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This Week: A sensational start

This Week: A sensational start

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, Jack talks about three stories from this week in the Premier League and there are lots of football English words and phrases for you to learn.

Transcript

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Hello my name’s Jack and welcome to the weekly round-up called This Week on Premier Skills English.

In This Week, we’ve got lots of interesting words and phrases to help you talk about football in English.

If you are listening to this podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify you can also visit the Premier Skills English website at premierskillsenglish.britishcouncil.org where you’ll be able to download the podcast.

On the Premier Skills English website, you can read the transcript and join the Premier Skills English community by completing a language task in the comments section. This will really help you remember the new words and phrases from the stories from the Premier League.

This week, I’m talking about Spurs' trip to Molineux to take on Wolves and Manchester City’s goal fest when they faced Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The words and phrases I am going to talk about today are:

  • Sensational
  • To outwit
  • To turn something on its head
  • To keep your head
  • Extravaganza
  • To settle into a rhythm
  • To fumble
  • Unconventional

Listen out for this vocabulary in the stories.

After the stories there will be a language focus and then there will be a language challenge for you to complete and then at the end of the podcast there will be a new football phrase.

But before that, I want to look at last week’s football phrase. If you didn’t hear it last week, here’s one more chance to guess now.

Last week’s football phrase was the ********. The ******** means the goal posts and crossbar. In the past, these were made of **** and the phrase is still used for parts of a building that are made out of wood, the frames and roof supports. I suppose a goal does look a bit like the frames that are used when building a house so this may be where the term comes from.

Congratulations to Alex from Ukraine, Denis2000 from Belarus, Wojciech M. from Poland, Hasan from Turkey, Vietnguyenngo from Vietnam, Goku from Japan, AndreTorre102 from Brazil, Elchueco from Argentina, Ken from Japan, Ryohei from Japan, Bicooz from Egypt and Mobeckham from Turkey.

You all worked out that the phrase I was looking for was the woodwork.

Keep listening till the end of the podcast for a new football phrase.

Now it’s time for the first story.

A sensational start for Spurs

It was a sensational start for spurs on a sunny Saturday at Molineux. In the third minute, Brennan Johnson scored his first Spurs goal which was also the fastest goal for the club this season. It was a great team effort, the result of wonderful play between Kulusevski and Porro. Kulusevski outwitted his marker with a backheel to Porro who played the cross. Credit to Johnson, though, who timed his run perfectly and got the goal

Wolves came close a couple of times in the first half, but couldn’t find the net. They kept pushing and played some good team football, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing meant that the scores stayed level all the way to the 91st minute.

A poor clearance gifted Wolves a throw in. Matheus Cunha received the ball and fired it through to Pablo Sarabia who caught it on the run. Sarabia took a touch and then volleyed the ball into the goal.

In the 97th minute, the match was turned on its head. This time, Sarabia made a run on the wing and saw Lemina ready to run. He slotted the ball past the spurs defenders who must have missed Lemina because he was left in space with just the keeper. The Gabonese midfielder kept his head and tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

The words and phrases from the story that I want to talk about are:

  • Sensational
  • To outwit
  • To turn something on its head
  • To keep your head

Sensational

The adjective sensational means very exciting, more exciting than normal. Most of the time, it’s used to describe a performance, either by an athlete or an artist. If the performance is really good, better than you might have expected, you can call the performance sensational. The adjective is also used in a negative way to talk about new stories if they are written in a way to be shocking and exciting. Tabloid newspapers in the UK are often not very serious and have lots of stories about celebrities. However, when they do report on the news, they tend to make the stories as exciting as possible, even if that means they misrepresent what actually happened. So the meaning of sensational is similar in both uses, but it’s used in a negative way to talk about newspapers and a positive way to talk about sports and the arts.

I’ve just looked for an example of sensational to test you in the language challenge and seen that the adjective is also quite commonly used by tabloid writers to describe the way women look.

To outwit

If you outwit someone, you beat them or win somehow by being clever, by being cleverer than them. I have to stop now and talk about the comparative form of the adjective clever. Normally, as I am sure you know, an adjective with more than one syllable that doesn’t end in a y takes the word more. In my head, more clever and cleverer both sound ok. There are some other common words that are commonly used in both more and -er forms in comparative statements. There is a list on the Learn English page that includes gentle, narrow, pleasant and simple. All of these adjectives, like clever, can be made comparative by saying that something is more narrow or more simple and narrower and simpler. However, although cleverer sounds OK, it does stick in my mouth a bit and I think in a formal situation I would say more clever. Some of the other examples on the Learn English page really feel quite wrong to me, even though I know that they are common uses and just because I wouldn’t form them, doesn’t mean they are wrong.

