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Learning Vocabulary: Lost in America

Learning Vocabulary: Lost in America

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich, Jack and Rowan are on a driving holiday in the USA. It's the Fourth of July and they visit a friend in California who takes them to see the Independence Day celebrations in San Francisco. The language focus is on differences between American and British English. In this week's task, we want you to tell us about Independence Day or a National Day in your country. 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: Lost in America

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich 

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. 

Rich: In this week’s roleplay, we are on holiday in the USA. We’re on a driving holiday from Florida on the east coast to California on the west coast.

Rowan: And we visit a friend who is going to take us to see some Independence Day celebrations in San Francisco.

Jack: The fourth of July is one of the USA’s biggest holidays and it’s this weekend so we think it is a good time to focus on American English.

Rich: So, our language focus this week is on words and phrases that are different in British and American English but we needed an American to help us with this so ...

Jack: Today, we have a special guest. 

Lana: Hello! My name’s Lana and I’m from Sacramento in the USA. I’m here to help out with this week’s podcast and I’m very happy to be here.

Rich: Is there anyone you’d like to say hi to Lana?

Lana: Yes, I’d like to say hi to all my students with La Ventaja Inglés in Mexico City.

Rowan: We’ll hear more from Lana in the roleplay a little later.

Jack: We’ll be talking about Independence Day in the USA in the roleplay and your task this week will be to talk about a similar celebration in your country and to describe how you celebrate this day. 

Rich: If you’re listening to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcast platform, you should also check out our website.

Rowan: On the Premier Skills English website you’ll also find the transcript, examples and activities to help you understand the language, and a task for you to complete.

Jack: You’ll also find a community of friendly listeners to interact with, in our comments section.

Rich: And that includes us - we’re always around to answer questions and join in the discussions.

Rowan: But if you listen on Apple Podcasts you can always write answers to our questions or any other comments in the review section.

Jack: Before we do the roleplay let’s look back at last week’s football phrase.

Last week’s Football Phrase 

Rich: If you didn’t hear our football phrase last week we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now.  

Jack: Last week’s football phrase was a phrasal verb and it’s *** **. It means to provide a chance. Kevin De Bruyne ran down the wing and *** ** a great chance for Aguero but he could only hit the post.

Rowan: Lots of you got the right answer but a big well done to MoBeckham from Turkey who was the first with the right answer and is also up to number two on our leaderboard.

Rich: But MoBeckham wasn’t the only listener to get the right answer last week. Well done also to Liubomyr from Ukraine, Wsanta from Argentina, Gergo Nagy from Hungary and Idzingirai from Zimbabwe.

Jack: And also Mayu from Japan, Elghoul from Algeria, Max Alex from Vietnam and Lakerwang from China. All of you got the correct answer.

Rowan: We also had some great answers to last week’s task. Samin1719 on Apple podcasts used the expressions for giving bad news we looked at last week really well. I also really liked the extra bits of encouragement that Mayu from Japan used like ‘never give up’ and ‘stick with it’.

Rich:  If you haven’t heard last week’s podcast it’s called Learning Vocabulary: Giving bad news You can find it on the homepage on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple Podcasts.

Jack: If you are listening on Apple Podcasts and you want to read the transcript you can go to our free website and you’ll find transcripts for all of our podcasts there.

Rowan: Don’t forget that we’ll have a new task for you to do and a new football phrase later in the podcast.

Introduction to Roleplay

Rich: In this week’s roleplay, I’m on holiday in the United States with Rowan and Jack.

Rowan: And we’re visiting our friend Lana who lives in Sacramento which is in California.

Jack: We’re on a driving holiday and we’ve just picked Lana up and we’re on our way to San Francisco.

Rich: It’s the fourth of July which is a big holiday in the US - Independence Day. 

Rowan: Lana is taking us to one of the biggest celebrations in San Francisco.

Jack: But we have to get there first and it’s a two-hour drive from Sacramento to San Francisco and with Rich at the wheel, it’s anybody’s guess when or even if we’ll arrive.

Rich: What do you mean? I’m a great driver.

Rowan: I don’t think he’s talking about your driving skills more your tendency to go on strange detours and not do as the GPS or anybody else in the car tells you.

Rich: Ahhh! I see. 

Jack: So, what you are about to hear is our car journey from Sacramento to San Francisco.

Rowan: You will hear the roleplay in three parts. We want you to answer a question while you are listening to each part. 

Rich: Our question for part one is: Where does Lana’s bag go?

Jack: This is what (more or less) happened on our trip to San Francisco.

Roleplay

Jack: Pull up here, Rich. This is it 1263 East Main Street. 

Rowan: She’s there. Let me out. I can’t get out. These child locks.

Rich: There you go.

Lana: Hey, Rowan!

Rowan: Lana! Hi! You look great!

Jack: Lana! It’s been far too long.

Lana: Great to see you, Jack. You look good. I love your pants.

Jack: Well, I wore them especially. Let me take that, I’ll stick it in the boot.

Lana: Stick it in the boot. I like the sound of that.

Jack: The trunk. I’ll put your bag in the trunk.

Rich: Hey there, Lana.

Lana: So, you’re the designated driver. Great to see you Rich.

Rich: Do you want to ride in the front? Quick get in.

Jack: So, I have to get in the back?

Rowan: I thought I’d called shotgun for the next leg.

Rich: They’re worse than the kids. Get in and stop moaning guys. So San Francisco here we come for some big Fourth of July celebrations. Hang on, don’t you normally say dates the other way around? Shouldn't it be July the Fourth?

Lana: It’s definitely the Fourth of July. The Fourth of July celebrations. We normally say the month first, but not for special holidays like this one.

Jack: You’d better put your foot down if we want to get there for sundown.

Lana: Step on the gas, Rich.

