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Speaking Skills: Anecdotes

Speaking Skills: Anecdotes

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Rich and Jack are hosting a radio phone-in on the topic of disastrous journeys. Rowan calls to talk about a disastrous away trip to a football match. The language focus is on words and phrases we can use when giving anecdotes. In this week's task, we want you to share an anecdote about a journey that you have been on. 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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Speaking Skills: telling anecdotes

Introduction

Jack: Hello my name’s Jack

Rowan: My name’s Rowan

Rich: and I’m Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

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

Rowan: Don’t forget you can find the transcript for all our podcasts on the Premier Skills English website.

Rich: In this week’s roleplay, you’ll hear the three of us talking about disastrous journeys.

Jack: You’ll hear Rich and me hosting a phone-in on our radio station: Radio UK. We’re going to talk about some embarrassing moments when travelling and things that went wrong. We then ask listeners to call in and tell us their experiences.

Rowan: This week we’re going to focus on grammar and vocabulary as we look at language we can use to tell anecdotes. Anecdotes are short stories that are about real events and people and are usually spoken. Anecdotes are often funny and interesting.

Rich: We’ll look at some phrases we often use to interrupt others to start telling an anecdote and we’ll also see how we can use the past continuous when telling an anecdote.

Rowan: Your task this week is to tell an anecdote about a journey or trip that you have been on and the things that either went right or went wrong on this trip.

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

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

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

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 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 and write the word or phrase in the comments. If you’re correct we’ll announce your name on next week’s podcast.

Rowan: Thanks for all your answers and guesses last week. The first listener with the correct answer was Marco Zapien from Mexico - well done Marco!

Rich: Congratulations also go to MoBeckham and HSN from Turkey. It was a very difficult phrase last week so well done to all three of you.

Jack:  Later on, at the end of the podcast, we’ll tell you the answer to last week’s football phrase but we’re going to give you one more chance to guess now. Are you ready?

Rowan: Last week’s football phrase was to *** *** *** ****. This phrase basically means to do something for the first time in a competition. It’s usually used when a player or team is on zero goals or points and they get their first goal, point or win in a competition. Sometimes it takes time for a player or team to adapt to the Premier League and they might not *** *** *** **** straight away.

Rich: Last week’s podcast was about food and the environment, and we asked you how much you know about where your food comes from, and we had lots of interesting answers and comments.

Jack: Rodrigo from Brazil told us that he wouldn’t give up meat, but he does buy meat and vegetables that are locally sourced.

Rowan: HSN from Turkey thinks it’s a good idea to cut down on the amount of meat we eat, and Kazu from Japan agrees and also likes to support local farmers which reduces food miles.

Rich: And Vic from Mexico shared an anecdote about how he used to go to one famous coffee house but after he learned more about this company, he started to go to a local coffee shop instead which supports local producers in Mexico.

Jack: It was really nice to see you using the vocabulary we used in the podcast when giving your answers and opinions.

Rowan: If you haven’t heard this podcast and you want to learn some phrases connected to food and the environment it’s called The Environment: Food ... and you can find it on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple Podcasts.

Introduction to roleplay 1

Rich: As we said earlier, in this week’s roleplay you are going to hear part of a phone-in from a radio station called Radio UK.

Jack: The topic is disastrous journeys - things that went wrong on your way to work, on the way back from a football match or while on holiday - things like that.

Rowan: You’re about to listen to the first part of the roleplay and while you listen, we want you to answer two questions.

Rowan: Question one is: What strange thing did Jack do on his way to work?

Jack: Question two is: What happened to Rich’s grandad?

Roleplay 1

Rich: You’re listening to Radio UK and now it’s time for our weekly phone-in where you - our listeners get the chance to have your say.

Jack: And this week’s phone-in is all about disastrous journeys, isn’t that right, Rich?

Rich: That’s right, Jack. Disastrous journeys, terrible trips, calamitous excursions - we want to hear about all of them.

Jack: You won’t believe this, but I had a disastrous journey just this morning on my way to work.

