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Learning Vocabulary: Cycling

Learning Vocabulary: Cycling

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich, Jack and Rowan go for a bike ride in the countryside. The language focus is on words connected to bikes and the countryside. In this week's task, we want you to design a cycle route in the countryside and give a Premier Skills English fitness score for cycling. Don't forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to guess.

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Learning Vocabulary: Cycling
Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rich: My name’s Rich

Rowan: and I’m Rowan  

Rich: And welcome to the Premier Skills English podcast ...

Jack: ... where we talk about football and English.

Rich: In the Premier Skills English podcast, we talk about football and help you with your English. 

Rowan: Don’t forget you can find the transcript for all our podcasts with examples and activities to help you understand the language, and a task for you to complete on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: In this Premier Skills English course, we’re looking at the different ways people stay fit and healthy.

Rich: We’re talking about lots of different sports and activities and will focus on language-related to fitness and some words and phrases connected to a specific sport. 

Jack: This lesson is all about cycling. We’ve been looking at lots of different sports and activities over the last few weeks and this lesson will follow a similar format.

Rich: We’re going to do a roleplay. The three of us are going for a bike ride in the countryside. We will use lots of words and phrases connected to cycling and relaxing in the countryside.

Rowan: In the roleplay, we’ll also tell you about the Premier Skills English fitness challenge that we’re doing.

Jack: We’re going to give a fitness score and a fun score for each of the sports and activities we look at.

Rich: And in the task we have for you later in the podcast, we want you to give your own fitness and fun scores and to tell us about a cycling route in your country.  We’ll have more about this later.

Last week’s Football Phrase 

Rowan: Before we start this week’s roleplay we need to look back at last week’s football phrase. 

Rich: OK, our football phrase. If you’ve not listened to the podcast before, every week we set our listeners a language challenge. We explain a football phrase or word and you have to guess what it is.

Rowan: When you know the answer, go to the Premier   Skills English website and write the word or phrase in the comments section for this podcast. If you’re correct we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast.

Rich: We had lots of correct answers last week but a special congratulations to Mo Beckham from Turkey who was the first with the right answer for the second week in a row.

Jack: And a big well done to the following listeners who also got the right answer: Mikolajspa from Poland, Hayato and Yoshichika from Japan, Marco Zapien from Mexico, Navid from Iran, Emmanuel from France, HSN from Turkey, and Liubomyr and Alex from Ukraine.

Rowan: The new football phrase is at the end of this podcast but we’re going to give you one more chance to guess last week’s football phrase. Are you ready?

Jack: The phrase was just a word and the word was dive. I chose this word because it’s a way of jumping into a swimming pool. You stretch your arms out and they go in the pool followed by your head and the rest of your body. Football players also dive but I’d prefer it if they didn’t. Diving is falling to the floor as if you’ve been fouled, often in a dramatic way, when nobody has touched you, to try to get a free-kick or penalty.

Rowan: We’ll give you the answer and a new football phrase at the end of this podcast.

Jack: If you remember, our last podcast was all about swimming and we asked whether you swam much.

Rich: Mikolajspa from Poland started swimming when he was just four years old and Marco Zapien from Mexico also swam a lot at an early age. He told us that he used to swim in competitions and he used to train with two-kilogram weights attached to his legs.

Jack: I couldn’t do that - I’d just sink to the bottom. Alex from Ukraine is another listener who isn’t worried about the water. He likes jumping from cliffs. He says that he only jumps when there is zero risk but it still sounds risky to me!

Rich: Thanks for all your comments and keep them coming.

Jack: If you haven’t heard this podcast it’s called Learning Vocabulary: Swimming and you can find it on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple Podcasts.

Introduction to roleplay: Fitness Challenge

Rich: In our roleplay, we are going for a bike ride in the countryside. Cycling is the fifth activity in our Premier Skills English fitness challenge series - you can find the other sports we’ve looked at on the website.

Jack: Our fitness challenge is a little competition between the three of us. We are trying out a few different sports and activities and we decide which is the best.

Rich: We’ve been running, swimming,   to the gym, played tennis and this time we’re going cycling.

Rowan: We give each activity a Premier Skills English fitness challenge score based on how much fun we have and how good the activity is for us.

Jack: It’s all a bit of fun but it should help all of us think more about keeping fit and healthy.

Rich: As always, the main focus is the language. In this roleplay, we’re going to focus on words and phrases connected to cycling and phrases connected to relaxing in the countryside.

Jack: In this roleplay, Rowan has been working really hard and needs a break so we decide to go for a leisurely bike ride in the countryside.

Rowan: While you listen we want you to answer two questions:

Rich: Question one: How long is the bike ride?

Jack: Question two: What did Rich enjoy most about the bike ride?


Countryside & Relaxing

Rich: It’s good to get out into the countryside, isn’t it?

Rowan: Yes, the fresh air is lovely and everything is so green.

Jack: I haven’t been out of the city for ages. Why don’t we do this more often?

