wet


gil_foot
07/11/2022 09:27
France
Arsenal
566

Last weekend, I slipped up as the floor was completely wet

gil_foot
07/11/2022
FR
566
points

Rich's predict about Leicester City vs Manchester Utd 1-0 this weekend won't happen.... But Leicester will win the title for sure


gil_foot
07/11/2022 09:21
France
Arsenal
566

Rich's predict about Leicester City vs Manchester Utd 1-0 this weekend won't happen.... But Leicester will win the title for sure

gil_foot
07/11/2022
FR
566
points

In French, for instance, actually is written like "actuellement" in French but it's a different meaning.


gil_foot
07/11/2022 09:17
France
Arsenal
566

In French, for instance, actually is written like "actuellement" in French but it's a different meaning.

gil_foot
07/11/2022
FR
566
points

I don't remember any awkward moment on the pitch but after the game during the celebration of a win ! oh yes :)


gil_foot
07/11/2022 09:12
France
Arsenal
566

I don't remember any awkward moment on the pitch but after the game during the celebration of a win ! oh yes :)

gil_foot
07/11/2022
FR
566
points

Yes it would be embarrassing for Pep as he would win with Bayern but at the meantime, he would also help his future team.


gil_foot
07/11/2022 09:10
France
Arsenal
566

Yes it would be embarrassing for Pep as he would win with Bayern but at the meantime, he would also help his future team.

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hsn
28/06/2021
TR
5533
points

What do you think?
1-No.I don’t think so.
2- I was presenting about my company at a meeting. One of my colleague was at the slayt projection machine to make slideshow. He should have followed what I'm talking about and show the slayt related this topic.When I was speaking I realised that he've had daydream-:) so had went fast and lost correct order of slayts. It was an embarrassing state.
3- "Partner" this word is generally used as a spouse or lover in my language. There are lots of words originated Persian and Arabic in my language. A word "Zurna" means " We visited"in Arabic but in Turkish it means" Shrill pipe"an instrument of Turkish Folk Music.
Phrase---He slipped up by sneezing without closing his mouth-:) at his first date.


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hsn
28/06/2021 11:38
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5533

What do you think?
1-No.I don’t think so.
2- I was presenting about my company at a meeting. One of my colleague was at the slayt projection machine to make slideshow. He should have followed what I'm talking about and show the slayt related this topic.When I was speaking I realised that he've had daydream-:) so had went fast and lost correct order of slayts. It was an embarrassing state.
3- "Partner" this word is generally used as a spouse or lover in my language. There are lots of words originated Persian and Arabic in my language. A word "Zurna" means " We visited"in Arabic but in Turkish it means" Shrill pipe"an instrument of Turkish Folk Music.
Phrase---He slipped up by sneezing without closing his mouth-:) at his first date.

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mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6510
points

I thought United and Leicester would draw because of their ambitions both


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:23
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I thought United and Leicester would draw because of their ambitions both

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6510
points

The football phrase this week is ( suspended ) when you get a red card or 2 yellow cards for a bad tackle


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:23
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

The football phrase this week is ( suspended ) when you get a red card or 2 yellow cards for a bad tackle

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6510
points

one of the false friends in my language is that cake in Turkish is pasta so it's kinda confusing between sweet and sour lol


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mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:21
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

one of the false friends in my language is that cake in Turkish is pasta so it's kinda confusing between sweet and sour lol

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020
TR
6510
points

I don't think it's embarrassing at all because Pep's doing his job and Bayern was a period in his life and it's over


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
12/05/2020 20:18
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I don't think it's embarrassing at all because Pep's doing his job and Bayern was a period in his life and it's over

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
18/08/2016
IT
962
points

yess


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Ghigo
18/08/2016 10:56
Italy
Liverpool
962

yess

englishman
22/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

yes it is very good


englishman
22/06/2016 15:41
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

yes it is very good

englishman
22/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

it's fine


englishman
22/06/2016 15:40
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

it's fine

englishman
22/06/2016
DZ
1734
points

yes


englishman
22/06/2016 15:38
Algeria
Manchester City
1734

yes

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mzizo74
07/05/2016
EG
7
points

This week's football phrase is ( suspended )