Rich: What a coincidence! What happened?

Jack: I was running a little late because I stayed up to watch the match last night and you’ll never guess what happened this morning ... I managed to put on different shoes.

Rich: You’re kidding! Two left shoes or two right shoes?

Jack: The shoes were on the right feet, but I was in a rush, and I didn’t notice that I’d put a shoe on my right foot and a trainer on my left.

Rich: No way! You didn’t notice?

Jack: No, it was so embarrassing - I didn’t notice until I was standing at the bus stop and then, this is 100% true, this kid who must have been about seven starts pointing at my feet and laughing. Anyway, I had to go home and change of course and by the time I’d got back I’d missed the bus and that’s why I was nearly late.

Rich: You were nearly late, but you weren’t. Not sure there’s much of a story there - sorry. Funnily enough, that actually reminds me of a story that my gran told people for about forty years.

Jack: Go on then let’s hear it.

Rich: I must have heard this story about thirty times whenever the topic of trains came up. She’d talk about one time her husband, my grandad, was on a train from Manchester to Birmingham. She’d always say how hard he’d been working and that he fell asleep on the train.

Jack: Oh no! Did he miss his stop? That certainly would have been a disastrous journey.

Rich: No, he didn’t, oddly enough, although that of course would have been a better story. He woke up just before Birmingham and got off just as he had planned. My gran would always chuckle and say he could have ended up in London.

Jack: Really? I hate to be rude Rich but that is a terrible story.

Rich: I know but funnily enough I don’t think anybody ever pointed that out. We just smiled politely.

Jack: Today’s big headline is MAN TAKES TRAIN AND ARRIVES AT CORRECT DESTINATION!

Rich: I know. I know. So, on this week’s phone-in we want to hear about some real disastrous journeys.

Jack: None of this I was nearly late, or I nearly missed my stop. We want to hear about things that really went wrong. We want to hear about terrible train journeys, tortuous taxi trips or blunders on a bus ride.

Rich: The lines are now open, so pick up a phone and give us a call.

Language Focus 1

Rowan: Before the roleplay, we asked you two questions. The first question was: What strange thing did Jack do on his way to work?

Rich: Well, the answer is that somehow Jack managed to put on different shoes on his way to work. He then had this fashion disaster pointed out to him by a seven-year-old child. How embarrassing!

Jack: I don’t know how it happened, I’ve never done it before, but it wasn’t that embarrassing.

Rowan: A funny anecdote to tell people about though. The second question was: What happened to Rich’s grandad?

Jack: Well, the answer is that he got on a train where he was supposed to get on, had a little nap, and then got off the train where and when he was supposed to get off.

Rich: Sorry, gran, but this really is a terrible anecdote.

Rowan: Let’s move on to some language and I’d like to look at a few phrases we use when we interrupt people to start an anecdote. Remember an anecdote is a little story about real life.

Rich: Listen to this part of the roleplay again:

Jack: You won’t believe this, but I had a disastrous journey just this morning on my way to work.

Rich: What a coincidence! What happened?

Jack: I was running a little late because I stayed up to watch the match last night and you’ll never guess what happened this morning ... I managed to put on different shoes.

Rich: You’re kidding! Two left shoes or two right shoes?

Rowan: In this clip, Jack interrupts Rich because he has an interesting story to tell to the listeners - an interesting anecdote.

Jack: Yes, and I wanted to start my anecdote with a bang, so I used a phrase to tell people that this story is going to surprise and amaze them.

Rich: Jack said, You won’t believe this, but to alert the people listening that this is going to be a surprising and amazing piece of information or story.

Rowan: Jack uses a similar phrase later in the clip when he says you’ll never guess what happened this morning.

Jack: Both of these phrases are being used because I have something surprising to say.

Rich: I think it’s also useful to look at phrases we use to respond to this kind of surprising news or information. In this clip, I say you’re kidding! This reaction shows surprise or disbelief.

Rowan: We can use other phrases to react in this way such as you’re joking, I can’t believe it, no way, for real or are you serious?