Rowan: It’s nice to get out and about and I’ve definitely needed a change of scenery. Work has been manic recently. I’ve been so busy.

Jack: A change of scene can definitely improve your mood and help you relax a little.

Rich: Yes, you’ve been working your fingers to the bone. You need to slow down, Rowan.

Rowan: A leisurely ride in the country sounds like just the ticket - just what I need right now.

Jack: We’re going to take it easy today. We’re doing about 20 miles in total. 

Rich: With a break though, right?

Jack: Yes, Rich - we’ll stop for lunch about halfway - in a little village called Nether Wallop, it has a lovely little cafe.

Rowan: Good to know that we’re taking it easy - we’ll be able to enjoy the views. 

Jack: That’s what I thought but before that, we need a safety check.

Rich: Safety check?


Jack: We’ll be on a cycle track most of the time but we need to be safe and we don’t want our bikes breaking down or to get a puncture a couple of minutes into our ride.

Rowan: You’re right. Well, I can see we’ve all got our helmets.

Jack: Yep, good. There are a few other things we need to check: wheels, tyres, brakes, the chain and gears. 

Rich: Can’t we just leave already?

Jack: I’m serious. I got a puncture a few weeks ago and had to walk home in the dark! 

Rowan: I don’t need that happening. Wheels you say?

Jack: Yes, check that they’re turning correctly, no wobbles and then check the tyres. 

Rich: All good here.

Rowan: My back tyre is a bit flat. 

Jack: Let’s pump it up and then check the air pressure.

Rich: What else did you say we need to check? 

Jack: Check your brakes. It’s better to check them here. You don’t want to be flying down a hill to find out you can’t stop.

Rich: They’re good.

Jack: OK, turn the bike onto its saddle and check the chain - it might need some oil. I’ve got some in the car. Move the pedals and change the gears and check that the chain moves easily.

Rowan: Tyre pressure is good.

Jack: Great. Let’s finish our checks and it will be time to set off.


Rowan: I really enjoyed that. The wind in your hair. Exhilarating - that’s the word! 

Rich: Not too many hills - that’s what I like.

Jack: Yeah, the track’s an old railway line so it’s pretty flat.

Rowan: You disappeared for a while.

Jack: Yeah, I got a flat but I fixed it pretty quickly.

Rich: It didn’t take you long to catch us up.

Jack: I had to ride really fast. Feel I’ve earned my cream tea now.

Rowan: Oh yeah where’s that cafe you were talking about …

SCORES

Rich: OK, cycling was the fifth activity in our Premier Skills English fitness challenge. We need to give our opinions and scores. Jack?

Jack: It was fun - definitely fun. We had a leisurely ride so I’m not so sure about the fitness side of things. I’m going to give it nine for fun and six for fitness.

Rich: And you Rowan?

Rowan: I really enjoyed it. Getting out of the city and into the countryside helped me relax and forget about work. I’m going to give it ten for fun and seven for fitness. What about you Rich?

Rich: I definitely think cycling is more enjoyable when you are out in the country and even more so when it involves a cake at the halfway stage. Ten for fun and five for fitness but that’s because of the cake.

Jack: OK, so our final Premier Skills English Fitness challenge score is 47. That means cycling moves into joint second place in our list of top Premier Skills English activities.

LANGUAGE FOCUS

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions. The first question was: How long was the bike ride?

Rich: The answer is 20 miles in total. Ten miles to Nether Wallop and ten miles back.

Jack: Twenty miles is just over 32 kilometres if you were wondering.

Rowan: Our second question was: What did Rich enjoy most about the bike ride?

Rich: Well, I enjoyed the cycling and I really liked being in the countryside but I have to be honest and say the thing I loved the most was the cake.

Jack: It was very good cake.

Equipment 

Rich: Let’s focus on some language connected to cycling and the countryside we used in the podcast. Let’s start with the equipment.

Rowan: A bike and a helmet to go on your head.

Jack: OK, everyone will know the words bike and helmet so let’s look at some more difficult words we use to describe different parts of a bicycle. 

Rich: In the roleplay, Jack said we needed to do a safety check before our ride. Can you remember what he told us to check?

Jack: There are a few other things we need to check: wheels, tyres, brakes, the chain and gears. 

Rowan: He told us to check the wheels. Bikes have two round wheels that go round and round when you turn them. Jack told us to check if the wheels wobble.

Rich: Bike wheels sometimes wobble. I like this word - wobble. It means to move from side to side in an unstable way. 

Jack: Someone might wobble when they walk if they’ve drunk too much beer.

Rich: Exactly, well, a wheel can wobble if the wheel rim - that’s the round metal part of the wheel - is a little bent and not perfectly round.

Rowan: Jack also told us to check the brakes. He said:

Jack: Check your brakes. You don’t want to be flying down a hill to find out you can’t stop.

Rich: So, you press your brakes to stop the bike. You have a back brake and a front brake. It is also a verb. You brake with your brakes.

