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Learning Vocabulary - Lionheart or Scaredy-cat

Learning Vocabulary - Lionheart or Scaredy-cat

Jack and Rowan complete a personality quiz in a magazine to find out if he is as brave as a lion ... or not.

 

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Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan 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. The Premier Skills English podcast is part of the Premier Skills English project.

Rowan: As well as the podcast, there’s the Premier Skills English website, where 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!

From the comments

Rowan: 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 HSN from Turkey. We really enjoy reading your comments on the website. You are definitely our top commenter.

Jack: It’s really great to see how you are using all the discussions and sharing your ideas. I’d like to say hi to Etto from Egypt who says that it’s important to be decisive in his job. It sounds quite stressful to me - I hope you keep making the right decisions.

Rowan: Good luck Etto.

Introduction to the roleplay

Jack: You are about to hear this week’s roleplay.

Rowan: In the roleplay this week, Jack is doing a personality test about courage. He wants to find out if he is brave.

Jack: I think I am brave in real life. I am not afraid of dangerous or difficult things.

Rowan: Really? What about flying? Aren’t you afraid of flying?

Jack: Erm ...

Rowan: And heights?

Jack: Well ...

Rowan: And spiders?

Jack: Let’s get on with the roleplay.

Rowan: While you listen we want you to answer a question: is Jack a lionheart, is he very brave or is he a scaredy-cat?

Roleplay: In the cafe / pub

Rowan: What’ve you got there?

Jack: It’s a personality test.

Rowan: Oh yeah? What’s it about?

Jack: It’s about bravery and courage. It’s called lionheart or scaredy-cat?

Rowan: And what are you?

Jack: I don’t know yet. I haven’t started it.

Rowan: Pass it here. Let’s do it together.

Jack: OK - what’s the first question?

Rowan: Let’s see. Here we go. Question 1: What would you do if you heard a bump in the night?

Jack: I would try to ignore it. In my house, it would probably be the dog. Or one of the kids.

Rowan: But what if it was really loud and sounded like someone was breaking in?

Jack: That would be different. What are the options?

Rowan: Erm ... would you stay in bed and pretend to be asleep? Or would you wait and see or would you get out of bed and go and investigate.

Jack: Hmmm. Well, if I thought that there was someone in the house, I’d have to go and check. But if I just heard one bump, I’d probably listen for a while to see if it was one of my kids.

Rowan: So you’d wait and see. ... Interesting.

Jack: You think that makes me a scaredy-cat?

Rowan: We’ll have to wait and see what the test thinks.

Jack: OK ... what’s the next question.

Rowan: Question 2. This one is a bit more general. It says: what do you do when faced with a challenge?

Jack: This is good. I like being challenged.

Rowan: What if it’s something really difficult? Have you ever had a problem at work and worried that you wouldn’t be able to solve it?

Jack: Yes. Of course.

Rowan: And you like that?

Jack: Well ... what are the options?

Rowan: Do you stay up late worrying about it? Or do you discuss it with your friends or do you take a deep breath and grab the bull by the horns?

Jack: I like that idiom. To grab the bull by the horns. It’s the best way to deal with a difficult situation. To face it head on.

Rowan: I’m not sure it’s a very accurate idiom. If you actually grabbed a bull by the horns it would probably kill you. Is that your answer?

Jack: Yes. Well, I would probably do all three.

Rowan: C’mon You have to pick one.

Jack: OK - I would grab the bull by the horns.

Rowan: Hmmm. OK (not believing). The next question is a good one. What would you do if your boss was bullying one of your colleagues?

Jack: My boss would never bully anyone. But I have had some bad managers in the past that have been bullies. But it was kind of accepted then and nobody did anything.

Rowan: So? What would you do now? Would you pretend not to notice?

Jack: No!

Rowan: Or would you join in?

Jack: Definitely not.

Rowan: That’s not actually one of the answers. Would you arrange to meet someone in HR and report them? Or would you confront them and risk losing your job?

Jack: I would ... I think I would probably arrange to meet someone in HR and report them. I think that’s the professional way to deal with the situation.

Rowan: But not very brave.

Jack: Yeah, yeah. I don’t want to lose my job.

Rowan: Fair enough. OK ... The next question. You are at the swimming pool and your friend dares you to dive off the top diving board.

Jack: Ooh - erm .. How high is it?

Rowan: I don’t know. Not really high. In my swimming pool there’s a 3 metre springboard and then the high one is 5 metres I think.

Jack: 5 metres. That’s quite high.

Rowan: Olympic divers dive off 10m platforms I think. So 5 is not so bad.

Jack: Yeah. Have you ever dived off the top board?