Jack: Let’s listen to another clip from the roleplay because Rich used another couple of phrases that I’d like to take a look at.

Rich: You were nearly late, but you weren’t - not sure there’s much of a story there - sorry. Funnily enough, that actually reminds me of a story that my gran told people for about forty years.

Jack: Go on then let’s hear it.

Rowan: I can guess that the phrase you want to look at here is funnily enough. Am I right?

Jack: Yes, it is funnily enough. This phrase is an idiom and again it’s connected to surprise. We use it when we expect what we say to be surprising to the listener.

Rich: I think this phrase is quite difficult to use naturally in conversation. Let’s listen to another couple of examples:

Rowan: I haven’t seen Tom for years.

Jack: Funnily enough, I saw him at the match a couple of weeks ago. It was the first time I’d seen him since we were at school.

Rich: Let’s go out for a curry tonight.

Rowan: Funnily enough I was thinking the same and I booked a table this morning.

Jack: So, this phrase funnily enough is used to introduce some surprising news in response to what another person says.

Rich: There are a number of similar phrases that are used in the same way such as: oddly enough, strangely enough and curiously enough.

Rowan: A final phrase that I’d like to look at is that reminds me of. In the clip, Rich said, that actually reminds me of a story that my gran told people.

Jack: To remind someone of something is a phrasal verb that means to make someone think of something. In the roleplay, I shared an anecdote about my disastrous trip to work and this reminded Rich of the anecdote about his grandad. It made him think of something similar.

Rich: Again, this phrase can be used to interrupt others to start an anecdote … ah that reminds me of the time … ah that reminds me …

Rowan: OK, I think it’s time to get back to our phone-in on Radio UK but if you want to look at this language in more detail there are more examples and activities on the Premier Skills English website.

Introduction to roleplay 2

Rich: You’re about to listen to the second part of the roleplay. You’re going to hear from our first caller on the phone-in, Rowan from Cardiff.

Rowan: While you listen, we want you to answer a question.

Jack: The question is: Why didn’t Rowan get to watch the match?

ROLEPLAY 2

Rich: Welcome back to Radio UK and let’s go straight to the phone lines. I believe that we have Rowan from Cardiff on line one. Hello Rowan.

Rowan: Hello there. Am I on the radio?

Jack: Yes, yes you are. You are live on Radio UK. I’ve been told you want to tell us about a disastrous journey following Cardiff City Football Club.

Rowan: Haha, yes, I do. I’ve been following Cardiff home and away for over twenty years and I want to tell you about the only match I’ve ever missed.

Rich: The floor is yours, Rowan.

Rowan: It was Cardiff against Newcastle and, as you know, the two cities are hardly close with Cardiff in southwest Wales and Newcastle up in the northeast of England.

Rich: A massive journey - and a lot of planning involved I imagine.

Rowan: Yes, it was a cup game and an early kick-off which didn’t make things easier, but I was determined to get to the match - I don’t think I’d missed a match in nearly six years at that point, so I wasn’t going to start now even though my friends were giving it a miss. I was going to have to get to London on the Friday, stay overnight and then get to Newcastle the following morning.

Jack: So, a long and complicated journey but why was it a disastrous one?

Rowan: Well, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. I had to get a bus into town to get the train to London and it was packed. I’d stupidly sat at the back of the bus and while I was trying to get off, the bus set off, so I missed my stop. I had to walk ten minutes back to the station and ended up missing the train to London.

Rich: Not a good start to the trip.

Rowan: No and it only got worse. As I was buying tickets for the next train, I realised that I’d left my bag on the bus - it had my purse, my phone and my match ticket in it. 

Jack: No way! What a disaster! Did you get it back?

Rowan: Well, luckily enough, the bus station is near the train station and my cousin who works there was working that day and got my bag back - it’d been handed in by the driver.

Rich: Some luck at last.

Rowan: Yes, but by this time I was on the last train to London, and I ended up arriving at the hotel really late. I’m pretty sure the porter was sleeping because the hotel door was locked, and I was banging on it for about half an hour before he eventually answered.