Rowan: Don’t confuse brake with break.

Jack: I’m confused.

Rowan: Brake. B - R - A - K - E is something to stop a car or bike, but break - B - R - E - A - K is a short rest. In the roleplay, we stopped for a break in Nether Wallop for cake.

Rich: Jack also asked us to check the bike chain. The chain is the little parts of metal that are connected in a loop that moves around when you move the pedals.

Jack: Pedals. There are two pedals on a bike. You put your feet on the pedals and push, the chain and the bike then move.

Rowan: Jack told us to check that the chain moves easily when we change gears.

Rich: Bikes might have 21 or 24 gears; cars usually have five gears. You use first gear to pedal up really big hills.

Jack: First gear is the easiest gear. I sometimes hear this phrase when people are talking about football and a team has won very easily.

Rowan: Oh, yeah, a commentator might say something like ‘United didn’t need to get out of first gear to win’.

Rich: It means that someone or a team didn’t need to push themselves too much or try too hard to win. 

Jack: You can check your understanding of bike equipment vocabulary on the page for this podcast on the website.

Repairs

Rowan: Jack told us to check one more thing before we went on our bike ride and that was the tyres. He said:

Jack: We don’t want our bikes breaking down or to get a puncture a couple of minutes into our ride.

Rich: I think this is what most people will check before a long ride.

Rowan: The tyres are the black, rubber rings that go around bicycle or car wheels.

Jack: And a puncture is a small hole in a tyre made by a sharp stone or some glass that allows air to escape.

Rich: The strongest collocation with puncture is to get a puncture. 

Rowan: Jack didn’t want us to get a puncture. He got a puncture a couple of months ago and had to walk home.

Rich: Listen to this part of the roleplay again:

Rowan: My back tyre is a bit flat. 

Jack: Let’s pump it up and then check the air pressure.

Rich: Rowan’s back tyre was a bit flat. Here flat means without enough air. A tyre is flat if it doesn’t have enough air in it.

Rowan: Flat has a few meanings. Near the end of the roleplay, Rich said he enjoyed the bike ride because it was very flat - there weren’t many hills.

Rich: Going back to tyres you can also use flat as a noun. Here’s what Jack said in the roleplay:

Jack: I got a flat but I fixed it pretty quickly.

Rowan: A flat is short for a flat tyre. You get a puncture and soon after your tyre will be flat.

Rich: But Jack is a bicycle whizz - a bike expert and he fixed it - repaired it very quickly.

Jack: But It’s still good to check things before you go out. I always check the air pressure on my tyres before I go out for a ride.

Rowan: The air pressure shows how much air is in your tyres. If it’s low there’s too little air in your tyres and they will feel soft and if it’s high there might be too much air and the tyres will feel really hard.

Rich: If you have the correct air pressure in your tyres it will help you cycle faster and avoid flat tyres and punctures.

Jack: So, you might need to let out a little air from your tyres or more often you might need to pump your tyres up.

Rowan: Pump up is a phrasal verb and it means to fill something such as a tyre with air. 

Jack: And what do you use to pump up tyres? A pump! Sometimes English is easy.

Rich: Football managers might need to pump up their players at half time if they’re not playing well.

Jack: That’s because pump up also means to make people feel more excited or energised. The manager shouts at the players - she pumps them up and the players feel pumped up for the second half.

Rowan: You can check your understanding of the words in this section by using the transcript which you can find on the Premier Skills English website.

Countryside & Relaxing 

Rich: In the roleplay, we were out in the countryside - away from the city and used quite a few phrases connected to being in the country and relaxing. 

Jack: Let’s have a look at a few of them. None of us had been out of the city for a while. Here’s what Rowan said:

Rowan: It’s nice to get out and about and I definitely needed a change of scenery.

Rich: The phrase to get out and about means to do things outside of your house especially when you haven’t been able to get outside for a while or do things you want to do in your free time.

Jack: You might not have been able to get out and about because you’ve been sick or because you’ve been working a lot.

Rowan: People might not be able to get out and about because of COVID19 restrictions where they live.

Rich: Rowan also said she needed a change of scenery. 

Jack: This phrase is used to talk about going somewhere different when you’ve been in one place for a long time.

Rowan: The phrase is often used when you are feeling a bit down or depressed or if you’ve been working a lot and need a change.

Jack: Rowan has been working a lot. Listen to what Rich said in the roleplay:

Rich: Yes, you’ve been working your fingers to the bone. You need to slow down, Rowan.

Jack: Working your fingers to the bone is an idiom to mean working a lot. It’s quite disgusting when you think about it: working your fingers to the bone. Ugh!

Rowan: Rich told me to slow down. Slow down is a phrasal verb which means to be less active and to relax more.

Jack: Some people work too much. They need to slow down or they’ll have a heart attack. 

Rich: Here are some phrases connected to relaxing we used in the roleplay:

Jack: We’re going to take it easy today. We’re doing about 20 miles in total. 

