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What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

What's worse than finding a worm in your apple?

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the latest news from the Premier League and last weekend's FA Cup semi-finals. They also talk about Brighton & Hove Albion who will be playing in the Premier League for the first time after winning promotion. This week the language focus is on comparative and superlative structures as we talk about distances between some different Premier League football stadiums. As always, we have a new football phrase for you to guess and announce our Player of the Week. Enjoy!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. You can see two examples here: 

Alexis Sanchez got the winner in extra-time.

Winning promotion is a fantastic achievement for Brighton.

There were a few more tricky words in the podcast. Can you remember all of them? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words in context. This can really help with understanding.

Activity 1

In this activity, have a look at the vocabulary and try to match it to the correct definition. ​
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Brighton will play in the Premier League next season.

Learning

Comparatives and Superlatives - A Review

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about the distances between some of the cities and football stadiums in the Premier League. When they spoke they used some comparative and superlative sentences. Can you remember how we normally use comparatives and superlatives. Here's a summary:

We use comparative adjectives to describe people and things. Normally, when an adjective is one syllable or ends with a 'y' we add -er to the adjective and when it is two or more sylables we use more + adjective. Here are some examples:

A porsche is much more expensive than a mini but I'm not sure if it's better.

I’m feeling happier now that Arsenal are in the FA Cup Final.

Brighton might need a bigger stadium now they've been promoted.

We use superlative adjectives to describe the best or most extreme quality of something within a group of things. Normally, when an adjective is one syllable or ends with a 'y' we add -est  to the adjective and when it is two or more sylables we use the most + adjective. Here are some examples:

Theo Walcott must be the fastest player in the Premier League.

Winning the Premier League must have been one of the happiest moments in the Leicester player's lives.

Wembley Stadium is the biggest in the UK. It's capacity is 90,000.

Brighton pier was built in the 19th century.

Learning

Comparatives and Superlatives - Modifying Comparatives

When we want to talk about similarities and differences we can use adjectives in their comparative forms...

Newcastle to Bournemouth is further than Newcastle to Southampton.

or we can use (not) as + adjective + as

Newcastle to Southampton isn't as far as Newcastle to Bournemouth.

Remember that 'not as far as’ means ‘less far than'.

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity, look at some more language that you can use to compare things in a more specific way.
You might also want to compare things that have big or small differences.

Question

Look at these questions and think how you might answer them using the words in bold. Which two cities are the furthest apart in your country? Is there any player as good as N'Golo Kante at the moment?

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez got an extra-time winner and will play in the FA Cup Final.

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.
Listen and read.

What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?

Rich: Did you read last week’s Fan of the Week article?

Jack: Yes, Abdallah from Kuwait. It was cool especially with him skydiving at the top of the article in his Chelsea shirt.

Rich: And, a picture of a starfish in the aquarium in Kuwait City.

Jack: Yes, that was good too but the skydiving photo is better. 

Rich: I’ve got a joke for you.

Jack: Oh no! Really?

Rich: What fish is the most famous fish in the world?

Jack: Rubbish and easy. A starfish! And a starfish is not even a fish!

Rich: I’ve got another one. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?

Jack: What?

Rich: Finding half a worm!

Jack: Another bad joke and disgusting, too! Is there any reason for these jokes?

Rich: Actually, Jack, there is. These jokes use comparatives and superlatives and we’re going to be looking at this grammar in today’s podcast.

Jack: But no more jokes.

Rich: No more jokes. I promise.

Welcome

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich
 
Jack: and I’m Jack
 
Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast
 
Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week, Rich?
 
Rich: In this week’s show, we’re going to talk about the latest in the Premier League, welcome two new teams to the Premier League, one for the first time ever. In this week’s language focus we’re going to look at a few difficult comparative and superlative structures.

Jack: But first, let’s look at the Premier League headlines.

Headlines

Rich: Chelsea will play Arsenal in the FA Cup Final.