Jack: But you eventually got some sleep?

Rowan: Yes, but only about four hours and I was dreaming about Cardiff lifting the FA Cup when my six o’clock alarm went off. I needed to get to the station for half-past. I was hoping to get more sleep on the train to Newcastle but the guy next to me was snoring his head off.

Rich: So, you made it?

Rowan: Yes, I made it to Newcastle …

Jack: It sounds like there’s a but coming …

Rowan: You really aren’t going to believe this, but I’d made an awful mistake. I know it was a cup game and I wasn’t expecting a big crowd but there wasn’t anybody around at all.

Rich: The match had been postponed?

Rowan: No - much worse than that - we were playing at home - in Cardiff!

Jack: Oh my god! You cannot be serious!! That is so … that is so embarrassing. What a disaster!

Rowan: I know. I still go a little red in the face when I speak about it.

Rich: Well, it’s a good job we’re on the radio Rowan and thanks ever so much for your call. Our next caller is Trevor from Tunbridge who is going to tell us about a 48-hour bus drive with a gaggle of geese.

LANGUAGE FOCUS 2

Jack: Before the roleplay we asked you a question. The question was: Why didn’t Rowan get to watch the match?

Rowan: Well, after all the problems I had getting to Newcastle I then found out that I had made an awfully embarrassing mistake. The match was in Cardiff and wasn’t in Newcastle at all.

Jack: And we’re actually not going to tell you if this is a true story or not just to save Rowan’s embarrassment.

Rich: In the roleplay, Rowan used lots of examples of the past continuous while she was speaking about her disastrous journey. 

Jack: You've just used the past continuous there, Rich, "while she was speaking about her disastrous journey", "was speaking" is the past continuous.

Rowan: Yes, it is. We create the past continuous with the verb to be in the past: was or were and then add a verb in the I-N-G -ing form.

Rich: We can use the past continuous for a number of reasons: to talk about something that happened for a long time or constantly for a period of time in the past.

Jack: Rowan said that the man was snoring on the train so she couldn't sleep.

Rowan: We can use the past continuous to talk about what you were doing at a specific time. Who was Raheem Sterling playing for in 2015? He was playing for Liverpool in 2015.

Rich: We're going to concentrate on a third use of the past continuous. We want to look at how it is used together with the past simple to describe something that was happening when another action interrupted it. Here’s an example of how it usually works:

Jack: What was happening?

Rowan: I was watching TV.

Jack: Then what happened.

Rowan: My phone rang.

Jack: Rowan was watching TV when her phone rang. Her phone interrupted her watching.

Rich: There were a lot of examples of this use in the roleplay. Have a listen to this part of the roleplay again and listen for how the past simple interrupts the past continuous:

Rowan: Yes, but by this time I was on the last train to London, and I ended up arriving at the hotel really late. I’m pretty sure the porter was sleeping because the hotel door was locked, and I was banging on it for about half an hour before he eventually answered.

Jack: But you eventually got some sleep?

Rowan: Yes, but only about four hours and I was dreaming about Cardiff lifting the FA Cup when my six o’clock alarm went off. I needed to get to the station for half-past. I was hoping to get more sleep on the train to Newcastle but the guy next to me was snoring his head off.

Rich: In this clip, you can hear lots of examples of the past continuous, but did you hear which of the examples were of the past continuous being interrupted by the past simple?

Rowan: There were two examples, and they were:

Jack: I was knocking on the door when the porter answered.

Rich: I was dreaming when my alarm went off.

Rowan: In this week's task, we want you to include some similar sentences to these.

Jack: And if you want to practise the past continuous in more detail, we have activities on the Premier Skills English website and some more resources for you to look at.

TASK

Rowan: This week’s task is to tell us an anecdote about a journey that you have been on.

Jack: It could be a disastrous journey like Rowan’s journey from Cardiff to Newcastle or more like my embarrassing trip to work when I put on the wrong shoes.

Rich: Think about what went wrong. Was it a problem with transport? Did you break down? Did you go to the wrong place?