Rich: Easy. I love driving automatics.

Language Focus 1

Jack: Did you get the answer to our question? It was where did Lana’s bag go? The answer is in the boot of the car.

Lana: Or the trunk if you are using American English.

Rowan: In this week’s podcast, we’re focusing on some of the differences between British and American English.

Jack: In the section you just heard there were a few differences. Some of them are quite well-known and others might be new for you.

Rich: Lana said to Jack that she loves his pants. Now, in the UK, this would be very strange because pants are your underwear - what you wear under your trousers.

Lana: But in the US pants are trousers. When I say I love your pants I am saying I love your trousers not that I love your underwear.

Rowan: There are a few other words connected to clothes that are different in the UK and US listen to the words and see if you know the words. First Jack in British English and then Lana in American English.

Jack: Trainers.

Lana: Sneakers.

Jack: Jumper.

Lana: Sweater.

Jack: A baby’s nappy.

Lana: That would be a diaper.

Jack: Wardrobe?

Lana: Closet.

Jack: Waistcoat.

Lana: Vest.

Jack: Vest? That’s what we wear under our shirt in British English. What would you call that?

Lana: An undershirt

Jack: Well, that makes sense.

Rich: Did you know all these words? Which words do you use? British or American?

Rowan: In the roleplay, we spoke about American Independence Day which is on the fourth of July in the US.

Jack: Dates are written and said differently in the UK and the US. In the UK we usually say the date first. Today is the first of July.

Lana: But in the US we usually say the month first. Today is July first but we can also say the first of July and it’s just a bit more formal.

Rich: Let’s get back to our road trip and listen to the second part of the roleplay.

Rich: Your question is: Why does Jack want Rowan and Lana to open the bonnet?

Roleplay Part 2

Lana: So, how’s your vacation been so far?

Rich: The holiday has been marvellous. Driving coast to coast. I can’t believe I’ve never done it before. Florida to California.

Rowan: Yes, we’ve been to loads of places. We started in Miami. We even saw some football.

Lana: You saw the Dolphins play - cool.

Jack: The dolphins? We saw them at SeaWorld in Orlando. We watched David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

Lana: Ahh! Soccer, I should have guessed. The Miami Dolphins that’s football - American football.

Rich: You have some great names for sports teams. Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Fire, LA Galaxy, the Anaheim Ducks …

Jack: And of course the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Rowan: We just have boring names like United and City. 

Lana: No, you don’t. What about Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers or Crystal Palace? They’re great names. I imagine Queen Elizabeth is a fan of Crystal Palace.

Rowan: I’ve heard she’s an Arsenal fan. Next week, you’re going to take us to see the San Jose Earthquakes - that’ll be breaking new ground for me.

Jack: Can we stop for a minute? I need a ... erm ... a break.

Lana: Take a left just after the drugstore. There’s a gas station.

Rowan: She means the chemist’s.

Lana: The chemist, the pharmacy, the drugstore - you know what I mean. Don’t forget to turn on your left-hand blinker.

Rich: My what?

Jack: Your blinker, your indicator. You’re turning left.

Lana: Come on, Rich. Learn the lingo.

Jack: Hmmm. Can you see a loo? I’ll go and ask. I’ll ask for the toilet - don’t worry.

Lana: Don’t ask for the toilet either. Ask for the restroom.

Rich: I’ll come with you. Help translate! Does anyone want a snack? I could ask for some crisps or biscuits! Or maybe some sweets and some fizzy pop.

Lana: Very funny. Even I know those ones.

Jack: Can you add some screenwash to the squirty thing for the windscreen wipers? We need to clean the windscreen; it’s covered in insects.

Rowan: There’s some screenwash in the boot; I’ll grab it. Lana can you lift the bonnet - there’s a lever just at the front of the driver’s seat.

Lana: The bonnet? Do you mean the hood?

Rowan: Yeah, the hood.

Language Focus 2

Rowan: Did you get the answer to the question? We asked you why we had to lift the bonnet. Well, we needed to add some screenwash to use the windscreen wipers.

Lana: And there was a bit of confusion there because I didn’t know what the bonnet was. In America, we call the part of the car that covers the engine the hood. Jack wanted us to lift the hood to add some water.

Rich: Earlier we spoke about the boot which is the back of the car where I put my bags.

Lana: But I call that the trunk. I put my bag in the trunk. 

Rowan: There are a few other differences when we’re talking about cars. I call the big bit of glass at the front of the car the windscreen.

Lana: But I call it the windshield. In the US when we want to turn left or right we turn on the blinker.

Jack: We usually call it the indicator. 

Lana: When we want someone to go faster we will tell them to step on the gas.

Rich: But in the UK we tell someone to put their foot down.

Rowan: Places such as shops are often named differently in the UK and US, we used a couple of examples in the roleplay. Have a listen to Jack with the UK version and Lana with the US version. Do you know these places?

Jack: Chemist’s.

Lana: Drugstore.

Jack: Petrol station.

Lana: Gas station.

Jack: Toilets.

Lana: Restroom.

Jack: Shop.

Lana: We do have shops, but they are ... boutiques? Normally, the American English word is store.

Jack: What about car park?

Lana: Parking lot.

Rich: In the roleplay, I mentioned getting some snacks and I used a few words we use more in British English than American English. 

Rowan: There are quite a few differences when it comes to food. This time you’re going to hear Lana say a few food and drink items in American English and we want you to think what they are in British English.

Jack: You can write your guesses in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website or Apple Podcasts in the review section.

Lana: Soda … cookies, chips …, candy …, eggplant and zucchini.

Rich: Let’s get back to our road trip and listen to the final part of the roleplay.

Rowan: Your question is: Where do we need to park the car?

