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Liverpool are Premier League Champions

This Week: Champions!

This Week: Champions!

Welcome to This Week from Premier Skills English, a weekly review of football action for learners of English from across the globe. In This Week, Laura, Rich and Jack talk about the latest action from the Premier League and have lots of football English for you to learn.

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Introduction

Laura: Hello my name’s Laura and welcome to our weekly round-up section called ‘This Week’ on Premier Skills English.

Rich: Hi there. I’m Rich. We’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

Jack: And I’m Jack and we hope you are all staying well whether you are staying home or still going to work.

Laura: The Premier League is back and we’re back with more football English for you to learn.

Rich: We take a look at three headlines about the Premier League action from the past seven days and you won’t be surprised that this week we’re focusing on Liverpool becoming Premier League champions for the first time.

Jack: Our main reason for choosing these headlines however is so we can focus on some useful bits of vocabulary. 

Laura: And we want you to use and practise these words and phrases by interacting with Premier League fans from around the world in our comments section.

Rich: And a little later we’ll also have a Premier League prediction for you. We want you to make your predictions, too.

Jack: If you listen to us on Apple Podcasts, you can leave your comments in the review section. We do read all the reviews and would love to hear from you.

Laura: You can find all our latest content on the Premier Skills English homepage or the Premier Skills-British Council Facebook page. 

Rich: Don’t forget that we also have our weekly Premier Skills English podcast that is released every Friday. Every week we help you with some different vocabulary or an aspect of grammar.

Jack: Our latest podcast is called Learning Vocabulary: Giving bad news.

Rich: In the roleplay, I go to an audition for a part in a film about football. I really want to be a Hollywood actor you see.

Jack: But Rich isn’t quite as good at acting as he thinks he is.

Laura: We look at lots of phrases you can use when you need to give someone bad news. You can find the lesson on the homepage on the Premier Skills English website. 

Rich: You’re now going to hear our three headlines. After each headline, we’ll have a little discussion and look at some vocabulary. 

Jack: The words and phrases we are looking at this week are: an unassailable lead, to put something on ice, top division, at the top of the pile, a guard of honour and congratulations.

Laura: After the headlines, we want you to make a Premier League prediction and we have a language challenge for you to have a go at.

Headline 1

Rich: Liverpool are Premier League champions.

Jack: Liverpool became Premier League champions for the first time when Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea left the Reds with an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League table. Chelsea took a first-half lead to cheer all Liverpool fans but it looked like celebrations would have to be put on ice when Kevin De Bruyne scored a magnificent free-kick. However, Willian scored from the spot to give Chelsea all three points and the party could start at Anfield.

Laura: What was it like supporting Chelsea, Rich?

Rich: It was brilliant. I couldn’t believe some of City’s defending and I didn’t think VAR would see that handball by Fernandinho but it did and it gave us the title.

Jack: So, with seven games to go Liverpool have an unassailable lead at the top of the table. This is our first phrase this week - an unassailable lead.

Laura: If something is unassailable it can’t be challenged or beaten. 

Rich: Liverpool have an unassailable lead - even if Liverpool lose all seven of their final matches and Manchester City win all of theirs Liverpool will still win the league. City can’t get enough points to stop them. Liverpool have an unassailable lead.

Jack: When Kevin De Bruyne scored for City I said that Liverpool’s celebrations might have to be put on ice. I like this idiom to put something on ice.

Laura: To put something on ice is basically an informal way of saying that something has to be done later. 

Rich: This idiom comes from food. If you want to eat something like fish later, you can put it on ice to keep it fresh.

Jack: We’ve had to put our holiday plans on ice at the moment. We can’t go now because of Covid, but we still want to go. 

Rich: Jack said Liverpool fans might have to put their celebrations on ice when De Bruyne scored. In the end, the celebrations were back on only a few minutes later. Let’s move on to our next headline.

Headline 2

Laura: Thirty years of hurt at an end for Liverpool.

Rich: Liverpool have won their first-ever Premier League title and their first top division title for thirty years. The last time the Reds were at the top of the pile of the English game was back in 1990 when John Barnes was Liverpool’s top scorer, Germans were celebrating the reunification of East and West Germany and the first-ever page was published on the world wide web.

Laura: It was a long, long time ago. Can you remember it?

Rich: I can just about. I was only twelve but John Barnes was my favourite player. I was actually a bit of a glory-hunter because I’m not from Liverpool and probably originally supported them because my home town club were not doing well and Liverpool were the best.

Jack: A glory-hunter; that’s a nice football phrase. It is used to describe someone who supports the best team because they have the best chance of winning things. It’s usually used negatively.

Rich: Give me a break! I was only twelve but if I was a glory-hunter I’ve had to wait a long time for the glory. Thirty years!