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mzizo74
07/05/2016 11:34
Egypt
Liverpool
7

This week's football phrase is ( suspended )

ARPIREMA
03/05/2016
MX
51
points

'Correct me' Hy, I think this week football phrase is "suspended". Regarding false friends words I had a situation, I know it isn't a false friends word but I think is a bit similar: In Spanish Brasil is with "s", but in English is Brazil. I don know why, maybe for my english courses, but there was a time when I wrote Brazil all the time and didn't realize it, so I was very criticized. About embracing situations I think when a player fell himself, in order to cheat on referees and got it. If it is doing for any of my team players, I feel awkward, in Spanish we said "pena ajena", "embarrassing for other people".
Best regards.


ARPIREMA
03/05/2016 00:41
Mexico
Manchester United
51

'Correct me' Hy, I think this week football phrase is "suspended". Regarding false friends words I had a situation, I know it isn't a false friends word but I think is a bit similar: In Spanish Brasil is with "s", but in English is Brazil. I don know why, maybe for my english courses, but there was a time when I wrote Brazil all the time and didn't realize it, so I was very criticized. About embracing situations I think when a player fell himself, in order to cheat on referees and got it. If it is doing for any of my team players, I feel awkward, in Spanish we said "pena ajena", "embarrassing for other people".
Best regards.

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Rich
03/05/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Arpirema

Thanks for your message. You have correctly guessed this week's football phrase, well done! Your English is good and you don't have any problems communicating what you want to say, but there are one or two things we can help you with.

  1. You said, 'I think this week football phrase is' You should use the possessive 's' here, the sentence should read, 'I think this week's football phrase is'.
  2. 'Criticized' is a verb so we can't say 'very criticized', we use 'very' with adjectives. You could say, 'I was criticized a lot.'
  3. When you said the player 'fell himself' the verb you are looking for is 'dive'. You could say, 'when a player dives'.

Hope this helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
03/05/2016 09:29
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Arpirema

Thanks for your message. You have correctly guessed this week's football phrase, well done! Your English is good and you don't have any problems communicating what you want to say, but there are one or two things we can help you with.

  1. You said, 'I think this week football phrase is' You should use the possessive 's' here, the sentence should read, 'I think this week's football phrase is'.
  2. 'Criticized' is a verb so we can't say 'very criticized', we use 'very' with adjectives. You could say, 'I was criticized a lot.'
  3. When you said the player 'fell himself' the verb you are looking for is 'dive'. You could say, 'when a player dives'.

Hope this helps.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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ZoeyRedbird
01/05/2016
RU
369
points

I guess the phrase is ,, to slip up ''.


ZoeyRedbird's picture
ZoeyRedbird
01/05/2016 14:58
Russia
Manchester United
369

I guess the phrase is ,, to slip up ''.

Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2016
ES
594
points

That's a good guess ZoeyRedbird, but it's not the answer that we're looking for.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
01/05/2016 20:53
Spain
Liverpool
594

That's a good guess ZoeyRedbird, but it's not the answer that we're looking for.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016
PS
3705
points

I think the phrase is *********.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016 12:13
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I think the phrase is *********.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016
PS
3705
points

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


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016 12:12
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

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

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016
PS
3705
points

Yes it will be embarrassing,i do not think it will happen.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
30/04/2016 12:11
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Yes it will be embarrassing,i do not think it will happen.

AleksandarR
29/04/2016
ME
518
points

Man Utd 3-1 Leicester City


AleksandarR
29/04/2016 17:10
Montenegro
Manchester United
518

Man Utd 3-1 Leicester City

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016
TR
1761
points

I don't agree with Rich.I believe that Man Utd 0-0 Leicester City.


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HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016 04:23
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I don't agree with Rich.I believe that Man Utd 0-0 Leicester City.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016
TR
1761
points

I don't remember now.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016 04:21
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I don't remember now.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016
TR
1761
points

It happened in my country.Nearly 2 months ago,in Galatasaray - Trabzonspor match,the referee made lots of important mistakes against Trabzonspor and he sent off a Trabzonspor's player mistakenly and then Salih Dursun who plays for Trabzonspor took red card from the referee and he showed of to the referee.