Rowan: Yes.

Jack: OK ... Hmmm. What are the options?

Rowan: Would you A: Say, no way. Double dare you?

Jack: Yes - I’d double dare my friend instead.

Rowan: Or B climb to the board and grit your teeth and jump? Or C perform a perfect graceful swan dive?

Jack: Nope. I’m not a fan of heights ... or falling from them. A I’m afraid.

Rowan: I think that’s sensible. But not very brave.

Yeah, yeah. Come on then. Is that the last question?

Rowan: Let’s see the results.

Language Focus

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you a question. The question was: is Jack a lionheart or a scaredy-cat?

Jack: And the answer is lionheart, of course!

Rowan: I’m not so sure. We never got to the answer. Perhaps our listeners can tell us in the comments. Let us know if you think Jack’s a lionheart or scaredy-cat.

Jack: Yes. Let’s get on with the language focus.

Rowan: The topic of today’s language focus is verb patterns. This is one of the most difficult things for intermediate learners of English because you just have to learn them.

Jack: That’s why this is a vocabulary podcast. It really is vocabulary. Listen to the verbs like and risk in these clips from the roleplay. What form of verb follows these verbs?

Rowan: Or would you confront them and risk losing your job?

Jack: This is good. I like being challenged.

Rowan: These verbs are followed by the ING or -ing form of the verb. There is a bit of a pattern here. Verbs which express your attitude towards something are followed by iNG verbs.

Jack: Like, love, hate, enjoy, don’t mind, can’t stand, absolutely loathe ... All these verbs are followed by the -ING ing form of verbs.

Rowan: It’s not much of a rule. Listen to another clip from the roleplay. Listen to the verbs, try and pretend. What form of verb follows these verbs?

Jack: I would try to ignore it. In my house, it would probably be the dog. Or one of the kids.

Rowan: Erm ... Would you stay in bed and pretend to be asleep?

Jack: These verbs are all followed by the infinitive form of the verb. That’s the ‘to’ form. To be, to have, for example.

Rowan: I don’t think there’s a rule here you can use to help you remember them. So it’s probably useful to try to learn the most common verbs and then be aware of it when you come across new vocabulary in the future.

Jack: Some verbs can be followed by the to form or the -ing form. The meaning is slightly different though. Listen to these examples. Do you know what the difference is?

Rowan: I like playing computer games.

Jack: I like to clean my flat on a Saturday morning.

Rowan: I hate talking on the phone.

Jack: I hate to tell you this, but you can’t go on holiday.

Rowan: It really is tricky. One explanation said, the verb followed by the -ing form is about the activity and the verb followed by the to form is about the results of the activity.

Jack: So if you say: I like to clean my flat, it’s like saying I like having a clean flat.

Rowan: So you could say. I don’t like cleaning, the activity, but I like to clean my flat because I think having a clean flat is nice.

Jack: There’s one more pattern to talk about. Listen to these two examples with the verb stop.

Rowan: I stopped watching TV after the news.

Jack: I stopped to answer the door.

Rowan: OK. This is a bit of a trick in English. It looks a bit like you can use stop with a to-infinitive, but you can’t.

Jack: Yes you can. I just did in that example.

Rowan: It looks like it, but the verb stop when followed by an -ing form describes that activity. In the example, stop watching, watching was the activity that stopped.

Jack: Aha. But in the second example I stopped to answer, we don’t know what the activity is that stopped. Perhaps I stopped watching TV to answer the door.

Rowan: Exactly. This is not really a verb pattern. It’s an infinitive of purpose as it explains why you stopped, what the purpose was.

Task

Jack: Right, it’s time for your task. In the roleplay, you just heard, I took a personality test.

Rowan: We have recreated the personality test on Premier Skills English and we want you to take it and let us know what your result is.

Jack: This is just a bit of fun so please don’t take it too seriously if you’re a scaredy cat like me.

Rowan: We would also like you to share your own experiences of bravery. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Jack: Or perhaps you have different experiences. Have you ever been a bit of a scaredy cat?

Rowan: Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Football Phrase

Rowan: 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, Rowan?

Rowan: The phrase is ***** *** ****. This phrase is used to say that something costs too much. It’s a funny expression and it’s usually used in a negative way to say that something is not very expensive. So you might hear someone say: we really need a new defender, but we don’t want to ***** *** ****, meaning we don’t want to spend too much money. Or perhaps, we should go for a coffee, I can treat you, it won’t ***** *** ****.

Jack: That’s not so tough this time..

Rowan: If you get stuck, you can take a look at the Premier Vocabulary pages in the Words section of the website.