Laura: Let’s look at a couple of phrases. Jack said it’s been thirty years since Liverpool won a top division title. The top division in England is the Premier League.

Jack: Professional football in England is separated into four different national divisions. You can get promoted and relegated between divisions.

Rich: Jack said that Liverpool are at the top of the pile. This is an idiom which we use to mean to be ahead of everyone else and in the best position.

Laura: A pile is a number of things that are placed on top of each other. You might have a pile of clothes in your bedroom or a pile of dishes in the kitchen. 

Jack: The Premier League table can be described as a pile of football clubs and Liverpool are top of the pile. Let’s move on to our final headline.

Headline 3

Jack: Congratulations from far and wide. 

Laura: Liverpool have rightly earned the plaudits on the pitch this season and they have been receiving congratulations from unexpected places since winning the Premier League title. Alex Ferguson sent his congratulations to the Reds and Premier League rivals were quick to follow suit with Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City amongst those to tweet their congratulations. As Liverpool’s next opponents, City will also provide the new Champions with a guard of honour when the clubs meet on Wednesday.

Rich: It’s nice to receive all of these plaudits and I think Liverpool definitely deserve it this season.

Laura: Plaudits are expressions of praise and approval.

Jack: It’s funny how the fixtures have worked out, isn’t it? Liverpool’s next opponents are their closest rivals and last year’s champions - Manchester City.

Laura: Yes, they will give Liverpool a guard of honour. This is when the opponents line up to congratulate their opponents on winning the title as they enter the pitch. City players will form two lines and the Liverpool players will walk through the middle to receive congratulations.

Rich: And this is the final phrase we want to look at this week - congratulations.

Jack: We say congratulations to people when we want to praise someone on something they have achieved. 

Rich: We can give our congratulations and we can congratulate someone but we normally just say congratulations.

Laura: I’d like to congratulate Liverpool on winning the Premier League.

Jack: I’d like to give my congratulations to Liverpool on their success this season.

Rich: Congratulations!

Jack: OK. We’ve looked at three stories and six bits of vocabulary in our headlines. The words and phrases we’ve looked at are: an unassailable lead, to put something on ice, top division, at the top of the pile, a guard of honour and congratulations.

Laura: Have a listen to the headlines again and see if you understand the vocabulary we’ve looked at. 

Prediction

Rich: It’s time for our Premier League prediction. 

Jack: You predicted a win for Chelsea last week, Laura and Chelsea beat Manchester City.

Rich: I was very happy with that. I think if you get your prediction right you should keep going until you get one wrong. Like a little competition between the three of us.

Laura: So, I’m winning at the moment because I’m on a winning streak of one!

Jack: That’s right.

Laura: All right then. This week I’ll take a look at the match between Wolves and Arsenal. I really like the look of Wolves at the moment and think they have a good chance of getting into the Champions League next season. Arsenal have won their last two away games but I’m still not convinced. They don’t look that good in defence to me. I’m going for a home win. Final score: Wolves 2-0 Arsenal.

Rich: That match is on Saturday but don’t forget there are matches most days this week.

Language Challenge

Jack: To finish up the show we’ve got a quick language challenge connected to this week’s vocabulary.

Laura: We used the phrase to put something on ice earlier in the podcast and we’ve thought of three other phrases which use the word ice.

Rich: What do you think the missing word is in each sentence?

Jack: He must have ice in his _______ to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Laura: Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on _____ ice now.

Rich: Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the _____. I can see them dominating for years.

Jack: We want you to write the correct answers on the Premier Skills English website where we have some more questions and activities connected to this week’s show for you.

Rich: Or write your answer on Apple Podcasts if that’s where you listen to us. Just write the answers in the review section and say hi.

Laura: Before we finish we just wanted to say that we hope you found this lesson useful and we hope that all of you stay fit and healthy.

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Headlines

Liverpool are Premier League Champions!

Willian's penalty for Chelsea gave the title to Liverpool.

Liverpool became Premier League champions for the first time when Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea left the Reds with an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League table. Chelsea took a first-half lead to cheer all Liverpool fans but it looked like celebrations would have to be put on ice when Kevin De Bruyne scored a magnificent free-kick. However, Willian scored from the spot to give Chelsea all three points and the party could start at Anfield.

Headlines

Thirty years of hurt at an end for Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk celebrates winning the Premier League.

Liverpool have won their first-ever Premier League title and their first top division title for thirty years. The last time the Reds were at the top of the pile of the English game was back in 1990 when John Barnes was Liverpool’s top scorer, Germans were celebrating the reunification of East and West Germany and the first-ever page was published on the world wide web.

Headlines

Congratulations from far and wide

Liverpool fans young and old have been celebrating.