Rowan: Did something embarrassing happen? Were you late? Was there a problem with the weather or maybe there was a problem with the people you were travelling with?

Jack: Or, if you prefer, you could be more positive and tell us about a brilliant trip that you have been on. What’s most important is that you tell us something funny or interesting and that you try to use some of the phrases that we have introduced in this podcast and some examples of the past continuous.

Rich: Write all your anecdotes in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website or on Apple podcasts if that’s where you listen to us.

Football Phrase

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

Jack: I have. This week’s football phrase is ***** ** *****. This week’s phrase sounds more like a hard rock or metal band than a football phrase, but this phrase describes when a number of high-quality teams are put together in a competition and only some of them can qualify. In EURO 2020, France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary were put together in what was called the ***** ** *****.

Rich: There were some very exciting matches between those four. Let’s see who can get the phrase right this week. If you are still wondering what the answer was to last week’s football phrase it was to get off the mark.

Rowan: If you have a football phrase that you would like us to use in the podcast, just get in touch and let us know.

Jack: 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 podcast.

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

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

Jack: 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 some of the vocabulary you might have heard in the roleplay. Do you know the words in bold?

What a coincidence! What happened?

My gran would always chuckle and say he could have ended up in London.

It was an early kick-off, but I was determined to get to the match

I was hoping to get more sleep on the train but the guy next to me was snoring his head off.

The match had been postponed?

Activity 1

Activity 1: Match the definitions to the words and phrases from the roleplay.
Do you know these words and phrases?

Rowan, Rich and Jack talk about difficult journeys in this week's podcast.

Vocabulary

Anecdotes

In the first part of the roleplay, Rich and Jack shared two anecdotes about journeys. Remember that an anecdote is a short spoken story about something that really happened. They looked at some language we can use to introduce an anecdote and phrases we can use when responding to what we heard. The introductory phrases are used to alert the listener to something that is surprising or interesting and the responses are used to show disbelief or surprise. Do you understand the phrases in bold?

Jack: You won’t believe this, but I had a disastrous journey just this morning on my way to work.

Rich: What a coincidence! What happened?

Jack: I was running a little late because I stayed up to watch the match last night and you’ll never guess what happened ... I managed to put on different shoes.

Rich: You’re kidding! Two left shoes or two right shoes?

Rich: You were nearly late, but you weren’t - not sure there’s much of a story there - sorry. Funnily enough, that actually reminds me of a story that my gran told people for about forty years.

Jack: Go on then let’s hear it.

Activity 2

Activity 2: Look at the sentences and choose the correct word. Can you remember the phrases we used in the podcast?
Can you use these phrases in your own anecdotes?

Rowan wants to go and see Cardiff play Newcastle.

Grammar

Past Continuous: Interrupted actions

In the second part of the roleplay, Rowan shared an anecdote about a trip to watch Cardiff City play at Newcastle United. Rowan used plenty of examples of the past continuous and they focussed on how the past simple is used with the past continuous to interrupt actions in the past.

We often use the past continuous to describe what was happening before or at the same time as something else. In the podcast, you heard this example:

Rowan was watching TV when her phone rang.

This shows the continuous form being used to describe what was happening when something else happened. The action that happens first (watching) is in the past continuous while the action that interrupts the first action (rang) is in the past simple.

Have a look at the examples of the past continuous from the roleplay and decide which of the past continuous actions are interrupted:

Rowan: Yes, but by this time I was on the last train to London, and I ended up arriving at the hotel really late. I’m pretty sure the porter was sleeping because the hotel door was locked, and I was banging on it for about half an hour before he eventually answered.

Jack: But you eventually got some sleep?

Rowan: Yes, but only about four hours and I was dreaming about Cardiff lifting the FA Cup when my six o’clock alarm went off. I needed to get to the station for half-past. I was hoping to get more sleep on the train to Newcastle but the guy next to me was snoring his head off.

Rowan needs to get the bus and two trains to get to Newcastle from Cardiff.