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.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Mohamed Salah steadies his nerves before a penalty kick

Grammar

Verb patterns

In this activity, you need to complete the sentences by selecting the correct verb forms.

  You need nerves of steel in goal during a penalty

Task

Your task

We have recreated the personality test that Jack took below. Take the test and let us know what your result is. Please remember that this is just a bit of fun so please don’t take it too seriously if you’re a scaredy cat like Jack.

We would also like you to share your own experiences of bravery. What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Or perhaps you have different experiences. Have you ever been a bit of a scaredy cat?

Write all your answers in the comments section below.


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mad_red's picture
mad_red
07/03/2022
IR
11
points

I believed one of the bravest moment in my life was one of the scariest one too I felt supernatural thing in my room while I was in deep time of my sleep. i saw a huge man in black in front of me standing up very high he wasn't on the ground he was super tall and staring at me I was imagining I'm going to panic at the frantic pace but I didn't. I calmly look at him and he suddenly disappear. I closed my I eyes and fall asleep like a newborn baby. don't ask me why I had school.


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mad_red
07/03/2022 12:36
Iran
Liverpool
11

I believed one of the bravest moment in my life was one of the scariest one too I felt supernatural thing in my room while I was in deep time of my sleep. i saw a huge man in black in front of me standing up very high he wasn't on the ground he was super tall and staring at me I was imagining I'm going to panic at the frantic pace but I didn't. I calmly look at him and he suddenly disappear. I closed my I eyes and fall asleep like a newborn baby. don't ask me why I had school.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
25/02/2022
TR
6470
points

I believe one of my bravest moments in my life was when I walked along the motorway between Manisa and Izmir ( two big cities in Turkey ) facing all the cars and lorries for almost 5 hours. The distance was 27 km and the route was full of danger even the police stopped me in the middle of the route but it ended up safely :)
it was a bit of a challenge for me and I'll always remember it even I still can recall the date. It was on 17th March 2017.


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mobeckham
25/02/2022 11:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6470

I believe one of my bravest moments in my life was when I walked along the motorway between Manisa and Izmir ( two big cities in Turkey ) facing all the cars and lorries for almost 5 hours. The distance was 27 km and the route was full of danger even the police stopped me in the middle of the route but it ended up safely :)
it was a bit of a challenge for me and I'll always remember it even I still can recall the date. It was on 17th March 2017.

Etto's picture
Etto
19/02/2022
EG
41
points

The question reminded me of an incident that I went through some 10 years ago, I was walking in a dark and quiet street in my neighborhood when I faced 3 youngsters who tried to rob me. One of them approached me and spit on my face and at the moment I moved my hand to wipe off my face he had snatched my mobile from my pocket and ran towards their motorcycle, at this moment, my adrenaline soared and I rushed after him, grabbed him from the back of his neck, pulled him on the ground and yelled at him to give me back my mobile, and thankfully the people who heard my shouts started to gather around us, feared of getting caught he pointed to my mobile that had fallen from him when I grabbed him and told me "here's it" I took it a left off immediately.


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Etto
19/02/2022 15:56
Egypt
Liverpool
41

The question reminded me of an incident that I went through some 10 years ago, I was walking in a dark and quiet street in my neighborhood when I faced 3 youngsters who tried to rob me. One of them approached me and spit on my face and at the moment I moved my hand to wipe off my face he had snatched my mobile from my pocket and ran towards their motorcycle, at this moment, my adrenaline soared and I rushed after him, grabbed him from the back of his neck, pulled him on the ground and yelled at him to give me back my mobile, and thankfully the people who heard my shouts started to gather around us, feared of getting caught he pointed to my mobile that had fallen from him when I grabbed him and told me "here's it" I took it a left off immediately.

Taha Gashout's picture
Taha Gashout
09/02/2022
LY
478
points

Hello Jack and Rowan
I did the quiz and the results say that I am a lionheart.
I want to talk about a situation happened with me in 2011 during the war in Libya. While I was walking with my friend, a two military individuals holding guns took us by force into the car. After that, we were taken into different rooms and i was given a choice wether to inform on my friend to let me free or to go to prison(maybe to scare me). I acted like i have no idea about nothing. You can say that I grabbed the pull by the horns. Thankfully one of the people in that military force was someone who knew us and left us free.
I rarely talk about this but I think i was a lionheart that day.