OK - sorry for getting side tracked. I said that Kulusevski outwitted his marker. He managed to gain an advantage over his marker by being clever.

To turn something on its head

If you turn something on its head, you completely change it, you make it the opposite of what it was. I guess it means to put something upside down. Usually, the head of something is at the top so if you turn something on its head, you completely change it. In the story, Tottenham were leading for 91 minutes. When Sarabia scored, it changed things, but when Lemina’s shot went in in the 97th minute, that completely reversed the situation and put Wolves ahead.
In other examples I have found, it often means to completely disrupt something. So an economic crisis might turn a stock exchange on its head. Or if a new invention completely disrupts an industry, for example how the internet changed how we listen to music, you could say online music services turned the music industry on its head.

To keep your head

Another phrase with head; and I have spoken about this before, but a long time ago. To keep your head means to stay calm and in control. The opposite is to lose your head. This is so important in football because the pressure to score is so great, it’s hard for even the most experienced players to stay calm and in control when they have an opportunity to score. I have spoken before about the noun composure, which is the ability to stay calm, to keep your head when under pressure. Often, we talk about people keeping their heads or losing their heads at times of stress more than times of pressure. So if you ever experience a disaster or witness an accident, that’s when being able to keep your head is important. In football, there are times when players get really angry, perhaps when a teammate has been fouled and that’s when they need to keep their heads or they make things worse for their team.

Let’s move on to the next story.

Fans treated to eight goal extravaganza at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City settled into a rhythm early on and started to squeeze their hosts. After two Chelsea players crashed into each other trying to clear a ball, City looked to take advantage and quickly played a cross over the sprawling defenders. Marc Cucurella hooked an arm around Erling Haaland and the referee awarded the visitors a penalty. Haaland made no mistake and City had the lead.

The visitors didn’t hold that lead for long. Chelsea were awarded a free kick on the edge of City’s area. Reece James played a fantastic ball that Ederson had to tip over the bar. Conor Gallagher took the corner and Thiago Silva scored with a header.

In the 37th minute, City made a rare mistake; Gvardiol fumbled the ball, leaving James free to cross. Raheem Sterling got to the cross and put the home side ahead.

At the end of the first half, Akanji equalised from a sublime set piece. City played a corner kick back to Bernardo Silva who lofted the ball over the scrum of players. Akanji knew what was coming and was already in the air, ready to head the ball in. It was 2-2 when the referee blew the half-time whistle.

90 seconds into the second half, Haaland put City back into the lead with an unconventional strike. Haaland’s timing was amazing. You can see him slow his run to let Alvarez catch up before throwing himself at the ball and sliding into the goal with the ball sort of between his legs.

Chelsea kept pushing back and were playing such positive attacking football that you knew there were going to be more goals. And in the 67th minute Gallagher blasted the ball at the goal with such power that all Ederson could do was block the shot which he pushed right into the danger zone where Nicholas Jackson was waiting to strike.

In the 86th minute, City went ahead again when Rodri fired a shot in. It looked like the Chelsea keeper would have stopped the ball, but it took a horrible deflection off the outstretched boot of Thiago Silva, sending it into the far corner.

In the final twist, Chelsea were awarded a penalty. 5 minutes into stoppage time, the referee pointed to the spot for a clumsy challenge on Armando Broja by Ruban Dias. Cole Palmer stepped up. Palmer was born in Manchester and joined City when he was 8. He was very much a City man until the end of the summer transfer window when he was sold to Chelsea. As he stood in the rain, looking at his old teammate dancing in the goal, it must have been ... emotional. But the 21-year-old didn’t show it and struck the ball with confidence giving Ederson no chance.

