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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola go head to head this weekend.

The Manchester Derby - 16/17 ep.5

The Manchester Derby - 16/17 ep.5

In this week's Premier Skills English podcast, Rich and Jack talk about the some of the latest transfers in the Premier League and Saturday's Manchester Derby which puts Jose Mourinho up against Pep Guardiola for the first time as managers of United and City. The language focus is on used to for past states and repeated actions as Jack talks about when he lived in Manchester. In our pronunciation section, we have a look at the difference between voiced and voiceless sounds with an emphasis on the /s/ and /z/ sounds. We also have news about our Premier Skills Fantasy Football team, your chance to make a prediction on the Manchester Derby and a new football phrase for you to guess.

How much did you understand?

Vocabulary

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

Sergio Aguero has been banned for three matches so won't play in the Manchester Derby.

The Manchester Derby promises to be a very exciting but tense match.

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, try to match the words and phrases to their definitions. All of the words were in this week's podcast.
Can you match the words to their definitions?

Marcus Rashford got the winner in the last Manchester Derby.

Language - 'Used to' to speak about past habits and actions

In the podcast, Rich spoke to Jack about when he used to live in Manchester, near the Old Trafford football stadium. He spoke about things in the past that he has stopped doing (past habits), and things that continued for a long time in the past without changing (past states). To talk about these two things, we can use 'used to + infinitive'. You can see two examples from the podcast below. If you want to learn more, try the activity below and look at our Learn English Grammar Pages.

"I used to live quite close to Old Trafford."

"I used to hear the crowd when Man Utd scored a goal."

Two weeks ago, we spoke about the form 'get used to' which is very different from 'used to'. Look at the sentence below that Rich said in the podcast. Can you see the difference in meaning and form between 'used to' and 'be/get used to'? Now, try saying the sentence yourself. Can you hear the difference?

"In the UK, I used to drive on the left but when I moved to Spain I had to get used to driving on the right. I didn’t use to like it because when I got to a roundabout I used to look the wrong way."

In this activity, take a look at the text decide which word to use in the gap.

Activity 2: In this activity, have a go at putting the words in the correct order to make sentences using 'used to'.
Do you know how to use 'used to'?

Manchester Utd's David De Gea will be happy that Manchester City's Sergio Aguero will miss the derby match because he's suspended.

Pronunciation - /s/ and /z/

In this week's podcast, we looked at two sounds that are difficult to distinguish from each other: /s/ as in soccer and /z/ as in zebra. The difference between these two sounds is that /s/ is voiceless and /z/ is voiced. When we say voiced sounds /z/, we use our vocal cords which are things in your throat that vibrate to produce sounds. When we say voiceless sounds /s/ we don't use our vocal chords, only air, to produce the sound. Try saying the sounds in the list below and press your finger against your throat. Can you feel a difference when you say the words with voiced sounds?

s z
soccer zoo
snake zebra
score boys
kicks vase
cats dogs

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be one of a number of players who will feature in the Manchester Derby for the first time.

Transcript

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

Welcome

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast.

Jack: Hi everyone. I’m Jack and every week we talk about football and help you with your English.

Rich: We’re going to be talking about the latest action in the Premier League and looking forward to one of the biggest matches of the Premier League season - the Manchester Derby.

Jack: The main language focus this week is on used to to talk about states and repeated actions in the past that are not true now or don’t happen now.

Rich: I’ll be asking Jack what it was like to live in Manchester but more about all that later. What else do we have for you in this week’s podcast?

Jack: We have some more pronunciation practice, a new football phrase for you and this week’s Premier League prediction. No surprises for guessing that we we’ll ask you to predict the winner of the Manchester Derby.

Rich: But, let’s begin by talking about what’s been happening on the website this week.

Social

Jack: We’ve got a new player article on the website. There were a few last-minute transfers last week but the biggest surprise was probably the Brazilian defender, David Luiz returning to his old club - Chelsea.

Rich: Yes, as always transfer deadline day was very exciting with lots of players moving clubs. The David Luiz article is up on the homepage so have a look at it when you have a minute - we’ve added a quiz to test your knowledge of transfer vocabulary, too.