Roleplay Part 3

Lana: Alright guys we’re coming into San Francisco now. I’d better check directions on my cell for Inspiration Point. I’ve been told we’ll get great views of the fireworks over the Golden Gate Bridge from there.

Jack: Are we going to go straight through the city centre?

Lana: Hold on. Yeah, it looks like we can cut straight through downtown. Two more blocks then take a left at the intersection.

Rich: Got it.

Rowan: I think you were supposed to go left at that junction. 

Lana: Oh well, nothing wrong with a detour. Oh no. My cell’s dead. We might have to do this the old fashioned way and ask someone. Pull over.

Rich: Here?

Lana: No, not on the sidewalk. Over there - there’s a small parking lot.

Jack: Shall I ask?

Lana: Sure.

Jack: I’ll be back in just a jiffy.

Lana: What did he say?

Rowan: He’ll be back in a minute.

Jack: OK, I’ve written it down. Take the main street to get back to the highway, drive 2 miles to the exit, then use the parking lot next to the Golden Gate Park.

Rowan: Right, let’s get going. We should be there in a couple of minutes. Just in time for the fireworks.

Language Focus 3

Rich: Did you get the answer to the question? We asked you where we needed to park the car. The answer was in the car park next to Golden Gate Park.

Lana: You mean the parking lot.

Rich: Yes, in American English the parking lot  - in British English the car park.

Rowan: We’ve already looked at a few differences when it comes to cars and there are also a few differences when it comes to directions.

Jack: We thought it would be quicker to cut through downtown. 

Lana: Downtown is American English - what do you guys across the pond say? City centre?

Rowan: Yes, we would say it would be quicker to cut through the city centre.

Rich: There are a few other words and phrases connected to directions that are different in the UK and the US. Have a listen to these examples. What differences can you hear?

Lana: Two more blocks then take a left at the intersection.

Jack: Two more blocks then turn left at the junction.

Lana: No, not on the sidewalk. Over there - there’s a small parking lot.

Jack: No, not on the pavement. Over there - there’s a small car park.

Lana: Take the main street to get back to the highway.

Jack: Take the main street to get back to the motorway.

Rich: We’ve got some more activities and examples on the Premier Skills English website which will help your understanding of some of the differences between American and British English.

TASK

Rowan: The Fourth of July is one of the USA’s biggest celebrations and it’s a national holiday. This week’s task is for you to tell us about a celebration in your country that is similar to this.

Jack: Does your country have an Independence Day or National Day? How do people celebrate? Is it something that is celebrated with friends and family at home or are there big events in the street?

Rich: Do people cook and eat anything special on this day? Is it a holiday or do you have to go to work? What do you like about this day?

Rowan: Write all your answers in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website and try to use some of the language we’ve introduced in this podcast.

Rich: or write your answers in the review section on Apple Podcasts if that’s where you listen to us.

Football Phrase

Jack: It’s your turn with the football phrase, Rich.

Rich: I’ve got a difficult one this week.

Rowan: Does that mean I have to start thinking of an extra clue?

Rich: Probably - no it’s not that difficult really This week’s football phrase is just a word and it’s a *******. A ******* of penalty that is chipped softly into the centre of the goal when the goalkeeper dives either tot he left or the right. It’s a very cheeky penalty but the taker looks a bit silly if the goalkeeper doesn’t move. The ******* is named after a Czech footballer who used to take this type of penalty.

Rowan: Oh, I saw Lionel Messi score with one the other day, It was his 700th professional goal.

Jack: If you are still wondering what the answer was to last week’s football phrase it was to set up.

Rich: 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. 

Rowan: 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 or Twitter feed

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

Rowan: 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?

Pull up here, Rich. This is it 1263 East Main Street. 

So, you’re the designated driver. Great to see you Rich.

I thought I’d called shotgun for the next leg.

Come on, Rich. Learn the lingo.

There’s a lever just at the front of the driver’s seat.

We might have to do this the old fashioned way and ask someone. Pull over.

Right, let’s get going. We should be there in a couple of minutes. Just in time for the fireworks.

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

Lana takes Rowan, Rich and Jack to see the fireworks in San Francisco.

Language

American and British English: Clothes

In the roleplay, Rich, Jack and Rowan visited Lana: their American friend. People speaking American and British English can understand each other without very many problems but there are quite a few differences; especially with vocabulary. In the roleplay, there were quite a few examples of Lana using words and phrases that Jack, Rich and Rowan wouldn't normally use. Look at this example: 

Lana: Great to see you, Jack. You look good. I love your pants.

Jack: Well, I wore them especially. Let me take that, I’ll stick it in the boot.

Lana: Stick it in the boot. I like the sound of that.

Jack: The trunk. I’ll put your bag in the trunk.

In the UK pants are underwear (what you wear under your trousers) but in the US pants are what British English speakers call trousers. Have a go at the activity below and decide if the word is used more in American or British English.

Activity 2

Activity 2: Match the American clothes with the British clothes.
Can you remember the words?

David Beckham owns Inter Miami.

Language

American and British English: Places

Another area of vocabulary where there are quite a few differences between American and British English is in name's of places. In the roleplay, there were quite a few examples of Lana using words and phrases that Jack, Rich and Rowan wouldn't normally use. Look at this example: 

Jack: Can we stop for a minute? I need a ... erm ... a break.

Lana: Take a left just after the drugstore. There’s a gas station.

Rowan: She means the chemist’s.

Lana: The chemist, the pharmacy, the drugstore - you know what I mean.

In the UK or British English, you go to a chemist's or a pharmacy if you want to buy medicine, in the US or American English you to a drugstore. Have a go at the activity below and decide if the word is used more in American or British English.

Activity 3

Activity 3: Match the American places with the British places.
Can you remember the words?

They have old trams in San Francisco.