Rowan: A leisurely ride in the country sounds like just the ticket.

Rich: If you take something easy you’re doing something in a relaxing or calm way.

Jack: Or a leisurely way like our bike ride. 

Rowan: Just the ticket is an expression we use to describe something that is exactly what you need. After being so busy at work a leisurely ride in the country was just the ticket.

Rich: We’ve looked at a lot of vocabulary in this section and you can take a much closer look at it all on the Premier Skills English website.

Jack: We’ve got the transcript, activities, questions, and a discussion for you all on the website.

TASK

Rowan: It’s time for this week’s task. Our first task for you is to give us a Premier Skills English Fitness Challenge score for cycling.

Rich: Our second task is to tell us about a route where you could go for a bike ride.

Jack: We want you to tell us about a place you could go to get away from the busy city. Tell us about a place in the countryside where you could cycle.

Rowan: Where would you start your bike ride? How would you get there? Where would you cycle to? 

Rich: Would you cycle to one place, turn around and come back or would it be a circular route?

Jack: What would you see on the way? Why is it relaxing and peaceful? Where could you stop for a break?

Rowan: Tell us about your cycle route and then give us a Premier Skills English Fitness Challenge score for this activity.

Rich: Give us a score out of ten for fitness and a score out of ten for fun - just like we did in the roleplay.

Jack: Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website and try to use some of the words and phrases we introduced in this podcast.

FOOTBALL PHRASE 

Jack: It’s time for this week’s football phrase. Have you got one Rich?

Rich: I have. This week’s football phrase is ******* ****. This action on the football pitch connects football and cycling. A ******* **** is when a player jumps backwards in the air and shoots when the ball is over their head.

Jack: Let’s see if anyone gets it right and who is first this week. If you are still wondering what the answer was to last week’s football phrase it was dive or diving.

Rowan: 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. If you get it right, we’ll announce your name on next week’s show. 

Rich: If you have a question for us about football or English you can email us at premierskills@britishcouncil.org

Jack: or you can leave your questions and comments on the website in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

Rowan: or you could give us a rating and a fantastic review on Apple Podcasts.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

Here is the vocabulary you saw at the top of this page and how Rowan, Rich and Jack used it in the roleplay. Do you know the words in bold?

It’s good to get out into the countryside, isn’t it?

Work has been manic recently. I’ve been so busy.

We’ll be able to enjoy the views.

Not too many hills - that’s what I like.

I really enjoyed that. The wind in your hair. Exhilarating - that’s the word! 

I had to ride really fast. 

Listen to the roleplays again to hear how Rich, Rowan and Jack used these words and phrases.

Jack, Rowan and Rich go for a bike ride in the countryside.

Vocabulary

Parts of a bike

In the podcast, Rich, Jack and Rowan went for a bike ride. Jack thought it was important to do a safety check and he mentioned many parts of a bicycle. Do you know the phrases in bold?

Jack: There are a few other things we need to check: wheelsbrakes, the chain and gears.

Jack: Check your brakes. You don’t want to be flying down a hill to find out you can’t stop.

Jack: United didn’t need to get out of first gear to win.

Activity 2

Activity 2: Look at the bike and add the vocabulary.
Do you know the different parts of a bike?

A leisurely bike ride can be good for your mental health as well as your physical health.

Vocabulary

Getting a puncture

One of the biggest problems with bikes is getting a puncture. Do you know the phrases in bold?

Jack: We don’t want our bikes breaking down or to get a puncture a couple of minutes into our ride.

Rich: Do you want a float? I can go and get one of those noodles if you like.

Rowan: My back tyre is a bit flat

Jack: Let’s pump it up and then check the air pressure.

Have you ever got a puncture? You can check this vocabulary in the activity further down the page.

Cycling in Scotland.

Vocabulary

Relaxing in the countryside

Rowan has been working very hard recently so one of the reasons to go out to the countryside was to relax. Do you know the words in bold connected to relaxing and the countryside?

Rowan: It’s nice to get out and about and I definitely needed a change of scenery.

Rich: You’ve been working your fingers to the bone. You need to slow down, Rowan.

Rowan: I can do them all.

Jack: We’re going to take it easy today. We’re doing about 20 miles in total. 

Rowan: A leisurely ride in the country sounds like just the ticket.

Would you cycle here?

Activity 3

Activity 3: In this activity, type the words from the roleplay to complete the sentences.
Can you write the correct word in each gap?

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Task

Cycling in the countryside

Can you tell us where you would go cycling?

Our task for you is to give us a Premier Skills English Fitness Challenge score for cycling and design a cycle route in the countryside near where you live.

  • Where would you start your bike ride? How would you get there? Where would you cycle to? 
  • Would you cycle to one place, turn around and come back or would it be a circular route?
  • What would you see on the way? Why is it relaxing and peaceful? Where could you stop for a break?

Tell us about your cycle route and then give us a Premier Skills English fitness challenge score for cycling .