Jack: Elghoul from Algeria was happy to see Islam Slimani move to Leicester from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. It was a record transfer for Leicester and it will be exciting to see him play in attack with Jamie Vardy and his Algerian teammate - Riyad Mahrez.

Rich: Kwesimanifest from Ghana was surprised to see Jack Wilshere move from Arsenal to Bournemouth. What do you think about that one, Jack?

Jack: Yes, it was a bit surprising but he has had lots of injuries.

Rich: There were no Premier     League matches last weekend so no fantasy football but don’t forget to help choose the Premier Skills team for this weekend and the captain - we’re also looking at power plays

Jack: From the votes so far it looks like Ibrahimovic will be our captain again and we are going to go for all out attack!

Rich: But, we need to make a last minute change. Sergio Aguero has been banned for 3 matches so won’t be playing. We need your advice on which player can replace Aguero in our team. I’ve added a link to the fantasy football section on the side of the page so let us know what to do in the comments section.

Latest news

Jack: What’s been happening in the Premier League this week, Rich?

Rich: Well, as we’ve said already most of the action has been off the pitch this week. There have been lots of new players arriving in the Premier League. I’m most looking forward to seeing Islam Slimani in action for Leicester. He should score lots of goals.

Jack: Simone Zaza is a good buy for West Ham - he plays for Italy. I hope he doesn’t take any penalties though. Do you remember the one he took at the Euros?

Rich: Yes, it was pretty bad. Right, let’s look ahead to this weekend because we have one of the biggest matches of the season - The Manchester Derby! Before we talk about the match let’s answer a question I hear quite often. The question is; ‘What is a derby?’

Jack: A ‘derby’ is a match between two teams from the same city or region so in the Premier League this season we have the Merseyside Derby between Liverpool and Everton who are both based in the city of Liverpool.

Rich:Two weeks ago Middlesbrough won the Tees - Wear Derby against Sunderland. These two teams are from the same region - the North East of England. The name comes from the rivers that run through the cities. The Tees runs through Middlesbrough and the Wear runs though Sunderland.

Jack: Then we have London Derbies. In the Premier League this season, there are five London teams: Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham. Any match between any of these teams is a derby match and a bit more special but because London is so big the biggest rivalries are the teams that are closer to each other.

Rich: The biggest derby match is probably the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. It’s a big rivalry and has become even more intense in recent seasons with Tottenham challenging Arsenal near the top of the Premier League.

Jack: But, probably the biggest derby match this season is the Manchester Derby. It’s always a big deal, but this season it’s going to be really special.

Rich: Traditionally, the North-West Derby between Manchester Utd and Liverpool has been the biggest derby in English football but with City becoming more and more important the Manchester Derby has become more important to Utd fans, too.

Jack: And this season, with Utd and City first and second in the table and the rivalry between the two new managers - Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - it promises to be a very exciting but tense match.

Rich: Tense is often a word that describes derbies and other important matches. What does it mean?

Jack: Well, tense is used to describe a situation where people have very strong feelings but can’t relax because they are nervous or worried.

Rich: Tense is a word that can be used to describe the players  and the fans during derby matches. You used to live in Manchester, Jack. Did you use to see any changes on match day?

Jack: When Manchester Utd were at home, yes, I used to see and hear a lot. I used to live quite close to Old Trafford.

Rich: I know that you’re not a Man Utd fan so you didn’t use to go to the matches but what did you notice.

Jack: Well, before matches there used to be a lot of traffic near the ground. It used to be impossible to park my car if I came home when there was a match playing.

Rich: Alright. What about the football? Did you use to hear the crowd?

Jack: Yes, well, I couldn’t hear the songs but I used to know when there was a goal because there would be a big cheer. You could hear it for miles.

Rich: And I imagine that for derby matches the atmosphere would be louder.

Jack: Yes, there was definitely a better atmosphere when there was a big game going on.

Language Focus

Rich: In the last section, Jack spoke a little about when he lived in Manchester. We used the phrase ‘used to’ a lot.