Language

American and British English: Food & Drink

Another area we looked at in the podcast was food and drink. Here's an example of Rich using a few words that Lana is unlikely to use: 

Rich: I’ll come with you. Help translate! Does anyone want a snack? I could ask for some crisps or biscuits! Or maybe some sweets and some fizzy pop.

Lana: Very funny. Even I know those ones.

In the UK we often call drinks such as cola and other carbonated soft drinks fizzy pop; in American English, the word soda is often used. Have a go at the activity below and decide if the word is used more in American or British English.

Activity 4

Activity 4: Match the American food & drink with the British food & drink.
Can you remember the words?

Do you know many differences between American and British English?

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Task

Independence Day

American Independence Day is on the fourth of July.

This week’s task is to tell us about a celebration such as Independence Day or another National Day in your country that is similar to the Fourth of July celebrations in the USA. 

These questions should help you complete the task:

  • Does your country have an Independence Day or National Day? How do people celebrate? Is it something that is celebrated with friends and family at home or are there big events in the street?
  • Do people cook and eat anything special on this day? Is it a holiday or do you have to go to work? What do you like about this day?

Try to use some of the words and phrases we’ve introduced in this podcast. Write all your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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wilson2103
12/10/2021
CO
142
points

Not only do we have a national celebration in my country but we are also celebrating our 200-year constitution. This is our Magna Carta or bill of rights as Britons or Americans called theirs, respectively. It has experienced many reforms, but it symbolizes the desire of living with our own rules.
However, our independence day is on July 20th. To be honest, I prefer to celebrate on August 7th, for me, this is the most special day. This is the day in which there was a battle: the Boyacá battle, and there is a bridge nearby my city that symbolizes our independence.
People celebrate Independence Day by hoisting a flag on their windows. There are some military parades on that day. I believe that some High schools have marching bands that participate in the celebration.


wilson2103
12/10/2021 21:46
Colombia
Manchester United
142

Not only do we have a national celebration in my country but we are also celebrating our 200-year constitution. This is our Magna Carta or bill of rights as Britons or Americans called theirs, respectively. It has experienced many reforms, but it symbolizes the desire of living with our own rules.
However, our independence day is on July 20th. To be honest, I prefer to celebrate on August 7th, for me, this is the most special day. This is the day in which there was a battle: the Boyacá battle, and there is a bridge nearby my city that symbolizes our independence.
People celebrate Independence Day by hoisting a flag on their windows. There are some military parades on that day. I believe that some High schools have marching bands that participate in the celebration.

abeerkarim
28/10/2020
SA
18
points

       The National day of Saudi Arabia is a great day . ALL People get a holiday even non Saudi citizen's .
       The people have many ways to celebrate . Some people go to event's to join the traditional shows and roll plays , other people celebrate by dancing with their friend's .
       Big families host parties in their houses and enjoy cooking traditional drinks and food like arabic coffee with lokal dates .
       At this day all cities have many special event's for all ages .
       The main road's becom full of flag's and there are several location's that host event's out on the street's .        


abeerkarim
28/10/2020 21:07
Saudi Arabia
Brighton and Hove Albion
18

       The National day of Saudi Arabia is a great day . ALL People get a holiday even non Saudi citizen's .
       The people have many ways to celebrate . Some people go to event's to join the traditional shows and roll plays , other people celebrate by dancing with their friend's .
       Big families host parties in their houses and enjoy cooking traditional drinks and food like arabic coffee with lokal dates .
       At this day all cities have many special event's for all ages .
       The main road's becom full of flag's and there are several location's that host event's out on the street's .        

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hsn
18/08/2020
TR
3479
points

I think answers;
Soda =mineral water, cookies=pastry, chips=potato, candy=sweets, eggplant=aubergine, zucchini=no idea-:)

In Turkey we have a national day on the 29th day of October. It's called "Republic Day". In this official holiday there are a lot of events like parade in the street and fireworks in the night. . We don't celebrate it at home.
Instead of this we also have two muslims religious feasts. The Ramadan Feast and The Feast of Sacrifice. People generally celebrate them in their house by preparing and eating food with friends or relatives.


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hsn
18/08/2020 17:50
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
3479

I think answers;
Soda =mineral water, cookies=pastry, chips=potato, candy=sweets, eggplant=aubergine, zucchini=no idea-:)

In Turkey we have a national day on the 29th day of October. It's called "Republic Day". In this official holiday there are a lot of events like parade in the street and fireworks in the night. . We don't celebrate it at home.
Instead of this we also have two muslims religious feasts. The Ramadan Feast and The Feast of Sacrifice. People generally celebrate them in their house by preparing and eating food with friends or relatives.

lakerwang
08/07/2020
CN
337
points

The football word is "*******".


lakerwang
08/07/2020 17:14
China
Chelsea
337

The football word is "*******".

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Liubomyr
07/07/2020
UA
4408
points

The football phrase is '*******'


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Liubomyr
07/07/2020 15:41
Ukraine
Watford
4408

The football phrase is '*******'

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Emmanuel
07/07/2020
FR
90
points

Hi,
The word is "*******".
Thank you so much for your podcasts ! I'm a big big fan.
Have a good day.
Emmanuel


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Emmanuel
07/07/2020 12:01
France
Manchester City
90

Hi,
The word is "*******".
Thank you so much for your podcasts ! I'm a big big fan.
Have a good day.
Emmanuel

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Gulmira Kenzhik
07/07/2020
KZ
63
points

The phrase is a ******* penalty


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Gulmira Kenzhik
07/07/2020 10:44
Kazakhstan
Arsenal
63

The phrase is a ******* penalty

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mobeckham
07/07/2020
TR
6397
points