Final score: Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City

The language from the story that I want to talk about is:

  • Extravaganza
  • To settle into a rhythm
  • To fumble
  • Unconventional

Extravaganza

The noun extravaganza is related to the adjective extravagant. We use the word extravagant to describe something that someone spent way too much money on. Some people spend loads of money on a fancy car or a luxury holiday. If the amount people spend is absurd or way higher than what you’d expect, you can say that it was extravagant. The regular noun form is an extravagance. So, my guitar is probably my biggest extravagance; it wasn’t that expensive, but I still think of it as an extravagance.
An extravaganza, originally an Italian word, used to mean a special type of show at the theatre. A production with very extravagant sets and costumes was billed as an extravaganza. So today, we use the word extravaganza for any sort of performance that is extravagant. You could argue that every match that is played between the big teams in the Premier League is an extravaganza, when you look at the amount of money the clubs have spent on their teams, but in fact, it’s used when there is a lot more action and entertainment than normal.

To settle into a rhythm

If you start a new job or move to a new city, at first, your life will be extra complicated as you work out how to deal with everything that’s new. However, as you get used to things, you get to know the new people and everything starts to feel normal instead of new, you could be said to be settling i a new routine or settling into a rhythm. It means to start living or working at a more comfortable pace, not stopping and starting and having to work everything out. In football, when a match starts, both teams will try to control the speed and intensity of the match to suit their playing style. At the start of a match, before the teams have settled, they are vulnerable and it’s quite common for teams to score early goals, before the players have settled into a rhythm. In the story, I said that Manchester City settled into a rhythm early, they looked like they had relaxed and were playing comfortably after only a few minutes.

To fumble

If you fumble, you do something awkwardly. If you are clumsy, you are more likely to fumble. I am quite clumsy. I’m not terribly clumsy, but if you throw me a ball, I will probably catch it, but there’s a good chance I might be awkward and not get myself into the right position to catch the ball cleanly so I might fumble the ball and drop it. Now, you’d never describe a Premier League footballer as awkward or clumsy, but sometimes, they misjudge the pace or direction of the ball and they fumble a pass or a shot and the ball gets away from them.

I’ve just looked for an example for the word to use in the language challenge and most of the google results are about American football. If a player fails to catch the ball, if they get a hand to it, but aren’t able to control it, that’s fumbling the ball.

Unconventional

The adjective unconventional is similar to unusual. It means different from what is expected. Conventions are the normal practices of a group of people. So in the UK, it’s a convention for family and friends to give presents to people on their birthday. I realise that this is a convention in lots of places. The adjective conventional is used to talk about traditional approaches and ways of doing things. The negative form unconventional is often used to describe the work of artists if they challenge conventional ways of thinking or seeing the world. I used the word in a slightly silly way. When Haaland slid into the goal pushing the ball across the line between his legs, I suggested that it was an unconventional way to score. Really, it was just a scramble. I don’t think it was a deliberate attempt to try some new skills.

Today, I’ve spoken about 8 useful words and phrases. The phrases I have spoken about are:

  • Sensational
  • To outwit
  • To turn something on its head
  • To keep your head
  • Extravaganza
  • To settle into a rhythm
  • To fumble
  • Unconventional

Listen to the stories one more time to hear this language in context.

 

A sensational start for Spurs

It was a sensational start for spurs on a sunny Saturday at Molineux. In the third minute, Brennan Johnson scored his first Spurs goal which was also the fastest goal for the club this season. It was a great team effort, the result of wonderful play between Kulusevski and Porro. Kulusevski outwitted his marker with a backheel to Porro who played the cross. Credit to Johnson, though, who timed his run perfectly and got the goal

Wolves came close a couple of times in the first half, but couldn’t find the net. They kept pushing and played some good team football, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing meant that the scores stayed level all the way to the 91st minute.

A poor clearance gifted Wolves a throw in. Matheus Cunha received the ball and fired it through to Pablo Sarabia who caught it on the run. Sarabia took a touch and then volleyed the ball into the goal.

In the 97th minute, the match was turned on its head. This time, Sarabia made a run on the wing and saw Lemina ready to run. He slotted the ball past the spurs defenders who must have missed Lemina because he was left in space with just the keeper. The Gabonese midfielder kept his head and tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Fans treated to eight goal extravaganza at Stamford Bridge

Manchester City settled into a rhythm early on and started to squeeze their hosts. After two Chelsea players crashed into each other trying to clear a ball, City looked to take advantage and quickly played a cross over the sprawling defenders. Marc Cucurella hooked an arm around Erling Haaland and the referee awarded the visitors a penalty. Haaland made no mistake and City had the lead.