Jack: In last weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals, Chelsea beat Spurs 4-2 in a high quality match and Arsenal had a fantastic 2-1 win against Manchester City. Alexis Sanchez got the winner in extra time. Arsenal will play Chelsea in the final on the 27th of May.

Rich: The battle at the top continues.

Jack: On Tuesday, Chelsea beat Southampton 4-2 to go 7 points clear at the top of the table, but the following day Spurs beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to close the gap to four points once again. 

Rich: Brighton and Newcastle win promotion to the Premier League.

Jack: Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle Utd will be playing Premier League football next season. Under Rafa Benitez, Newcastle have won promotion after just one season away from the Premier League. Brighton will be playing in the Premier League for the first time.

Rich: A fantastic achievement for Brighton or if we want to use their full name - Brighton and Hove Albion.

Jack: Brighton will be the 48th team to play Premier League football. And yes, it’s a fantastic achievement. 20 years ago Brighton nearly went out of business and out of professional football altogether.

Rich: Yes, it’s an amazing turnaround. But, I don’t think Newcastle fans will be too happy.

Jack: Why’s that?

Rich: I imagine Newcastle to Brighton (346 miles) is the furthest distance between any two stadiums in the Premier League.

Jack: Mmm, I’m not sure. Newcastle to Southampton (327 miles) is probably further and Newcastle to Bournemouth (356 miles)is even further!

Rich: Yes, some long journeys for those Geordie fans next season but I’m sure they won’t mind too much.

Player of the Week

Rich: There were lots of great performances in the Premier League and the FA Cup last week.

Jack: Yes, Willian was brilliant for Chelsea and Christian Benteke scored twice at Anfield for Crystal Palace - I bet you weren’t happy with those goals against his old club, Rich.

Rich: No, I wasn’t! But this week we chose a player for his performances throughout the season. Last Sunday Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was announced as the PFA Player of the Year.

Jack: He’s been amazing for Chelsea and looks like he will win the Premier League for the second year running.

Rich: Yes, he’s been brilliant. We’ve got an article all about him on the homepage and there is a link to it on the side of this page, too. Do you know what car he drives?

Jack: A porsche? A ferrari?

Rich: No, a mini. He says he’s not very interested in cars and that he bought it in Leicester and doesn’t need to change it.

Jack: I’ve always wanted a mini.

Rich: Me too, but I wouldn’t mind a porsche or a ferrari!

Topic/Language Focus

Jack: So, Brighton will play Premier League football for the first time next season. You said Newcastle fans won’t like going because it’s so far away but I think lots of people will enjoy a trip there next season.

Rich: You’re probably right. Brighton is a famous seaside town in the UK and it gets lots of visitors from all around the UK and abroad. Have you ever been there?

Jack: Yes, I’ve been there a few times. It’s nice. You can walk along the promenade eating an ice cream, go on the beach or have a walk on the pier.

Rich: Promenade. Pier. These are very traditional words that you associate with the seaside in the UK. 

Jack: Yes, the promenade is a public path next to the sea which people like to walk along. And a pier is a long wooden structure that sticks out into the sea. There are usually places for entertainment on a pier.

Rich: I’ve put a photo of the one in Brighton in the lesson below if you want to get a better idea. Lots of seaside places in the UK have them. They were all built in victorian times, about 150 years ago - the photo was taken in 1900!

Jack: You said earlier that the distance between Newcastle and Brighton football stadiums will be the furthest in the Premier League. I’ve checked - your wrong. Newcastle to Brighton is 345 miles. Newcastle to Southampton is not as far - it’s 328 miles but Newcastle to Bournemouth is 354 miles so that is the furthest.

Rich: Well they’re definitely three long trips for Newcastle fans.

Jack: Let’s take a look at those phrases. They use comparative and superlative structures. 

Rich: You probably know that when we want to compare two or more things we usually add -er or -est to an adjective the adjective is one syllable like big or small. 

Jack: And when the adjective is two or more syllables we usually add more or the most to the adjective like with more important or the most difficult.