I know most of these words in British as well as American English because my English has been British since I was a kindergarten kid and my cousins are American from Miami FL.
So here we go :
(US) Soda (UK) Fizzy drinks
(US) cookies (UK) biscuits
(US) chips (UK) crisps
(US) candy (UK) sweets
(US) eggplant (UK) aubergine
(US) zucchini (UK) courgette


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mobeckham
07/07/2020 00:55
Turkey
Manchester United
6397

I know most of these words in British as well as American English because my English has been British since I was a kindergarten kid and my cousins are American from Miami FL.
So here we go :
(US) Soda (UK) Fizzy drinks
(US) cookies (UK) biscuits
(US) chips (UK) crisps
(US) candy (UK) sweets
(US) eggplant (UK) aubergine
(US) zucchini (UK) courgette

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mobeckham
07/07/2020
TR
6397
points

The Republic Day in Turkey on 29th October :
The holiday commemorates the events of 29 October 1923 when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared that Turkey was henceforth a republic. Turkey had been a republic since 23 April 1920, the date of the establishment of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, but the official confirmation of this fact came only three-and-a-half years later. On 29 October 1923, the status of the nation as a republic was declared and its official name was proclaimed to be Türkiye Cumhuriyeti "the Republic of Turkey". After that , a vote was held in the Grand National Assembly and Atatürk was elected as the first President of the Republic of Turkey.
Many people go to local stadiums on October 29 to watch performances dedicated to Republic Day in Turkey. Such performances usually consist of theater sketches, poetry readings and traditional Turkish dances. Many school children participate in school performances for parents and teachers. Parades may take place in some cities and politicians may give public speeches on this day.
Many people also lay wreaths to Atatürk’s monuments or visit Atatürk’s mausoleum in the country’s capital, Ankara.
In the evening of October 29, many cities have traditional processions with flags and musical bands to commemorate Republic Day in Turkey. The processions usually end with fireworks, which begin after dark.


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mobeckham
07/07/2020 00:42
Turkey
Manchester United
6397

The Republic Day in Turkey on 29th October :
The holiday commemorates the events of 29 October 1923 when Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared that Turkey was henceforth a republic. Turkey had been a republic since 23 April 1920, the date of the establishment of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, but the official confirmation of this fact came only three-and-a-half years later. On 29 October 1923, the status of the nation as a republic was declared and its official name was proclaimed to be Türkiye Cumhuriyeti "the Republic of Turkey". After that , a vote was held in the Grand National Assembly and Atatürk was elected as the first President of the Republic of Turkey.
Many people go to local stadiums on October 29 to watch performances dedicated to Republic Day in Turkey. Such performances usually consist of theater sketches, poetry readings and traditional Turkish dances. Many school children participate in school performances for parents and teachers. Parades may take place in some cities and politicians may give public speeches on this day.
Many people also lay wreaths to Atatürk’s monuments or visit Atatürk’s mausoleum in the country’s capital, Ankara.
In the evening of October 29, many cities have traditional processions with flags and musical bands to commemorate Republic Day in Turkey. The processions usually end with fireworks, which begin after dark.

Fjchaves1991
06/07/2020
BR
184
points

In Brazil the Independence day is celebrated on September 7th. We use to watch an army parade on TV, where the president does a speech, the guests sing the national anthem and the army show their war vehicles. It is not a special day like is in the USA. There are not many things to celebrate in this particular day, maybe we don't feel so independent.


Fjchaves1991
06/07/2020 17:07
Brazil
Liverpool
184

In Brazil the Independence day is celebrated on September 7th. We use to watch an army parade on TV, where the president does a speech, the guests sing the national anthem and the army show their war vehicles. It is not a special day like is in the USA. There are not many things to celebrate in this particular day, maybe we don't feel so independent.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
06/07/2020
UA
6176
points

Arsenal 2 : 2 Leicester


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Alex_from_Ukraine
06/07/2020 12:52
Ukraine
Liverpool
6176

Arsenal 2 : 2 Leicester

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
06/07/2020
UA
6176
points

Tottenham 1 : 1 Everton


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
06/07/2020 12:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
6176

Tottenham 1 : 1 Everton

wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/07/2020
AR
5027
points

I want to tell you a story that relates football, friendship and Independence Day. For 62 years a football game known as the Derby Frontier has been played. This occurs on the border between Argentina and Brazil, San Antonio the city on the Argentinian side and Santo Antonio on the Brazilian side.
It is played twice a year, every 7th September, the Independence Day of Brazil and every 25th May, the day of the May Revolution (25th May 1810 we decided to become independent from Spain, but the Act of Independence was signed on 9th July 1816).
The local team is the one that celebrates its independence day that day and both teams play with the shirts of their national teams.
Here is the video

https://youtu.be/piP-4wCLF4I


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wsanta
06/07/2020 00:20
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

I want to tell you a story that relates football, friendship and Independence Day. For 62 years a football game known as the Derby Frontier has been played. This occurs on the border between Argentina and Brazil, San Antonio the city on the Argentinian side and Santo Antonio on the Brazilian side.
It is played twice a year, every 7th September, the Independence Day of Brazil and every 25th May, the day of the May Revolution (25th May 1810 we decided to become independent from Spain, but the Act of Independence was signed on 9th July 1816).
The local team is the one that celebrates its independence day that day and both teams play with the shirts of their national teams.
Here is the video

https://youtu.be/piP-4wCLF4I

wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/07/2020
AR
5027
points

I think I made a mistake, maybe I should have translated frontier derby or border derby.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/07/2020 18:35
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

I think I made a mistake, maybe I should have translated frontier derby or border derby.

Rich's picture
Rich
08/07/2020
ES
594
points

Yes, border or frontier is being used to describe the derby so should be before derby in the same way as we have the Liverpool or Merseyside Derby or the North London Derby. 