Jack: We use ‘used to’ to speak about states in the past like ‘I used to live in Manchester’ and repeated actions in the past, like ‘I used to hear the crowd when Man Utd scored a goal’.

Rich: After ‘used to’ we use the infinitive so Jack said ‘used to live’ and ‘used to hear’ and, as Jack said, we use it to talk about states, which are things that don’t change like where you live or lived. Or, we use it to talk about things that happened a lot like Jack hearing the Man Utd crowd after a goal. Is that why you left Manchester Jack?

Jack: No, I got used to it after a while!

Rich: Ahhh! You got used to it. This is an interesting phrase and one we looked at in the podcast two weeks ago.

Jack: Yes, you’ve got to remember the difference. Get used to or be used to means to become accustomed to something that was strange or unusual like getting used to food from a different country.

Rich: Let me think of a sentence., right, ‘In the UK I used to drive on the left but when I moved to Spain I had to get used to driving on the right. I didn’t use to like it because when I got to a roundabout I used to look the wrong way., which could have been dangerous. Now, I’m used to it and only look the wrong way when I’m back in the UK.

Jack: I’m glad I don’t have to drive on the same roads as you, Rich. Listen to the sentence again and make sure you understand how used to is being used differently.

Pronunciation

Rich: In this week’s pronunciation section we’re going to take a look at two different sounds: /s/ and /z/.

Jack: We’ve just been talking about the phrase ‘used to’. ‘Used’ here has an ‘s’ sound like ‘snake’ or ‘soccer’

Rich: But when the word ‘used’ is a main verb like here ‘I use my key to open the door’ we say ‘use’ and a /z/ sound like ‘zoo’ or ‘zebra’.

Jack: Earlier, Rich said ‘we used the phrase used to a lot’. Here in ‘we used’ ‘used’ uses a /z/ sound but ‘used to’ an /s/ sound.

Rich: The difference between the sounds is that /s/ is a voiceless sound and /z/ is a voiced sound. Voiced sounds use the vocal cords in our mouth so they vibrate - other voiced sounds are /b/ and /v/ and /g/. If you put your hand in the middle of your neck you can feel the sound. Try saying these sounds placing your hand on your neck:

Boys

Vase

Good

Jack: Voiceless sounds don’t use your vocal chords they use air to make the sound. So, /s/ is voiceless and sounds such as /p/, /f/ and /k/. Try saying these sounds:

Score

Foot

Kicks

Rich: Now, see if you can feel a difference by placing your hand on your neck and saying these words with the /s/ and /z/ sounds. Which words use /s/ and which use /z/? Let us know in the comments section below:

Dogs   

Cats

Visit

Science

Next

Exit

Football Phrase

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

Jack: Yes, I have, but first last week’s football phrase. It caused some confusion. The phrase was ‘sign for’. A player signs for a football club and it means they sign a contract or make an agreement to play for a football club. You can say Jack Wilshere signed for Bournemouth or Claudio Bravo signed for Manchester City. If a football club is the subject of the sentence you just say sign. So, Bournemouth signed Jack Wilshere or Man CIty signed Claudio Bravo.

Rich: Well done to AssemJuve from Palestine and Kwesimanifest from Ghana who got the right answer!

Jack: This week’s phrase is ***** *****. We’ve been talking about derby matches this week and the phrase is connected to this. The first word means to be connected to your area or region geographically and the second word means an opponent or quite often a team that you don’t like very much. Manchester Utd and Manchester City are ***** ******.

Prediction

Jack: I think I know which match you are going to talk about but it’s not going to be an easy one to predict.

Rich: You’re right on both counts. The Manchester Derby kicks off on Saturday lunchtime in the UK with goal difference the only thing separating the teams at the top of the table. Both Utd and City have won all three of their matches so far and both teams have been looking good. The match will be tense and I think it will be very close. I think City, generally have the stronger team and squad but they are away from home and will be missing their top striker - Sergio Aguero. The match could go either way but I’m going to go for a United win. Final score: Manchester Utd 1-0 Manchester City.