Rich: But sometimes an adjective might be irregular and there are also other phrases we can use when we want to use a negative sentence.

Jack: The adjective ‘far’ is one example of an irregular adjective.

Rich: We say that Newcastle to Brighton is further than Newcastle to Southampton.

Rich: This is a comparative. We’re comparing the two distances. It’s a tricky one because it’s irregular. The adjective is far. 

Jack: The trip from Newcastle to Bournemouth is the furthest. Here we’re comparing three places and using a superlative. 

Rich: So the structure for ‘far’ is far>further>the furthest. 

Jack: If you use an old grammar book, you might find far > farther > farthest, but it’s not very common these days.

Rich: No, I haven’t heard that for ages.

Jack: There are other irregular adjectives. The most common ones are: good and bad because we say good>better>the best, and bad>worse>the worst.

Rich: You said earlier that Newcastle to Southampton is not as far as Newcastle to Bournemouth. This is another way of saying Newcastle to Bournemouth is further than Newcastle to Southampton.

Jack: The structure we use is not as + adjective + as. Newcastle to Southampton is not as far as Newcastle to Bournemouth.

Rich: Let’s think of some other examples, mmm... let’s see…. Arsenal are not as good as Liverpool, Arsenal are not as interesting as Liverpool and Arsenal are not going to finish as high in the Premier League table as Liverpool!

Jack: Very good sentences although I don’t agree with any of them!

Rich: In the lesson below we’ve got some activities for you to practise these structures and some questions for you to answer in the comments section which give you an opportunity to use these structures.

Can you work out this week’s football phrase?

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week?

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was was extra-time. It’s the 30 extra minutes that are played in cup competitions if the scores are level after 90 minutes. Arsenal beat Manchester City 2-1 after extra time in last weeknd’s FA Cup semi final. 

Rich: Well done to Liubomyr from Ukraine, Mon from Egypt, Elghoul from Algeria, RafaelRC from Brazil, Shobonenok from Russia, Kwesimanifest from Ghana and Ahmed Adam Mamado from Sudan. You all got the right answer!

Rich: What’s this week’s phrase?

Jack: This week’s phrase is ******** or ** ** ********. Last weekend Newcastle won ********* and Brighton were ******** to the Premier League for the first ever time. I used the noun about Newcastle and the verb about Brighton. Can you guess them both?

Jack: Before, we go we want to tell you about this week’s fan of the week! It’s Liubomyr who is a Watford fan from Ukraine.

Rich: If you want to know more about Liubomyr - head over to the new section - fan of the week - in the fans section - there is a link on the side of the page.

Jack: And if you want to be a Fan of the Week, just send us an email or a comment and we will help you put an article together in English.

Rich: We would love to get a Premier League fan from every country in the world!

Jack: We’ve got three now - Montenegro, Kuwait and Ukraine so let’s keep going!

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week. 

Jack: Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. 

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, Jack and Rich spoke about Brighton and the distances away fans need to travel.

  1. Have you ever heard about Brighton - either the city or the football club? Do you like visiting the seaside?

  2. Do you think it is good that there are lots of away fans in Premier League grounds? Is it common for fans to travel to away matches in your country?

  3. What's the furthest distance a football fan can travel in your country? Are distances as far apart in your country as in the Premier League?

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase and the questions above in the comments section below.

If you want us to correct your English, just write 'correct me' at the beginning of your comment.

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hsn's picture
hsn
30/05/2021
TR
5521
points

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1-I’ve never heard Brighton.I think it’s a city that has football club.Yes I like visiting seaside. Unfortunately I've no chance to have a leisurely walk along the promenade on the pier-:) Because there is no sea in my city.
2- In my opinion, away fans are real supporters of the teams. Because they endure for many things such as finance, tiredness and sometimes disappointments.Not so much in my country.
3-The furthest distance a football fan have to travel is (1.493.km). Yes, the distances as far apart as in the Premier League.

QUESTIONS
1- "Hakkari" and "Edirne" are furthest apart cities (=2.068 km) in my country.
2- I think another Chelsea player César Azpilicueta as good as N'Golo Kante.