Rich's picture
Rich
08/07/2020 08:01
Spain
Liverpool
594

Yes, border or frontier is being used to describe the derby so should be before derby in the same way as we have the Liverpool or Merseyside Derby or the North London Derby. 

wsanta's picture
wsanta
09/07/2020
AR
5027
points

Thank you very much Rich.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
09/07/2020 04:49
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

Thank you very much Rich.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
05/07/2020
DZ
3988
points

In Algeria the Independence Day is just a day after US's one.

It is a holyday of course. In fact this it was officialy celebrated by high ranking authorities who gather all together in official meetings and visit monuments dedicated to war deads. Shared messengers to foreign are broadcasted widely. Memories are celebrated in all medias with this particular year a ceremony to receive skulls of resistants during the French penetration period sended by French museums.

Years before we used to watch aircraft parades and military shows in the Algiers seaside.

I remember participating to massive show off of youngsters in the stadium all wearing white clothes in front of the political staff.

We have been triying for days as schoolboys to make collective figures on a football pitch.

In the night fireworks were thrown on the sky and bullets resonated in the air.

Football phrase, *******


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elghoul
05/07/2020 16:17
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

In Algeria the Independence Day is just a day after US's one.

It is a holyday of course. In fact this it was officialy celebrated by high ranking authorities who gather all together in official meetings and visit monuments dedicated to war deads. Shared messengers to foreign are broadcasted widely. Memories are celebrated in all medias with this particular year a ceremony to receive skulls of resistants during the French penetration period sended by French museums.

Years before we used to watch aircraft parades and military shows in the Algiers seaside.

I remember participating to massive show off of youngsters in the stadium all wearing white clothes in front of the political staff.

We have been triying for days as schoolboys to make collective figures on a football pitch.

In the night fireworks were thrown on the sky and bullets resonated in the air.

Football phrase, *******

Rich's picture
Rich
05/07/2020
ES
594
points

Happy Independence Day, Elghoul!

I saw this earlier today  https://www.google.com/doodles/algeria-independence-day-2020


Rich's picture
Rich
05/07/2020 21:50
Spain
Liverpool
594

Happy Independence Day, Elghoul!

I saw this earlier today  https://www.google.com/doodles/algeria-independence-day-2020

hayato
04/07/2020
JP
409
points

The phrase is a *******


hayato
04/07/2020 05:47
Japan
Everton
409

The phrase is a *******

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ldzingirai
04/07/2020
ZW
1742
points

Task

Eighteenth April is Zimbabwe's Independence Day. We do not prepare anything special at home. We usually go to stadiums. Lots of events are lined-up including police, air force and military displays, a football match between local rivals, and listening to the president's speech. That is how we celebrate our special day.


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ldzingirai
04/07/2020 05:01
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1742

Task

Eighteenth April is Zimbabwe's Independence Day. We do not prepare anything special at home. We usually go to stadiums. Lots of events are lined-up including police, air force and military displays, a football match between local rivals, and listening to the president's speech. That is how we celebrate our special day.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
04/07/2020
UA
6176
points

Liverpool 4 : 1 Aston Villa


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
04/07/2020 04:42
Ukraine
Liverpool
6176

Liverpool 4 : 1 Aston Villa

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
04/07/2020
ZW
1742
points

The difference between American and British English is a special topic. In examinations will always use either American or British, We do not mix up. My English teacher always told us that if your country was under British rule, then students use British English. So in Zimbabwe we use the British English, but we aware of other Englishes like American. Writing spellings in American English while taking British examination is considered wrong spelling even if the spelling is correct on other side of the Atlantic. Thank you guys. Great episode.


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ldzingirai
04/07/2020 04:37
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1742

The difference between American and British English is a special topic. In examinations will always use either American or British, We do not mix up. My English teacher always told us that if your country was under British rule, then students use British English. So in Zimbabwe we use the British English, but we aware of other Englishes like American. Writing spellings in American English while taking British examination is considered wrong spelling even if the spelling is correct on other side of the Atlantic. Thank you guys. Great episode.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
04/07/2020
AR
5027
points

Our Independence Day is the Ninth of July, and in a few days we will be celebrating it.
As, on this date, the weather is cold, we drink a cup of hot milk with a piece of chocolate inside that we call submarine. I don't know what they would call it in 1816 because the first submarine was invented in 1864. We eat "pastelitos" that are like a square empanadas with sweet potato or quince inside. We also eat "locro", a very caloric dish based on corn.
We reproach ourselves for not being as patriotic on this date as we are when the national team plays.
There is a quote from the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano that I love: "I am a patriot of several countries", I love to believe in the union of all the Latin American brothers and I imagine that it was the dream of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who was also born in Argentina.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
04/07/2020 04:33
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

Our Independence Day is the Ninth of July, and in a few days we will be celebrating it.
As, on this date, the weather is cold, we drink a cup of hot milk with a piece of chocolate inside that we call submarine. I don't know what they would call it in 1816 because the first submarine was invented in 1864. We eat "pastelitos" that are like a square empanadas with sweet potato or quince inside. We also eat "locro", a very caloric dish based on corn.
We reproach ourselves for not being as patriotic on this date as we are when the national team plays.
There is a quote from the Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano that I love: "I am a patriot of several countries", I love to believe in the union of all the Latin American brothers and I imagine that it was the dream of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who was also born in Argentina.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
04/07/2020
UA
6176
points

If it's interesting to know for languages lovers - the week's phrase means "puppet", "doll" in Czech. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
04/07/2020 04:25
Ukraine
Liverpool
6176

If it's interesting to know for languages lovers - the week's phrase means "puppet", "doll" in Czech. :-)

ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
04/07/2020
ZW
1742
points

Football phrase

******* is the answer.


ldzingirai's picture
ldzingirai
04/07/2020 03:50
Zimbabwe
Chelsea
1742

Football phrase

******* is the answer.

MAYU's picture
MAYU
04/07/2020
JP
37
points

This week’s football phrase is a *******!
It was a piece of cake!