Activity 3

Activity 3: Look at the sentences and choose the correct answer. Do you know when to use the past continuous and when to use the past simple?
Can you choose the right answer?

Why are there n fans at St.James' Park when Rowan gets to the stadium?

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Task

An Anecdote: My Journey

We want you to tell us an anecdote about a trip you have been on.

In this week’s task, we want you to tell us an anecdote about a journey that you have been on. This could be a disastrous journey like Rowan's trip to Newcastle or a wonderful journey that you remember.

A Disastrous Trip

  1.  Think about what went wrong. Was there a problem with transport? Did you break down? Did you go to the wrong place?
  2. Did something embarrassing happen? Were you late? Was there a problem with the weather or maybe there was a problem with the people you were travelling with?

A Wonderful Journey

  1.  Think about what went right. What was so good about the trip? Who did you meet? What did you see?
  2. Did something amazing happen on this trip?

What’s most important is that you tell us something funny or interesting and that you try to use some of the phrases that we have introduced in this podcast and some examples of the past continuous.

Write your answers below and don't forget to make a guess at this week's football phrase!

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Amirasalah's picture
Amirasalah
19/07/2021
EG
37
points

A disastrous trip
One day while i was going to my university. You won’t believe this but what a coincidence while i was walking the car threw out clay on my clothes and all my colleges chuckle as i was in front of the bus it ended up that i was so embarrassed and i had to go back home to change my clothes then i back again to the bus very quickly but I’ve missed it i was determined to go to university so i took a taxi and went to the university so late. Funnily enough that actually reminds me of a story my friends this situation until now
A wonderful journey
I had a journey to gona. I went there.i saw a wonderful places and i was amazed by the service that the hotel provides to us.how the people are friendly there


Amirasalah's picture
Amirasalah
19/07/2021 17:13
Egypt
West Bromwich Albion
37

A disastrous trip
One day while i was going to my university. You won’t believe this but what a coincidence while i was walking the car threw out clay on my clothes and all my colleges chuckle as i was in front of the bus it ended up that i was so embarrassed and i had to go back home to change my clothes then i back again to the bus very quickly but I’ve missed it i was determined to go to university so i took a taxi and went to the university so late. Funnily enough that actually reminds me of a story my friends this situation until now
A wonderful journey
I had a journey to gona. I went there.i saw a wonderful places and i was amazed by the service that the hotel provides to us.how the people are friendly there

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mobeckham
29/06/2021
TR
6473
points

A Disastrous Trip
I was lucky to befriend a girl online who was a star singer in Opera. Luckily enough , she invited me to her next concert and it was a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited to visit the opera and moreover , to hear her singing live.
She texted the night before clarifying she will leave the ticket for me in the front door of the small hall and she reminds me to wear semi formal clothes as the dress code. You won’t believe what happened. I put on a classic shirt and trousers that was a bit tight on me as I haven’t worn them for ages. While I was sitting in the bus , the lower right part of the trousers ripped apart and I was so embarrassed. I thought about the situation quickly then I got off the bus in the next station , asked for a tailor and got my trousers fixed then ran to the station again to reach on time. I arrived 15 minutes late but fortunately , the show has been delayed as well.
The show was amusing and my friend was talented and gorgeous. We took a memorial pic together after the show ended and I was happy that my trousers hadn’t torn apart again :)

A Wonderful Journey
My last journey to Manchester was so exciting. It was the Treble Reunion Game between United Legends and Bayern Munich Legends on 26th May 2019. I booked the ticket online and I took a 3 days off work to travel and see our golden generation especially David , Sir Alex and Olé who I adore them a lot. The game was amazing and the fans were cheering all the game long. While we were singing , Beckham scored an incredible goal in the last minute to be the icing on the cake.
It was exquisite experience to watch the old lads play again live :)


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mobeckham
29/06/2021 23:51
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