Taha Gashout's picture
Taha Gashout
09/02/2022 20:19
Libya
Liverpool
478

Hello Jack and Rowan
I did the quiz and the results say that I am a lionheart.
I want to talk about a situation happened with me in 2011 during the war in Libya. While I was walking with my friend, a two military individuals holding guns took us by force into the car. After that, we were taken into different rooms and i was given a choice wether to inform on my friend to let me free or to go to prison(maybe to scare me). I acted like i have no idea about nothing. You can say that I grabbed the pull by the horns. Thankfully one of the people in that military force was someone who knew us and left us free.
I rarely talk about this but I think i was a lionheart that day.

admin's picture
admin
11/02/2022
GB
496
points

Hi Taha Gashout

That sounds terrifying. That must have been a very difficult situation. You really were a lionheart to stand up to the military and protect your friend. 

You must have been so relieved to see your friend.

I can understand why it is hard to talk about, though I have never been through anything like that. 

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jack


admin's picture
admin
11/02/2022 13:03
United Kingdom
Arsenal
496

Hi Taha Gashout

That sounds terrifying. That must have been a very difficult situation. You really were a lionheart to stand up to the military and protect your friend. 

You must have been so relieved to see your friend.

I can understand why it is hard to talk about, though I have never been through anything like that. 

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Jack

Tomáš Sobota
08/02/2022
SK
91
points

After I finshed my test my result was lionheart.


Tomáš Sobota
08/02/2022 15:18
Slovakia
Leeds United
91

After I finshed my test my result was lionheart.

joaofreitas72
07/02/2022
BR
62
points

Hello!!!

I finish my test, I´m a lionheart rsrs!

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

See you! Have a nice week!!!


joaofreitas72
07/02/2022 11:44
Brazil
Liverpool
62

Hello!!!

I finish my test, I´m a lionheart rsrs!

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

See you! Have a nice week!!!

sofiflandes
05/02/2022
MX
12
points

I am as Jack, a scaredy-cat


sofiflandes
05/02/2022 22:18
Mexico
Chelsea
12

I am as Jack, a scaredy-cat

hsn's picture
hsn
05/02/2022
TR
4083
points

Comments
• Everyone should know that our fears keep us alive. I personally prefer being scared-cat-:) Human bring two essential fears when born. Fears of falling down and to be seperated.
• Not in the private life but in the working life I like being challenged and give full effort to solve issue.In finance sector I had many difficult problems related to the default loans as a manager but with cooperation and support of my staff we solved them. Team spirit can't be ignored.
• Being brave doesn't mean behaving idiotly-:) in every situation. We have a phrase for this kind of people. "Courage of illiterate" Always there is a professional way to solve matters. We should use our mind.
Personality test
• My dear teacher Jack is a professional, sensible and smart person. His answers show us we have to know our red lines.
Phrases
• Mobs and bullies are viruses who sre danger than Covid-19 and should be challenged everywhere. In fact they are scared-cats. The key point is to be decisive and confront them.
Joke
• I've read this story from the media recently but not sure it's real. A thief breaks in the house. Starts to operate-:) Landlord stay in the bed and pretends to be sleep. After finishing his work-:) the thief come close to him and raise the quilt and says laughing "I know you're not sleeping but pretending like it. Carry on."
Note
• Instead of "To grab the bull by the horns" we say "To make the camel jump over the ditch" (I hope it's a correct translate)
• There is a funny picture related this week topic-:) https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kap2ezUkgnM/UmVPKePDxNI/AAAAAAAARHM/OChNJfihs...


hsn's picture
hsn
05/02/2022 18:47
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
4083

Comments
• Everyone should know that our fears keep us alive. I personally prefer being scared-cat-:) Human bring two essential fears when born. Fears of falling down and to be seperated.
• Not in the private life but in the working life I like being challenged and give full effort to solve issue.In finance sector I had many difficult problems related to the default loans as a manager but with cooperation and support of my staff we solved them. Team spirit can't be ignored.
• Being brave doesn't mean behaving idiotly-:) in every situation. We have a phrase for this kind of people. "Courage of illiterate" Always there is a professional way to solve matters. We should use our mind.
Personality test
• My dear teacher Jack is a professional, sensible and smart person. His answers show us we have to know our red lines.
Phrases
• Mobs and bullies are viruses who sre danger than Covid-19 and should be challenged everywhere. In fact they are scared-cats. The key point is to be decisive and confront them.
Joke
• I've read this story from the media recently but not sure it's real. A thief breaks in the house. Starts to operate-:) Landlord stay in the bed and pretends to be sleep. After finishing his work-:) the thief come close to him and raise the quilt and says laughing "I know you're not sleeping but pretending like it. Carry on."
Note
• Instead of "To grab the bull by the horns" we say "To make the camel jump over the ditch" (I hope it's a correct translate)
• There is a funny picture related this week topic-:) https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Kap2ezUkgnM/UmVPKePDxNI/AAAAAAAARHM/OChNJfihs...

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