Jack: A United win. I don’t think so. Derby matches often end in draws so I’m going to go for 1-1.

Rich: Remember to make your prediction in our vote at the bottom of the page in our Premier Prediction League!

Jack: Right, that’s all we have time for this week. Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below. And remember to take a look at our Fantasy Football page and join in the discussions!

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

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There wasn't a Premier League Prediction last week because there were no Premier League matches due to the international break. The week before, Rich and our Premier Skills listeners predicted the correct result (Man Utd to beat Hull City) but nobody predicted the correct score. Maybe Jack will get his first points of the season next week!! Remember, it's one point for the correct result and two additional points for the correct score.

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What do you think?

In this week’s podcast, we spoke about the Manchester Derby and looked at the structure 'used to' .
  1. Do you think the Manchester Derby is the biggest match in English football? Why/why not?

  2. What other derby matches do you know? Are there any derby matches in your country? What are they like?

  3. What's special about derby matches?

  4. Can you tell us something that you used to do but don't do anymore?

Check out this week's Fantasy Football Page and help us choose the Premier Skills team. Remember, you can still enter your own team, too. Go to the Premier League website and use this Private League Code: 155156-51385
Write all your answers and comments plus the answer to this week's football phrase in the comments section below. 
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hsn's picture
hsn
14/01/2021
TR
5062
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1- I think the biggest derby matches which included teams of different cities or regions are Liverpool vs Tottenham as well as Manchester City vs Liverpool.

I can't imagine a derby match without Liverpool. From point of every view such as with passion of fans and spirit of teamwork they are special and different from other teams.

2-The biggest city of our country İstanbul has three teams (my team BJK-GS and FB) which at the top of the title in the every season . The matches among them are derbies which have a high level of tense. As a result of hooligans caused clashes away team’s fans aren’t allowed to come ground to watch match.

3-Generally people are very exicted at the match day. Press and TV channels create a different atmosphere unusual by special issue of newspaper or broadcasting programs. City gets crowded and louder and there are many fans with their flags walking on the streets along the road to the stadium.

4-I used to live in a neighboorhood that is also has given my team name "Beşiktaş" in İstanbul. Luckily my home used to be very close to my team’s ground.
It was so strange for me at first but now I’m used to work at home for a reason of pandemic

SOUNDS
/z/ sound-dogs-visit-exit.
/s/” sound-cats-science-next.

PHRASES
Ban--- Smoking is banned in all covered public area in Turkey.
Tense---There was much tense between two teams players . Referee put the match off finally.
Used to---I didn.t use to go for a walk but I do it daily now.

P.S.

• Turkish sciencehuman Professor Uğur Şahin who invented vaccine of Covid-19 and lives in Germany is also an ex-footballer. He used to play at the one of amateur team of Köln city.

• (IFFHS) International Federation of Football History & Statistics’s website is recommended.There is information about football awards of 2020. https://www.iffhs.de/posts/809#


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hsn
14/01/2021 18:32
Turkey
Tottenham Hotspur
5062

1- I think the biggest derby matches which included teams of different cities or regions are Liverpool vs Tottenham as well as Manchester City vs Liverpool.

I can't imagine a derby match without Liverpool. From point of every view such as with passion of fans and spirit of teamwork they are special and different from other teams.

2-The biggest city of our country İstanbul has three teams (my team BJK-GS and FB) which at the top of the title in the every season . The matches among them are derbies which have a high level of tense. As a result of hooligans caused clashes away team’s fans aren’t allowed to come ground to watch match.

3-Generally people are very exicted at the match day. Press and TV channels create a different atmosphere unusual by special issue of newspaper or broadcasting programs. City gets crowded and louder and there are many fans with their flags walking on the streets along the road to the stadium.

4-I used to live in a neighboorhood that is also has given my team name "Beşiktaş" in İstanbul. Luckily my home used to be very close to my team’s ground.
It was so strange for me at first but now I’m used to work at home for a reason of pandemic

SOUNDS
/z/ sound-dogs-visit-exit.
/s/” sound-cats-science-next.