  • Give us a score out of ten for fitness and a score out of ten for fun - just like Rowan, Rich and Jack did in the podcast.

Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website and try to use some of the words and phrases we introduced in this podcast and don't forget to have a guess at this week's football phrase.

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mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/03/2021
TR
6472
points

MY CYCLING SCORES :

Seven out of ten for fitness (7/10)
Ten out of ten for fun (10/10)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/03/2021 12:59
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

MY CYCLING SCORES :

Seven out of ten for fitness (7/10)
Ten out of ten for fun (10/10)

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/03/2021
TR
6472
points

Hello dear friends.

I’d like to describe one of my best rides around my neighborhood. Actually I live by the sea and I don’t have my own bike but luckily , we have bicycles by rent near the seaside. All you have to do is buy a bicycle card from the harbour and charge it to be able to rent a bike.
When your card is ready , you put it on the machine and press the password then your bike is ready for use.
I live in a neighborhood called Konak in Izmir and on the other side of the sea there’s Karşıyaka , another beautiful neighborhood.
So what I did with my friends was a circular route by the seaside where the starting point was Konak then move around the sea and return back.
It took around 3 hours with resting in a few times to drink something.
First , we checked the wheels and tyres if they are pumped up properly for the ride.
Then we checked the chain and we tested the brakes.
What’s exhilarating about the ride is the beautiful view of the sea and the chitchat together while riding and enjoying that staggering scenery.
A bonus point to this ride is that if there’s any problem in your bike while riding your way , you can change it from any other bicycle stations on the way. That was an icing on the cake though.
We are planning for another ride like that next Summer hopefully.
You can rent the bike for just 3 Turkish liras in an hour so it was cheap as well and nowadays there are two saddles bikes that you and your friend or partner can take a ride on the same bike with 4 pedals.

How exciting cycling is :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
09/03/2021 12:58
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

Hello dear friends.

I’d like to describe one of my best rides around my neighborhood. Actually I live by the sea and I don’t have my own bike but luckily , we have bicycles by rent near the seaside. All you have to do is buy a bicycle card from the harbour and charge it to be able to rent a bike.
When your card is ready , you put it on the machine and press the password then your bike is ready for use.
I live in a neighborhood called Konak in Izmir and on the other side of the sea there’s Karşıyaka , another beautiful neighborhood.
So what I did with my friends was a circular route by the seaside where the starting point was Konak then move around the sea and return back.
It took around 3 hours with resting in a few times to drink something.
First , we checked the wheels and tyres if they are pumped up properly for the ride.
Then we checked the chain and we tested the brakes.
What’s exhilarating about the ride is the beautiful view of the sea and the chitchat together while riding and enjoying that staggering scenery.
A bonus point to this ride is that if there’s any problem in your bike while riding your way , you can change it from any other bicycle stations on the way. That was an icing on the cake though.
We are planning for another ride like that next Summer hopefully.
You can rent the bike for just 3 Turkish liras in an hour so it was cheap as well and nowadays there are two saddles bikes that you and your friend or partner can take a ride on the same bike with 4 pedals.

How exciting cycling is :)

coreuser
23/01/2021
JO
229
points

Hi Rich, Jack and Rowan,

The phrase is "******* ****".


coreuser
23/01/2021 19:40
Jordan
Manchester City
229

Hi Rich, Jack and Rowan,

The phrase is "******* ****".

Simone Cavassi
22/01/2021
IT
3
points

This week football phrase is "******* ****". The greatest ones that I remember are the three "scissor kicks" made by Peter Crouch.


Simone Cavassi
22/01/2021 15:42
Italy
Newcastle United
3

This week football phrase is "******* ****". The greatest ones that I remember are the three "scissor kicks" made by Peter Crouch.

Guilherme Souza's picture
Guilherme Souza
19/01/2021
BR
9
points

My first time riding by bike was when I was 7 years old. Nowadays, I don’t ride by bike, because in Brazil the traffic is so dangerous and i don’t live near from the park, but I like to watch the cycling competitions are very cool, there are very mountains and the cyclist are very fast.

My score.
Fun score (9/10)
Fitness score (8/10)


Guilherme Souza's picture
Guilherme Souza
19/01/2021 21:46
Brazil
Liverpool
9

My first time riding by bike was when I was 7 years old. Nowadays, I don’t ride by bike, because in Brazil the traffic is so dangerous and i don’t live near from the park, but I like to watch the cycling competitions are very cool, there are very mountains and the cyclist are very fast.

My score.
Fun score (9/10)
Fitness score (8/10)

Guilherme Souza's picture
Guilherme Souza
19/01/2021
BR
9
points

The phrase is ******* ****. Cristiano Ronaldo used this kick against juventus, and scored an amazing goal.