The visitors didn’t hold that lead for long. Chelsea were awarded a free kick on the edge of City’s area. Reece James played a fantastic ball that Ederson had to tip over the bar. Conor Gallagher took the corner and Thiago Silva scored with a header.

In the 37th minute, City made a rare mistake; Gvardiol fumbled the ball, leaving James free to cross. Raheem Sterling got to the cross and put the home side ahead.

At the end of the first half, Akanji equalised from a sublime set piece. City played a corner kick back to Bernardo Silva who lofted the ball over the scrum of players. Akanji knew what was coming and was already in the air, ready to head the ball in. It was 2-2 when the referee blew the half-time whistle.

90 seconds into the second half, Haaland put City back into the lead with an unconventional strike. Haaland’s timing was amazing. You can see him slow his run to let Alvarez catch up before throwing himself at the ball and sliding into the goal with the ball sort of between his legs.

Chelsea kept pushing back and were playing such positive attacking football that you knew there were going to be more goals. And in the 67th minute Gallagher blasted the ball at the goal with such power that all Ederson could do was block the shot which he pushed right into the danger zone where Nicholas Jackson was waiting to strike.

In the 86th minute, City went ahead again when Rodri fired a shot in. It looked like the Chelsea keeper would have stopped the ball, but it took a horrible deflection off the outstretched boot of Thiago Silva, sending it into the far corner.

In the final twist, Chelsea were awarded a penalty. 5 minutes into stoppage time, the referee pointed to the spot for a clumsy challenge on Armando Broja by Ruban Dias. Cole Palmer stepped up. Palmer was born in Manchester and joined City when he was 8. He was very much a City man until the end of the summer transfer window when he was sold to Chelsea. As he stood in the rain, looking at his old teammate dancing in the goal, it must have been ... emotional. But the 21-year-old didn’t show it and struck the ball with confidence giving Ederson no chance.

Final score: Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City

Language Challenge

Right, now it’s time for you to think about the language again. I have found examples of the words and phrases in stories online and edited them slightly. I have removed today’s vocabulary so I want you to fill in the gaps with the correct form of the language from the podcast.

Number 1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been ______________," he said.

Number 2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a ____________ race at the United States Grand Prix.

Number 3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on ____________.

Number 4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American ______________, and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.

Number 5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and _______________, proving working from home was indeed possible.

Number 6. The young speaker __________ with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.

Number 7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants __________ the Romans in a humiliating defeat.

Number 8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several ____________ ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.

Leave your answers to the language challenge in the comments section on the Premier Skills English website.

Football phrase

Now it’s time for this week's football phrase.

This week’s football phrase is just a word. The word is *********. This is a type of kick that a defender or goal keeper uses when they want to get the ball away from the goal. The objective is just to kick the ball into a safe area of the pitch, preferably deep into the opposition half.

If you know the answer, be sure to leave it in a comment on the page for this podcast on Premier Skills English.

Before I finish, I am going to go through the answers to last week’s language challenge.

Number 1. The actor explained, “When a film doesn’t do well, you’re left with a sinking feeling. However, I take full responsibility because I’m the face of it all.”

Number 2. After two years of Pandemic Goa went full throttle in celebrating the Festival of lights. Effigies of the demon Narkasur, were seen in every nook and corner of the State.

Number 3. A recent study argues that lax standards have hurt the lowest-performing students.

Number 4. Brave kid lets big sister yank out his loose tooth by blasting a golf ball tied to the tooth.

Number 5. The driver was behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Corsa when he took his eye off the road causing the car to collide with a lorry.

Number 6. The winners of Thailand's election are confident they can muster support to form a government

Number 7. The clock is ticking on a staggering £11.4 million of unclaimed lotto cash – after £1 million went begging yesterday.

Number 8. A series of 00 bids were exchanged and eventually a winning bid sealed the deal as a beachfront home went under the hammer.

And that’s all I have time for today. Before I finish, I just wanted to say that I hope you found this podcast useful, and I hope all of you stay fit and healthy and safe.

Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Language

The language from the stories that I’m going to talk about this week is:

  • Sensational
  • To outwit
  • To turn something on its head
  • To keep your head
  • Extravaganza
  • To settle into a rhythm
  • To fumble
  • Unconventional

Story 1

A sensational start for Spurs

Pablo Sarabia shoots to score Wolverhampton Wanderers'  first goal during the match with Tottenham Hotspur

It was a sensational start for spurs on a sunny Saturday at Molineux. In the third minute, Brennan Johnson scored his first Spurs goal which was also the fastest goal for the club this season. It was a great team effort, the result of wonderful play between Kulusevski and Porro. Kulusevski outwitted his marker with a backheel to Porro who played the cross. Credit to Johnson, though, who timed his run perfectly and got the goal

Wolves came close a couple of times in the first half, but couldn’t find the net. They kept pushing and played some good team football, but a combination of good defending and poor finishing meant that the scores stayed level all the way to the 91st minute.

A poor clearance gifted Wolves a throw in. Matheus Cunha received the ball and fired it through to Pablo Sarabia who caught it on the run. Sarabia took a touch and then volleyed the ball into the goal.

In the 97th minute, the match was turned on its head. This time, Sarabia made a run on the wing and saw Lemina ready to run. He slotted the ball past the spurs defenders who must have missed Lemina because he was left in space with just the keeper. The Gabonese midfielder kept his head and tucked the ball into the bottom corner.

Final score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Story 2

Fans treated to eight goal extravaganza at Stamford Bridge

Cole Palmer scores Chelsea's fourth goal from a penalty during the match against Manchester City

Manchester City settled into a rhythm early on and started to squeeze their hosts. After two Chelsea players crashed into each other trying to clear a ball, City looked to take advantage and quickly played a cross over the sprawling defenders. Marc Cucurella hooked an arm around Erling Haaland and the referee awarded the visitors a penalty. Haaland made no mistake and City had the lead.

The visitors didn’t hold that lead for long. Chelsea were awarded a free kick on the edge of City’s area. Reece James played a fantastic ball that Ederson had to tip over the bar. Conor Gallagher took the corner and Thiago Silva scored with a header.

In the 37th minute, City made a rare mistake; Gvardiol fumbled the ball, leaving James free to cross. Raheem Sterling got to the cross and put the home side ahead.

At the end of the first half, Akanji equalised from a sublime set piece. City played a corner kick back to Bernardo Silva who lofted the ball over the scrum of players. Akanji knew what was coming and was already in the air, ready to head the ball in. It was 2-2 when the referee blew the half-time whistle.

90 seconds into the second half, Haaland put City back into the lead with an unconventional strike. Haaland’s timing was amazing. You can see him slow his run to let Alvarez catch up before throwing himself at the ball and sliding into the goal with the ball sort of between his legs.

Chelsea kept pushing back and were playing such positive attacking football that you knew there were going to be more goals. And in the 67th minute Gallagher blasted the ball at the goal with such power that all Ederson could do was block the shot which he pushed right into the danger zone where Nicholas Jackson was waiting to strike.

In the 86th minute, City went ahead again when Rodri fired a shot in. It looked like the Chelsea keeper would have stopped the ball, but it took a horrible deflection off the outstretched boot of Thiago Silva, sending it into the far corner.

In the final twist, Chelsea were awarded a penalty. 5 minutes into stoppage time, the referee pointed to the spot for a clumsy challenge on Armando Broja by Ruban Dias. Cole Palmer stepped up. Palmer was born in Manchester and joined City when he was 8. He was very much a City man until the end of the summer transfer window when he was sold to Chelsea. As he stood in the rain, looking at his old teammate dancing in the goal, it must have been ... emotional. But the 21-year-old didn’t show it and struck the ball with confidence giving Ederson no chance.

Final score: Chelsea 4-4 Manchester City

Vocabulary

Language challenge

Complete the gaps with the words and phrases from the podcast.

Number 1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been ______________," he said.

Number 2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a ____________ race at the United States Grand Prix.

Number 3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on ____________.

Number 4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American ______________, and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.

Number 5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and _______________, proving working from home was indeed possible.

Number 6. The young speaker __________ with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.

Number 7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants __________ the Romans in a humiliating defeat.

Number 8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several ____________ ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.

Leave your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page and I will go through them next week.

Challenge!

Football Phrase

Now it’s time for this week’s football phrase.

This week’s football phrase is just a word. The word is *********. This is a type of kick that a defender or goal keeper uses when they want to get the ball away from the goal. The objective is just to kick the ball into a safe area of the pitch, preferably deep into the opposition half.