Liverpool have rightly earned the plaudits on the pitch this season and they have been receiving congratulations from unexpected places since winning the Premier League title. Alex Ferguson sent his congratulations to the Reds and Premier League rivals were quick to follow suit with Chelsea, Spurs and Manchester City amongst those to tweet their congratulations. As Liverpool’s next opponents, City will also provide the new Champions with a guard of honour when the clubs meet on Wednesday.

Vocabulary Alert

Language in the headlines

Joe Gomez and Georginio Wijnaldum celebrate.

We looked at six words and phrases in our headlines that you can learn to improve your English. Take a look at the phrases in bold. Do you understand what they mean?

Liverpool have an unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League table.

It looked like celebrations would have to be put on ice when Kevin De Bruyne scored a magnificent free-kick.

Liverpool have won their first-ever Premier League title and their first top division title for thirty years.

The last time the Reds were at the top of the pile of the English game was back in 1990.

Alex Ferguson sent his congratulations to the Reds and Premier League rivals were quick to follow suit.

City will provide the new Champions with a guard of honour when the clubs meet on Wednesday.

Prediction

Premier League Prediction

Wolves take on Arsenal this weekend.

Laura has our Premier League Prediction this week. She spoke about Wolves v Arsenal on Saturday as both teams battle for a place in Europe next season.

Laura thinks Wolves will win. Who do you think will win? 

Vocabulary

Language Challenge

Jurgen Klopp has brought success back to Anfield.

Jack, Rich and Laura set you a language challenge. We used the phrase to put something on ice earlier in the podcast and we’ve thought of three other phrases which use the word ice. Can you complete the phrases using the correct word?

He must have ice in his _______ to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on _____ ice now.

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the _____. I can see them dominating for years.

Write the correct answer in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Discuss

Talk about the headlines

Congratulations Liverpool!

Jack, Laura and Rich looked at three stories in the news and some vocabulary that might be new to you. Now it's your turn! Have a look at the questions and write your answers in the comments section below.

  1. Do you want to congratulate Liverpool on their title success?
  2. Is a guard of honour a good idea?
  3. Did you watch any football last week? Which matches did you watch?
  4. Laura has predicted a final score of Wolves 2-0 Arsenal. What's your prediction?
  5. Can you do our language challenge?

Write your comments and answers in the section below.

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Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure. It's definitely about James Milner.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 17:58
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure. It's definitely about James Milner.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
01/07/2020
DZ
3634
points

Hi,

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty in this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She must walk on tiny ice now.

Liverpool's first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.


elghoul's picture
elghoul
01/07/2020 16:37
Algeria
Manchester City
3634

Hi,

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty in this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She must walk on tiny ice now.

Liverpool's first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

MAYU's picture
MAYU
01/07/2020
JP
17
points

He must have ice in his heart to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

Thank you as always!


MAYU's picture
MAYU
01/07/2020 14:21
Japan
Liverpool
17

He must have ice in his heart to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

Thank you as always!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

Wolves 2 : 1 Arsenal 


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 11:49
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

Wolves 2 : 1 Arsenal 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

He must have ice in his boots to score a penalty under this much pressure. :-)


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 11:46
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

He must have ice in his boots to score a penalty under this much pressure. :-)

Rich's picture
Rich
01/07/2020
ES
474
points

I've never heard this phrase before but I think we should start using it. I think it sounds good :)


Rich's picture
Rich
01/07/2020 16:47
Spain
Liverpool
474

I've never heard this phrase before but I think we should start using it. I think it sounds good :)

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

Congratulations, Rich, on the great win of the great team! First at last! 


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 17:55
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

Congratulations, Rich, on the great win of the great team! First at last! 

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 11:43
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020
UA
4633
points

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
01/07/2020 11:43
Ukraine
Liverpool
4633

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

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mobeckham
01/07/2020
TR
4595
points

Language Challenge
He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.
Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.
Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******.
I can see them dominating for years.


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
01/07/2020 11:18
Turkey
Manchester United
4595

Language Challenge
He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.
Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.
Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******.
I can see them dominating for years.

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
01/07/2020
TR
4595
points

1. Of course I'd like to congratulate Jurgen Klopp , all the players , staff and the fans of Liverpool FC for clinching the Premier League for the first time ever and special congratulations to Rich , our beloved teacher and Mo Salah , our Egyptian King.

2. A guard of honour is a lovely gesture to show respect and unity between players because football is all about RESPECT.
I think it's a good example for younger generations.

3. I watched almost all the matches because I have lots of players from different teams in my FPL team :)

4. I agree with Laura this week that Wolves are in a great form and they will beat Arsenal.
My prediction , Final score : Wolves 3 Arsenal 1


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
01/07/2020 11:17
Turkey
Manchester United
4595

1. Of course I'd like to congratulate Jurgen Klopp , all the players , staff and the fans of Liverpool FC for clinching the Premier League for the first time ever and special congratulations to Rich , our beloved teacher and Mo Salah , our Egyptian King.