MAYU's picture
MAYU
04/07/2020 00:53
Japan
Liverpool
37

This week’s football phrase is a *******!
It was a piece of cake!

Izabela
04/07/2020
BR
1505
points

Hi guys! I really loved this podcast and the activitys, but I think there is a mistake in the Activity 3 (match the American places with the British places). Gas station is matching with toilet and restroom is matching with petrol station.


Izabela
04/07/2020 00:39
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

Hi guys! I really loved this podcast and the activitys, but I think there is a mistake in the Activity 3 (match the American places with the British places). Gas station is matching with toilet and restroom is matching with petrol station.

Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2020
ES
594
points

Thanks for letting us know, Izabela. I've corrected the activity so it should be fine now. We're really happy that you enjoyed this episode :)


Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2020 08:52
Spain
Liverpool
594

Thanks for letting us know, Izabela. I've corrected the activity so it should be fine now. We're really happy that you enjoyed this episode :)

Izabela
04/07/2020
BR
1505
points

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


Izabela
04/07/2020 00:13
Brazil
Newcastle United
1505

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

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
03/07/2020
BR
399
points

Hi lads!
The football phase of the week is "*******". It refers to the first football player to kick a penalty this way. Antonín *******. A big famous Czech footballer to 60' and 70'.
Here this penalty is called "cavadinha" ir "cavada".

About to independence day we celebrate on a parade at 7th September. It's a holiday, but it’s not a date that all the people celebrates, because in our history the army oppressed the people for a long time. The army have a lot of benefits while the people sufer.

Stay safe, bye!


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Robert Tavares
03/07/2020 23:29
Brazil
Leeds United
399

Hi lads!
The football phase of the week is "*******". It refers to the first football player to kick a penalty this way. Antonín *******. A big famous Czech footballer to 60' and 70'.
Here this penalty is called "cavadinha" ir "cavada".

About to independence day we celebrate on a parade at 7th September. It's a holiday, but it’s not a date that all the people celebrates, because in our history the army oppressed the people for a long time. The army have a lot of benefits while the people sufer.

Stay safe, bye!

wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/07/2020
AR
5027
points

Hi Robert, I understand what you say, in my country the army, between 1976 and 1983, made 33 thousand people disappear just for thinking differently.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
06/07/2020 00:34
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

Hi Robert, I understand what you say, in my country the army, between 1976 and 1983, made 33 thousand people disappear just for thinking differently.

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
06/07/2020
BR
399
points

Hi wsanta! We are brothers in that dude. Here, the army opressed the people to 1964 ultill 1984. There are a lot of people disappeared too. It's awful. I know a little bit about Argentinean history. You've passed by dark times too! Saludos!


Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
06/07/2020 23:58
Brazil
Leeds United
399

Hi wsanta! We are brothers in that dude. Here, the army opressed the people to 1964 ultill 1984. There are a lot of people disappeared too. It's awful. I know a little bit about Argentinean history. You've passed by dark times too! Saludos!

wsanta's picture
wsanta
07/07/2020
AR
5027
points

The other day I read a piece of information, the country in the world where the least cars of green color are bought is Argentina and the specialists explained that it had a psychological explanation.
People know the story that in those years a green Ford falcon came to your house they took you and your family did not know anything about you. So people associate a green car with something sad.


wsanta's picture
wsanta
07/07/2020 07:48
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

The other day I read a piece of information, the country in the world where the least cars of green color are bought is Argentina and the specialists explained that it had a psychological explanation.
People know the story that in those years a green Ford falcon came to your house they took you and your family did not know anything about you. So people associate a green car with something sad.

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
08/07/2020
BR
399
points

It's an interesting story. If we search, should exist a lot of these that talk about this dark time of our national history.


Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
08/07/2020 00:58
Brazil
Leeds United
399

It's an interesting story. If we search, should exist a lot of these that talk about this dark time of our national history.

wsanta's picture
wsanta
07/07/2020
AR
5027
points

There will always be doubt if Elis Regina was another victim of the army. She has been one of the most important voices of Brazilian popular music.
Have you seen the video of what I told about how Independence Day is celebrated on the Argentinian border with the State of Parana in Brazil?

https://youtu.be/piP-4wCLF4I

Although the score of the match is the least important, when I learned that story about 20 years ago, Santo Antonio's Brazilian team often won.
Saudações Robert :)


wsanta's picture
wsanta
07/07/2020 07:08
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

There will always be doubt if Elis Regina was another victim of the army. She has been one of the most important voices of Brazilian popular music.
Have you seen the video of what I told about how Independence Day is celebrated on the Argentinian border with the State of Parana in Brazil?

https://youtu.be/piP-4wCLF4I

Although the score of the match is the least important, when I learned that story about 20 years ago, Santo Antonio's Brazilian team often won.
Saudações Robert :)

Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
08/07/2020
BR
399
points

You completely righ! Elis was a great singer of brazilian popular music, maybe the biggest. But I've never heard about the history that she has a victim of the army. She has died in 1982. The regime was already weakened. But, all was possible in that time because she was opposed to them.

I've saw the video. It's an awsome story. I'd never seen. Two towns united around the game. It's an exemplo of respect and comunit.

Saludos!


Robert Tavares's picture
Robert Tavares
08/07/2020 01:29
Brazil
Leeds United
399

You completely righ! Elis was a great singer of brazilian popular music, maybe the biggest. But I've never heard about the history that she has a victim of the army. She has died in 1982. The regime was already weakened. But, all was possible in that time because she was opposed to them.

I've saw the video. It's an awsome story. I'd never seen. Two towns united around the game. It's an exemplo of respect and comunit.

Saludos!