Guilherme Souza's picture
Guilherme Souza
19/01/2021 21:38
Brazil
Liverpool
9

The phrase is ******* ****. Cristiano Ronaldo used this kick against juventus, and scored an amazing goal.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Guilherme,

I'm wondering who scored the best-ever ******* ****? Daniel from Italy mentioned Wayne Rooney in the comments section and I remember Gareth Bale's ******* **** in the Champions League final. That was a fantastic goal. Who else can remember a brilliant ******* ****?

Thanks for your comment, Guilherme.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:20
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Guilherme,

I'm wondering who scored the best-ever ******* ****? Daniel from Italy mentioned Wayne Rooney in the comments section and I remember Gareth Bale's ******* **** in the Champions League final. That was a fantastic goal. Who else can remember a brilliant ******* ****?

Thanks for your comment, Guilherme.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

coreuser
23/01/2021
JO
229
points

Hi Rich,
I remember Rivaldo Barcelona bicycle kick against Valencia, it was a wonderful goal.


coreuser
23/01/2021 19:40
Jordan
Manchester City
229

Hi Rich,
I remember Rivaldo Barcelona bicycle kick against Valencia, it was a wonderful goal.

Rich's picture
Rich
24/01/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Coreuser,

He scored a brilliant hat-trick in that game (including the bicycle kick). Here's a nice article all about it (it has the goals too).

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/rivaldo-interview-...


Rich's picture
Rich
24/01/2021 20:44
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Coreuser,

He scored a brilliant hat-trick in that game (including the bicycle kick). Here's a nice article all about it (it has the goals too).

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/european/rivaldo-interview-...

sabanoleg
18/01/2021
UA
2337
points

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


sabanoleg
18/01/2021 19:12
Ukraine
Arsenal
2337

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

AbdlRhman's picture
AbdlRhman
18/01/2021
EG
219
points

First time ride a bike when I have 5 years. My dad push me when I was thinking he's helping me but when I was looked back I crushed by a car.
But thanks god this a car was parked.


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AbdlRhman
18/01/2021 13:54
Egypt
Manchester City
219

First time ride a bike when I have 5 years. My dad push me when I was thinking he's helping me but when I was looked back I crushed by a car.
But thanks god this a car was parked.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

I hope your dad knew that the car was parked!!

Thanks for your comment, AbdlRhman.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:14
Spain
Liverpool
594

I hope your dad knew that the car was parked!!

Thanks for your comment, AbdlRhman.

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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AbdlRhman
18/01/2021
EG
219
points

The phrase it "******* ****"


AbdlRhman's picture
AbdlRhman
18/01/2021 13:38
Egypt
Manchester City
219

The phrase it "******* ****"

Cho Euihyeong
18/01/2021
KR
3
points

I reckon the answer of this week's phrase is a ******* ****


Cho Euihyeong
18/01/2021 03:24
South Korea
Manchester United
3

I reckon the answer of this week's phrase is a ******* ****

Yoshichika's picture
Yoshichika
18/01/2021
JP
76
points

Hi all,

I think that this week’s football phrase is "******* shoot".

Thank you.


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Yoshichika
18/01/2021 00:51
Japan
Liverpool
76

Hi all,

I think that this week’s football phrase is "******* shoot".

Thank you.

Daniel4's picture
Daniel4
17/01/2021
IT
5
points

The football phrase would be ******* ****. Wayne Rooney scored a spectacular ******* **** goal against Man City in 2011.


Daniel4's picture
Daniel4
17/01/2021 16:30
Italy
Liverpool
5

The football phrase would be ******* ****. Wayne Rooney scored a spectacular ******* **** goal against Man City in 2011.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Yes, that was a great goal and that's coming from a Liverpool fan!

Good work on the football phrase, Daniel!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:13
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, that was a great goal and that's coming from a Liverpool fan!

Good work on the football phrase, Daniel!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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elghoul
17/01/2021
DZ
3988
points

If the road traffic were safe I would go on ride bike to the Cap Jinet seaside. Some youngsters often go on this risky cycle route even if there is great danger getting on that ride because the road is not good and cars are dangerous.

Cycling deserves a score of five out of ten for fitness and eight for fun.


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elghoul
17/01/2021 12:28
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

If the road traffic were safe I would go on ride bike to the Cap Jinet seaside. Some youngsters often go on this risky cycle route even if there is great danger getting on that ride because the road is not good and cars are dangerous.

Cycling deserves a score of five out of ten for fitness and eight for fun.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Elghoul

I like to cycle next to the coast when I get the chance. Usually, there are fewer hills! I also wish there were more cycle lanes and fewer cars on the road!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:12
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Elghoul

I like to cycle next to the coast when I get the chance. Usually, there are fewer hills! I also wish there were more cycle lanes and fewer cars on the road!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

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Emmanuel
17/01/2021
FR
91
points

Hi everyone,
The phrase is ******* ****
Have a good day


Emmanuel's picture
Emmanuel
17/01/2021 08:55
France
Manchester City
91

Hi everyone,
The phrase is ******* ****
Have a good day

hsn's picture
hsn
16/01/2021
TR
5062
points

My cycle route would be from Ankara to Gölbaşı county approximately 21 km. I would set off from the road placed south way of my home

I would prefer cycle towards a place which I know and turn back from there.