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HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016 04:21
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

It happened in my country.Nearly 2 months ago,in Galatasaray - Trabzonspor match,the referee made lots of important mistakes against Trabzonspor and he sent off a Trabzonspor's player mistakenly and then Salih Dursun who plays for Trabzonspor took red card from the referee and he showed of to the referee.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016
TR
1761
points

I think it's not embarrassing because he is still the coach of Bayern Munich.I am not sure about that.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016 04:17
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I think it's not embarrassing because he is still the coach of Bayern Munich.I am not sure about that.

HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016
TR
1761
points

I predict that the word is send off.


HakanUslu1881's picture
HakanUslu1881
29/04/2016 04:15
Turkey
Leicester City
1761

I predict that the word is send off.

admin's picture
admin
29/04/2016
GB
560
points

That's a good guess HakanUslu1881, but it's not quite right. 

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
29/04/2016 07:56
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

That's a good guess HakanUslu1881, but it's not quite right. 

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

SalvaGH
28/04/2016
ES
841
points

I believe that this week's football phrase is *********


SalvaGH
28/04/2016 18:54
Spain
Manchester City
841

I believe that this week's football phrase is *********

SalvaGH
28/04/2016
ES
841
points

This week I don't agree with Rich in the prediction. I think Manchester United will win at Old Trafford this weekend. Final score: Man United 2-1 Leicester. So, "the foxes" will have to wait at least until next week to celebrate the title.


SalvaGH
28/04/2016 18:53
Spain
Manchester City
841

This week I don't agree with Rich in the prediction. I think Manchester United will win at Old Trafford this weekend. Final score: Man United 2-1 Leicester. So, "the foxes" will have to wait at least until next week to celebrate the title.

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kwesimanifest
27/04/2016
GH
4768
points

I predict 1-0 win for united hopefully Tottenham can close up so we have some steam in the final matches


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kwesimanifest
27/04/2016 18:35
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I predict 1-0 win for united hopefully Tottenham can close up so we have some steam in the final matches

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016
GH
4768
points

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


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016 18:32
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

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

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

Your guess is correct so I've covered up your answer to let others see if they can get it, too. I'd normally agree with you about wanting an exciting finish to the season, but I think I'd like to see Leicester win the title as soon as possible.


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 22:12
Spain
Liverpool
594

Your guess is correct so I've covered up your answer to let others see if they can get it, too. I'd normally agree with you about wanting an exciting finish to the season, but I think I'd like to see Leicester win the title as soon as possible.

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
27/04/2016
ME
3557
points

I predict a 0-0 draw this weekend at Old Trafford.


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aragorn1986
27/04/2016 16:50
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I predict a 0-0 draw this weekend at Old Trafford.

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aragorn1986
27/04/2016
ME
3557
points

I still remember that moment when Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for fighting each other on the pitch. And that wouldn't be strange if they hadn't been playing for the same team. That was an embarrasing performance for 'the Magpies'. Luckily, they have appologised later to the fans regreting their actions.


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aragorn1986
27/04/2016 16:48
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

I still remember that moment when Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer were sent off for fighting each other on the pitch. And that wouldn't be strange if they hadn't been playing for the same team. That was an embarrasing performance for 'the Magpies'. Luckily, they have appologised later to the fans regreting their actions.

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

Yes, I remember that. It must have been 10 years ago or more and definitely a very embarrassing moment for both players. I imagine there would have been an awkward silence in the dressing room the following day!


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 22:16
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, I remember that. It must have been 10 years ago or more and definitely a very embarrassing moment for both players. I imagine there would have been an awkward silence in the dressing room the following day!

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aragorn1986
27/04/2016
ME
3557
points

Why would it be embarrassing for him? He doesn't have a history with Man. City and he's doing his job as a professional. I doubt he decided to lead the citizens for he's a fan or smth. Recently we've witnessed a match between L'pool and Dortmund with Klopp as a manager. He was cold as ice when 'the Reds' were scoring goals against 'the milionaires'. Even he spent his best years in Borussia and became a legend. That's what the managers do after all. And that's why I think that Pep would not hesitate to strike back with full power. Both sides would show respect for him! If they meet in the final, what's quite possible.