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Garycham
23/11/2023
HK
6
points

The football phrase is hoofball.


Garycham
23/11/2023 09:50
Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Arsenal
6

The football phrase is hoofball.

Ryohei
21/11/2023
JP
35
points

The phrase is *********.


Ryohei
21/11/2023 22:41
Japan
Brighton and Hove Albion
35

The phrase is *********.

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elchueco
20/11/2023
AR
19
points

Language challenge
1. turned on its head
2. sensational
3. extravaganza
4. kept his head
5. settle into a rythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. unconventional

Football phrase
hoofing


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elchueco
20/11/2023 13:54
Argentina
Tottenham Hotspur
19

Language challenge
1. turned on its head
2. sensational
3. extravaganza
4. kept his head
5. settle into a rythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. unconventional

Football phrase
hoofing

Bicoooz
19/11/2023
EG
24
points

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


Bicoooz
19/11/2023 14:27
Egypt
Arsenal
24

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

ahmadamr1112
19/11/2023
EG
10
points

The football phrase is goal kick.


ahmadamr1112
19/11/2023 00:13
Egypt
Manchester City
10

The football phrase is goal kick.

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hsn
17/11/2023
TR
5536
points

Language Challenge
1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been turned on its head," he said.
2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a sensational race at the United States Grand Prix.
3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on extravaganza
4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American kept her head and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.
5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and settled into rithmy, proving working from home was indeed possible.
6. The young speaker fumbled with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.
7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants outwitted the Romans in a humiliating defeat.
8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several unconventional ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.
Football phrase: *********
Sentences
• A cat climbed to the tree to hide itself and to hunt birds but unluckily it overbalanced an tipped over the ground.
• After tight money policy the government succeed to put inflation back to the previous level.
Notes
• As it's been currently happening in the different parts of the world, bombing or shooting civilians can not be war. It's massacre. May Allah (God) protect innocents.
• Instead of "Poor finishing" managers say "Final strikes were ineffective " here.


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hsn
17/11/2023 16:53
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5536

Language Challenge
1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been turned on its head," he said.
2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a sensational race at the United States Grand Prix.
3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on extravaganza
4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American kept her head and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.
5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and settled into rithmy, proving working from home was indeed possible.
6. The young speaker fumbled with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.
7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants outwitted the Romans in a humiliating defeat.
8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several unconventional ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.
Football phrase: *********
Sentences
• A cat climbed to the tree to hide itself and to hunt birds but unluckily it overbalanced an tipped over the ground.
• After tight money policy the government succeed to put inflation back to the previous level.
Notes
• As it's been currently happening in the different parts of the world, bombing or shooting civilians can not be war. It's massacre. May Allah (God) protect innocents.
• Instead of "Poor finishing" managers say "Final strikes were ineffective " here.

Wojciech M.
17/11/2023
PL
26
points

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


Wojciech M.
17/11/2023 15:03
Poland
Arsenal
26

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

vietnguyenngo
17/11/2023
VN
115
points

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


vietnguyenngo
17/11/2023 03:18
Vietnam
Manchester City
115

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

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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/11/2023
UA
6297
points

********** is the FP.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/11/2023 16:22
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

********** is the FP.

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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/11/2023
UA
6297
points

A funny jocular FP might be "get-it-out-of-there-kick". :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
16/11/2023 10:51
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

A funny jocular FP might be "get-it-out-of-there-kick". :-)

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Jack Radford
17/11/2023
GB
22
points

Whenever I played, I was always a defender. I am too big and heavy and not nimble enough to attack without fouling. You pretty much summed up my strategy for defence (not very strategic at all). In my head, there was a constant stream of 'get it away ... get it away ... GET IT AWAY!!!'


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Jack Radford
17/11/2023 12:02
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Whenever I played, I was always a defender. I am too big and heavy and not nimble enough to attack without fouling. You pretty much summed up my strategy for defence (not very strategic at all). In my head, there was a constant stream of 'get it away ... get it away ... GET IT AWAY!!!'

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Alex_from_Ukraine
17/11/2023
UA
6297
points

Hi Jack, I got the expression not from my head but some online football slang dictionary, I only added the word "kick". The right answer after a while I as usual found in your post. :-)


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Alex_from_Ukraine
17/11/2023 13:15
Ukraine
Liverpool
6297

Hi Jack, I got the expression not from my head but some online football slang dictionary, I only added the word "kick". The right answer after a while I as usual found in your post. :-)

Goku
15/11/2023
JP
30
points

I think this time’s phrase is *********.