PHRASES
Ban--- Smoking is banned in all covered public area in Turkey.
Tense---There was much tense between two teams players . Referee put the match off finally.
Used to---I didn.t use to go for a walk but I do it daily now.

P.S.

• Turkish sciencehuman Professor Uğur Şahin who invented vaccine of Covid-19 and lives in Germany is also an ex-footballer. He used to play at the one of amateur team of Köln city.

• (IFFHS) International Federation of Football History & Statistics’s website is recommended.There is information about football awards of 2020. https://www.iffhs.de/posts/809#

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

The football phrase for this week is ( rivalry ) or ( noisy neighbours )


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020 22:01
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

The football phrase for this week is ( rivalry ) or ( noisy neighbours )

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

I used to live in Egypt when I was young but now I live in Turkey
I used to have one brother but now I have a brother and a sister
I used to study English but now I teach English


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020 22:00
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I used to live in Egypt when I was young but now I live in Turkey
I used to have one brother but now I have a brother and a sister
I used to study English but now I teach English

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mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

The chants and scarves before the derby games are so special
Going early to the stadium and celebrate after winning the game is an exciting feeling :)


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020 21:58
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

The chants and scarves before the derby games are so special
Going early to the stadium and celebrate after winning the game is an exciting feeling :)

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mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

There are lots of Derby matches here in Turkey especially in Istanbul
Galatasaray vs Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe vs Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş vs Galatasaray
In our local city Izmir there's a big derby game between
Göztepe vs Karşıyaka
It is really a big rivalry game


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mobeckham
14/05/2020 21:57
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

There are lots of Derby matches here in Turkey especially in Istanbul
Galatasaray vs Fenerbahçe
Fenerbahçe vs Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş vs Galatasaray
In our local city Izmir there's a big derby game between
Göztepe vs Karşıyaka
It is really a big rivalry game

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

I know the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton and North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs


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mobeckham
14/05/2020 21:53
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I know the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton and North London Derby between Arsenal and Spurs

mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020
TR
6472
points

I think Manchester Derby is the biggest match in England during the recent years but one or two decades before it was Manchester United vs Arsenal


mobeckham's picture
mobeckham
14/05/2020 21:52
Turkey
Manchester United
6472

I think Manchester Derby is the biggest match in England during the recent years but one or two decades before it was Manchester United vs Arsenal

sabanoleg
27/09/2017
UA
2337
points

The most famous derby in Ukraine is match between Dynamo(Kyiv)-Shakhtar(Donetsk)


sabanoleg
27/09/2017 10:13
Ukraine
Arsenal
2337

The most famous derby in Ukraine is match between Dynamo(Kyiv)-Shakhtar(Donetsk)

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assemjuve
20/09/2016
PS
3705
points

The phrase is local rivaly.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016 16:48
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The phrase is local rivaly.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016
PS
3705
points

I used to love cars,but after i loved football,i left cars.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016 16:45
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

I used to love cars,but after i loved football,i left cars.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016
PS
3705
points

The fans make derbies on fire.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016 16:44
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

The fans make derbies on fire.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016
PS
3705
points

Yes they are,but not exciting as the English derbies,they are boring.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016 16:43
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

Yes they are,but not exciting as the English derbies,they are boring.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016
PS
3705
points

No i do not,i think Man United vs Liverpool is the biggest match in England.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
20/09/2016 16:40
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3705

No i do not,i think Man United vs Liverpool is the biggest match in England.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016
GH
4768
points

West Ham United haven't gotten used to their new stadium unlike Liverpool. They are yet to record their 1st win at home.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016 02:30
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

West Ham United haven't gotten used to their new stadium unlike Liverpool. They are yet to record their 1st win at home.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016
GH
4768
points

For Arsenal's game, i thought Southampton deserved a point if not for the last minute penalty.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016 02:28
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

For Arsenal's game, i thought Southampton deserved a point if not for the last minute penalty.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016
GH
4768
points

Rich you should be a happy fan. Your team looked fantastic yesterday and what a way to open your new Anfield stadium.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016 02:26
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Rich you should be a happy fan. Your team looked fantastic yesterday and what a way to open your new Anfield stadium.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/09/2016
GH
4768
points

What a derby
United got a baptism till the 40th minute when they returned the heat to City.
The game got its goals resulting from mistakes committed by each opponents defence.