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aragorn1986
27/04/2016 16:33
Montenegro
Arsenal
3557

Why would it be embarrassing for him? He doesn't have a history with Man. City and he's doing his job as a professional. I doubt he decided to lead the citizens for he's a fan or smth. Recently we've witnessed a match between L'pool and Dortmund with Klopp as a manager. He was cold as ice when 'the Reds' were scoring goals against 'the milionaires'. Even he spent his best years in Borussia and became a legend. That's what the managers do after all. And that's why I think that Pep would not hesitate to strike back with full power. Both sides would show respect for him! If they meet in the final, what's quite possible.

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elghoul
27/04/2016
DZ
3988
points

1.Gardiola would coach as a professional but I don't think it will happen after seeing the first leg between Real and City. 2.Every player who scores against his previous team will be embarrassing. 3.Between French and English there are a lot of false friends like actuel and actual (current) or ail and ail (ache) but not between English and Arabic or Berberic. I predict that there will be a tie between them (1.1). My guess : carded and *********.


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elghoul
27/04/2016 16:25
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

1.Gardiola would coach as a professional but I don't think it will happen after seeing the first leg between Real and City. 2.Every player who scores against his previous team will be embarrassing. 3.Between French and English there are a lot of false friends like actuel and actual (current) or ail and ail (ache) but not between English and Arabic or Berberic. I predict that there will be a tie between them (1.1). My guess : carded and *********.

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

You've got this week's football phrase, well done! It's very common to see players scoring and not celebrating against their former teams these days. I'm not sure if it's because the player is embarrassed or showing respect to the fans? What do you think?


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 16:41
Spain
Liverpool
594

You've got this week's football phrase, well done! It's very common to see players scoring and not celebrating against their former teams these days. I'm not sure if it's because the player is embarrassed or showing respect to the fans? What do you think?

haydi's picture
haydi
27/04/2016
TN
3189
points

Hi Rich, Hi Jack, I have just watched a live TV show on BBC news facebook page, it's about a memory of six people died in 1996 in Liverpool. I understood some words but, as I don't have an idea about the story, I could'nt understand the details, but I think that the accident is related to football. Is that true ?


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haydi
27/04/2016 16:15
Tunisia
Newcastle United
3189

Hi Rich, Hi Jack, I have just watched a live TV show on BBC news facebook page, it's about a memory of six people died in 1996 in Liverpool. I understood some words but, as I don't have an idea about the story, I could'nt understand the details, but I think that the accident is related to football. Is that true ?

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Haydi,

It was the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and 96 Liverpool fans died. You can find out more about it in this article on the BBC website. 

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 16:54
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Haydi,

It was the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 and 96 Liverpool fans died. You can find out more about it in this article on the BBC website. 

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Hassan_raja447
27/04/2016
PK
837
points

Correct me
I enjoyed quite a lot while listening to the Rich's experience of using word similar to embarrassing in Spanish. I think it would be very awkward when you are playing football and one of them dribble ball in between your legs. That moment is quite embarrassing for anyone who plays football.
In my opinion the football phrase of this week is misconduct or bad behavior or something like that.


Hassan_raja447
27/04/2016 13:05
Pakistan
Liverpool
837

Correct me
I enjoyed quite a lot while listening to the Rich's experience of using word similar to embarrassing in Spanish. I think it would be very awkward when you are playing football and one of them dribble ball in between your legs. That moment is quite embarrassing for anyone who plays football.
In my opinion the football phrase of this week is misconduct or bad behavior or something like that.

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Hassan_raja447,

That conversation in Spanish was an embarrassing situation but I can see the funny side now! 

Your English is really good, especially your vocabulary, words like awkward and dribble are usually only used by advanced English users. When we put a ball through a person's legs it's called a 'nutmeg' and it can be used as a noun or a verb. I've re-written your message below. One good way to learn is by comparing the two versions and trying to work out why my sentences are different. 

I enjoyed listening to Rich's experience of using a word similar to embarrassing in Spanish quite a lot.

I think it's very embarrassing when you are playing football and a player dribbles the ball between your legs. Being nutmegged is quite embarrassing for anyone who plays football.