It’s a relaxing and peacful area. It’s possible to see many kind of birds and trees as well as breathing fresh air. I like to stop for a break at a cafe on the the road. It’s very greeny and natural.Foods are organic.Fresh natural cold water available.

SCORES
Fun (9/10) and Fitness (7/10)

PHRASES
Wheel wabble indicates unbalanced wheel.There is potential tyre flat risk.
Drunk and wabbling man deserves a kick from his spouse-:)

I always check the tyre flat before driving my car. Correct air-pressure is very important to avoid flat tyre or sudden puncture. Pumping up so much a tyre might cause high pressure that is reason for being slide sideway.
I’m not sure that player would be pumped up in case the manager shouted at them at half-time.There must be a sensible way for encouragement.

This week-end, I’m not able to get out and about due to lockdown.

Changing scenery is always advised to feel calm in case of being depressed. A Turkish proverb literally; “There is happiness after changing location”.

Workaholics work their fingers to the bone. They need slow down after visiting a therapist-:)

A green tea after lunch is just the ticket for your healthy after that a nap exhilarate you.
Take your task easy. Just have a fun.

FOOTBALL PHRASE. ******* **** ( In Turkey we say “Rövaşata” quoted from Italian)


hsn's picture
hsn
16/01/2021 18:33
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5062

My cycle route would be from Ankara to Gölbaşı county approximately 21 km. I would set off from the road placed south way of my home

I would prefer cycle towards a place which I know and turn back from there.

It’s a relaxing and peacful area. It’s possible to see many kind of birds and trees as well as breathing fresh air. I like to stop for a break at a cafe on the the road. It’s very greeny and natural.Foods are organic.Fresh natural cold water available.

SCORES
Fun (9/10) and Fitness (7/10)

PHRASES
Wheel wabble indicates unbalanced wheel.There is potential tyre flat risk.
Drunk and wabbling man deserves a kick from his spouse-:)

I always check the tyre flat before driving my car. Correct air-pressure is very important to avoid flat tyre or sudden puncture. Pumping up so much a tyre might cause high pressure that is reason for being slide sideway.
I’m not sure that player would be pumped up in case the manager shouted at them at half-time.There must be a sensible way for encouragement.

This week-end, I’m not able to get out and about due to lockdown.

Changing scenery is always advised to feel calm in case of being depressed. A Turkish proverb literally; “There is happiness after changing location”.

Workaholics work their fingers to the bone. They need slow down after visiting a therapist-:)

A green tea after lunch is just the ticket for your healthy after that a nap exhilarate you.
Take your task easy. Just have a fun.

FOOTBALL PHRASE. ******* **** ( In Turkey we say “Rövaşata” quoted from Italian)

hsn's picture
hsn
16/01/2021
TR
5062
points

Hi.Rich!
I hope you all well and healthy. I wonder if you've ever made a podcast about "scouting" system in football. How scouters are chosen. How they are work. Are there International official rules for this point e.t.c.
Thanks and Bye.


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hsn
16/01/2021 14:27
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5062

Hi.Rich!
I hope you all well and healthy. I wonder if you've ever made a podcast about "scouting" system in football. How scouters are chosen. How they are work. Are there International official rules for this point e.t.c.
Thanks and Bye.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Hsn,

I'm not really an expert on how football clubs' scouting networks operate but it might be useful to look at some of the language connected to scouts, scouting and looking for the next great player in a podcast at some point. 

We have covered transfers a lot in our podcast and this often covers similar language. One way to look for a topic is to use the 'search' function on our homepage. Type in scout and you get quite a few results: https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/search/node/scout

Hope some of the content is useful!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:10
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Hsn,

I'm not really an expert on how football clubs' scouting networks operate but it might be useful to look at some of the language connected to scouts, scouting and looking for the next great player in a podcast at some point. 

We have covered transfers a lot in our podcast and this often covers similar language. One way to look for a topic is to use the 'search' function on our homepage. Type in scout and you get quite a few results: https://premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org/search/node/scout

Hope some of the content is useful!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

hsn's picture
hsn
20/01/2021
TR
5062
points

Hi! Rich Thank you so much for your reply. All my best wishes from Turkey.


hsn's picture
hsn
20/01/2021 15:06
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5062

Hi! Rich Thank you so much for your reply. All my best wishes from Turkey.

Max Alex's picture
Max Alex
16/01/2021
VN
438
points

This week's football phrase is: "******* ****.
Thank you very much.


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Max Alex
16/01/2021 08:17
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
438

This week's football phrase is: "******* ****.
Thank you very much.