PHRASES
• I followed PSE podcasts and wrote my comments throughout last year. I'll keep it up this year running.

• Here, a manager achieved to promote the team at which he started his football career as a player. He's been amazing for this team.

• The distance between cities in UK that away team have to put up with isn't as far as in Russia.

JOKE
• Which fish likes writing ? Cuttlefish that carries black liquid like ink in its body.

P.S.
• Hi Rich! It was surprise for me to learn that ancient name of England is Albion. I'd never heard it before.


hsn's picture
hsn
30/05/2021 11:33
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5521

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1-I’ve never heard Brighton.I think it’s a city that has football club.Yes I like visiting seaside. Unfortunately I've no chance to have a leisurely walk along the promenade on the pier-:) Because there is no sea in my city.
2- In my opinion, away fans are real supporters of the teams. Because they endure for many things such as finance, tiredness and sometimes disappointments.Not so much in my country.
3-The furthest distance a football fan have to travel is (1.493.km). Yes, the distances as far apart as in the Premier League.

QUESTIONS
1- "Hakkari" and "Edirne" are furthest apart cities (=2.068 km) in my country.
2- I think another Chelsea player César Azpilicueta as good as N'Golo Kante.

PHRASES
• I followed PSE podcasts and wrote my comments throughout last year. I'll keep it up this year running.

• Here, a manager achieved to promote the team at which he started his football career as a player. He's been amazing for this team.

• The distance between cities in UK that away team have to put up with isn't as far as in Russia.

JOKE
• Which fish likes writing ? Cuttlefish that carries black liquid like ink in its body.

P.S.
• Hi Rich! It was surprise for me to learn that ancient name of England is Albion. I'd never heard it before.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020
TR
6510
points

I think the furthest distance to travel in Turkey is from Izmir , my city , to Trabzon in the far east of the country which is about 900 miles
And from Izmir to Istanbul as well is about 300 miles


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020 16:14
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I think the furthest distance to travel in Turkey is from Izmir , my city , to Trabzon in the far east of the country which is about 900 miles
And from Izmir to Istanbul as well is about 300 miles

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020
TR
6510
points

It is so exciting to have lots of away fans in every football match as it sounds like there's a game on the pitch and in the stands
Sure , lots of my friends travel from Izmir to Istanbul for big matches for their favourite teams


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mobeckham
17/05/2020 16:10
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

It is so exciting to have lots of away fans in every football match as it sounds like there's a game on the pitch and in the stands
Sure , lots of my friends travel from Izmir to Istanbul for big matches for their favourite teams

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020
TR
6510
points

This week's football phrase is ( promotion ) and ( to promote )


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020 16:09
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

This week's football phrase is ( promotion ) and ( to promote )

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020
TR
6510
points

I heard about the city anf the club before but I have no idea about anything in the city
I like visitng the seaside. Such a lovely time there


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
17/05/2020 16:08
Turkey
Manchester United
6510

I heard about the city anf the club before but I have no idea about anything in the city
I like visitng the seaside. Such a lovely time there

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017
PS
3705
points

The phrase is to be promoted.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017 15:36
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The phrase is to be promoted.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017
PS
3705
points

Actually, the distances that fans travel in my country is much more less than the distance that premiere league fans travel.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017 15:32
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Actually, the distances that fans travel in my country is much more less than the distance that premiere league fans travel.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017
PS
3705
points

Actually, it is great when the fans go to any stadium to support their club, they show how much they love the team.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017 15:30
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Actually, it is great when the fans go to any stadium to support their club, they show how much they love the team.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017
PS
3705
points

No i have not,I would like to visit the beach there.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
09/07/2017 15:28
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No i have not,I would like to visit the beach there.

Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
04/05/2017
UA
4408
points

I think that the week’s phrase is ‘*********’ or ‘** ** ********’.