Let me know if you have any questions. This week's football phrase is not misconduct or bad behaviour, sorry. Those are the reasons why he is *********.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 14:22
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Hassan_raja447,

That conversation in Spanish was an embarrassing situation but I can see the funny side now! 

Your English is really good, especially your vocabulary, words like awkward and dribble are usually only used by advanced English users. When we put a ball through a person's legs it's called a 'nutmeg' and it can be used as a noun or a verb. I've re-written your message below. One good way to learn is by comparing the two versions and trying to work out why my sentences are different. 

I enjoyed listening to Rich's experience of using a word similar to embarrassing in Spanish quite a lot.

I think it's very embarrassing when you are playing football and a player dribbles the ball between your legs. Being nutmegged is quite embarrassing for anyone who plays football.

Let me know if you have any questions. This week's football phrase is not misconduct or bad behaviour, sorry. Those are the reasons why he is *********.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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M.s. Aboelsafa
27/04/2016
EG
738
points

I think that this week's football phrase is *********


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M.s. Aboelsafa
27/04/2016 12:35
Egypt
Arsenal
738

I think that this week's football phrase is *********

Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016
ES
594
points

You're right! Well done! Let's see if anybody else can guess the correct answer smiley.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
27/04/2016 12:56
Spain
Liverpool
594

You're right! Well done! Let's see if anybody else can guess the correct answer smiley.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016
GH
4768
points

Yes the use of "nay" which is called "naa" normally causes me trouble when am speaking with adults because they don't like it and fill offended by such comments


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016 09:18
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Yes the use of "nay" which is called "naa" normally causes me trouble when am speaking with adults because they don't like it and fill offended by such comments

admin's picture
admin
27/04/2016
GB
560
points

Hi Kwesimanifest

I know what you mean. There are quite a few informal expressions that are informal and that some older people take as a sign of disrespect. English grammar is complicated enough. The impact of register or style of English is a really advanced topic. I once taught an Italian economics professor - a really smart man. He was preparing to deliver a lecture in Australia and I was helping him with the pronunciation of some very technical language. Just before he left, I asked him to present the whole thing to me. He stood up and shuffled his papers and said 'e lo' in a really singsong way. It was really difficult to explain to him that his tone was wrong - the language was fine, but it just didn't sound serious. Really difficult topic.

Thanks

Jack


admin's picture
admin
27/04/2016 10:50
United Kingdom
Arsenal
560

Hi Kwesimanifest

I know what you mean. There are quite a few informal expressions that are informal and that some older people take as a sign of disrespect. English grammar is complicated enough. The impact of register or style of English is a really advanced topic. I once taught an Italian economics professor - a really smart man. He was preparing to deliver a lecture in Australia and I was helping him with the pronunciation of some very technical language. Just before he left, I asked him to present the whole thing to me. He stood up and shuffled his papers and said 'e lo' in a really singsong way. It was really difficult to explain to him that his tone was wrong - the language was fine, but it just didn't sound serious. Really difficult topic.

Thanks

Jack

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016
GH
4768
points

I was embarrassed when I started learning French and was asked to state the meaning of infirmière and I answered informal.
It actually meant a nurse. You should have seen my face.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016 09:01
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I was embarrassed when I started learning French and was asked to state the meaning of infirmière and I answered informal.
It actually meant a nurse. You should have seen my face.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016
GH
4768
points

From yesterday's match against Real Madrid it's quite difficult for Manchester City to make it to the finals given that a scoring draw will see them not qualifying for the finals.
But in an unlikely event that Manchester City qualifiespecially and meet Bayern Munich it will be very embarrassing for pep because he might have to compromise and allow city beat bayern which will reduce his credibility or win against city and face hatred from the city fans.
In any of the ways it would be embarrassing.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/04/2016 08:52
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

From yesterday's match against Real Madrid it's quite difficult for Manchester City to make it to the finals given that a scoring draw will see them not qualifying for the finals.
But in an unlikely event that Manchester City qualifiespecially and meet Bayern Munich it will be very embarrassing for pep because he might have to compromise and allow city beat bayern which will reduce his credibility or win against city and face hatred from the city fans.
In any of the ways it would be embarrassing.

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