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kwesimanifest
11/09/2016 02:25
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

What a derby
United got a baptism till the 40th minute when they returned the heat to City.
The game got its goals resulting from mistakes committed by each opponents defence.

gunner_uz
08/09/2016
UZ
108
points

Manchester Derby?? No, I don't think so.. I'd say it's ONE of the biggest derby at the moment in the EPL taking into consideration both teams' new coaches and especially fantastic purchases of Utd. However, traditional North London derby remains as the most spectacular and intriguing.


gunner_uz
08/09/2016 16:11
Uzbekistan
Arsenal
108

Manchester Derby?? No, I don't think so.. I'd say it's ONE of the biggest derby at the moment in the EPL taking into consideration both teams' new coaches and especially fantastic purchases of Utd. However, traditional North London derby remains as the most spectacular and intriguing.

gunner_uz
08/09/2016
UZ
108
points

I guess the phrase of this week is historical ******...


gunner_uz
08/09/2016 11:54
Uzbekistan
Arsenal
108

I guess the phrase of this week is historical ******...

Rich's picture
Rich
08/09/2016
ES
594
points

Good guess Gunner_Uz! You've got the second word but need to think again about the first.
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


Rich's picture
Rich
08/09/2016 15:10
Spain
Liverpool
594

Good guess Gunner_Uz! You've got the second word but need to think again about the first.
Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
08/09/2016
IT
962
points

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


Ghigo's picture
Ghigo
08/09/2016 07:35
Italy
Liverpool
962

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

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/09/2016
GH
4768
points

I used to play football with my bear feet but not anymore


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/09/2016 01:37
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I used to play football with my bear feet but not anymore

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/09/2016
GH
4768
points

The hype, noise of a near miss and the jubilation after a team has won makes derby matches special.


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/09/2016 01:35
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

The hype, noise of a near miss and the jubilation after a team has won makes derby matches special.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
08/09/2016
GH
4768
points

Yes there are derby matches in my country between Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics. On such days the roads to the stadiums are very chocked with vehicle and human traffic and there is a great display of club paraphernalia


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kwesimanifest
08/09/2016 01:34
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

Yes there are derby matches in my country between Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics. On such days the roads to the stadiums are very chocked with vehicle and human traffic and there is a great display of club paraphernalia

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kwesimanifest
08/09/2016
GH
4768
points

I think the Manchester derby is the biggest in England because of the great attention it attracts from all over the world and at this point in time the two coaches in question is even going to get it more attention.
Jose vrs Pep. Can't wait to see the pre-match conference, that's where this match will begin i think


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kwesimanifest
08/09/2016 01:31
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

I think the Manchester derby is the biggest in England because of the great attention it attracts from all over the world and at this point in time the two coaches in question is even going to get it more attention.
Jose vrs Pep. Can't wait to see the pre-match conference, that's where this match will begin i think

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Liubomyr
07/09/2016
UA
4408
points

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


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Liubomyr
07/09/2016 12:57
Ukraine
Watford
4408

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

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Rich
07/09/2016
ES
594
points

Well done, Liubomyr! What about in Ukraine? Are there any big ***** ******?


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Rich
07/09/2016 14:44
Spain
Liverpool
594

Well done, Liubomyr! What about in Ukraine? Are there any big ***** ******?

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kwesimanifest
07/09/2016
GH
4768
points

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


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kwesimanifest
07/09/2016 07:48
Ghana
Manchester United
4768

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

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Rich
07/09/2016
ES
594
points

Well done, Kwesimanifest! Are there any  ***** ****** where you live in Ghana?