Goku
15/11/2023 23:11
Japan
Liverpool
30

I think this time’s phrase is *********.

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Hossein Soleimani
15/11/2023
IR
5
points

this week’s football phrase is punt
1. turned on its head
2. Sensational
3. Extravaganza
4. kept her head
5. settled into a rhythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. Unconventional


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Hossein Soleimani
15/11/2023 17:44
Iran
Manchester United
5

this week’s football phrase is punt
1. turned on its head
2. Sensational
3. Extravaganza
4. kept her head
5. settled into a rhythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. Unconventional

Ken@United Kingdom
15/11/2023
JP
38
points

I guess this week’s football phrase is *********.


Ken@United Kingdom
15/11/2023 13:51
Japan
Manchester City
38

I guess this week’s football phrase is *********.

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Denis2000
15/11/2023
BY
694
points

Language challenge:
1. turned on its head
2. Sensational
3. Extravaganza
4. kept her head
5. settled into a rhythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. Unconventional


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Denis2000
15/11/2023 12:28
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
694

Language challenge:
1. turned on its head
2. Sensational
3. Extravaganza
4. kept her head
5. settled into a rhythm
6. fumbled
7. outwitted
8. Unconventional

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Denis2000
15/11/2023
BY
694
points

Hello Jack. FP is *********


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Denis2000
15/11/2023 12:14
Belarus
Tottenham Hotspur
694

Hello Jack. FP is *********

andretorre102
14/11/2023
BR
209
points

Hello Jack,

I think you have given us the answers for numbers 6, 7 and 8 sentences on the podcast…. :)

Find below my attempt at the Language Challenge (Sentences 1 to 5):

1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been turned on my head," he said.

2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a sensational race at the United States Grand Prix.

3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on extravaganza.

4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American kept her head, and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.

5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and settled into a rhythm, proving working from home was indeed possible.

* 6. The young speaker fumbled with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.

* 7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants outwitted the Romans in a humiliating defeat.

* 8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several unconventional ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.

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


andretorre102
14/11/2023 23:23
Brazil
Nottingham Forest
209

Hello Jack,

I think you have given us the answers for numbers 6, 7 and 8 sentences on the podcast…. :)

Find below my attempt at the Language Challenge (Sentences 1 to 5):

1. When the basketball player retired from professional sport, he struggled to adjust. "The whole structure of my life had been turned on my head," he said.

2. Red Bull Formula One boss Helmut Marko has admitted that Lewis Hamilton drove a sensational race at the United States Grand Prix.

3. The magic of Christmas returns to Burnley later this month when the town hosts its lights switch-on extravaganza.

4. As her rally competitors hit problems over the tough terrain, the American kept her head, and her pace, to take the stage win by 1m 22s.

5. When the pandemic broke out, organisations introduced the work-from-home revolution and employees were forced to restructure their lives to accommodate the new normal. The majority of the workforce welcomed this new arrangement and settled into a rhythm, proving working from home was indeed possible.

* 6. The young speaker fumbled with her notes, causing a slight delay in her presentation.

* 7. On this day in 218 BC: Hannibal and his elephants outwitted the Romans in a humiliating defeat.

* 8. While online money-making methods like e-commerce or digital marketing are widely recognized, there are several unconventional ways to build wealth online that remain under the radar.

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

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Jack Radford
15/11/2023
GB
22
points

Aagh! I was supposed to have silenced those bits in the audio. I will fix that now. Thanks for letting me know.


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Jack Radford
15/11/2023 10:17
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Aagh! I was supposed to have silenced those bits in the audio. I will fix that now. Thanks for letting me know.

sisman74
14/11/2023
TR
25
points

Hello Jack. I'm here again. This week’s football phrase is "*********".


sisman74
14/11/2023 17:46
Turkey
Liverpool
25

Hello Jack. I'm here again. This week’s football phrase is "*********".

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Jack Radford
14/11/2023
GB
22
points

Good to see you again!


Jack Radford's picture
Jack Radford
14/11/2023 18:48
United Kingdom
Arsenal
22

Good to see you again!

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