A Disastrous Trip
I was lucky to befriend a girl online who was a star singer in Opera. Luckily enough , she invited me to her next concert and it was a couple of weeks ago. I was so excited to visit the opera and moreover , to hear her singing live.
She texted the night before clarifying she will leave the ticket for me in the front door of the small hall and she reminds me to wear semi formal clothes as the dress code. You won’t believe what happened. I put on a classic shirt and trousers that was a bit tight on me as I haven’t worn them for ages. While I was sitting in the bus , the lower right part of the trousers ripped apart and I was so embarrassed. I thought about the situation quickly then I got off the bus in the next station , asked for a tailor and got my trousers fixed then ran to the station again to reach on time. I arrived 15 minutes late but fortunately , the show has been delayed as well.
The show was amusing and my friend was talented and gorgeous. We took a memorial pic together after the show ended and I was happy that my trousers hadn’t torn apart again :)

A Wonderful Journey
My last journey to Manchester was so exciting. It was the Treble Reunion Game between United Legends and Bayern Munich Legends on 26th May 2019. I booked the ticket online and I took a 3 days off work to travel and see our golden generation especially David , Sir Alex and Olé who I adore them a lot. The game was amazing and the fans were cheering all the game long. While we were singing , Beckham scored an incredible goal in the last minute to be the icing on the cake.
It was exquisite experience to watch the old lads play again live :)

wsanta's picture
wsanta
02/07/2021
AR
5085
points

Hahaha, hi Mobeckham, your visit to the opera was very funny.


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wsanta
02/07/2021 15:29
Argentina
Leeds United
5085

Hahaha, hi Mobeckham, your visit to the opera was very funny.

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mobeckham
09/07/2021
TR
6473
points

Yes , indeed Wsanta :)
Luckily I found a tailor nearby even she was for women only
but she helped me out when she saw my trousers and I narrated her the story :)


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mobeckham
09/07/2021 17:35
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

Yes , indeed Wsanta :)
Luckily I found a tailor nearby even she was for women only
but she helped me out when she saw my trousers and I narrated her the story :)

Ayande
29/06/2021
BE
409
points

Orlast


Ayande
29/06/2021 10:08
Belgium
Arsenal
409

Orlast

Kazu
29/06/2021
JP
38
points

1. I had bought a Go-Pro before I traveled to Hawaii in order to take nice pictures. On the first day in Hawaii, I have been to the sandy beach. While I was swimming in the sea, the big wave came to me suddenly. As a result, the wave grabbed my Go-Pro and it was gone. I hope the expensive machine is still taking pictures in the beautifull sea even now.

2. My UK trip was nice. Me and my girlfriend have been to the Emirates Stadium to watch the Arsenal match against BATE Borisov. I was nervous because my girlfriend's star, Mesut Özil would play or not. But fortunatelly he was a starter and moreover, Arsenal won. It was a fantasitic night.

This week’s football phrase is "***** ** *****"


Kazu
29/06/2021 06:54
Japan
Aston Villa
38

1. I had bought a Go-Pro before I traveled to Hawaii in order to take nice pictures. On the first day in Hawaii, I have been to the sandy beach. While I was swimming in the sea, the big wave came to me suddenly. As a result, the wave grabbed my Go-Pro and it was gone. I hope the expensive machine is still taking pictures in the beautifull sea even now.

2. My UK trip was nice. Me and my girlfriend have been to the Emirates Stadium to watch the Arsenal match against BATE Borisov. I was nervous because my girlfriend's star, Mesut Özil would play or not. But fortunatelly he was a starter and moreover, Arsenal won. It was a fantasitic night.

This week’s football phrase is "***** ** *****"

woodpecker74
27/06/2021
TR
9
points

Hello. This week’s football phrase is **** ** *****.


woodpecker74
27/06/2021 13:20
Turkey
Liverpool
9

Hello. This week’s football phrase is **** ** *****.

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hsn
26/06/2021
TR
5119
points

What a nice picture of Scottish kids on this web page. I've shared it with my friends.


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hsn
26/06/2021 17:00
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5119

What a nice picture of Scottish kids on this web page. I've shared it with my friends.