Vic
16/01/2021
MX
817
points

Well, I chose for star a bike, forest of Chapultepec, its like a Central Park or High Park, beautiful place for enjoy the view and change of scenary, its a place where you can forget the bussy Mexico City, forget the rush hour and all buildings, you can ear the bird or rent a boat in lake of Cahpultepec, also you can find a beautiful restaurant fordrink a coffee or eat.
The point for the star its the gate of lions, and take all circuit of the forest, if you want take a break in some point, all forest its a accurate place for a picnic.
If you want to know more about Mexican roots you can stop at Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, and you can see the big water source with a shape of umbrella in the main entrace, has stonecarving describing the mixed of culture spanish and mexican.
Also you can find art at Museum of Modern Art, or Museum Rufino Tamayo, Chapultepec it the place with our big and importan museums in the country.
If you live in Condesa neighborhood, you can arrive to Chapultepec on bike, but you live in other part of the city, maybe you have to use your car or the public transport for arrive.
In forest Chapultepec, dont exist hills, and the ride will be leisurely.
All route coul be a loop around the forest of Chapultepec.


Vic
16/01/2021 00:04
Mexico
Liverpool
817

Well, I chose for star a bike, forest of Chapultepec, its like a Central Park or High Park, beautiful place for enjoy the view and change of scenary, its a place where you can forget the bussy Mexico City, forget the rush hour and all buildings, you can ear the bird or rent a boat in lake of Cahpultepec, also you can find a beautiful restaurant fordrink a coffee or eat.
The point for the star its the gate of lions, and take all circuit of the forest, if you want take a break in some point, all forest its a accurate place for a picnic.
If you want to know more about Mexican roots you can stop at Museo Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, and you can see the big water source with a shape of umbrella in the main entrace, has stonecarving describing the mixed of culture spanish and mexican.
Also you can find art at Museum of Modern Art, or Museum Rufino Tamayo, Chapultepec it the place with our big and importan museums in the country.
If you live in Condesa neighborhood, you can arrive to Chapultepec on bike, but you live in other part of the city, maybe you have to use your car or the public transport for arrive.
In forest Chapultepec, dont exist hills, and the ride will be leisurely.
All route coul be a loop around the forest of Chapultepec.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Hi Vic,

I really hope to visit Mexico City one day. Maybe I will hire a bike!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:05
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Vic,

I really hope to visit Mexico City one day. Maybe I will hire a bike!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Vic
15/01/2021
MX
817
points

Score: nine for fun and six for fitness.


Vic
15/01/2021 20:30
Mexico
Liverpool
817

Score: nine for fun and six for fitness.

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Liubomyr
15/01/2021
UA
4408
points

I think that the phrase is a '******* ****


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
15/01/2021 18:11
Ukraine
Watford
4408

I think that the phrase is a '******* ****

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
15/01/2021
UA
6204
points

A true scouser should be a good cyclist indeed. For good cycling, one needs to be swift and speedy. The speedier you are the easier you win.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
15/01/2021 18:01
Ukraine
Liverpool
6204

A true scouser should be a good cyclist indeed. For good cycling, one needs to be swift and speedy. The speedier you are the easier you win.

Vic
15/01/2021
MX
817
points

loop air


Vic
15/01/2021 17:04
Mexico
Liverpool
817

loop air

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mobeckham
15/01/2021
TR
6472
points

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


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mobeckham
15/01/2021 14:23
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

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

elghoul's picture
elghoul
15/01/2021
DZ
3988
points

The football phrase is clearly written in the transcript. A ******* ****.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
15/01/2021 13:40
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

The football phrase is clearly written in the transcript. A ******* ****.

hsn's picture
hsn
20/01/2021
TR
5062
points

Hi! Elghoul Fans are also described as perfect students and never cheat at the quizzes-:) Best wishes from Turkey.


hsn's picture
hsn
20/01/2021 15:54
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5062

Hi! Elghoul Fans are also described as perfect students and never cheat at the quizzes-:) Best wishes from Turkey.

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Thanks, Elghoul. I added the asterisks soon after your message. Hopefully, you were one of the few that spotted my mistake :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:03
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks, Elghoul. I added the asterisks soon after your message. Hopefully, you were one of the few that spotted my mistake :)

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

hayato
15/01/2021
JP
434
points

I think the phrase is a ******* ****


hayato
15/01/2021 11:55
Japan
Everton
434

I think the phrase is a ******* ****

Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021
ES
594
points

Good work, Hayato. You were first this week!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
20/01/2021 09:02
Spain
Liverpool
594

Good work, Hayato. You were first this week!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6472
2Alex_from_Ukraine6204
3wsanta5085
4hsn5062
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia69115
2Ukraine34344
3Serbia27100
4Spain26491
5Brazil21595
6Albania20578
7Macedonia19063
8Vietnam18749
9Turkey18301
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United135855
2Liverpool103338
3Chelsea85146
4Arsenal79031
5Manchester City51973
6Tottenham Hotspur17161
7Leicester City13371
8Newcastle United10108
9Leeds United7875
10West Ham United6980

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Vocabulary: Cycling

Vocabulary: Relaxing and the countryside

Task: Describe a cycle route