Liubomyr's picture
Liubomyr
04/05/2017 12:52
Ukraine
Watford
4408

I think that the week’s phrase is ‘*********’ or ‘** ** ********’.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/04/2017
SD
2903
points

No, I haven't heard about this club and the city as well.
Yes, I do like visiting the seaside. As I live in a costal town, almost every weekend I go to the seaside of Port Sudan city. There's a park called (Sea-Land) and I enjoy hanging out with friends there.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/04/2017 16:26
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

No, I haven't heard about this club and the city as well.
Yes, I do like visiting the seaside. As I live in a costal town, almost every weekend I go to the seaside of Port Sudan city. There's a park called (Sea-Land) and I enjoy hanging out with friends there.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/04/2017
DZ
3988
points

football phrase , ********* or ********


elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/04/2017 13:02
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

football phrase , ********* or ********

elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/04/2017
DZ
3988
points

1. Brighton is a South England seaside town. It is famous with its Universities.

2. As far as there is not violence away fans are beneficial. It happens also in my country to see away fans. In fact this does not happen if security measures are not overstreched.

3. One the furthest travels an away fan can make in Algeria is between Saoura or Bechar to Constantine which is more than one thousand kilimetres.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
30/04/2017 13:01
Algeria
Manchester City
3988

1. Brighton is a South England seaside town. It is famous with its Universities.

2. As far as there is not violence away fans are beneficial. It happens also in my country to see away fans. In fact this does not happen if security measures are not overstreched.

3. One the furthest travels an away fan can make in Algeria is between Saoura or Bechar to Constantine which is more than one thousand kilimetres.

Mon
30/04/2017
EG
2243
points

today's phrase is '' to be ******** ''


Mon
30/04/2017 08:23
Egypt
Chelsea
2243

today's phrase is '' to be ******** ''

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017
GH
4768
points

The farthest joney for teams in my country are when they move from the regoins in the south to the regions up north. The journey could be close to 24 hours.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017 01:10
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The farthest joney for teams in my country are when they move from the regoins in the south to the regions up north. The journey could be close to 24 hours.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017
GH
4768
points

Its quite uncommon for away fans to travel and watch their teams play in my country. At best the supporters of the away team within that region will be at the stadium to support.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017 01:08
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Its quite uncommon for away fans to travel and watch their teams play in my country. At best the supporters of the away team within that region will be at the stadium to support.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017
GH
4768
points

I have never heard about Brighton - either the city or the football club. I like visiting the seaside during holidays.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017 01:06
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I have never heard about Brighton - either the city or the football club. I like visiting the seaside during holidays.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017
GH
4768
points

This week's phrase is ********* or to be ********


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
30/04/2017 00:53
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

This week's phrase is ********* or to be ********

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
28/04/2017
SD
2903
points

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


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
28/04/2017 20:23
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

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

Rich's picture
Rich
28/04/2017
ES
594
points

Well done, Ahmed! You're the first with the right answer this week! Do you know the noun, too?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
28/04/2017 20:47
Spain
Liverpool
594

Well done, Ahmed! You're the first with the right answer this week! Do you know the noun, too?

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/04/2017
SD
2903
points

the noun is ''*********''


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
30/04/2017 13:07
Sudan
Liverpool
2903

the noun is ''*********''

Leaderboard

Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1mobeckham6510
2Alex_from_Ukraine6278
3hsn5521
4wsanta5086
5kwesimanifest4768
6Liubomyr4408
7elghoul3988
8assemjuve3705
9aragorn19863557
10Gergő Nagy3396
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia71393
2Ukraine33261
3Spain27916
4Serbia27289
5Brazil23643
6Albania20578
7Vietnam19906
8Turkey19746
9Macedonia19074
10Bosnia and Herzegovina16333
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United141232
2Liverpool109858
3Chelsea88310
4Arsenal85481
5Manchester City56370
6Tottenham Hotspur19078
7Newcastle United10456
8West Ham United7435
9Crystal Palace4224
10AFC Bournemouth4080

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Skills: Listening

Language: Comparatives and Superlatives

Language: Football English