2. A guard of honour is a lovely gesture to show respect and unity between players because football is all about RESPECT.
I think it's a good example for younger generations.

3. I watched almost all the matches because I have lots of players from different teams in my FPL team :)

4. I agree with Laura this week that Wolves are in a great form and they will beat Arsenal.
My prediction , Final score : Wolves 3 Arsenal 1

Gulmira Kenzhik's picture
Gulmira Kenzhik
01/07/2020
KZ
53
points

1. Yes! They have been working hard for several years! I really appreciate their effort this year.
2. As far as I know, in England, this tradition remains strong. I think players deserve congratulation on their great achievements. It is a mark of respect.
3. Unfortunately, I didn't watch any matches last week(((
4. I believe that Arsenal will win their next game as they have won their last two games. They just need to be good in defence. So my predicted score: Wolves 1-2 Arsenal.
5. Yes. I did this week's language challenge.
Thank you. PremierSkillsEnglish staff for great work! I have really improved my skills by listening to your podcast!


Gulmira Kenzhik's picture
Gulmira Kenzhik
01/07/2020 06:01
Kazakhstan
Arsenal
53

1. Yes! They have been working hard for several years! I really appreciate their effort this year.
2. As far as I know, in England, this tradition remains strong. I think players deserve congratulation on their great achievements. It is a mark of respect.
3. Unfortunately, I didn't watch any matches last week(((
4. I believe that Arsenal will win their next game as they have won their last two games. They just need to be good in defence. So my predicted score: Wolves 1-2 Arsenal.
5. Yes. I did this week's language challenge.
Thank you. PremierSkillsEnglish staff for great work! I have really improved my skills by listening to your podcast!

Gulmira Kenzhik's picture
Gulmira Kenzhik
01/07/2020
KZ
53
points

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.


Gulmira Kenzhik's picture
Gulmira Kenzhik
01/07/2020 05:30
Kazakhstan
Arsenal
53

He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.

Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

Izabela
30/06/2020
BR
901
points

Nice


Izabela
30/06/2020 03:13
Brazil
Newcastle United
901

Nice

Izabela
30/06/2020
BR
901
points

1- He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.

2 - Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

3- Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.


Izabela
30/06/2020 03:13
Brazil
Newcastle United
901

1- He must have ice in his ***** to score a penalty under this much pressure.

2 - Another dangerous tackle by Smith. She’s walking on **** ice now.

3- Liverpool’s first Premier League win is just the tip of the *******. I can see them dominating for years.

Fjchaves1991
30/06/2020
BR
27
points

ANSWERS:

1- Yes! They are playing the best football in the moment and they did an amazing (and can continue doing) Premier League.

2- Yes. It is a kindness and respect way to congratulate the deserved Liverpool's title.

3- I watched three matches: City X Chelsea; Celta de Vigo X Barcelona; Real Madrid vs. Espanyol. I'm support Barcelona, ​​so it was a bad week.

4- I think the same. In the moment, Arsenal team is very inconsistent and Wolves seems playing a better football than Arsenal.

5- I can't. The first question I guess is "foot" or "body", but I'm not sure. The second and third questions I don't make idea what is the correct answer.


Fjchaves1991
30/06/2020 02:50
Brazil
Liverpool
27

ANSWERS:

1- Yes! They are playing the best football in the moment and they did an amazing (and can continue doing) Premier League.

2- Yes. It is a kindness and respect way to congratulate the deserved Liverpool's title.

3- I watched three matches: City X Chelsea; Celta de Vigo X Barcelona; Real Madrid vs. Espanyol. I'm support Barcelona, ​​so it was a bad week.

4- I think the same. In the moment, Arsenal team is very inconsistent and Wolves seems playing a better football than Arsenal.

5- I can't. The first question I guess is "foot" or "body", but I'm not sure. The second and third questions I don't make idea what is the correct answer.

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Top Scorers
RankNameScore
1kwesimanifest4754
2Alex_from_Ukraine4633
3mobeckham4595
4wsanta4210
5Liubomyr3889
6assemjuve3705
7elghoul3634
8aragorn19863557
9Gergő Nagy3266
10haydi3189
Country ranking
RankNameScore
1Colombia70639
2Ukraine30960
3Serbia27032
4Spain21610
5Albania20473
6Macedonia19059
7Bosnia and Herzegovina16248
8Vietnam14658
9Brazil14619
10Armenia13667
Club ranking
RankNameScore
1Manchester United131522
2Liverpool90451
3Chelsea76479
4Arsenal70652
5Manchester City42586
6Leicester City11473
7Tottenham Hotspur10232
8Newcastle United8852
9West Ham United4893
10Watford4652

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Average: 3 (1 vote)

Goals

Improve your vocabulary.

Practise your listening skills.

Complete our language challenge and make a Premier League prediction.