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Shohei Komatsu
03/07/2020
JP
30
points

One of Japanese national holiday is “Sports day”
It’s been set at second of October inn my country however only this year, it’s 24th of July. Because we supposed to start Olympic on this day......


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Shohei Komatsu
03/07/2020 23:20
Japan
Chelsea
30

One of Japanese national holiday is “Sports day”
It’s been set at second of October inn my country however only this year, it’s 24th of July. Because we supposed to start Olympic on this day......

Fabio7010
03/07/2020
IT
50
points

The week's football phrase is *******, who first scored a penalty in this way, in the final of the 1976 European Championships between Germany and Czechoslovakia. In Italian this penalty is called Cucchiaio ( a spoon).


Fabio7010
03/07/2020 21:56
Italy
Aston Villa
50

The week's football phrase is *******, who first scored a penalty in this way, in the final of the 1976 European Championships between Germany and Czechoslovakia. In Italian this penalty is called Cucchiaio ( a spoon).

Gergő Nagy
03/07/2020
HU
3396
points

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


Gergő Nagy
03/07/2020 18:59
Hungary
Chelsea
3396

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

Max Alex's picture
Max Alex
03/07/2020
VN
438
points

My answer for the football phrase is "*******".

Such an awesome podcast episode. Well done you guys!


Max Alex's picture
Max Alex
03/07/2020 18:58
Vietnam
Tottenham Hotspur
438

My answer for the football phrase is "*******".

Such an awesome podcast episode. Well done you guys!

Vic
03/07/2020
MX
817
points

In my country has a Independence Day, is the 15 of september,, its a special day, the people has a special dinner, the edible could be tamales or pozole; pozole its a tradicional food in Mexico, ccould be red o white.
Red pozole is when have chile, and pozole is white whne doesn,t have chili, in both edibles has corn, lettuche, , chicken, broth, and tostadas, its a tortilla burn it.
If you life in CDMX, you can go to scream at Zocalo, its the dowtownd of Mexico City, buy usually the people gather in at home of one familiary or friend.


Vic
03/07/2020 18:41
Mexico
Liverpool
817

In my country has a Independence Day, is the 15 of september,, its a special day, the people has a special dinner, the edible could be tamales or pozole; pozole its a tradicional food in Mexico, ccould be red o white.
Red pozole is when have chile, and pozole is white whne doesn,t have chili, in both edibles has corn, lettuche, , chicken, broth, and tostadas, its a tortilla burn it.
If you life in CDMX, you can go to scream at Zocalo, its the dowtownd of Mexico City, buy usually the people gather in at home of one familiary or friend.

MohamedKuna
03/07/2020
SD
20
points

Hello guys
Luv u
U r the best
This week football phrase is *******


MohamedKuna
03/07/2020 18:35
Sudan
Liverpool
20

Hello guys
Luv u
U r the best
This week football phrase is *******

wsanta's picture
wsanta
03/07/2020
AR
5027
points

I think this week's football phrase could be "*******".


wsanta's picture
wsanta
03/07/2020 18:27
Argentina
Leeds United
5027

I think this week's football phrase could be "*******".

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
03/07/2020
MX
79
points

We have independence day in Mexico that it should be celebrated on 16th of September but is celebrated on the 15th because it was Porfiro Diaz birthday (Mexican president), people usually get together and cook traditional food, one of my favourite is Chile en nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce).
However I think the best part about this day is that we gathered every year in main squares chanting in celebration for our independence.


Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
03/07/2020 18:07
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
79

We have independence day in Mexico that it should be celebrated on 16th of September but is celebrated on the 15th because it was Porfiro Diaz birthday (Mexican president), people usually get together and cook traditional food, one of my favourite is Chile en nogada (Chilies in Walnut Sauce).
However I think the best part about this day is that we gathered every year in main squares chanting in celebration for our independence.

Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
03/07/2020
MX
79
points

******* penalty!


Marco Zapien's picture
Marco Zapien
03/07/2020 17:55
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
79

******* penalty!

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/07/2020
TR
6397
points

This week’s football word is ( ******* penalty )


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
03/07/2020 17:50
Turkey
Manchester United
6397

This week’s football word is ( ******* penalty )

Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2020
ES
594
points

First again, MoBeckham. Well done! I see that Alex from Ukraine saw your challenge and has moved back to the top of the leaderboard!!


Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2020 08:50
Spain
Liverpool
594

First again, MoBeckham. Well done! I see that Alex from Ukraine saw your challenge and has moved back to the top of the leaderboard!!

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
05/07/2020
TR
6397
points

A pleasure to be the first again and more pleasure to compete with my Ukrainian friend Alex.
Competition makes both of us better and learn more and that's the main aim.
Not only us but also all our lovely friends on the site.

Cheers from Turkey , Rich and enjoy the title winning celebrations :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
05/07/2020 23:12
Turkey
Manchester United
6397

A pleasure to be the first again and more pleasure to compete with my Ukrainian friend Alex.
Competition makes both of us better and learn more and that's the main aim.
Not only us but also all our lovely friends on the site.

Cheers from Turkey , Rich and enjoy the title winning celebrations :)

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6397
2Alex_from_Ukraine6176
3wsanta5027
4kwesimanifest4754
5Liubomyr4408
6elghoul3988
7assemjuve3705
8aragorn19863557
9hsn3479
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia68692
2Ukraine33936
3Serbia27090
4Spain24501
5Brazil20919
6Albania20577
7Macedonia19063
8Vietnam18189
9Turkey16761
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16268
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United129849
2Liverpool98547
3Chelsea82242
4Arsenal77919
5Manchester City48824
6Tottenham Hotspur14588
7Leicester City12456
8Newcastle United9878
9Leeds United6044
10West Ham United5375

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Vocabulary: Differences between American and British English

Task: A national celebration in your country