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Rich
07/09/2016 14:43
Spain
Liverpool
594

Well done, Kwesimanifest! Are there any  ***** ****** where you live in Ghana?

davilillons
06/09/2016
ES
951
points

1. Yes, I do, above all this year with the confrontation between Mourinho and Guardiola, It'll be an outstanding match. The shame Aguero can't play. I can't wait to see this match.
2. In my country there are several derbys, for example Real Madrid- Atletico Madrid; Barcelona - Español or the most passionate for me Sevilla- Betis
3. A derby always is special because all the fans are expecting this match for try to win to your maximun rival and can remenber it during long time.
4. I used to drive a van.


davilillons
06/09/2016 19:27
Spain
Arsenal
951

1. Yes, I do, above all this year with the confrontation between Mourinho and Guardiola, It'll be an outstanding match. The shame Aguero can't play. I can't wait to see this match.
2. In my country there are several derbys, for example Real Madrid- Atletico Madrid; Barcelona - Español or the most passionate for me Sevilla- Betis
3. A derby always is special because all the fans are expecting this match for try to win to your maximun rival and can remenber it during long time.
4. I used to drive a van.

poui
06/09/2016
LA
129
points

#correct me 1, Yes, indeed because of their numbers of FANs, players and the race to the top-flight in EPL but at the same time I think there are 2 more derbies that as big as Manchester derby (London derby Chelsea Vs Arsenal and Man U vs Liverpool).
2, I know the other derby like London derby, El ca si go and so on. there is not big derby in my country yet because the heat up racing to top-flight is not quite excited and there are not much teams in my country's league.
3, the atmosphere, emotional, passionate and so on.
4, I used to be a bad guy but now I am not be that guy anymore. I used to fall down and down but because of that it made me get used to fail and be stronger and stronger.


poui
06/09/2016 18:35
Laos
Manchester United
129

#correct me 1, Yes, indeed because of their numbers of FANs, players and the race to the top-flight in EPL but at the same time I think there are 2 more derbies that as big as Manchester derby (London derby Chelsea Vs Arsenal and Man U vs Liverpool).
2, I know the other derby like London derby, El ca si go and so on. there is not big derby in my country yet because the heat up racing to top-flight is not quite excited and there are not much teams in my country's league.
3, the atmosphere, emotional, passionate and so on.
4, I used to be a bad guy but now I am not be that guy anymore. I used to fall down and down but because of that it made me get used to fail and be stronger and stronger.

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Rich
07/09/2016
ES
594
points

Hi Poui

Congratulations you are the first learner from Laos to score points on the Premier Skills English website! Your English is excellent and there is not much to correct but I've added some corrections and advice to each answer below.

  1. Yes, indeed - you can use 'indeed' for emphasis but you need to refer to the question so it would be better to say 'Yes, indeed it is.' 
  2. Be careful with adjectives that finish with -ed and -ing. You said 'not quite excited' but you need to say 'not so exciting' because you are describing something that causes this emotion 'the race for the top-flight'). We use -ed adjectives to describe the emotion you feel.
  3. The first word 'atmosphere' is a noun and the others should also be nouns 'the emotion', 'the passion' would be correct here.
  4. After 'get used to' we need to use a noun or an -ing form. The correct form is 'get used to failing' 

I hope that helps and enjoy the Manchester Derby on Saturday!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
07/09/2016 09:19
Spain
Liverpool
594

Hi Poui

Congratulations you are the first learner from Laos to score points on the Premier Skills English website! Your English is excellent and there is not much to correct but I've added some corrections and advice to each answer below.

  1. Yes, indeed - you can use 'indeed' for emphasis but you need to refer to the question so it would be better to say 'Yes, indeed it is.' 
  2. Be careful with adjectives that finish with -ed and -ing. You said 'not quite excited' but you need to say 'not so exciting' because you are describing something that causes this emotion 'the race for the top-flight'). We use -ed adjectives to describe the emotion you feel.
  3. The first word 'atmosphere' is a noun and the others should also be nouns 'the emotion', 'the passion' would be correct here.
  4. After 'get used to' we need to use a noun or an -ing form. The correct form is 'get used to failing' 

I hope that helps and enjoy the Manchester Derby on Saturday!

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

poui
09/09/2016
LA
129
points

Thank you very much Rich for your help


poui
09/09/2016 20:08
Laos
Manchester United
129

Thank you very much Rich for your help

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