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hsn
26/06/2021
TR
5119
points

TASK
A FunnyTrip
It was a business trip for short time. Destination was close my city. My bus set off very early in the morning. We arrived after two hours. I got my luggage from bus assistant after get off the bus. I get to hotel and opened it. You'll never guess what happen. It wasn't mine. Right away I called bus company. Another person also had called them for his luggage. What a coincidence..! He was staying at the same hotel and next door my room. Both of the luggages were exactly same and it was mistakes of sleepy three person-:)
A Wonderful Journey
Due to my profession I travelled all part of my country for approximately ten years. I used to have trips especially in the week-end. All of them wonderful and I 've many beautiful memories. I've seen many historical places like ancient underground cities and churches in Capadocia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocia.
PHRASES
• A phone-in discussion on the topic of international affairs turned to the endless argument and audiences of open forum get bored.
• Funnily enough, although teenagers are in the ages of active they play game on mobile phone for hours without move and eats junk food.
• May I have a floor.In my opinion it'll be better to chuckle and to stay away from calamity events and people that gave sadness.


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hsn
26/06/2021 16:54
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5119

TASK
A FunnyTrip
It was a business trip for short time. Destination was close my city. My bus set off very early in the morning. We arrived after two hours. I got my luggage from bus assistant after get off the bus. I get to hotel and opened it. You'll never guess what happen. It wasn't mine. Right away I called bus company. Another person also had called them for his luggage. What a coincidence..! He was staying at the same hotel and next door my room. Both of the luggages were exactly same and it was mistakes of sleepy three person-:)
A Wonderful Journey
Due to my profession I travelled all part of my country for approximately ten years. I used to have trips especially in the week-end. All of them wonderful and I 've many beautiful memories. I've seen many historical places like ancient underground cities and churches in Capadocia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cappadocia.
PHRASES
• A phone-in discussion on the topic of international affairs turned to the endless argument and audiences of open forum get bored.
• Funnily enough, although teenagers are in the ages of active they play game on mobile phone for hours without move and eats junk food.
• May I have a floor.In my opinion it'll be better to chuckle and to stay away from calamity events and people that gave sadness.

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Emmanuel
26/06/2021
FR
91
points

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


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Emmanuel
26/06/2021 08:25
France
Manchester City
91

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

hayato
26/06/2021
JP
435
points

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


hayato
26/06/2021 04:36
Japan
Everton
435

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

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Marco Zapien
25/06/2021
MX
79
points

***** ** *****


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Marco Zapien
25/06/2021 21:22
Mexico
Wolverhampton Wanderers
79

***** ** *****

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mobeckham
25/06/2021
TR
6473
points

This week’s football phrase is ***** ** *****


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mobeckham
25/06/2021 19:03
Turkey
Manchester United
6473

This week’s football phrase is ***** ** *****

Farid Rahimli
25/06/2021
AZ
2
points

The football phrase of this week is "***** ** *****". Hope I got it right this time.)


Farid Rahimli
25/06/2021 18:50
Azerbaijan
Manchester City
2

The football phrase of this week is "***** ** *****". Hope I got it right this time.)

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Liubomyr
25/06/2021
UA
4408
points

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


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Liubomyr
25/06/2021 18:11
Ukraine
Watford
4408

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

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hsn
25/06/2021
TR
5119
points

Football phrase ***** ** ***** -:)


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hsn
25/06/2021 17:15
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5119

Football phrase ***** ** ***** -:)

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6473
2Alex_from_Ukraine6204
3hsn5119
4wsanta5085
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia69121
2Ukraine34346
3Serbia27100
4Spain26559
5Brazil21717
6Albania20578
7Macedonia19074
8Vietnam18763
9Turkey18391
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United135996
2Liverpool103667
3Chelsea85182
4Arsenal79111
5Manchester City52105
6Tottenham Hotspur17257
7Leicester City13378
8Newcastle United10108
9Leeds United7875
10West Ham United6986

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Vocabulary: Words and phrases to start anecdotes and to show surprise

Grammar: Interrupted actions in the past

Task: Share an anecdote about a journey you've been on